On the one hand, it means very little—that’s the responsible, conservative, sober way for an American fan to view the Yanquis’ AMAZING 2 : 0 VICTORY AGAINST THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD! The Confederations Cup is a relatively insignificant bauble, and this MASSIVE AND IMPROBABLE UPSET needs to be considered in that context. Every time the United States manages one of its periodic STIRRING GIANT-KILLINGs, American fans and pundits get a little bit ahead of themselves. Our team is still composed of marginal players and will, for the foreseeable future, rely on great goalkeeping, desperation defense and ample luck in matches like this.
On the other hand, this is an AWESOME RESULT against a side that baffles just about every team it plays. For the US, a group of players who can use every bit of confidence and maturity, an international final against Brazil (probably) is a fantastic opportunity. People (myself included) will have to take back a few of the nasty things they’ve said about the White Buffalo (at least provisionally), and I’d say the “fire Bob Bradley” meme just had its worst day ever. The composure and commitment the team displayed today could translate into big things in South Africa just 12 months from now.