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  • Dingmann column: Thank you to the many U.S.A. fans

  • “One Nation, One Team” was the slogan of this team all tournament.
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  • Sitting at the dinner table the last few weeks my mom has been rattling off little bits of info on the United States Men’s National Team that she finds on the new MSN article of the day. She would say, “Say, Guthrie, did you know that Jermaine Jones (United States midfielder and a hero in the Portugal game) has dual citizenship because he was born to a U.S. soldier in Germany.”
    “Yes mom,” I’d respond. “There are actually three other players like that. Defenders Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, and John Anthony Brooks.”
    My mom falls into the category of a U.S. fan. I, on the other hand, fall into the soccer fan category. It has been a topic of conversation since the U.S.A. endeared themselves to Americans in their first game of the FIFA World Cup with a late John Anthony Brooks header to beat Ghana with less than five minutes left.
    They personify the American dream. They do not wilt in the face of adversity. They stood strong while they lost their best forward, Jozy Altidore, who went down with injury ,and their best player, Michael Bradley, didn’t play his best. Their captain, Clint Dempsey, broke his nose after being kicked in the face. Jones also broke his nose.
    People loved watching that. The controversial coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, made them play to a level that was far higher than the sum of their parts. The lowly American soccer team banded together and came to play and put on a great show. The underdog that appeals to the United States fan also appeals to the soccer fan around the world.
    Around the world people have been cheering on the U.S.A. against some of the powerhouses they have competed with. After beating Ghana, tying Portugal, and narrowly losing to huge soccer countries in Germany and Belgium the United States gained respect around the world. People realize that the U.S.A. is on the way up.
    “One Nation, One Team” was the slogan of this team all tournament. I think that our lowly underdog soccer nation did us all well. Whether you're just a U.S. fan or you’re a die hard soccer fan like me, it’s time to say goodbye to some of these guys who won us all over. It’s time to usher in the new wave of American players. I will be happy to cheer for them through qualifiers as long as everybody else that is just a United States fans come back in 2018 to cheer on the U.S. to our first World Cup victory ever! Thank you to all American fans and especially the Men’s team for a great ride the past few weeks.
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