The World Cup is off to a dramatic start. After starting on Nov. 20 with the group stages, the Cup is already into the Round of 16. For countries to qualify for the Round of 16, they had to get first or second place in their group. Those same countries move into the round of 16 which is a single elimination.
Team U.S.A. was able to qualify for the World Cup this year. They were placed into Group B along with England, Iran and Wales. The U.S.’s group matches allowed them to qualify for the Round of 16. The U.S. tied with Wales and England but then beat team Iran to get second in the group.
After qualifying for the Round of 16, team U.S.A. had to play the Netherlands. The round of 16 in the Cup has the teams that placed first out of a group play a team that placed second out of a group.
This past Saturday saw the defeat of the U.S. at the hands of the Netherlands with the final score being 3-1. This marked the end of their run for the Cup.
The Quarterfinals of the Cup are set to start on Dec. 9, and the finals are slated for Dec. 18.
While the U.S. may not have brought back the Cup, it did something more for the country. The U.S. has been very divided in almost every aspect, but the Cup showed that Americans can all come together to cheer for a common goal.
Many Americans were cheering for team U.S.A., and this showed how important sports can be. Sports can have the power to bring people together, even for just a brief moment.
At Southern Adventist University, students were able to connect with the World Cup through several Student Association (SA) events for students to participate in. SA Executive Vice President Htet Myint commented on their focus for the World Cup and the events planned for the students.
“We’ve been inviting students to come watch the games in our office. We [also] had an event that was World Cup themed, and a raffle for a World Cup [soccer] ball,” Myint said.
Southern has a diverse campus with students from a lot of different places; so students may have been cheering for different countries. The World Cup may not be as big for America as it is for other countries, but it has a power unlike any other sports event.