Bitter Disappointment But a Bright Future for Fans of the USA Soccer Jerseys
The USA 2014 World Cup home shirt has become the signature of a strong football team. Soccer Box still has stock of this fantastic Nike football shirt that will be used for friendly and international matches in the run-up to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Order your shirt today and show support for one of the up and coming team’s that may prove to make a real title challenge in the 2018 World Cup event.
Football or soccer as it is known in the USA, is a growing phenomenon in America, quickly overtaking other sports for participation and as a spectator sport. As Major League Soccer (MLS) has become ingrained into the minds of American sports fanatics so has the determination for world domination, and the FIFA World Cup title.
Group G Action
In the CONCACAF qualifying region the USA team finished in 1st place winning 7 of their matches, drawing 1 and losing 2. This was a strong finish paving the way for group stage action and a fantastic performance from the team wearing the USA soccer jerseys.
Unfortunately for the USA team they were drawn into a tough Group G, otherwise refereed to as the Group of Death. Portugal, Germany and Ghana would be their opposition for a spot in the knockout stage. This was a tough group in which any of the teams could snatch a place in the next round.
The USA team played valiantly in every game; they managed a win over Ghana in their 1st outing. The 1st use of the USA 2014 World Cup home jersey came against Portugal, which was an exciting game to the final whistle. It seemed the USA was in for the win, until a Portuguese equalizer in the 95th minute. A strong performance but 1-0 loss against Germany didn’t spoil their hope of knockout football.
USA V Belgium
The USA soccer jerseys faced those of the Belgian national football team at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador for the final match of the Round of 16. The Last-16 games have been packed with excitement, last minute goals and thrilling results this one was no different.
The Belgium squad has been described as being in its Golden Era, with a host of new talent and strong performances the USA would have to work hard to advance to the quarterfinals. Work hard they did, neither side could find an opening and after 90 minutes of game play the result remained 0-0.
This was the 5th of the 8 Last-16 games that needed a further 30 minutes of game-play to decide the result, and what a 30 minutes it was. After only 3 minutes Belgian player Kevin De Bruyne hit the net making the score 1-0. After the short break there was a frenzy of activity that began with Belgium making the score line 2-0.
However, the USA weren’t going home quietly and only 2 minutes later controversial substitute, 19 year old Julian Green, hit the net with his 1st touch of the game, giving hope to the fans wearing the USA soccer jerseys. Several more opportunities arose in the closing minutes but it wasn’t enough and the USA team will be packing their bags and heading home, leaving Belgium to face Argentina in the quarterfinals.
The Future of the USA National Team
The USA home shirt may not to be seen again in Brazil, but the performance of the team wearing this football shirt is sure to inspire hope and passion in American soccer fans. Tim Howard the team’s goalkeeper made 29 saves, more that any other goalkeeper in a World Cup game since records began in 1966.
It is likely that by the time the 2018 FIFA World Cup comes around an ageing Tim Howard will have been replaced by a younger counterpart. However, the younger members of the squad proved that the USA team has talent coming through that is sure to outshine other teams at the next World Cup.
Goal scorer Julian Green and substitute Yedlin both proved their worth as new talent that deserve a place in the starting line-up. Darlington Nagbe, Sean Johnson and Luis Gil are just a few names that are likely to pop up in the USA team during the coming years. These young stars are lighting up MLS and will be lighting up the International football stage for the USA national team over coming years.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over for the American team but their future is looking solid and bright. Order your USA soccer jerseys and show pride for the team both now and in future games. You can even get 5% off using coupon code BLOG5 when shop at Soccer Box!