I’m by no means going to attempt to persuade anybody that I’m a soccer fan, as I discover it exhausting to respect a few of these gamers who get carried off on a stretcher, solely to return minutes later and rating a purpose. This Thursday there shall be an enormous throng of People and Italians glued to the set as each their groups attempt to advance to the second spherical of the World Cup.

The Italians are sitting fairly with a win and a tie, however shall be enjoying a Czech crew that’s preventing for his or her lives after a shocking loss to Ghana. In the meantime the US will attempt to rating a purpose that truly comes off the foot of one in all their gamers, after they play Ghana who’s coming off that emotionally charged win towards the Czech’s.

Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari, who each scored within the Black Stars’ gorgeous 2-Zero win Saturday over the Czechs, will miss the U.S. recreation as a result of every has acquired two yellow playing cards within the opening spherical. Nonetheless, Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic vows his crew shall be prepared for the “essential” matchup with the People.

If the People make the second spherical, they doubtless would face defending champion Brazil. And so they’ll need to play Ghana with out the expertise of defender Eddie Pope and midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, each suspended following their ejections Saturday.

Right here‘s the issue people! The US crew has an general file of 0-8-1 in World Cup video games on European soil and have been outscored 25-5 in these video games. The purpose towards the Italians got here when Azzurri defender Cristian Zaccardo flubbed a clearance try into his personal internet.

If the US crew needs to delay its keep then Landon Donovan had higher get his scoring contact again his 25 worldwide objectives are third in U.S. historical past, behind Eric Wynalda (34) and Brian McBride (30), however he is been blanked in 17 nationwide crew video games since final July 9 towards Canada.

Play the underneath within the US/Ghana recreation!