Their presence at the games in South Africa is sure to be a boon, drawing extra attention and adding a potentially dramatic storyline to what many (non-Americans) consider the greatest sporting event in the world. Like our last World Cup squad, this team has heart. Its 3-2 victory over Honduras included heroics from a number of players, including veteran Conor Casey, who scored two goals.
Of course, it seems unlikely that the U.S. will come home with the cup, given historical odds against the stiff competition, but I predict we'll see a couple of emotional, high-energy efforts from the Americans. Either way, the parties will be better. I won't be at the games in South Africa, unfortunately, but the bar scene in New York is bound to be raucous.
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