It seems that America only knows how to fight a good fight. Never more true has this been than in the 2014 World Cup, where USA has beaten and clawed its way up to face the undefeated team, Belgium. After an unfortunate loss to Germany, words bubbled about America’s expectations, but USA seems doggedly determined to beat the odds this time around.
As soccer, as we know it, has become more popular on this side of the pond, so has the USA’s standing in the World Cup. We suffered a disappointing 0-1 loss against Germany, but spirits are undaunted as we turn to face one of football’s top contenders. More importantly, players that have been considered more of a liability, have managed to hold together, and keep a solid front, adding strength to what would otherwise be one of the weakest World Cup team contenders. This year’s system of cards and flags has given cause for concern, but regardless, USA has managed to hold on. Yes, a few players have had hard a time holding up to the pressure, but on the whole, this has been USA’s best year yet. Not only have they had to compete with some of the most experienced World Cup teams, surviving the group of death, but they have also had the unfortunate lot of being the most travelled team throughout the series.