Well, the US was able to escape their first round game with England with a point by the score of 1-1.
The US clearly had some luck on their side. The gaffe by Green in net for England was probably the softest goal I've seen in quite some time on the world stage. However, it was hard work all game by the US squad that lead to this chance by Dempsey, his second career World Cup goal. Something tells me the US knew he was shaky on his backline as this was one of many ambitious attempts by the US from distance.
The US was unlucky in that Alitdores great run was tipped off the post by Green, in what would have been a goal worth 3 points. Tim Howard was also hurt by a cleats first shot attempt in the 30th minute that could have possibly broken his ribs. He might not be ready for the next match, something I don't expect Bob Bradley to reveal until close to game time. I hope he can go b/c he was exceptional on a number of chances, including a point blank save and catch on a breakaway.
No one really stood out on this day besides Howard and Alitodore. I thought Bradley played very well in the midfield. However, I'm not sure on why Bob Bradley insists on starting Ricardo Clark, the same Clark who was left in the dust by Gerrard on the opening tally. It wasn't totally his fault as Jay Demerit needs to make that tackle to prevent the throughball on the entry pass. I'm hoping that Torres will get the next 2 starts to provide some playmaking in the midfield.
Give the US credit. This is a team that basically folded 4 years ago against the Czech Republic when they allowed an early goal and would go on to lose 3-0. They fought back after allowing the early goal and got a hard earned point. You know what they say: Luck is when hard work meets oppurtunity.
The US will take on Slovenia at 10 am on Friday in what could be its most important match of the group. The US should be able to beat Algeria, as all three group members are expected to. If they can win this game, they will control their own destiny.