The United States Men’s National Team was minutes away from winning the FIFA Confederations Cup this weekend, taking a stunning 2-0 lead into half time. It’s two words in soccer. I don’t know why. Anyway, goals from Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan were not enough, as the clearly fatigued American side allowed three goals in the second half, giving away to championship to Brazil, 3-2. FIFA.com asked USMNT captain Landon Donovan what happened to his team in the second half:
What changed in the second half?
The first goal right after the break killed us. It just took the air completely out of the balloon and after that I have to give them a lot of credit. They just kept coming and coming and putting more and more pressure on us. They took their chances and put a lot of bodies into the attack.
Is there anything you think you could have done differently as a team in the last 45 minutes?
I think we probably could have done a little better job of counter-attacking and keeping them unbalanced and on their toes with our movement forward. But they’re a great team and they just didn’t give us an inch.
USA’s strong showing in the Confed gives them a great chance of qualifying for the World Cup. And what better place to bring the world together than a nation with a long and rich tradition of celebrating diversity: South Africa.