Moral victories no longer suffice for U.S.

August 15, 2008
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
SHANGHAI -- Depending on one's perspective, the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team was either a few seconds or a few inches from landing an unlikely spot in the quarterfinals. But Gerald Sibon's late goal denied the U.S. a victory over the Netherlands in the second game of group play, in which it tied 2-2, and Charlie Davies' stoppage time header hit the bar in the Americans' 2-1 loss to Nigeria. It's difficult to fathom how a team could come any closer to advancing without going through.

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