The United States did what it had to do Thursday morning.
They finally ended the misery.
Team USA were beaten by Ghana, 2-1, to advance Ghana into the Round of 16 and send the Americans home.
This was a tournament where, heading into this game, the Americans had just ONE SHOT ON GOAL. They leave scoring two goals....one on an "own goal" by Italy in a tie last weekend. They leave as the "whining team" who complained about officials and the like.
We were bad Americans. Very bad Americans. And I'm sure the world is sad that we are leaving.
We should leave, since we stunk up the joint. Coming in, all we heard about was how great this US team was. Sure, the group was hard and we shouldn't expect advancement...but we were still good. We were better than the 2002 team that got to the quarterfinals. We were supposed to lose a bit here....but I didn't expect us to look so bad. We finished 0-2-1 and were as unmemorable as, well, you don't think we really are gonna remember any of this happened, eh?
And as much as we, Americans, hate soccer.....we hate losers more. I mean, we aren't the biggest hockey nation either...but everyone knows about a little event in Lake Placid in 1980.
Again...I am not a soccer fan at all. But when the World Cup comes along, I do feign some interest. It passes the time before I go to work and it is the World's Game. But, with the USA gone....I probably won't go out of my way to watch any of it, except for possibly the Final.
What am I talking about!?!?! I probably watched a total of 20 minutes of the Americans anyways.
Maybe I will now, since I know there is some great soccer teams now out there....and Ghana does seem to be a great team to root for.
Go BLACK STARS!!!!