A lack of competition
A one sided game
A called off game
Yes this is aimed at the American public and American media who seem to think watching a duel is dull. Who think seeing the tactics of a match being playing out is boring. Who think that defensive battles are snoozers.
It’s been an interesting observation for the Expats to watch the little growth spurt of enthuse for “soccer” when the USA could limp through their group and only get beat one nil by Germany in a game that didn’t mean anything to them. We’ve heard lots of proud of our losers talk, and hope for the future pitches, we’ve even heard people say they’ll start watching MLS instead of just watching the Premiership (EPL for you Bob Ley’s out there) and unfortunately for the professionals in this country with a fair weather fan base they’ll struggle to truly develop an atmosphere at the stadiums and therefore a connection to the game.
We rooted for the US, well most of us did. We ignored the hype, “I believe” and the supposed awesomeness of Bradley and we said okay this is our adopted home lets shout them on. What we saw was a team trying to do things right but ultimately disorganized, one dimensional and fortunate. Truth be told I saw good things for the future, but nothing to hope for in the present.
Where was / is the critique? I know the American way is try and even if you turn out mediocre there will be applause but the level of praise for what was largely average seems proportionately gargantuan.
I had lived taking every precaution to limit or avoid disappointment. Certainly taking caution to extremes to work around regret; but, now that regret has come, it isn’t really nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
Rule 287. Make your own costume. (Bowie as Warhol as Basquiat)