Let’s take a moment to interrupt ill-placed accusations of bigotry to answer a question.
As US fans, who do you most want to face in the first round? Of course, we’d all love to end up in South Africa’s group because that would represent the easiest route to the knockout round, but odds are that we’ll end up elsewhere.
Who do I want to face? Here are my top 3?
- England – Having seen the US beat Germany before, there is no one I’d want us to beat more than England. I can’t decide what I would enjoy more, watching the smug English media decide how to excuse the loss or watching EPL-snobs’ heads explode, or seeing the tabloids scream that “An English coach never would’ve allowed this to happen!”
- Brazil – No real hate, I’d just like a bit of revenge for the Confederations Cup final. Plus, it’s Brazil. Who doesn’t want to play the best?
- France – I love France. I love the country. I love the food. I love the language. But I think Raymond Domenech is an utter disgrace. (I’ll admit that I remain torn about Thierry Henry). I think the US would be the toast of the rest of the soccer-supporting world (and not to mention Ireland) if we were to beat France.