I slept on the couch last night, and set my alarm to 415 am so I could watch the game without waking up my wife.
Nolan slept on the floor in front of me, and ordered me to wake him when the game started.
When the alarm went off, we both sat up, and watched USA take on Germany…
As a former goalkeeper myself, I can say with some authority that when you have two great teams, the difference comes down to goalkeeping, and Kahn is simply phenomenal. The US tested him more fiercely than he’s been tested this entire tournament, and with greater pressure than Germany’s seen.
I’m proud of USA, the same way I’m proud of Senegal. Nobody thought either of these teams would make it past the first round, much less into the quarterfinals.
My only real quarrel with the game was on the foul which resulted in the indirect kick which resulted in the goal. It really looked like a dive to me, but I’m watching through USA eyes, in the middle of the night
I don’t think there was a hand-ball in the 2nd half. The ball clearly played the German defender, as I saw it, and heartbreaking as it was, that was the only time USA was going to beat Kahn.
Funny thing about Kahn…every time he’d make a huge save, we’d look at each other and in our best Captain Kirk, say:Kaaaaaaaahhhhnnnnn!!!
I thought it was a great match, and it was nice to see Germany have to play really hard against a team who wasn’t expected to make it past the round of 16.