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Mission Accomplished!

June 23, 2010 - Pretoria, South Africa - epa02217763 US national soccer team players have a team huddle before the FIFA World Cup 2010 group C preliminary round match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, 23 June 2010.

Today the US progressed, and not just to the next round of 16 in this World Cup. They progressed in the ranks of world football. Their status, their pedigree was elevated. How so? They did something that they as a nation have never done before. Something that Brazil, Argentina, Germany do in every World Cup. They set a goal, a plan, a mission, and they acheived it.

Going into this World Cup this US team felt that anything less than the round of 16 would be a failure. Now in comparison to the other giants of world football, advancement to the next round is a given, and going into a World Cup many aim for the semi-finals at least. But not for the US; they have never entered into this tournament and fulfilled their expectations. Round of 16 appearances in 1994 and 2002 were surprises, shocks. They caught the footballing world by surprise. They entered into World Cup 2006 with high expectations and failed miserably.

So here we sit in 2010, a known entity in the football world, expectations high, and now fulfilled. Now this doesn’t mean that we take our seat along the side of the world’s elite, not only do they acheive their footballing goals, but they do it tournament after tournament, and with class. In the big picture the round of 16 may be a small acheivement but it allows us to reach the point were we can look at the World Cup and say, “This is were we want to go in the tournament”and know that we can do it. We can look and say,”This is the result we need,” and know that we can attain it. It may take time for the class to arrive. Quaterfinals, semifinals, or even finals may come this year or in 20 years, but when the US mens team go to sleep tonight, they can all smile and think, mission accomplished. And when they wake up tomorrow, they can start on their next mission, Ghana.

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  1. Angry Trey

    June 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I agree with James. The mission isnt near accomplished yet. I am as happy as anyone that the U.S. got out of the group stage, but I have higher hopes than that for this team.

  2. James

    June 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Mission not accomplished. I think a Quarterfinals finish is what we were aiming for the whole time.

    • McBride

      June 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      “Mission not accomplished. I think a Quarterfinals finish is what we were aiming for the whole time.”


      At least one knockout stage win is the goal, particularly after winning the group.

  3. doug

    June 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Fulham’s Dempsey chant: “he scores with his left, he scores with his right, that boy clint dempsey, makes drogba look shite”

  4. sports betting

    June 24, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Time to forget about the bad ref and move on to the semis, easy draw here…

    • Mark

      June 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      This team is better when it plays with a chip on its shoulder and can take the underdog mantle.
      I don’t think Bob Bradley has gotten enough credit for what he’s accomplished. I haven’t always liked his style or tactics, but:
      2007 Gold Cup win over Mexico
      2009 Confed Cup 2nd to Brazil
      2009 Gold Cup 2nd w/ a B or C squad against Mexico
      2009 won CONCACAF qualifying
      2010 won WC group going undefeated
      His only real failing as the USMNT coach was the poor performance in the 2007 Copa America with a third rate squad. In hindsight focusing on winning the Gold Cup and qualifying for the Confed Cup might have been the right move, but it may have cost us further invites to the best tournament in the western hemisphere.

  5. McBride

    June 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Solid point. There is always more pressure when you are “supposed” to advance. Especially when you aren’t blessed with the talent pool of Brazil, Germany, Argentina, etc.

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