Tonight was a surprise treat as we got to watch the USA men's soccer team play in the finals of a major international competition, the Confederations Cup. Getting to the finals required a few semi-miracles including beating Egypt 3-0 when we needed a three-goal win and beating Spain, defending European championships. For the finals we were matched against Brazil, and were widely expected to be rolled over.
A big group of us watched on the big screen at the MCR bar and tried to get the USA pride going. It seemed to work quite well in the first half, the US took a shocking 2-0 lead and looked like they might pull it out although Brazil was dominating much of the game. In the second half, Brazil just had too many scoring chances and came back to win 3-2. I've been surprised at how little soccer I've watched since coming here, but I can still get quite into the international matches. Tough loss for the USA but I was proud of the effort.