The World Cup 'C' word: 'Choke'

Fair's fair: People said it about the men's team when it lost in the Gold Cup final

Originally Published: July 19, 2011
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

If the U.S. men's soccer team had been ranked No. 1 in the world and lost in the World Cup final to a team that hadn't beaten the Americans in 25 tries, what would we be saying about them in the aftermath?

They choked.

Actually, except for the No. 1 ranking thing, there's no need for the hypothetical. That's essentially what a lot of people said about our men's national team when it lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup final last month despite leading 2-0 in the early going. ...

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