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Editorial Notebook: U.S. soccer frenzy – deep or superficial?

Published: Thursday, Jul. 1, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 14A
Like many U.S. soccer fans, I was bummed when Ghana knocked Team USA out of the World Cup. Like other patriots, I had bought into the hype that our red, white and blue boys, led by Landon Donovan, would storm into the round of eight and possibly advance to the semifinals.
Lose to Ghana? Not a chance.
Yet, as they say, reality bites. And for U.S. soccer, humility rules. Although Team USA made a good showing, the nation’s soccer elite still has some work to do to compete with superteams such as Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
Still, there may be an upside to Team USA’s downfall.

For weeks, I’ve been yearning to watch World Cup games at a favorite watering hole, such as de Vere’s Irish Pub. Yet for weeks, the throngs of newly hatched soccer fans have packed such places.

It’s easy to understand the fan frenzy. When Donovan scored the winning goal for Team USA against Algeria, it was an electrifying moment.
From my living room in midtown Sacramento, I could hear a roar go up from nearby apartments as Donovan saved the day.
Within hours after that match, one of my neighbors purchased a vuvuzela, one of those dreaded plastic horns that have turned the World Cup into a hum of mind-numbing noise. Ever since, my wife and I have been treated to annoying honks at all hours.
As a longtime soccer fan, I realize I shouldn’t be a snob. I should welcome that U.S sports fans are finally embracing international soccer with gusto. In a small way, it helps unite us with the rest of the world.
Even so, I can’t help but wonder if the recent U.S. soccer frenzy is a mile wide and an inch deep. I will find out Friday, when Brazil faces the Netherlands in what promises to be one of the best World Cup matchups yet.
Perhaps then I’ll be able to secure a stool at de Vere’s, far away from any vuvuzelas.

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World Cup 2010 Match Times

Group A
Match Date – Time


1 11/06 07:00
South Africa South Africa
Mexico Mexico
2 11/06 11:30
Uruguay Uruguay France France
17 16/06 11:30
South Africa South Africa Uruguay Uruguay
18 17/06 11:30
France France Mexico Mexico
33 22/06 07:00
Mexico Mexico Uruguay Uruguay
34 22/06 07:00
France France South Africa South Africa
Group B

Date – Time


3 12/0607:00
Argentina Argentina
Nigeria Nigeria
4 12/0604:30
Korea Republic Korea Republic Greece Greece
19 17/0607:00
Greece Greece Nigeria Nigeria
20 17/0604:30
Argentina Argentina Korea Republic Korea Republic
35 22/0611:30
Nigeria Nigeria Korea Republic Korea Republic
36 22/0611:30
Greece Greece Argentina Argentina
Group C
Match  Date Time

5 12/0611:30
England England USA USA
6 13/0604:30
Algeria Algeria Slovenia Slovenia
22 18/0607:00
Slovenia Slovenia USA USA
23 18/0611:30
England England Algeria Algeria
24 23/0607:00
Slovenia Slovenia England England
38 23/0607:00
USA USA Algeria Algeria
Group D
Match  Date – Time


7 13/06 11:30
Germany Germany
Australia Australia
8 13/06 07:00
Serbia Serbia Ghana Ghana
21 18/06 04:30
Germany Germany Serbia Serbia
24 19/06 07:00
Ghana Ghana Australia Australia
39 23/06 11:30
Ghana Ghana Germany Germany
40 23/06 11:30
Australia Australia Serbia Serbia
Group E
Match Date – Time


9 14/06 04:30
Netherlands Netherlands Denmark Denmark
10 14/06 07:00
Japan Japan Cameroon Cameroon
25 19/06 04:30
Netherlands Netherlands Japan Japan
26 19/06 11:30
Cameroon Cameroon Denmark Denmark
43 24/06 11:30
Denmark Denmark Japan Japan
44 24/06 11:30
Cameroon Cameroon Netherlands Netherlands
Group F
Match Date – Time


11 14/06 11:30
Italy Italy Paraguay Paraguay
12 15/06 04:30
New Zealand New Zealand Slovakia Slovakia
27 20/06 04:30
Slovakia Slovakia Paraguay Paraguay
28 20/06 07:00
Italy Italy New Zealand New Zealand
41 24/06 07:00
Slovakia Slovakia Italy Italy
42 24/06 07:00
Paraguay Paraguay New Zealand New Zealand
Group G
Match Date – Time


13 15/0607:00
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire Portugal Portugal
14 15/0611:30
Brazil Brazil Korea DPR Korea DPR
29 20/0611:30
Brazil Brazil Côte d’Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
30 21/06 4:30
Portugal Portugal Korea DPR Korea DPR
45 25/0607:00
Portugal Portugal Brazil Brazil
46 25/0607:00
Korea DPR Korea DPR Côte d’Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
Group H
Match Date – Time

15 16/06 04:30
Honduras Honduras
Chile Chile
16 16/06 07:00
Spain Spain
Switzerland Switzerland
31 21/06 07:00
Chile Chile
Switzerland Switzerland
32 21/06 11:30
Spain Spain
Honduras Honduras
47 25/06 11:30
Chile Chile
Spain Spain
48 25/06 11:30
Switzerland Switzerland
Honduras Honduras