Silver Chips Online

Another goal scored

By Molly Nicholson, Online Features and Food Editor
July 6, 2010
Rewind to the years leading up to the 1994 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. The U.S. was to serve as the host nation after years of controversial criticism regarding their perceived weak national team and their lack of a professional soccer league. This criticism was in part demolished after the U.S.'s first win in nearly two years at the 1989 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conference; that and the establishment of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1993 earned the U.S. its first World Cup appearance in nearly 40 years. The team has never looked back.

After his goal that put the U.S. in the first place of Group C and thrilled fans throughout the nation, Landon Donovan hugs teammate Clint Dempsey. Courtesy of ESPN.com
After his goal that put the U.S. in the first place of Group C and thrilled fans throughout the nation, Landon Donovan hugs teammate Clint Dempsey.
This year, in the 19th FIFA World Cup, the U.S. had another incredible tournament. Although the Yanks only made it to the round of sixteen before Ghana knocked them out for the second consecutive World Cup, the U.S. national team is winning over the masses in the United States.

With a recorded 3.35 million American viewers tuning into the World Cup this year, the U.S. national team was sure to get noticed. After qualifying for the World Cup ahead of archrival Mexico, the U.S. arrived in South Africa and started things off with a close draw with England. Then rallying from a two-goal deficit to tie Slovenia and beating Algeria with Landon Donovan's goal in the first minute of added time, the United States' national team was turning up the heat and is now opening doors for American soccer players around the nation.

The young team gained a lot experience in this year's tournament, and there are great expectations for the future of American soccer. Players like Donovan and Clint Dempsey are evolving the sport of soccer in the U.S. by making it a much more loved and cheered-upon game. This new hype of the game is bound to heavily increase American viewers of the World Cup. Since the U.S. soccer team is coming full force and working harder than ever to secure a championship in 2014, the rest of the world now must step back and see the U.S. as a real contender.

And with the 2014 World Cup clearly in sight for the U.S. team, the players are sure to realize that though they may have lost one battle to Ghana, they are well on their way to winning the war of broadcasting soccer throughout the U.S.

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