It really is a fun game to watch. You might even say, "beautiful," because others are calling it that, and you crave their acceptance.
And the exhibition soccer match between the United States and Mexico last night in Houston was damn exciting. It wasn't exactly beautiful, but it was competitive, even for a friendly. That's probably because the American and Mexican teams kinda don't like each other, heightened by the Mexicans' feelings toward US striker/urinater Landon Donovan.
But after all the competition, who was better on this night? Who the hell knows — it ended in a 2-2 tie.
The scoring was keyed by the first two goals being caromed off crossbars — making me think that was a prerequisite for it to count. American prodigy Jozy Altidore headed in his first international goal in his first start and third appearance. The 18-year-old is so raw to the global scene that some photographers are still having trouble spelling his name. Further still, the Houston Chronicle decided to spell his last name "Altodore." And yet, they got the Mexican names spot on.
Meanwhile, defender Jonny "Selsun Blue" Magallón (pictured) scored both goals for Mexico, and the team might've had two or three more if it weren't for some acrobatic saves by USA goalie Tim Howard. But those goals would have come probably at the hands of players with stronger shampoo.
But beyond the four goals — more than I expected to see, and one was controversially waved off — the passing facet of the game caught my eye. Good passing and ball movement can actually be fun to watch, much like basketball's Princeton-style offense. It's like kooky pinball, only the bumpers want to take opposing bumpers' legs out from underneath them by any means necessary.