Getting back to the job at hand, another season is upon us and the World Cup is now in sight. For Watford, people have been writing us off so far this season and that's not a bad place to be in some minds. As a group, we are not as big as we have been -- selling a few of our better players and the club is also up for sale -- which means we won't be spending any money to bring too many new players in to strengthen the squad. So far though after four games, we find ourselves seventh in the table and looking much stronger than pundits expected. Of course it's still early and if injuries come, our thin squad could be in trouble. At the moment though, we are looking very together and united. No real superstars, just 11 guys who all want to be at the club and work their tails off for each other. That can go a long way in achieving success.
I compare us to a team like Derby, which has a wage bill probably three times ours, a squad of about 30 guys, and still hasn't won a league game in almost a year. Derby seems to have no identity, no unity, which leads to confusion, which leads to losing. At Watford, we all know our roles and want to play them, which in the end makes us stronger. For me, my role as captain will be a challenge, but hopefully I can lead the team to a fantastic season. I just hope we can continue our form over 55 games.
As for the U.S. team, we're looking very strong in our group with wins over Cuba and T&T this past week, and a win over Guatemala away on Aug. 20. I definitely see a unity in the U.S. squad, which I think will lead to great things for the future. Every time I come into camp, there's a buzz about the players and the whole setup. I think it's really starting to show on the field as well, considering how well we have played over the past year.Guatemala was a true test for us, considering we hadn't won there in over 20 years. The Guatemalans tried everything to disrupt us. From messing up our training schedules, to the fans throwing beer bottles at the bus on the way to the stadium, and also not letting us through the entrance gate. Even two hours before the game, the stadium was packed with fans booing and whistling at us. When we checked the field to see what studs we would wear for game time, they even launched coins and other projectiles. They also had Gatorade girls positioned right next to our benches for distraction. I know I was distracted! They tried everything, but to be honest, no one was fazed and we weathered the storm as a team, seeing off a 1-0 win, and a great start to our bid for 2010. Hopefully that can continue into the later rounds and maybe I can even be there to take part in the pinnacle of my profession.