FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
In this invitational tournament, 8 teams are split into 2 groups.
had to play Brazil
were always favourites to win the group ahead of Italy
. But, after a remarkable win for Egypt
against the reigning World Champs Italy
, it was the North African team who were favourites to go through in 2nd place with Brazil
. All they had to do was beat the USA
in their last game, and hoped to beat them to go through.
Everyone forgot about the Yanks
If they managed to beat Egypt
3-0, and Brazil
3-0, then, remarkably, they would go through to the semi-final. And so that is what happened in Pretoria in South Africa tonight.
Let me offer my congratulations to your team.
On Wednesday, they play Spain
in Bloomfontein in the semi-final.
It is a massive ask to defeat the European Champions, who boast players from the best club team in the world, Barcelona
. But, who knows.
The other semi sees Brazil
take on South Africa
. That will be a great occasion in its own right.
Make no mistake, with no other meaningful soccer happening in the major countries, the world's eyes will be on these 2 games. It is a fantastic honour for the the USA
I would be surprised if the game isn't on live in America
. If it is, I would encourage you all to tune in and watch.