I listened to the World Cup game between the U.S. and Belgium on my drive back from Cincinnati today and really found myself getting into it. According to the radio announcers, at least, the U.S. got a stunning performance from goalie Tim Howard that kept them in the game, but the Belgian pressure finally yielded two goals in extra time and the United States was knocked out of the World Cup, 2-1.
I’m not going to pretend that I know all of the rules of soccer — I certainly don’t, and probably never will — and I’m not going to claim that I am as interested in soccer as I am in, say, college football. I will say, however, that I enjoyed the U.S.A. run in the World Cup this year, and I’ll be hoping that the Americans make another, even deeper, run the next time they get to play on the world stage. The U.S. may not be one of the elite teams yet, but it looks like the Americans may be getting there. Good try, U.S.A.!
Now that the Americans are out, I’m not sure I’ll watch another game in this tournament — but maybe I will. I’ll miss the British accents and the references to “nil” rather than “zero” and the other quirky elements of this global sporting event. It’s been a fun ride.