I cannot believe it has been 12 years since a United States senior soccer team man or woman won a FIFA World Cup. I still cannot believe the accomplishments I had achieved like getting out of Special Ed, attended and graduated from Cass Tech, attended and graduated from Michigan State and now I knocking on law school's door; all of this before the Men's or Women's National Soccer Team winning a World Cup.
In 2002, the Men's Team had a good chance in winning it, but fell short in the quarterfinal lost to Germany. In 2003 the Women's Team had their shot in winning it all, but most of the players on that squad were starting to get older and thinking about their post-soccer careers and lost to upstart German National Team for a third place finish. Then in 2006, the Men's Team, which many believe, was screwed by being putting in the same group as Italy, Ghana, and the Czech Republic; all three teams were very strong with Italy winning the tournament. The most confusing year in this whole not winning the World Cup journey for me has to be 2007; where the women's team got younger and had the better chance of all the teams I mention so far. The problem was there were then U.S Head Coach Greg Ryan benched goalkeeper Hope Solo who were amazing during that World Cup, only giving up two goals in four games in favor of Briana Scurry who had not played 3 months before, because of a great history against Brazil (that's who the USA played against in the semi-finals). This would be like Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra benching Dwyane Wade in favor of Eddie House before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Well as a result, the US team lost to Brazil 4-0 and again limp to a third place finish.
Finally, in 2010 the Men's Team gave us Americans a great showing, but slowly lost to our friends Ghana in the quarterfinals. Now as the US Women's Team is one day away from playing their first match in this year World Cup. I hope they win it all, because I do not want to go into 2014 almost finish with law school and still be in disbelief that the drought continues.