Already ready for USA v England
In this World Cup with lots NOT to like, I must admit I'm impatiently awaiting Friday's Group B showdown ... and here's the video essay to prove it
I haven't been shy about pointing out all my issues with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar — here's a link to four minutes' worth I assembled in video essay form for The Sporting News.
A World Cup in November, fair or not, takes on an even more suspect feel when Argentina loses its opener to Saudi Arabia and Germany does the same against Japan. The results sound incomprehensible when you say them out loud.
There are nonetheless at least two aspects of the tournament that make it impossible to stifle all excitement:
1. Seeing Canada, Mexico and United States all in the field for the first time, all by virtue of qualifying the traditional way, is a long overdue achievement for North America.
2. The United States landed in the same group as England, which will deliver a must-see showcase match Friday at 2 PM ET that I legit can't wait for.
I did another essay for my friends at The Sporting News to set the figurative table for the third-ever World Cup meeting between The Three Lions and The Red, White & Blue ... with mighty England still somehow looking for its first win over those annoying Yanks who insist on referring to the sport THEY invented as soccer.
Watch the preview here via YouTube to get ready:
Or maybe you prefer the tweeted version:
Know this either way: After my fortuitous introduction to English football somewhat by accident as an 11-year-old and the instant fascination which ensued, I loved putting this one together even more than usual.
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