Don't walk away now — stay with soccer

Sarah Baker
Jul 1, 2014

 

Don't forget this feeling.

Don't you dare walk away now. Yes, the United States is eliminated from the World Cup — and it was a heartbreaker — but remember this unbelievable roller coaster ride and stay with us.

Remember beating Ghana in the first game. Remember how you felt when Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute, then the heartbreak you felt when Ghana tied it back up late — and then the elation when substitute John Brooks scored off Graham Zusi's even later corner. 

Remember the defensive flub against Portugal that put us down 0-1 early, then remember tying it up with Jermaine Jones' rifle from outside the box — and then taking the lead with a gut ball from Dempsey. And don't forget the devastation when Ballon d'Or winner Christiano Ronaldo played in the perfect ball to Varela to tie things in the final seconds of stoppage time. 

Remember holding powerhouse Germany to a one goal loss to make it through arguably one of the toughest groups to the round of 16.

And last, but not least, remember this loss to Belgium. Remember Tim Howard being an absolute wall in the net. Remember former University of Akron player DeAndre Yedlin coming in early for injured Fabian Johnson and streaking down the right sideline over and over again. Remember DaMarcus Beasley, playing in his fourth World Cup, doing the same on the left side. Remember holding off wave after wave of Belgian attack, and still going forward and making chances. Remember Chris Wondolowski, getting a gift of a ball right in front of the goal in second half stoppage time and shooting it over. Remember going to extra time, playing to win, taking chances and not holding back, and allowing two goals.

Then remember 19-year-old phenom Julian Green coming in and scoring immediately to put us back in it. Or all the chances we had late in extra time to tie things up. There was that tricky free kick right outside the box that put the ball on Dempsey's foot in front of the goal. Remember this feeling. And remember the beautiful game.

Remember the patriotism — but don't just remember that. Don't just remember the picture of President Barack Obama watching the U.S. play Germany, the troops cheering or the chills you got hearing "U.S.A." chanted in the stadiums of Brazil. Remember the game. The emotions of the game. The finesse of the game, the tenacity, and yes, the heartbreak.

Stay with us. Stay with the game, and let's get ready for Russia together. 

Discover Major League Soccer — Yedlin and Dempsey play for the Seattle Sounders, Michael Bradley for Toronto FC, Zusi and Matt Besler for Sporting Kansas City and Omar Gonzalez for the L.A. Galaxy. Catch a Columbus Crew game. Watch Premier League games. Follow La Liga, check out the Bundesliga. 

Continue to watch the tournament. Watch Lionel Messi and Argentina take on Belgium in the quarterfinals. Watch Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and the rest of the Dutch team take on our fellow CONCACAF member Costa Rica. Watch James Rodriguez and Colombia take on Neymar and Brazil, and watch France take on Germany. Watch the semifinals, and stay with it until the final game.

Stay with the sport … and remember this feeling.

Comments

Chirp

Soccer is still soccer. A distant cousin to all beloved American sports. U.S. team made a heck of an effort, but I'll gladly tune out again until 2018.

AMoujaes

"Although dwarfed by the NFL's Super Bowl audiences, World Cup viewership already beat those of some other recent major sporting ‎events, such as the NBA finals (15.5 million average viewers) and last fall's World Series (just under 15 million). Meanwhile the first game of the recent NHL finals drew 4.8 million viewers."
-- LA Times. (http://www.latimes.com/entertain...)

Yes, a distant cousin to beloved sports indeed.

AMoujaes

"Although dwarfed by the NFL's Super Bowl audiences, World Cup viewership already beat those of some other recent major sporting ‎events, such as the NBA finals (15.5 million average viewers) and last fall's World Series (just under 15 million). Meanwhile the first game of the recent NHL finals drew 4.8 million viewers."
-- LA Times. (http://www.latimes.com/entertain...)

Yes, a distant cousin to beloved sports indeed.

Chirp

OH COME ON. Most of that is based on the USA factor. It's less about soccer, more about pulling for the country.

themomx6

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observer

Soccer is a great way to induce drowsiness when you can't sleep! I tried watching a little bit with my husband. We both lasted about 5 minutes,that's all we could take, and he's a sports nut! That's 5 minutes wasted that I'll never get back.....BORING.....Probably the most boring sport in the entire world. Americans have once again proven their intellectual superiority by totally rejecting it. Yawn.......what's that old saying about watching paint dry.....? Soccer?.........LOL

Seriously....I DO NOT see the "draw". People have been trying to push it on Americans for years. I don't know why, but it's not working, because.......did I say this before?........it's BORING..... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Finn Finn

Agreed. Great sleeping pill.

AMoujaes

Not nearly as wasteful as the time it took to write your comment.

Intellectual superiority by totally rejecting it? Wake up and have a whiff of some data -- the record ratings. ESPN ratings are up 30 percent from the last World Cup, according to CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/23/...) and interest has even outdrawn the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup and World Series, according to the LA Times.

Quite clearly, your whole "It's not working" logic is -- help me out here Spock -- illogical.
I'm not trying to sell you on being a soccer fan. The sport is growing without you or I. A lack of soccer interest on your part, and a lack of Downton Abbey interest on mine, are not indicators that something is boring.

mjmnogoal

Let me guess.. gonna go out on a limb here, but you probably are not a very active person. Am I correct?!?!?!

observer

Let me guess.....you played soccer, right? Nobody cares! It's boring!

The Bizness

It isn't boring to me, and yes I played.

mjmnogoal

Biz- Everyone that says that it is boring, never played it. I have yet to speak with one person who has played soccer and came back to say that it is boring. And, if I ever do find someone that has played the sport for an actual season, and says that it is boring, I can't wait for them to explain why/how it is.

Chirp

I've played soccer, extremely boring. You spend more time just running than in actual action.

Good 2 B Me

Soccer is a snoozefest. No interest at all. Never will be interested.

Finn Finn

Agreed. But it appears our comments caused AMoujaes' blood pressure to surge.

AMoujaes

Nah, my blood pressure is good. I didn't break out all caps to make a point.
I just think the "Soccer is boring and because I think it's boring then that means it has no future in the USA" argument is a bit outdated, overused and just lazy.

The Bizness

I think the same thing about baseball

Chirp

The worst is when people in the United States attempt to get you to call it football. No, football in America doesn't involve flopping like whimps.

wetsu

What interests me in watching international soccer competition to extent I do is that many of the World Cup countries have their absolute best athletes gravitate toward soccer which in contrast to the United States. Please don't mistake as implying that the US team is not athletic. It is no wonder that Brazil is a 900 lb gorilla in soccer with the best athletes from a country that large involved in the sport. It spills over to the other Central American countries as well.

GoBigLex2001

Soccer sucks! No way will I allow our kids to play. If they want, they can play a real sport like football, basketball or baseball. Soccer is not an American sport.

mjmnogoal

Did you just say football is a real sport? I am an avid sports fan, but I will have to disagree with you on that one. Any sport that has 11 minutes of actual action, and takes almost 4 hours to watch isn't a sport. Oh, and you can be close to 400 pounds and be considered an athlete because you can push a guy and shuffle your feet. Not tough. You just sounded as ignorant as half the "sports" fans in Erie County are.

Oh, and I bet you have never tried the SPORT of Soccer before. I have played all 4, and I would say that soccer is by FAR the toughest sport to play.

Chirp

*11 minutes of action? HUH? Where did that come from?

*Games are 3 hours, not 4.

*Those 400 lb guys could run faster than most people, are strong as can be, and have very athletic footwork.

Please, please don't be ignorant yourself.

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thinkagain

Real men play tennis!