Since the 2010 World Cup, there is no doubt soccer in the United States has picked up huge momentum as a spectator sport in this country. The popularity of the sport is soaring, and the success of the men's and women's teams is impressive.
Still, this is soccer, and losing in soccer isn't like losing in any other sport. We're talking about the most played sport in the world, and virtually every country has a national soccer team, whether they contend in major tournaments or not.
The United States Men's National Team is burdened with the challenge of becoming an elite soccer team in a country that doesn't support the sport nearly as much as other World Cup contenders. It also competes in a world with juggernauts such as Spain, Holland, Germany, England, Argentina, Brazil and so on.
The team couldn't get past Ghana in the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.
Then there is the women's side, which is the polar opposite of the men's team. The United States Women's National Team is the most successful women's soccer team in history. However, the team is no longer in the glory days of the '90s when the Women's World Cup was introduced, and it won two of the first three.
The most recent defeat, in the 2011 final against Japan, was a dagger to the heart of the team and its fans after a magical run to the championship game—a match team U.S.A. wasn't even expected to reach.