Why The US Needs a 1980s Style Miracle To Beat Spain

Sports WriterCorrespondent IJune 21, 2009

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21:  Charlie Davies of USA celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between Egypt and USA at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 21, 2009 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Ok, it's not the Olympics. It is not ice hockey and were not even playing the Soviets, but anyone else feel like this match up is reminiscent of 1980?

Spain is ranked number one in the world, undefeated in the Confederation Cup thus far, and has broken the record for consecutive games won with 15.

Their undefeated since June 26th 2008, and have not been beaten in their 35 past games, going 32-0-3.

They have not conceded a goal in the 2009 Confederation Cup, not to mention are the  champions of Europe by winning the UEFA EURO Cup.

USA on the other hand is ranked 14th, has lost to Italy, Brazil and Costa Rica in recent matches. And they only squeaked thier way into the semi finals with a 3-0 win against Egypt, going 1-2-0 in Confederation Cup play.

They also conceded six goals in the Confederation Cup, while only putting up four.

And cmon, did anyone think they had a chance to even make it into the Semis?

Donovan and Dempsey will have their hands full with Spain's Torres and Villa, top scorers during the Confederation Cup.

Spain's defense itself is undefeated, not giving up any goals while the US has been struggling to score against top teams.

So, the stats can not lie, nor can the attitudes. Does anyone think USA even has the slightest chance to win?

In the football world, everyone is talking about this monumental Spain v. Brazil possible match, which do not get me wrong would be epic!

But! how epic would it be if USA beat Spain. They would need a miracle. A huge miracle.

If USA wants to earn some respect, especially in Europe, they need a win. A win that no one expects.

The whole world will be watching on Wednesday, will 2009 be another USA miracle or will Spain be to much for the USA to handle?

History shows us that all you need...is a chance.