Alright, well, technically it's not. But the U.S. could not beat Cuba on Tuesday, so for it to be seen as anything but a disappointing result is not realistic.
The U.S. tied Cuba 1-1 and the teams split a pair of points. Up next for the U.S. is Panama, who fell 1-0 to Honduras on Tuesday.
I don't know if the U.S. underachieved or if the expectations were way too high. Everywhere you read, you were thrown such facts as "10 of the 20 players have played for the full national team" and "five players ply their trade in Europe" and "such future full national team stars such as Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore head the roster" and the like. Hell, I was guilty of it too, touting players like Adu, Altidore, Sacha Kljestan and Maurice Edu.
And yet that experience and that talent was canceled out by the Cubans' collective efforts. Try as they might to spoil their own plans, Cuba refused the hosts to walk away with the point. Cuba went down to 10 men for the final minutes of the match but even that was no advantage for the U.S., whose collective touch in the final third of the field was terrible at best.
Still, there is little time for the players to feel sorry for themselves. Panama is up next, but the opponent does not matter. The U.S. needs to come out with a strong effort. If Panama comes out stronger and goes up a goal on the U.S., the Olympics might be over for this squad before they even started. Already, the U.S. finds themselves in an uncomfortable spot with little wiggle room. Another terrible night of finishing and this squad could be finished.