World Cup offers amazing soccer

Greg Ceilley • Review Sports Editor

Even if you aren’t a soccer enthusiast, you should check out the World Cup men’s soccer tournament. The skill exhibited, combined with thrilling competition and the fans’ fervor and patriotism is amazing.

I was really pumped up for the United States team’s first two matches against Ghana and Portugal. If those thrilling, dramatic games didn’t get TV viewers excited, then I think someone should check their pulses. The U.S. pulls out a 2-1 win over Ghana in the waning minutes on a header off a corner kick.

As if that match didn’t have enough of a flair for the dramatic, the Americans battled Portugal down to the wire and all but had a win and a berth in the round of 16 wrapped up, only to see the Portuguese earn a stunning 2-2 draw.

The U.S. took a 2-1 lead on a goal in the 81st minute but Portugal scored the equalizer with seconds left on a header after an outstanding cross by the great Cristiano Ronaldo.

I was hoping the Sports Illustrated jinx would come through because Ronaldo, who was on the front cover of SI’s World Cup Preview issue, had been pretty much a nonfactor against the U.S. until his assist on the tying goal which ripped the hearts out of the American team and its beloved fans.

It’s fascinating to see how passionate countries, including the U.S., are about soccer. I’ve been amazed by the energy and excitement permeating at these World Cup matches by the players and the fans. Countries take great pride in their performances at the World Cup which showcases the unbelievable talent at the highest level of the sport.

Who said you have to have a lot of scoring in soccer to make the sport exciting to watch? Tune in to a World Cup match and you will be entertained. U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A.!

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