We don’t want to ruin this for those of you planning to watch on tape delay, so here are some non-spoiler nuggets from this morning’s USA v. Japan Olympic opener…
-The entire game was played in a haze not unlike after halftime at the Super Bowl, when the remnants of the firework show cloud the field.
-Japan has players named Honda (2) AND Toyoda
-The Hemingway of Modern Football, Brad Guzan, must have trashed his memo on “The Olympic Spirit.”
-If you weren’t 100 percent certain, I did some heavy-duty research and found that Beijing is 12 hours ahead of us. Now you know.
-With the competition heating up in the following matches (Holls next), this match against a middling Japan team was a definite must-win for Jozy and the Lads.
-Balboa and Dellacamera are about what you’d expect with the announcing. Not horrendous, but really, if I need this much explanation about the very basics of what I’m watching (football), then I’m probably not watching in the first place.
-Italy and Brazil won their openers.
U.S. results after the jump…
The USMNT beat their Japanese counterparts 1-0 on a goal from Stuart Holden in the 47th minute. Japan keeper Shusaku Nishikawa got a finger to the ball, taken off a clear cross from Marvell Wynne, but there was enough mustard on the shot and it trickled on past the line.
That’s about all. Guzan picked up a yellow for wasting time toward the end. Freddy Adu and Michael Bradley were also booked. Jozy (for McBride), Feilhaber (for Hero Holden), and Szetela (for Robbie Rodgers) all got into the game after the 74th minute. We’ll follow up on what the guys thought of the weather once the post game pressers are done. Until then…
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