Okay, I know league and international team aren't necessarily one in the same. You can have a strong national team but a crappy league, it's possible.
But does the Joe Public-New England score mean the US national team should worry for their match against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10?
I mean, come on, how many of you predicted a lopsided rout in the Joe Public-Revolution match? And if you did, surely you would have figured that it would have been the hosts who would have put away the four goals.
I suppose this result reflects a couple of things. New England has had a busy, busy, busy schedule. By winning SuperLiga and reaching the final four of the US Open Cup, the Revs have played many games this summer. It's natural to expect a dip in form, and the Revs have won just one of five league games since returning to league action after more than a month off.
Also, Joe Public was probably motivated for the match. For Joe Public, the opportunity to participate in the Champions League and carry the Trinidadian flag in the tourney was not something they likely overlooked.
So will this possibly energize the Soca Warriors ahead of next week's game in Chicago? Perhaps. If Trinidad enters the match with the right mentality, they could certainly be a more-than-dangerous foe. I don't know, though. If I'm betting on the game, I'm taking the US and the points... not that any Vegas casino would have the game up for wager or anything...
Still, given what Joe Public did to the Revs, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised if Trinidad goes in and does some damage.