The United States was eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday after losing to Ghana 2-1 in extra time. The loss marks the second straight World Cup that Ghana has eliminated the U.S. with a 2-1 score-line. The United States once again conceded an early goal when Ricardo Clark lost the ball in the midfield allowing Kevin-Prince Boateng to dribble to the edge of the box and slide the ball past goalie Tim Howard. The United States appeared to come out for the second half with more of a purpose and got themselves back into the game when Clint Dempsey drew a penalty and Landon Donovan converted to tie it at 1-1. The score would remain level after 90 minutes and into extra time until Asamoah Gyan took a long ball well of his chest and beat Howard with an amazing left footed volley for the game winning goal.
The loss is made even more disappointing by the fact that the United States looked to have the easiest possible draw to the semifinals that they could have asked for. There were none of the elite nations such as Germany, Brazil and Spain in their way and they actually had the highest world ranking in the section. If they could have gotten past Ghana for once they would have been favored against Uruguay to find a spot in the semis, one win for the World Cup Final. Of course this makes the loss all that more difficult to swallow but the fact is that the United States isn’t among the worlds best teams at this time. They could have just as easily not have even made it out of their group if it wasn’t for Landon Donovan’s late heroics. The good news is that this World Cup Team has brought attention and an excitement for soccer that this country has never seen. This World Cup was without a doubt good for the sport in this country and will only increase our expectations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.