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TODAY'S QUESTION: Is a tie to open the World Cup a big achievement for the United States?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 10:36 a.m. CDT; updated 5:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The World Cup, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, started on Friday. The USA made its tournament debut Saturday afternoon against England. 

Downtown bars were packed Saturday afternoon as Columbia residents gathered to watch the game. ESPN kept playing a video feed from the 1950 World Cup when the U.S. beat the odds and won against England.

ESPN analysts had the U.S. as the underdog for the match. England's Steven Gerrard scored the first goal of the match. Later on, USA's Clint Dempsey sent a shot at English goalkeeper Robert Green. In what should have been a routine save, Green let the ball slip right through his fingers. The game remained tame after Dempsey's goal.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard nearly had to be pulled from the match after England's Emile Heskey hit Howard's right shoulder with the bottom of his cleat. After spending a few minutes on the ground, Howard pulled himself back up and went on to win Man of the Match honors.

The U.S. team has had uneven performances on the international stage. The team beat the Spanish team, the reigning Euro 2008 champs, last summer. During the 2006 World Cup tournament, however, the U.S. team didn't make it past group play. The team lost to the Czech Republic and Ghana and tied with Italy.

How do you feel about the U.S. tying with England? Can the U.S. consider the game an achievement?


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