why i hate the usa soccer team.
it occurred to me to last night, while drunkenly tweeting my delight at belgium knocking the usa out of the world cup, that pretty much all my friends, and most people i follow on twitter, were supporting the usa.
it’s like it’s ok to like tony blair again.
i think it’s important, as a scot and a european, to maintain a healthy dose of scepticism towards america. sure, there’s great music, great cinema, great cultural work that comes out of the us, and i enjoy a portion of it as much as the next non-american. but they dominate so much of our culture, and influence so much of our lives as consumers, that it just feels crazy to opt into any more american love-in than is otherwise unavoidable.
there also seems to be a groundswell of opinion that football is about to take off in the states, that it’s popularity is at an all time high, and in a couple of decades they will emerge as the great super-power of soccer. do we want that? does football not offer us some respite from the over(golden)-arching uncle sam dominating all other sports?
i’m glad they’re out. and i look forward to cheering them getting knocked out of the second round in 2016. and hopefully, in four years time, i won’t feel like the only one.
(i’m also still bitter about them beating ghana).