Why it’s important … [updated]

In a country where soccer is a 2nd tier (if that) sport, the USA vs. Ghana game today represents more then just a knockout stage game. In this world, the United States has long dominated just about every sport, every event. Except soccer. The rest of the world does not want to see us succeed. Ever. Everyone hates us and this is the last bastion of sports that we don’t own. There has long been a disdain for the men’s team throughout the world, but not for the players, but for the country.