I just don't get how anyone making their living and/or supporting their family in the USA can cheer for anyone other than the Americans. Fact is, we ALL came from somewhere else (actually, if you want to get technical, we all came from Africa). Just my two cents. GO USA!!!
I completely agree with you!!!
It's incomprehensible to me how any American citizen (assuming they're not a dual citizen) could possibly support another nation's national team WHILE
our own team is involved in the same competition! If a competition doesn't involve USA at all, or if the American team is knocked out, it's perfectly understandable rooting for another nation's team.
I honestly don't feel our line of thinking is being jingoistic at all. It's basic support for your nation's team. A Serb should get behind Serbian national team, an Australian should support Australian team, an American should support American team, an Indian national should support India's team, a German should support German national team and so on... Blind nationalism and creating hatred towards other nationalities is bad. Supporting your national team should be natural. (With the basic assumption that the person representing your nation is not some scumbag/criminal - which is certainly not the case with our US team.)
Donovan, Dempsey, Howard and company must cringe if for all blood/sweat/tears they expend representing their nation, they know there are American citizens rooting for other nations. Yes, I literally mean blood. (Cue brutal elbow on Brian McBride by Italian De Rossi in 2006 World Cup. Or McBride's swollen eye in Columbus, Ohio in World Cup qualifier against Mexico for 2006.) World Cup qualification process is arduous and long (going over 3 years). These boys have to go through intense hell in crazy locations in Central American countries in bad weather/polluted air. They are spat upon, have bags of urine, debris thrown at them going in/out of the tunnel before/after matches. They are given hell when American national anthem plays in those away venues in other countries. (Chants of Osama, Osama, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda etc.)
For a player (doesn't matter which nationality), pulling on their nation's shirt at the top level, listening to their national anthem before the match, these should be great matters of pride. Those are privileges and shouldn't be taken lightly or for granted.
Now don't get me wrong. Obviously, I'm a realist. I'm under no illusion that our nation's team is the most skilled or aesthetically most enjoyable to watch, or they could even become the champions. That's not the point. The point is, support the boys representing our nation for all the hard work they're putting in. That's not too much to ask.