Superbowl Sunday prevented this Blog from posting last night. The Superbowl is the mother of all sporting events, it’s a World Cup final with 4 added hours of self-promotion and television commercials; it’s all that and a bag of chips! But you have my word that I will not talk about the Superbowl – I will talk some Under-20 and Spain Vs. Uruguay if you don’t mind.
Before the Superbowl got started, I did get to see the 2nd half of the Uruguay Vs Ecuador Under-20 Match… Uruguay’s Under-20 campaign counted where it should have, Uruguay qualified to Turkey by defeating Ecuador 5 minutes into the match. The goal, courtesy of Nico Lopez, who took away tournament goal-scorer honors (he scored six goals in the tournament). CONMEBOL was in a giving mood and gave Uruguay the FIFA Fair Play Award… nice! And an Under-20 World Cup berth ain’t bad either.
So our friend Juan Verzeri is 3 for 3 with regards to tournament qualifications. Thus far he has has qualified Uruguay to the 2011 Under-20 World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and now the 2013 Under-20 World Cup. Not bad… not bad at all.
I’ll stop here with regards to the Under-20 tournament because well, I think it’s time we did. Lets move on to other pressing news.
What other pressing news could interest this Blog? That El Chino Recoba scored another Olympic Goal? The goal which culminated in a Loco Abreu/Chino Recoba Bro-hug… not really (although I will upload the goal in case you missed it).
But I was thinking more about the upcoming friendly with Spain.
So we all know Casillas was ruled out a couple of weeks ago, but then Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez were also ruled out this weekend. Hmmm now we’re hearing that Gaston Ramirez will not make the final cut for Uruguay — but no worries, the rest of Uruguay’s roster are all going.
On paper, Spain still has enough weapons on their roster to get the win but now I’m not so sure I want to co-sign my name on a Uruguay loss. A Uruguay win wouldn’t be shocking and a draw, given that it is Spain we’re facing, would be pretty good.
Personally though, I wished we would’ve faced Spain at full strength. There’s a part of me that wants to know, check that, needs to know where Uruguay really stands. But here we are, Spain is missing two key players, three if you add Casillas. The Question of whether Uruguay is good enough to beat the best of the best will have to be answered on another day. Spain minus three is still Spain, so the friendly still stands as a huge test for Uruguay and regardless of who Spain fields on Wednesday, Tabarez and company will gladly accept the challenge.