I am a recent American fan to football (soccer) and have become fascinated by the gamesmanship, spectacle, and art of the game through the World Cup. However, I have also noticed that most articles from Americans miss the point. Too many are taking a short-sighted view of the tournament in their commentary.
Aiming for a draw between Germany and the US is not a negative thing. This may be irrational for people to hear, but the American spirit may support a draw. The World Cup is not about beating Germany or any other nation. It is about taking the trophy and being called the best team in the world. Does the best team win every game? Possibly, but not necessarily. A team can win the war without winning every battle.
In the history of the United States we have been fond of our end results, regardless of the path that it took to get there. If a draw leads the Americans to the title of “Best Team in the World,” then how can we diminish that? The United States has taken pride in the fact that many battles have been lost or evenly matched, but in the end victory was the result. How can true football fans discuss their hatred for playing for a draw when the alternative may lead to defeat? Remember that Jozy Altidore was injured in the first game. Should we risk further injury just to win the game, but have no chance at the Cup?
It may not be popular, but a draw may be the best thing for everyone. No one wants to admit it, but this is a good strategy. The American spirit says winning is everything, but what are we trying to win? A game against Germany or a World Cup? The US has never been a World Cup contender, but things could change in the near future. By playing the averages and plotting our strategy properly, we may have a better chance at victory. This is one reason that I have come to enjoy football. It is not only about goals scored, but it implements game and tournament strategy. It is a mix of physical ability, planning, and chess-like strategy. American fans need to realize that Klinsmann and his players know more than we can imagine. Remember, a draw is not a bad thing if it leads to FIFA immortality.