A litter lover than a month ago, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his team couldn't win the world cup.
While the Belgians proved him right, despite the efforts of Tim Howard, the USMNT performance in the World Cup may prove to be a turning point for soccer in the U.S.
"This team now, inspired the fans back at home to jump on board and have fun" Klinsmann said
"I think it has been huge over the last couple of weeks, what has happened with out team and the fan in the United States," he added.
We've heard this before...
The U.S. was playing in just its second World Cup since 1950, with the only other having be Italia '90, just four years prior.
The U.S. has become more of a player in the soccer world since then, qualifying for each of the five world cups since then, having gotten past the group stage on three of the five occasions.
Because if the 1994 tournament, the game grew in the U.S. and had a direct impact on several of the players in who wore the red, white, and blue in Brazil this year.
The defending CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, and winners of three of the past five, will be among those, not only expected to to be among the 32 teams in Russia in the summer of 2018, but will likely be expected to come out of their group again, with 14 of the 23 players who played in Brazil, including major contributors, Michael Bradley and Matt Bessler returning as well as striker Jozy Altidore.