The U.S. men’s soccer team qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in a thrilling game on Saturday night in San Pedro Sula in Honduras. The fact that no one in the U.S. could see the game — unless they had access to a closed circuit broadcast — is a testament to the backwards world of FIFA, not of US Soccer. (Thank goodness for Twitter – which kept most of us informed virtually in real time on Saturday night).
The U.S. team (unlike FIFA which lets host countries dictate broadcast rights, which led to the stupid blackout) is very much living in the 21st century. This is the sixth consecutive World Cup berth for the Americans – which means that this generation of U.S. players can’t even remember a time when U.S. didn’t make it to the world’s biggest and best sporting event.