US team eliminated from World Cup

3 Jul 2014 | Cpl. Cameron O. Payne

There has been a lot of hype amongst the Twitter-sphere swirling around the idea that the citizens of the U.S. have finally embraced the world’s sport, soccer.

Is the U.S. becoming a soccer nation?

And the answer is complicated.

Early water-cooler chatter statistics would indicate that the buzz around the sport has increased due to the recent successes of the nation’s men’s team during the World Cup.

But now that the U.S. has been eliminated from the World Cup after an upsetting defeat by Belgium, where does that leave the sport?
Just turn on the news.

The news stations that once showed World Cup commentary, projections and non-stop game footage have returned to their stereotypical water-skiing squirrels, car chase, and political stories.

And there is the problem with soccer in the U.S.

In a nation of constantly changing buzzwords, hashtags, and trends, soccer is sure to fall back into obscurity, and it isn’t the American peoples’ fault. Our lives are ever-changing and so are our interests.
Bravo to the man who suited up in this nation’s colors and sent shockwaves throughout the soccer world.

We did what we set out to do. We made the world take notice.
Maybe the U.S. didn’t win the cup this year, but I think that not doing what we were expected to do was the theme for this World Cup team.
We didn’t lose when we were supposed to. We didn’t lie down in the face of teams more experienced.

We did what Americans do, and that’s taking something and painting it red, white and blue.

Make sure to catch this team in a few years. If we can make it to the sweet-16 as a new team that wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place, imagine what we can do when winning is expected of us.

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