Posted by: mrpeatie | June 26, 2009


Ellis Park Stadium | Johannesburg, South Africa | AP photo by Antonio Calanni

Ellis Park Stadium | Johannesburg, South Africa | AP photo by Antonio Calanni

The US Soccer team advanced to the finals of the Confederation Cup after a 2-0 upset victory over world #1 Spain earlier this week. The victory came just days after an unlikely series of events that lead to the US team advancing past the first round.

After losing their first two games to Brazil and Italy by a combined score of 6-1, the US team was left for dead in last place of their group and needed an inconceivable series of events to happen in order to advance. Not only did they need to win their last game against Egypt and have Italy lose to Brazil, but they had to make up 6 goals in the process. A 3-0 win over Egypt and Italy’s 3-0 loss to Brazil gave the US team the goals they needed to advance.

Their semi-final matchup against Spain seemed like a formality. Spain hadn’t given up a goal in the tournament and hadn’t lost in 35 games, which was just one game shy of the world record. While the US is a competent team, the have not fared will against elite teams on a world stage as was evident by their earlier losses to Brazil and Italy. Building off the confidence of their win over Egypt, the US found a way to defeat the heavily favored Spaniards.

The US will get a rematch against Brazil in the finals on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Confederation Cup is an 8 team tournament hosted by South Africa as a tune-up for the 2010 World Cup.

Soccer City Stadium

Under construction just outside Johannesburg is South Africa’s new Soccer City Stadium which will host several matches for next year’s World Cup. Photo by Denis Farell



  1. Wonderful photo of Joburg and the Soccer City Stadium!
    The design of this arena is modest, yet beautiful, what a great way to great a gigantic digital donut-arena 😀
    Looking forward to seeing the games on spot!

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