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US exit signals end of era
When Claudio Reyna handed the captain’s armband to Landon Donovan before he hobbled off the pitch in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 defeat to Ghana, he was passing a metaphorical torch to the 24-year-old, who will now have the job of rallying the United States after their disappointing group-stage exit from Germany 2006.
“The worst part is the finality of it,” said Donovan after the match. “It’s over, it’s done. It takes a while to get over that.” Those words might have been more appropriate coming from Reyna, who announced his retirement from international football the next day.
Though no similar announcements have been made, it is probably safe to assume that a few other key veterans, such as defender Eddie Pope and forward Brian McBride, also played their last FIFA World Cup™ match on Thursday. That leaves the job of picking up the pieces from this tournament squarely on the shoulders of Donovan’s generation, which also includes centre-back Oguchi Onyewu, attack-minded midfielders Clint Dempsey, Bobby Convey and DaMarcus Beasley, and striker Eddie Johnson.
Dempsey, for one, seemed aware of the responsibility, saying after the match: “It’s a long road, four years, to get back here, but it’s going to happen. We’ve got a lot of young guys coming up and playing well.”
What went wrong?
For a team that earned only a single point, thanks to a 1-1 draw with Italy, and finished with a minus-four goal difference, there is no shortage of things that could have gone better for this US squad. It all started in their fifth minute of the tournament when Czech Republic forward Jan Koller scored with a header from close range, and they were up against it from that point onwards.
“The first result went a bad way and we were chasing ever since then and kept giving up early goals,” said defender Carlos Bocanegra, who at age 27 may have another finals ahead of him
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