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We're holding our heads too Tim.

I wish for the sake of US soccer World Cup Officials would allow the US to start the game at the 15 minute mark because that way they won’t have allowed a goal early on. Then again that’d be like me saying I wish the NCAA would allow St. Johns Basketball to only play the first half because they always lose in the second. No time to whine though. USA played with their hearts and fought game in and game out but there wasn’t enough comeback magic to last the whole tournament and it caught up to them finally.

After giving up a goal, again, in the first five minutes of the game (Kevin-Prince Boateng with the goal) USA had to fight back the whole game. They had a great opportunity late in the first half when Robbie Findley had an open lane to the goal took a shot directly at Ghana’s goalie Richard Kingson who made the save. The key word in that sentence was OPPORTUNITY. The US had multiple chances to win the game tonight whether it was off the foot of Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey, they had their chance and never took full advantage of it. They caught a lucky break in the 60th minute when Dempsey was taken down in the box and the US was awarded a penalty kick. In World Cup history only 69% of penalty shots were made. Not a number I felt to comfortable about but Landon Donovan popped the ball in the back of the net as it grazed off the right cross bar. Two more inches right and it would have missed. That gave Donovan 3 goals in this World Cup. He needed one more to help his team but he didn’t come up the winner this time. Asamoah Gyan, the guy from the beginning of the match I said the US had to be watching all game (4 games, 3 goals), came up with a beauty of a goal in the 93rd minute. Of course the US would give up a goal 3 minutes into overtime right.

Thought the US lost and are headed home from South Africa I did see one bright spot in this tournament and that was off the field. I saw a lot more soccer fans come out then in recent memory. I know people say “of course it’s the World Cup” but I’ve been apart of many World Cups and every year I see a steady increase in fans. Though it might ever be big in the US as I hope it would, I’ll take the increase in fans and now sit back for the next four years and dream of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and hope the US team doesn’t have to see Ghana at all.

-Timmy Dimas

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