We just tied Italy!
That was probably the worst officiated game I have ever seen. There wera a total of three red cards, one of which was justified, and more yellow cards than I could keep track of. Truly awful. So with Italy's one red card and the US's two, we were playing 9 on 10 for almost the entire second half, and we still didn't allow them any goals. Granted, we didn't actually score any goals, as the one point we had was an own-goal by an Italian defender, but I'm pretty sure that even if he had kicked it like he meant to, the American forward right in front of him would have gotten it in. Beasly got one kick into the Italian goal, but McBride was just slightly ahead of their last defender, so it was off sides. Still, McBride almost scored about five times. I think if we had been able to keep all of our players on the field, even if Italy did, too, it would have been a 2-1 upset. To get to the second round (brackets), the US will have to beat Ghana by any amount if Italy beats the Czach Republic, but we will have to beat them by at least 5 points Italy and the Czech Republic tie. So hopefully Italy and the US both win.