El Salvador One Victory Away From The London Olympics
Taking a page from the United States dramatic soccer wins playbook, Jaime Alas delivered a deceptively bouncy strike in the game’s dying moments that eluded U.S. goalie Sean Johnson to secure El Salvador a spot in the semi-finals and ended the U.S. team’s hopes of gold medal glory. El Salvador is one victory away from a trip to the London Olympics which would be the team’s first appearances at the games since 1968. While sportscasters and commentators this morning are lamenting the breakdown of the U.S. game - and there was … the defense along the flanks was terrible - I am here to say that El Salvador simply wanted it more. The U.S. team fell asleep after their opening goal and never were the commanding force that they should have been. On paper, this game was just a formality. There is no way El Salvador should have won, but they did. El Salvador was fast on the break and when they did link up from the midfield they looked dangerous. They fought for every ball and didn’t collapse even when the U.S. roaring back in the second half. Sometimes, just wanting it more makes all the difference and that is something no stats can measure.