The Round of 16 has just finished. The States are out, no surprise. I was not surprised that we nearly did not make it out of the group. The playing fields are reasonably level these days. Algeria (although many of their players were born and live in France) produces good futebol players, as does Slovenia. Any 11 decently skilled and fit players, on their day, stand a decent chance of beating any given 11 from anywhere.
We (the US) were nearly beaten by Slovenia in the group phase, and had to claw our way back to tie. the last minute winner against Algeria was good, though.
Ghana beat us fair and square. Poor decision making on Clark's part; he coughed up the ball and the Ghanaian forward took full advantage. Well done to him. In extra time, I thought Bocanegra and DeMerritt (sp) had the long ball covered -- apparently not.