Why the U.S. won't lose to England 

June, 12, 2010

Before this blog was even a twinkle in our editor's eye, we were following the U.S. national team across the globe on behalf of the Worldwide Leader, talking to its coaches and players, and watching virtually every ball kicked during the 63 games since Bob Bradley took the team's reins on an interim basis in January 2007. There was a dismal friendly at London's Wembley Stadium; a trip to the forbidden city of Havana. The epic Confederations Cup run in South Africa a year ago; visits to Costa Rica, Trinidad, the legendary Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. We've hoisted brews in Bratislava, eaten greens in Amsterdam, and inhaled cheese steaks in Philadelphia. (Or was it the other way around?)

Now the time has finally come. While it's time for the American soccer team's journey through the 2010 World Cup to begin, after 10 months in this space it's also time to put ourselves out there and provide an educated prediction on the outcome of today's grudge match against England -- the biggest, most hyped tilt in the national squad's 94-year history.

Simply put, our conclusion is this: The U.S. ain't losing today.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.