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U.S. will rue missed opportunities

Updated: June 27, 2010, 11:16 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

RUSTENBURG, South Africa -- For much of the past 18 months, the U.S. has made a habit of falling behind. In Saturday's round of 16 matchup against Ghana, it finally caught up with the Americans, as they fell 2-1 in extra time. It was the second time running that the Black Stars knocked the U.S. out of the tournament.

That the Americans achieved much in this tournament can't be questioned. The heart, courage and skill they showed in winning their group for the first time since 1930 ...

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