Great for history, not great for today
U.S. pulls off an impossible soccer comeback, but it's still in criticalcondition at the World Cup
Being down 2-0 in high-level international soccer, when the other team knows all it has to do to advance is hold on, is the equivalent to trailing by four touchdowns in football.
So, the U.S. squad did the near impossible in coming back to earn a 2-2 tie with Slovenia just moments ago after falling in that crater-sized hole. The game of this World Cup so far was marked by the American team's stubborn resilience in the face of certain elimination (a loss and the U.S. would have had no chance of advancing to the round of 16). You'll hear a lot about heart, will and stars and stripes fight.
And in the end, this U.S. team could still be watching the next round of the World Cup along with the rest of that gigantic worldwide TV audience.
The truth is that Bob Bradley's team needed to win this game against the smallest country in the 32-team field (Slovenia's population is two million). Now, even if Tim Howard and company beat Algeria — the weakest team in their group — in the last game of group play, there's still no guarantee they will advance.
This was a great moment for soccer. This World Cup desperately needed an exciting game that got people talking. It will be a great memory for the annals of U.S. soccer. It's the largest comeback in U.S. World Cup history. But it's still a low moment as far as America's chances in this tournament.
Slovenia came out and trash talked the U.S. before the game — and more than delivered.
And please, no obsessing over the disallowed goal in the 85th minute. The U.S. never should have been down 2-0, the tie itself is something of a miracle. If English goalie Robert Green hadn't gifted America an equalizer, the U.S. would already be done.
No team has gotten more breaks in this Cup.