The search for touch

Updated: June 28, 2010, 6:03 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- It's a hard game, this soccer, but it's a simple one.

To win, you must put the ball in the net.

And while the U.S. continues to improve, the country won't break into the world's elite -- and by that we mean appear in the World Cup semifinals and finals -- until it finds players who consistently show touch on the ball and score goals.

There has been much gnashing of teeth since Saturday's 2-1 loss to Ghana in the tournament's second round. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati called the team's finish here a disappointment. "I think the team was capable of more," he said Monday.