I really don't think the U.S. cared about soccer until now. But with increasingly better results in international play, the United States clinched a trip to Rio next summer under their recently appointed coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.
With contributions from the best U.S.-born player ever, Landon Donovan; the best goalie in the world, Tim Howard; Real Salt Lake's own Kyle Beckerman, and others, the U.S. triumphed over Mexico 2-0, and Honduras tied Panama, to seal the spot in the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. men were always behind when it came to the sport of "football." But once Americans decided that they didn't like losing to third-world countries, they picked it up a little.
With the addition of a new coach and better p1ayers, the U.S. was able to make it to the bracket round of the 2010 World Cup, with hopes of an even better summer next year.