Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

July 2, 2014

Forget 1-2-1 record; World Cup a resounding success

BLUEFIELD — Has one team ever accomplished more by winning one game in four tries?

Perhaps not.

The United States soccer team won one of four games in the World Cup, also losing twice and tying once, but this was a rousing success for a sport still trying to catch up with the rest of the world.

Everywhere else, soccer is king. In America, it's just another of many sports our country has to offer.

Yet, this particular team made soccer king in America, if only for 15 days. It was very much like the opening two weeks of the NCAA tournament in which college basketball gets its chance to shine.

The thing is, the NCAA tournament happens every year. The World Cup won't be back for four years.

How big was it?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Entire column can be found in Thursday's Daily Telegraph and late tonight at www.bdtonline.com/sports

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