I never imagine the US team would show such fight. Good for them. I thought they'd just meekly play out the rest of the games. And, when the Italians scored first I was sure the US team would cave.
That was the kind of performance that will keep them from being a laughing stock in the US. A humiliating wash-out from this tournament would have been a huge blow to the fortunes of soccer in America. The methods used last night mattered a lot less than the effort and, of course, the result. I still doubt they'll beat Ghana on Thursday, but I hope they at least go down swinging.