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Lexington, Concord, and Copa America

June 16, 2016
Article by Austin James

When our young nation began its struggle for independence in the battles of Lexington and Concord, Lady Liberty called for every man and women in this land to rise and carry of his or her patriotic duty. Today, she rings again.

Today the United States Men's National Team faces off with Ecuador in the quarterfinals of the elimination stage of Copa America. The US won its group through the goal differential tie breaker, edging out Columbia 3-2. They are coming off back-to-back victories against Costa Rica and Paraguay. The United States beat Ecuador in an international friendly match-up less than a month ago, and they hope to repeat today. This is a big game for the Americans after their first round exit from the World Cup in Rio in 2014.

Possibly even bigger than a US win. This is the 10th consecutive game that could "make soccer big in America". It seems that every time our men's team plays a game they are going to finally make soccer a popular sport in America. The truth is this may never happen due to our love for the four big American professional sports: football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. But, it is the patriotic duty of every American to break out the red, white, and blue tank tops, knock down a couple America's, and blindly cheer for a national team whose roster they couldn't be more clueless about. That is being a true American. Yeah, it gets boring when the score is 0-0 in the 50th minute, but I am willing to make that sacrifice for my country. I may not really care that much about this game and may have mixed feelings about tuning in, but it is my patriotic duty as a citizen of the great, soccerless nation. So, break out the flags and rally towels and sacrifice a couple hours of your day for your country, after all it only comes around once every couple of years.
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