2010's wild, intoxicating sports ride

A look back at an embarrassment of riches for fans, from football to futbol and beyond

Originally Published: July 2, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Following Ghana 's spirited defeat of a valiant United States side on Saturday, the more-nationalistic wedges of the American audience might be drifting away from the World Cup just as the event begins to flex its muscles, the big boys take center stage and the championship draws near.

The level of deflation following the United States' exit from the tournament was considerable, if only because of the tantalizing but ultimately dashed opportunity to watch U.S. soccer -- a squad ...

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