It’s fitting, really — the U.S. goes out after 115 minutes of offense utterly devoid of creativity, and propped up by the superhuman efforts of the greatest American soccer player of all time in Tim Howard. At the end, we almost scrape by to a tie.
Why do we seem to assume that the first 50 to 75 percent of a game is just a warm-up?
I mean, that’s the script for U.S. soccer. And with this probably being Howard’s last rodeo, maybe the silver lining is that the U.S. can stop relying on an amazing goal-keeper and start playing the way great teams do by focusing on midfield possession.