I’ve probably said this before, but I don’t understand why the USMNT isn’t good enough for some Americans. That’s not to say they’re world-beaters or anything; we’re nowhere near the likes of your Spains or Brazils or Germanys. But I don’t understand why some Americans choose to support countries they have no connection to simply because they have better players, they’re more likely to win the World Cup, etc.
People don’t realize that there are other countries out there, countries where soccer is the national pastime, who have gone decades without making the World Cup. Soccer is literally our fourth/fifth most popular sport and yet we’ve qualified for the last six World Cups; I assure you there are fans out there who would gladly trade places with us. Yet, for some, this isn’t good enough. For some reason, simply making it to the World Cup should be taken for granted because of this idea that the US is supposed to be the best at everything. Even things it doesn’t care about.
And don’t get me wrong, I want the US to be a lot more successful. There’s a lot US Soccer has yet to achieve, and I understand this country’s got a long way to go before we’re anywhere near world-class in The World’s Game. But we’re not as bad as the world makes us out to be, especially for a country whose federation is just now celebrating its centennial.
It’s not always fun supporting the US, no. But it could be far, far worse.