We — United States sports fans like myself — have almost made it.
The worst part of the United States Men’s National Team missing the 2018 World Cup was that it — the decisive loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10 — happened more than seven months before the World Cup.
For seven months, we’d have to listen to all the buildup while knowing the United States wasn’t going to be a part of it.
With the World Cup starting this week, that buildup has reached its peak. Reading through team-by-team previews, it’s painful not seeing the United States in there.
While I’ll enjoy the World Cup nonetheless, it’ll be somewhat of a relief when it’s over — or at least half-over.
Three weeks from now, the loss to Trinidad and Tobago will no longer matter, because even if the U.S. had made it, our attention would be turned to 2022 at that point anyway.