American soccer fans have only one nightmare and it is common to all of them. Over the next few days, they will discover just how likely it is to turn into reality.
Failing to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year would be a disaster of unimaginable proportions for the United States men's national team, depriving the program of its temporary quadrennial status at the forefront of the nation's sporting psyche until a time when the Obama furniture has been shipped out of the White House and Honey Boo Boo is thinking about high school.
U.S. soccer relies on the World Cup more than any other nation to help continue its growth in interest, participation and genuine passion for the sport. Fans of the game set their hopes, dreams and vacations on the global extravaganza that is on par with the Olympics in terms of international audience figures.
Fortunately, given that the U.S. is based in one of the world's weakest qualifying regions, being part of the 32-team field every fourRead More »from Klinsmann: United States faces a 'must-win' game against Costa Rica