How long can we look back on another U.S. Men's Soccer result and talk about as a small improvement and pretend that failure is actually a positive? I think that ended for me this morning when we (we?) were eliminated by Nigeria. The U.S. plays like I live; they try really hard and fuck up continuously. I love U.S. soccer. I love them more than I love the Braves or Alabama. I love them enough to wake up whenevr they play and jump around on my couch regardless of how I feel. But, at some point, giving it their all and coming up short can't just be a starting point for reflection, it has to be a cold dissapointment. I think it is important for America to be a world football power. In the game against the Netherlands, the U.S. looked every bit the part. Against Nigeria they were a second-rate replay of the hearbreaking defeat to Ghana in the last World Cup.
I am inconsolable.