Bill talks soccer
While incredible goals (and a couple of incredible goal-keepers) stole the show, success in the World Cup's round of 16 depended even more on mistakes than brilliance. And it's time to play the Wait Till Next (four) Year(s) game with the USMNT.
Before the World Cup began, it seemed the most likely scenario for the U.S. to advance through Group G involved three specific results and four points. That is exactly what happened, but living through it was in no way simple.
Like a police officer or a middle manager, Landon Donovan has been forced out of his position before he was ready. And in his sudden absence, we reflect on both what was and what almost was for Donovan and the USMNT.