6.26: Cal Soccer Coach Kevin Grimes World Cup Analysis
The Golden Bears men's soccer coach breaks down the disappointing loss to Ghana and his pick to win the World Cup.
In the wake of the United States round of sixteen showing at the World Cup we are joined by cal head men's soccer coach Kevin brown and going into the eleventh season. At the program in Berkeley for time acting coach of the year Kevin thank you for joining us to talk a little bit about the World Cup and what the US performance means to begin with. I think everyone was pretty excited about the round of sixteen thinking tire country got on board in terms of the entire sports nation but is there a little disappointment as well. Absolutely and I think after Landon school I think he had -- soccer country erupted and even those fans out there that may not be diehard soccer fans. Also got on the bandwagon and the US team that was such a dramatic role. All the tickets from potentially not even advancing to than winning the group. As you mentioned a lost opportunity is definitely there you know we have a pretty good draw with Ghana not not sit and have a strong team. But compared of all the other teams that could have played in the second round. I'm it was a pretty favorable draw and then even looking beyond today. If we -- got by got that we would have played your way in the quarterfinal in again your way a good side definitely good seem. But and we would been avoiding some of those really strong soccer powers Brazil Holland and Germany and England again. Just qualifying for the World Cup is is definitely an accomplishment winning the group stage as well. Certainly it's something that they United States can build on a little bit where is the state of US USA soccer at this point with a new coach taking them this far is this a program that you expect we'll get continually better. I believe so I mean this is the second World Cup out of the last three that we've advanced out of the group stage in 2002 he made it to the quarterfinal. We made it to the second round final sixteen today. Losing a close game in overtime. I think any time we play. Any any team in the world they know they're in for very difficult game now with the United States. You could said that ten or fifteen years ago typically. In a World Cup stage if somebody drew the United States they think automatically that's going to be three points for them. That's just not the case right now the US through that at this World Cup and they are very very strong soccer team and we're strong soccer nation at this point amongst the elite. It certainly seems to have shown on the sports landscape as well with the fans across the board. I'm getting on board with the World Cup effort would kind of perspective do you have as someone who's been in the soccer community for 25 plus years. About what this performance had on the effect. Of the perception of soccer in this country. I think it had a great effect you know again you you talk about those some of the singular moments that are just you know. Not really to hold -- and I go back to Landon school again against Algeria. And it was such a compelling goal you saw the emotion from the players and coaches. And I think. All soccer fans and even sports fans even if they're not true diehard soccer fans really felt that same emotion as well that that their country. Was advancing in in a major -- it means that the world's finest game. And we're going on in the next round and I think everybody was so proud of the team certainly proud of Landon and the great accomplishments he had this World Cup. And I think it really. Put forth just great feeling about the sport soccer and hopefully we can carry this momentum on the next four years as we get ready for you know the next World Cup result hasn't -- Elimination of the US may drop off a little bit of interest in this country but what do you expect to see for the rest of the -- who would you like -- and expect will emerge. You know I. I really think that up Holland has I'm a great chances of moving on -- I did see today is -- economic bracket they may face Brazil in the quarterfinal which will be very tough task but I think columnists look great so far. And typically in the and the World Cup they've always seem to have a little bit of self destruction to them but. Obviously that the coaching staff their for the Dutch have kept the team intact and they've been very strong so right now. I'm sticking with Colin although I know they have a very tough quarterfinal game if they get there with Brazil. All right the World Cup continues USA soccer still on the rise calving grounds of cal soccer joining us here. On Comcast sports.