The United States opened their 2011 Gold Cup with a 2-0 victory over northern neighbors Canada, with goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey ensuring that the Americans took all three points from the match. We broke down the importance of Tim Howard for the USA, discussed our ideal centerback pairing, debated who performs the best when partnering Michael Bradley in the midfield, and pondered whether the performance from Jozy Altidore was a sign of things to come.
We also got former US National Team striker/current Fox Soccer host Eric Wynalda on the phone to give us his thoughts on the game, and to help us debut a new feature: The Three-Six-One Hall of Fame.
The Football Ramble
We’ve been a big fan of our friends over at The Ramble for a couple years now, as evidenced by the “Friends of the Show” section of our Wikipedia page. Specifically, we’ve enjoyed their weekly segment, “The Dean Windass Hall of Fame” wherein, “…Figures from the world of football are profiled in extensive detail. However, inductees are not limited to people, as competitions, entire teams, derbies and a stadium have all been inducted.”
The Three-Six-One Hall of Fame
However, as Daryl pointed out on the podcast, when it comes to American players profiled, there’s little something to be desired. Hence our newest feature, wherein we profile the Americans (some well known and some less well known) who worked to grow the game in this country. The inaugural inductee? Mr. George Edward (“Eddie”) Pope.
Not surprisingly, highlights of the USA’s 2-0 victory over Canada in the 2011 Gold Cup. Disclaimer: If you are Canadian or a fan of the Canadian National Team, watching these highlights (specifically Tim Howard doing his best impersonation of a brick wall) will most likely haunt your dreams.
In the 60th minute, Clint Dempsey had his “I’m Keith Hernandez” moment, and decided to attempt the mythical Scorpion Kick. The only thing more absurd than actually trying it is the fact that it would have gone in were it not for some pesky Canadian defender.
I’m pretty sure it’s violates international law to discuss “The Scorpion Kick” without mentioning the man most famous for executing it: Rene Higuita. In a friendly against England he… oh just watch the video… There’s no way words can do this justice.
My knowledge of international law is spotty (read: nonexistent) but I’m also pretty sure that if you have Eric Wynalda on your program, you’re also legally obligated to post at least one or two highlights from his career.
And finally, we come to the inaugural inductee of The Three-Six-One Hall of Fame: Eddie Pope. Three World Cups. Three MLS Championships. Five Gold Cups. 82 appearances for the United States. A placekicker for the University of North Carolina. What more could you ask for?