Thursday, March 02, 2006

World Cup Run Up Begins!

The U.S. Men's national team began the run up to the World Cup yesterday by beating Poland 1 - 0 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The second half featured heavy snowfall, but the U.S. managed to grind out the win in difficult conditions.

The game was played in front of a raucous U.S. friendly crowd (more so than many of their games in the U.S.). The U.S. fans were undoubtably from the Ramstein Air Force base, which has something like 50,000 personnel stationed there. Hopefully, the U.S. will have at least once such crowd during the World Cup in June, since they play Italy there on June 17.

All in all, a good start to World Cup warmups.

In the coming weeks, I hope to publish a series of posts previewing the World Cup for those among you who don't follow the other football so much. I hope to give you all the tools to enjoy the World Cup, and be able to talk about a bit. (I have to find something to get excited about since Arsenal's season is in the tank.)

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