Confederations Cup Semi-Finals Keys To Victory: U.S.A. vs Spain

Soccer superstar or  Anime character?  You decide.

Soccer superstar or Anime character? You decide.

Okay, I realize I’m a bit late to the party here but at least I got this out a few hours before kickoff.

Today, the United States of America (U.S.A. if you’re into that whole acronym thing)  will be squaring off against Spain in the confederations cup semi-finals.  USA. is currently ranked 14th in the world with Spain ranked as the top team in the world.

In an effort to get this article out before kickoff I’ll make this short, which will be a relief to 99% of the readers who have read up to this far and probably have no idea I’m discussing a soccer match.

Keys to victory


–         Get the ball to Donovan/Dempsey in space.  These are the only players on the US team that can even compare in skill level to the Spanish team.

–         Do not force the ball to Altidore.  The Spanish have an extremely talented team.  They will cut Altidore out of the game if USA gets into its usual attacking style of kick the ball to him and running after it.

–         Play the quick attack.  This is by far the most important for USA if they are to have a chance.  USA cannot sit back and try and play possession.  They need to catch Spain off balance and not let them settle into defense.  USA pulled it off vs. Egypt and they will need to do it again today.


–         Play the ball through the midfield.  Fabregas will be able to move at will with the ball in the midfield.  This is an area of weakness for the US and an area of strength for Spain, leaving a great matchup to exploit.  Fabregas is arguably one of the top midfielders in the game right now, with the ability to create something out of nothing at will.

–         Possess the ball.  The disparity in talent between the 2 sides is staggering.  If Spain is able to sit back and play its classic possession style of attack, there will be no chance for the US to initiate it’s quick strike attack style.

–         David Villa is probably the 2nd best player in the world right now, and paired with Fernando Torres, makes this Spanish team able to score on any possession.  Get the ball to them and do it often.

My bold prediction:

3-0 Spain with David Villa, Carles Puyol, and Fernando Torres each scoring 1.

3 Responses to Confederations Cup Semi-Finals Keys To Victory: U.S.A. vs Spain

  1. Jon Koerber says:

    Well I wouldn’t argue with a premature estimate of a 3 – 0 win of Spain over the US, but that’s just the kinda thinking that opens you up for eventual embarrassment. I had heard estimates of as mush as a 4-0 Spain over US from some of my friends in Germany.

    Just goes to show you what world class defending, and bursts of brilliance from the USA front men can bring to the table. I’ll bet no one guessed a 2 – 0 USA over Spain victory.

    All said, Spain was due for an upset after a 15 game streak and a total 35 streak undefeated since Nov 2006. Glad it could be the USA to hand them a wake-up call 🙂

    — Jon, San Ramon, California

  2. andy3331 says:

    Spain completely played into USA’s hands. They got away from the game they play best which a slow measured build up and they tried to beat USA with the fast breaks, which as I mentioned is USA’s game.
    Spain embarassed themselves today. Some rock solid US defense, and a few scrappy (read: crappy) goals and they pulled it out. I definitely didn’t expect that.

    • huh? says:


      crappy goals? you obviously didn’t see altidore’s. that was a brilliant goal. he used every bit of his size and skill to put that ball in the back of the net.

      yes, dempsey’s was scrappy, but that’s still football.

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