Thu 15 Jun 2006 0 °F
We checked out the inside of the Dom, it was massive. Kate saw that it is the largest (or one of the largest) churches in Germany. It had great detail inside and out. The stain glass windows were awesome as well.
Phil and Kate seemed to find inner peace in Cologne (well, to be truthful, Phil is okay any time he has beer). The just seemed a little more transcendental – perhaps it was the spirit of the cup, being near the Dom or then again, maybe it was just really good beer.
Dean, Gwen and Daniel supported the USA from the Fan Fest while the rest traveled to the game. The world cup fans are mostly a very please group to be around, we met several nice Czech guys to and from the game. Daniel and Dean met several guys from several different countries as well at the Fan Fest.
Finally, the long wait for the first USA game is over. The day is here. We were pumped, the crowd (on the trains from Cologne, was mostly USA, probably 60-70%). The fans were ready. We did all that we could – flags, wild hair, yelling. Fans were dressed up, excited, chanting for their team.
But as you probably already know, the team wasn’t ready and didn’t seem to even try very hard. The game was quite disappointing (even embarrassing). Greg thinks that soon the calls for “Bruce has got to go” will be heard everywhere (besides just from him). The team seemed very flat, poorly positioned and organized and worst of all without any real heart. Sure, if some things had gone differently, it might have sparked better play. We agreed with the (rather belated) half-time decision to put Eddie up top and bring back Landon, but by that time Brian was spent from playing in the wrong assignment during the 1st half. Beasley was really poor the entire game and should’ve either never started or been pulled out quickly – Client would’ve provided some much needed spark.
Unfortunately, Italy and Ghana both played with much more heart than either us or Czech, so for both of us to beat both of them will be tough to do (especially, since the Czech team lost some guys and got several yellows). But, that’s the hole we’re in, and it’ll be tough to climb out of. A different team has to show up against Italy (or even Ghana) or the USA is even for another beating (or two). The hope is always there - at least until the next game And perhaps we’ll add some face paint to make sure we beat the Italians – there was some stoned American guy (formerly stationed in Germany) that guaranteed that Italy couldn’t come to K-town and beat his boys.