Devastated By U.S. World Cup Team's First-Round Loss, Nation Grinds To Halt

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Pacific Historian
Jun 4, 2005
Orange County, CA
Yes, the USA does care about the world cup.

NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, and WASHINGTON, DC—With the Dow Jones average down over 600 points, factory productivity in a downward spiral, and workplace attendance down by nearly a third, experts say the U.S. World Cup team's heartbreaking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Czech Republic on Monday has brought life across the soccer-crazed nation to a virtual standstill.

"What happened in Gelsenkirchen has indeed dealt a grievous blow to the morale of the American people," said President Bush, who had promised his constituency a swift and speedy victory in the World Cup this year and whose popularity has taken a 9 percent hit since the U.S. team's loss. "I want the citizens of this great nation, the world's only remaining superpower, to know that I grieve alongside them and urge them to be strong in our hour of darkness, and urge them to return to their jobs and schools despite their heavy hearts."

Mere days ago, the feeling across the nation was one of great joy, eager anticipation, and optimism for the prospects of the most talented American team to ever take the field. It is estimated that over 85 percent of U.S. households were watching the USA–Czech Republic matchup. And going into the game that most Americans have been waiting for, analyzing, and all but living for during the past four years, schools, offices, shopping centers—everything, in fact, except vital services—closed their doors as the game began.

Now, days after the end of penalty time, many of those doors are still closed.

"I take full responsibility for losing the game," said Claudio Reyna, whose shot off the crossbar of the Czech goal as the U.S. trailed 1-0 in the opening half of play has been shown to coincide with a significant bump in the suicide rate, a momentary increase in reports of domestic violence, and a $0.45 increase in the per-gallon price of gasoline. "But we still have games to play in this opening round. I realize that the United States, more than any other country, loves this game. But that is no reason for so many people to cancel their weddings."

The general feeling of hopelessness may be felt across the United States, the nation the rest of the world thinks of as Pelé's adopted home, the land that popularized the term "soccer," and Americans are finding many different ways to voice their despair.

Hundreds of yards of black bunting hung over the head and arms of the Statue of Liberty has yet to be removed by the New York City Parks Department; similar shrouds have appeared on Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hawaii's Pearl Harbor Memorial. Las Vegas casinos are running skeleton staffs at the tables and doubling the size of security shifts, at once worrying over their empty floors and fearing retribution at the hands of World Cup gamblers who bet on the U.S. out of loyalty. And the House of Representatives, which traditionally remains closed throughout the World Cup, called a special session for the specific purpose of introducing a bipartisan bill that would change America's national sport back to baseball.

"This cannot last," said Bruce Arena, coach of the U.S. World Cup team and by extension effectively the second-most powerful man in America, in an address televised simultaneously on every national channel Wednesday night. "We cannot have crops unharvested in the fields, the doors of our churches sealed shut, the Stars and Stripes fixed at half-mast, all because of our dishonorable standard of play. We cannot ask you to forgive our loss to the Czechs, as that must be left to the wisdom of the God of our fathers. We have always been a nation blessed with strength, not only in our love for our soccer teams, but in our love for one another, and we must call on both now if we are to endure these dark days."

At press time, the U.S. team is scheduled to play Italy on Saturday and Ghana the following Thursday, and the National Guard has reported moderate casualties while attempting to contain hooligan activity in the nine largest U.S. cities.


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That artical up there hilarious. I visited the website and that website is funny as hell. Good stuff thanks for the link.
Looks like the US is going to go out in two. Italy is gonna open a can of whoop *** on them. Wife told me the Italians are pissed off at their own team for the fixing scandal and hope they lose (which generally means they're going to win all their matches). Getting back to US/Czech How does a country of 10 million whack a country of 300 million around so easily? In this whole country there aren't at least 9 guys like Pele?

As for US beer, you guys are right, it is p***water. But then again, if all you drink is this stuff, you really get used to it after a while. Just spend a bit more time in the bathroom...
The only reason the US team was ranked 5th in the world is because the soccer ruling body FIFA bases its rankings off wins and losses. Well over the last 4 years most of the US games has been against other N. American teams and lets face it there are not very many teams in N. America that are any good. Canada? Trinidad Tobago? Cuba? Haiti? The US beats them all so they are ranked high in the rankings.

Whenever they play a team from outside of the N. America division though they lose. Recently they lost to Italy 7-1, Germany 4-1 in pre World Cup warm up matches and then they just lost to Czech 3-0. The US team is not as good as the rankings say they are.
DerAdlerIstGelandet said:
Whenever they play a team from outside of the N. America division though they lose. Recently they lost to Italy 7-1, Germany 4-1 in pre World Cup warm up matches and then they just lost to Czech 3-0. The US team is not as good as the rankings say they are.

Absolutely. Did you see the goal? The first goal they get in Europe in their last two Euro based world cups AND THE ITALIANS HAD TO DO IT FOR THEM!

They look a lot better today than on Monday. And that Red Card for USA was bs, but there's still 45 minutes left. Oughta pull Eddie Pope, he's gonna get a Red. Just behind the curve and the Italians know it.

But if they can keep up the pressure, they've got a decent chance in the second half.
It was toasty day here in Orange County, in the low 90's...... and I enjoyed my cold Budweisers watching the game.
I think they will too, they are riding on a lot of motivation right now to be the african nation to make it the farthest in the World Cup.

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