What Caught My Eye: Soccer slips, success, Yankees

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We’re not invincible

The U.S. women’s team ran into a Spanish team that gave it a test unlike what it has faced in quite some time. The U.S. breezed its way through its pre-tournament friendlies and the group stage, and the lack of competition caught up on Monday afternoon.

The U.S. played sloppily and looked ill prepared for a matchup with a solid Spain roster. Although it was far from a beautiful performance, the biggest takeaway is that the U.S. can still prevail even when lacking in effort.

The top teams in the world will take advantage of another performance like that. As for Spain, I think I know who is my favorite in four years when that young team is mature and ready for the 2023 World Cup.

A step in the right direction

The U.S. men’s team is taking over the television screens of American households on the off days for the women’s team, and it put on a much better performance than we saw in the lead-up games to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. While Guyana was not exactly a challenging opponent, the blowout of Trinidad & Tobago definitely signified signs of better days for U.S. soccer. The team that I saw win 6-0 is a team that still may not be ready to openly defeat Mexico but can certainly hang with the best in CONCACAF.

Bombs away!

The Yankees keep on hitting homeruns. It’s that simple. The Bronx Bombers are living up to their name and taking advantage of the slightest mishap by an opposing pitcher. Oh, and did I mention that this is a lineup that has two of the best homerun hitters in baseball back and healthy? The long ball is the way for the modern era of baseball, and I, along with almost every baseball fan, can’t get enough.

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