... but WTF happened? First the loss to Jamaica, and now this. It was entertaining, in the way that a terrible match can often be entertaining. Consider Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Terrible baseball, but sort of weirdly entertaining for that. The U.S.-Panama third place game had that quality. 35 fouls! Ridiculous refereeing! Botched attacks against sleeping defenders!
OK, this is what happens when two baseball countries play soccer. Only it isn’t! The U.S. is a rising soccer power. In theory, we’re about 15 years away from being a serious prospect to win the men’s World Cup; 11 years if things break right.
But right now 15 years seems impossibly soon. Feels more like 100, or never. Ugh.