The Four Year Review begins now. This is a review of each national team game, from the men's side, from 2014-2018, preparing for the upcoming World Cup. We take a look at what went wrong, what went right, and everything in between.
Women's soccer program - you're on the right track! You have a handful of victories. Just as in grade school the guys are trying to keep up. I think you'll learn from this review, from all the mistakes, and all the mishaps, which will put into perspective all the things you might be "doing right." Some women's games will be covered, but really, as a compliment, you've got it covered. You're not so much a work in progress. The guys team is like the before shot from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - he's got tattered jeans that are ten years old, mismatch socks, a shirt that he uses for work, the gym, nights out on the town and weddings. And, he doesn't know it's a fopaw, or, however you spell it. What do we do? If David Beckham (see photos) is the "biggest metrosexual in Britain," as he's known in England, we hire the "biggest metrosexual south of Britain, or north of Compton" (whichever way you want to look at it) Jurgen Klinsmann, who's a metro with an accent; he quickly re-arranges the uniform, selecting a whole new wardrobe for the coaching staff, with a very cultured, European touch; all looks ranging from modern-sheik, to Ivy league school boy, 1925. He recognizes there's a lot of work to do. As he should. As there is.
United States vs Korea Republic
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Korea, whether it be North or South, has had a string of good World Cup appearances starting with "the biggest upset" over Italy in 1966, the claim to fame of almost knocking Maradona out of the 1986 tournament, and a very good showing in 2002 when they had one of the best teams on any given day. Their fans were not in full support - as they were in 2002, lifting their team to a higher ground, with chants that made the English supporters look like a barber shop quartet - and on this day they lost an interesting contest, to the host 2-0. Both teams looked focused. Not much of a window-shattering event.
Known by the English media as the "biggest metrosexual in Britain."