Here's a handful of awesome stories to get your blood flowing:
"The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. 'Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent—of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. 'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed time of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; The wound will enlarge with the tree, and posterity read it in full grown characters."
-Tom Paine, badass
USA Vs. England: Here's A Pre-Match Shot Of Nationalist Adrenaline - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
People appreciate the World Cup for different reasons. Personally, I love it because it allows me to jump head-first into unrepentant nationalism. As such, I love this commercial unconditionally.
United States Vs. England World Cup 2010 Preview: Seven-Month Wait Ends Saturday - SBNation.com
The match was drawn seven months ago. At 2:30 ET Saturday, U.S. soccer history can be re-written.
Dispatches From South Africa: Final Thoughts On United States Vs. England - SBNation.com
Hours before the United States takes on England in the World Cup for the first time since Belo Horizonte, Daily Soccer Fix's Steve Davis gives us his final, pre-match thoughts from South Africa.
Findley Is Your Arizona Reason To Watch The World Cup - SB Nation Arizona
Robbie Findley's made the World Cup roster; this Arizona native looks to explode onto the international scene.
and this is one day when it is OK to boo Steve Nash, avowed fan of the English just because "his parents are from there".