A National Disgrace

Somehow, I missed the fact that the United States failed to qualify for the Beach Soccer World Cup. I didn’t even get a chance to join the howling mob that undoubtedly stoned the team at the airport on its return from the unsuccessful campaign. Still, it’s never too late for a moment of national reflection. Solomon Islands will be there. So will El Salvador, with a team composed of “amateurs and fishermen,” according to the FIFA website. And yet we will not be there. Where does the madness end?


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Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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2 Responses to A National Disgrace

  1. Bob says:

    A couple former Timbers contributed to that national disgrace. Bayard Elfvin and Yuri Morales were both on the squad. I blame Agnello.

  2. Zach Dundas says:

    See, if you want to go out and fight the Orcs of Mordor, you pick a man named Bayard Elfvin. If you want to go out and win the Beach Soccer World Cup, you naturalize a bunch of Salvadoran fishermen.

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