It's not the World Cup, but missing the 2012 Olympics can't be a good sign for U.S. soccer. Was the Team USA U-23 squad's loss to El Salvador a fluke, or a worrisome totem of future frustration?
South Central Los Angeles: "U.S soccer is an embarassment, it will never be a power house"
rschuyler85: "The US will always be behind the rest of the world in soccer, just like the rest of the world will always be behind in football and baseball. Its just how it is. "
sent from my iPhone: "When all is said and done - this US team era is going to achieve more than any other era. Not making the Olympics stings a little but we will bounce back with class. "
UTexas1990: "You know, baseball fans, that our record in Olympic baseball, when it was played, was not so hot. People in glass houses."
aazizi: "Too bad. There is a ton of talent on that squad. They just suffered from abysmal tactics and game management (bad coaching)."
nissancartech06: "We excel at every other sport but can't put together a good soccer team. I think part of the blame is it just isn't popular except as an Olympic sport, then everyone starts to care about it."