12/17/2014 03:49 pm ET

After the Miss

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Chris Wondolowski wants to explain. Really, he does. He wants to go back for a moment to that afternoon in Salvador, Brazil, and that plot of grass just outside the six-yard box in the Arena Fonte Nova, to the tie game against Belgium and the 92nd-minute header from Jermaine Jones that seemed to float for a moment, lifted by possibility, before dropping to Wondolowski’s foot and bouncing over the hands of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, then over the crossbar and into the stands, sending the World Cup Round of 16 match to extra time, where the United States’s loss was finally sealed.

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