Can the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Unite the Divided States of America?

Will Leitch would like to turn back the clock on sports and politics.

I, for one, cannot wait to root hard for the USMNT tomorrow night, when they host Mexico in Cincinnati: Beating our rivals in World Cup qualifiers in Ohio is a U.S. Soccer tradition I’m ready to return to. But can the country get behind this team the way it did back in 2014? Can the country, collectively, get behind anything anymore? I don’t know. I hope so. Because it sure would be nice to be able to scream America, fuck yeah!” again, surrounded by patriots, hipster or otherwise.

I don’t think the toothpaste can go back into the tube. I hope I’m wrong.

November 12, 2021