It wasn’t that Neymar necessarily played better. But what set the feisty Brazilian above Suarez yesterday in the Confederations Cup semi-final was Neymar’s Oscar-winning dive. After he was love-tapped he went flying back and up into the air and then landed and rolled around.
It was vintage Suarez, but it was Neymar who was doing it! I loved it. My wife hated it. I know soccer, she doesn’t. Neymar was having such a good day that he blew a kiss to his opponents sub on a corner kick. That is football. Talk some smack, blow some kisses!
Let’s liven things up a bit and Neymar is just the guy to do it. I predict Spain 1 Italy 0 in today’s other semi-final.
OTHER NEWS – Landon Donovan was called into USMNT camp for the Gold Cup…my response? Who the f cares! Landon is facing his last potential World Cup and if you think for even one minute that US Soccer won’t force Jurgen’s hand in taking him to Brazil, you are crazy. Of course LD will be on the USMNT roster for Brazil, it will be his last shot at a World Cup (he will be 36 for the next one in Qatar). But as strong as Jurgen claims to be, he won’t be able to keep LD off of his squad.
I don’t think Landon deserves a spot. Just a few months ago he didn’t even know if he wanted to play soccer anymore. But US Soccer will make sure that USA‘s poster boy for the last decade will be on the roster. Bottom line is that most US fans want players who will help them win, not poster boys for what’s wrong with soccer in the USA (we’re soft…i.e Landon).
There are many better players than Landon now in the USA picture that are MORE committed to the game than he is. They deserve a shot, Landon has had his.
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