Claudio Reyna puts a pleasant, yet fair, spin on things:
Regardless of our ranking, which we all within the team think is a bit too high and not right, we’re still a small footballing nation. We’re getting better and the expectations are up for us to at least get out of our group. That’s why we’re disappointed. In a short time we've come a long way and that’s the goal we set coming into World Cups.
Indeed, we are still a small footballing nation with small footballing salaries and limited footballing celebrity. If we were a big footballing nation with big footballing salaries and fantastic footballing celebrity, the starting eleven for the 2006 Cup could have looked like this:
Strikers: Dwayne Wade, Terrell Owens
Midfielders: Chad Johnson, Allen Iverson, Derek Jeter, Rip Hamilton
Defenders: Michael Vick, Mike Modano, Randy Moss, Kobe Bryant
Keeper: Antonio Gates
Can you imagine how dangerous this team would be on set pieces?