Although it isn’t baseball, people (mainly non-Americans) are interested in soccer. Apparently it appears on television in some countries, including Spain, where fans were shocked yesterday to watch an American squad beat their national team 2-0. Americans Jozy Altidore (in the 27th minute of play) and Clint Dempsey (in the 74th) notched the two goals; the win means American advances to the Confederations Cup finals. Thursday’s win makes America the first team to defeat Spain in three years, since Romania did in 2006.
The Confederations Cup is a run-up to the World Cup in which eight nations compete. America was formerly ranked 14th overall, and considered a dark horse with regard to upsetting Spain’s recently super-funded team: The Spanish entered the match with 15 straight victories tallied and the European championship title already clinched. In their three previous matches, America had never beaten a Spanish team.
America will next play either Brazil or South Africa, which hosts the tournament, on Sunday.