Give me liberty or give me... Megan Rapinoe singing "Born In The USA" after scoring a stunner against Colombia last weekend in the World Cup in Germany.
The root of the spontaneous eruption of USA! chants exhibited around the country on the news of Bin Laden's demise can be found at last year's World Cup finals.
This is a safe, solid choice. We know the US will be competitive and will make the World Cup. We know that the team will fight and play with spirit. But we don't know if we will actually be any better.
Every four years, people of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities and countries, gather around stadiums, watering holes, and television sets, to witness what many believe is the world's most exciting sporting event, the FIFA world cup.
Though African teams -- Ghana notwithstanding -- fared poorly in this year's Cup, the excitement and quality of play they brought to the field foretells a bright future for African soccer.
Just as it took Jordan becoming "Michael Jordan" to change the entire approach to basketball, Donovan finally becoming "Landon Donovan" will have a similar effect on US soccer.
The U.S. had already spent most of regulation time chasing the game, and having to chase it in extra time was just too much to ask.
This team in South Africa has won the respect of the world and the attention of a nation, not because of their superior skill, but because of their heart and the spirit that they play with.
While they has gone somewhat unmentioned, the play by play announcers for this year's World Cup in South Africa have brought massive credibility to U.S.A. soccer.
What enabled Landon Donovan to rise to this leadership moment? The answers can be found in the disappointments he has suffered from the 2006 letdown to disappointments playing in Germany and a failed marriage in 2009.
On ESPN, anchor Kenny Mayne came on the air and asked: "Where were you when Landon Donovan scored the greatest goal in U.S. history?"
The issue here is not about right and wrong or fair and unfair. It is about smart and productive versus one-sided and self-defeating.
Support for soccer in the US has been growing steadily and all that is needed is a deep run in the World Cup when everyone is watching. What for so long has seemed just a dream now is squarely within our grasp.
With 32 teams in the tournament, there is a huge gap in ability between the best and worst. This dilution of talent has led to some appallingly poor matches -- and we can fix that.
In the first half the US came in as favorites, a position that they simply don't know how to deal with. This really is a group that thrives on being counted out. So in the second half, they went for it.
Should the U.S. win Friday, it will not only almost assuredly have punched its ticket to the next round, but U.S. soccer will have also demonstrated to the world its maturation as a soccer power.