Everyone is entitled to their opinion
And we’ve long known about Eric Wynalda’s doomsday sentiment towards the USMNT.
I happened to catch tonight’s Fox Soccer Fone-In show and it was “vintage” Wynalda. (I can’t believe this guy had the temperament to cap for the US and score as many goals as he did.)
(whining) “It’s 12,000 ft…the US is going to lose and they are going to lose big.”
(imploring) “Most of the players haven’t played in those conditions. You lose a whole day. You just want to go home.”
However, in this case one man’s opinion, no matter how decorated a former player he is, does not mean squat.
In stunning starkness to Wynalda’s comments, ESPN flew the following headline front and center on ESPN.com two full days before the showdown, “Wave of Confidence” with Tim Howard as the backdrop.
Just yesterday, countless blogs and rags raved about Donovan’s form after his, for lack-of-a-better phrase, ridiculously gnarly goal that was bent like it was shot by Neo in the Matrix.
However, all the headlines, inclusive of the ones here, cannot replace the commraderie amongst the team members that was blaring from Twitter today. Twitter has given us unprecedented access to the U.S. team, access to the 1st degree sentiments of the team members themselves.
So while Wynalda, a former standout who was just as immature a player as he is a broadcaster, hopefully fades quickly into the background of American soccer, here’s a peak at what the players were thinking heading into their two days of training in advance of the big game, courtesy of Twitter:
CharlieDavies9 “Landon isn’t on twitter yet, but maybe with a lil persuasion from Chuck D lol. We ready for Azteca tho!”
JozyAltidore17 “Getting sleepy, jetlag is getin to me. Good to see all the guys.”
brianching “Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Excited about the next game.”
and again, this time, an extremely profuse Charlie Davies:
CharlieDavies9 I am soooooo happy @stuholden22 and @brianching are here, they are the bestest!!! I love them sooooooo much wowwwwww!!! MY IDOLS!!!!!!!
Uh, Davies quickly followed that up with this:
CharlieDavies9 Ok as you probably already knew, Stuie got onto my Twitter Account. My roommate @stuholden22 is wild haha.
Sound like a team that is dreading a confrontation and taking a woe is me attitude. I didn’t think so.
Sparing the nationalism, Wynalda, get the story right or just go away.
Oh and Eric, Twitter’s a web site.
In fact, Wynalda step up to our throw-in wall. It’s your turn to get a little bit of what Mexico is getting tomorrow.