I’m a soccer guy. I play and coach, follow the sport and needless to say I’m really into the World Cup. But I’m not a soccer proselytizer: I won’t force it on you, but don’t tell me I’m stupid for liking it. To each his own, right?
This year’s U.S. Men’s Team has a different feel to it than in the past. 18 of the players compete internationally and, going into the Cup, the team was given a real shot to go into the Round of 16. Well, today they did it, albeit at the last minute and in dramatic fashion. As in the game against Slovenia, there was another goal disallowed on an iffy call. Yet, the player who scored the game winner, Landon Donovan, explained the setback was no reason for excuses:
“Like I said last week, we embody what Americans are about. We can moan about it or we can get on with it and we kept going. We believe, man.”
No excuses, get the job done. Regardless of the outcome, there was little doubt the effort was there. And this time, it paid off. Next game is Saturday.