March 27th, 2012

QOTD: Summing Up The United States’ Olympic Sadness

Freddy Adu leaves the field after his U-23 squad failed to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Image: REUTERS/Harrison McClary.

“I’m still in complete and utter shock,” said US head coach Caleb Porter, looking like a coach who just shed every tear he had to shed. “It was the last second. Seconds. Seconds away.”

— words by Ives Galarcep, senior writer & Soccer By Ives editor.

When a journo summarises a team’s loss by recounting the quantity of tears its manager shed, one may believe said team (once deemed frontrunners in the race to secure an Olympic footie berth) have hit rock bottom.

To all the Kickettes tracking the U.S. squad’s qualification journey, how you holding up after last night’s tug-of-war-and-score finale? Is it too early for us to send the manservants around with gratuitous bonbon refills?

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9 Responses to “QOTD: Summing Up The United States’ Olympic Sadness”

  1. Sara P says:

    It's very heartbreaking! But….there is light at the end of the tunnel. I think Klinnsman is doing wonderful things with our USMNT and I think it is only a matter of time before the whole soccer program really starts to perk up and show what it is made of. We have always had so much talent…but we just haven't known what to do with it. But, I'm optimistic that things are changing for the US! GO USA GO!

  2. Audrey says:

    I'm still furious that Alexander Larin got away with literally PUNCHING Terrence Boyd in the face, in the box, off the ball. That was 100% a red card and a penalty for the U.S. and nothing was called. It's absolutely disgusting that Larin now gets to play in the semis and possibly further when he should be suspended. You CANNOT punch people in the face!

    Not to mention that the score could have been 4-2 from the penalty spot, and even if the penalty was missed, playing 11 v 10 chances are very, very high that the U.S. wouldn't have given up the equalizer.

    I should be used to it by now, but CONCACAF reffing somehow never fails to astound me.

    • Kay20 says:

      You go Audrey. I feel your same disgust. Add to it that the players had BITE MARKS (the Canadians reported a similar incident with photo and video evidence) and I'm even more pissed.

      Yes, we lost partially due to our own mistakes, but God, what a horrific way to go.

      Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, Freddy, Brek, et al – we support you, and trust me, you'll get 'em next time. See them in World Cup Qualifying.

      • Audrey says:

        Seriously, WTF is wrong with CONCACAF? I hadn't heard about the biting incident. I looked it up and it was Larin who bit Canada's Carl Haworth in the first group game, leaving visible bite marks on his shoulder. Canada submitted photo and video evidence and a doctor's report and no one did anything and Larin played against Cuba and then against the U.S. where he punched Terrence Boyd in the face and left him with a mouth full of blood and a bloody nose.

        This is such a massive joke. Does Larin need to stab someone before he gets suspended? How has CONCACAF not taken retrospective action and suspended him for the semifinal? For that matter, why hasn't El Salvador taken any responsibility and at the very least benched this kid???

  3. xbabyshakesx says:

    SOO HEARTBREAKING!!!! yes i love them spain boy and them awesome germans, but I know USMNT is where my heart belongs! Poor guys =[

  4. nayloveee says:

    I cried so hard last night when we lost, I can't believe my baby yanks are out. :(

    El Salvador pulled a landon donovan-algeria moment, I'll say that.

  5. liz2 says:

    only if that manservant is one of the U23's and pass on the bourbon. body shots with tequila will do the trick

  6. thelovehater says:

    Four minutes and fourteen seconds…ugh I think a lot of us are still having that moment of "did that really happen?" Send the manservant over…and I take three olives in my martini, no onion.

    Can we talk about Boyd and his injury? Can we comfort him? *sigh*

  7. Rossanera says:

    I'm not even a USMNT supporter, but even I think "rock bottom" is a bit harsh and somewhat inaccurate. These boys fought valiantly to stage a comeback and were just … unfortunate. My heart breaks for my American Kickettes, but i think they, and their team, should still hold their heads up high.