KAWASAKI – During halftime of the United States’ game against South Korea a number of Germany’s supporters were seen heading to nearby vendors and buying South Korea jerseys. Although the Germans may want to think twice about wearing them lest the Americans suffer a case of mistaken identity Thursday night.
Tuesday at Kawasaki Stadium in Group 2 action of the third World Championship of American football. The
U.S. won 77-0.
The United States made its long awaited 3rd IFAF World Championship debut in emphatic fashion, returning the opening kick 84-yards en route a 77-0 pounding of South Korea Tuesday night at Kawasaki Stadium.
“I was pleased with the focus of the team at the beginning of the game,” U.S. head coach John Mackovic said. “We put this team together for the first time just three weeks ago. We’ve just had three weeks to learn this offense and defense and have a coaching staff also together for the first time. No one had worked together so we were uncertain how we would be in this very first game.”
Any uncertainty likely faded away nine seconds into the game when captain Bobby Awrey returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for the first of 11 American touchdowns.
The Koreans, who made their World Cup debut just two days prior against Germany, were thoroughly dominated in every facet of the game from start to finish.
“As the game opened, we realized that the difference between us (and the U.S.) was more than just physical,” South Korea head coach Katsuji Ibaraki said. “It was on offense, defense, kicking and other things.”
The Americans, who meet Germany on Thursday, finished just 12 points shy of the tournament’s all-time single game scoring mark set in 1999 when Mexico trounced Finland 89-0.
The U.S. scored in almost every way imaginable as dominated from start to finish.
The Americans tallied four rushing touchdowns, two punt return scores, one score on a kickoff return, a blocked punt that led to a score, one interception return for a touchdown, a fumble return and a passing score.
About the only thing missing was the U.S. offense, which due to special teams and defensive scores, only had the ball for just over 20 minutes.
The U.S faces Germany on Thursday in group play in what in one of the most anticipated games on the tournament.
WIth a roster filled with former NFL Europa players, the Germans figure to match up better with the strong U.S. team.