World Cup 2014: where even an American World Cup elimination sparks patriotism

The USA is out of the World Cup.

But the general consensus is that they fought valiantly, gave it their all, and did our country proud.

Anybody who saw the game would be hard-pressed to say otherwise. They were the clear underdog going in, and it showed in Tim Howardthe game’s first 100 minutes (the first two halves plus the first 10 minutes of extra time), when Belgium was constantly on the attack. U.S. keeper Tim Howard made a remarkable 16 saves, which occasionally is more saves than you’ll see in a hockey game by a goaltender.

The country clearly rallies behind the American national team during the World Cup, which is cool. The one thing I like about it is that when the team suffers heartbreak, everybody suffers heartbreak.

One of the few things I dislike about living in New York is the great divide in sports fandom. Every major sport has two teams, meaning fan bases are split. So when one team makes a deep run and competes for a national championship, there’s going to be a large contingent of people in the team’s home state that are rooting against them.

It really doesn’t make that much sense. But it’s the way is. New York is a major market and any team that plays here is going to be extremely profitable. Los Angeles is the same way.

But there’s only one U.S. national soccer team. And that’s what makes the loss easier to take. You’re not going to see people on Facebook cheering on the team’s failure. The disappointment is mutual.

The other sad fact is that, by tomorrow, most people will probably have already gotten over it. Heck, I’ve already gotten over it, and I like soccer.

We as Americans are spoiled. We expect the best of everything. So every four years, when the World Cup comes around and the USA is far and away not the best, I think the nation rallies around the idea of being the underdog. And that seems to be why we support our soccer team through thick and thin.

And now, we all get to think how old we’re going to be next time the World Cup comes around, and gasp in horror. I’ll be 31.

31!

All throughout Twitter and Facebook, Tim Howard and company were being praised for their play. And rightfully so. The offense didn’t turn it on until they had to, but they did everything they could and left it all out on the field.

And as a nation, we can now move on to more “important” sports news, like where LeBron James is going to sign his next contract.

Sigh. At least we can now all hate Belgium together. Seriously, what has that country ever done for us, besides Belgian waffles?

Good try, USA. go get ’em in four years.

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