Thank you Robert Green, England's goalkeeper. He let in a very, very soft goal for the always resourceful Clint Dempsey after we started out poorly and the USA nabs a point and a tie in their first World Cup game. Jozy Altidore almost broke the tie when his shot went of the goalie and hit the inside post in the second half. Tim Howard played another excellent game and is considered one of the top goalkeeper's in the world.
I wish I could hear the Brit announcers after this game. If you've ever watched soccer, the announcers are brutal when a player makes a mistake and this one was a whopper. England's Steve McManaman, who's calling the WC for ABC/ESPN was describing his feelings afterwards:
I was exasperated, I was upset, I was distraught at times and I'm worried...
A tie is still a great outcome for the US against the heavy favorite and now they move on to Friday's game against Slovenia. There's plenty of time for England, it's only the first game, but it's an awesome start for the USA. They need to make it to at least the final 16 for this to not be considered a failure in the 2010 World Cup.
As for the bet, we're all even too. Occam, who took the challenge can breath a little easier.
Here's the guardian, live-blogging the match.
GOAL! ENGLAND 1-1 USA (Green og) Oh my God, that's a horror show from England goalkeeper Rob Green, who spills a soft Clint Dempsey strike from distance over his own line. That's as bad a goalkeeping gaffe as you'll see in this tournament.42 min: "Taibi-esque," says James Richardson and he's not wrong. That was shocking - Dempsey tried his luck from 30 yards, his low shot bounced twice, Green hunkered down to gather it in his hands, somehow palmed it diagonally behind him and then watched in horror as it trickled over the line.
(h/t Raf, who's blogging about the World Cup)