The Washington Post’s Mark Fisher, a master of what they call in the pro wrestling trade, generating cheap heat.

Certainly a U.S. team’s success in the World Cup would boost the sport’s ability to win TV coverage and notice from Americans, most of whom have no idea that the World Cup exists, let alone that it is occurring this month. But most Americans have no clue who is on the U.S. team or even that there is a U.S. team, so the past performance of that team is irrelevant. It’s very nice for soccer-loving countries to have their little tournament, but to call it the World Cup is rather arrogant and overblown.