July 2nd, 2014
03:15 PM ET
6 months ago

White House predicts U.S. World Cup win in 2030

(CNN) - Only 16 more years to go.

That's how long the White House predicted it would take for the U.S. Men's National Soccer team to bring home a major victory, like the World Cup.

"It is not too hard to imagine that maybe in 2030, for example, there might be a U.S. Men's National Soccer team that comes to the White House to celebrate an achievement of some kind," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

President Barack Obama and his administration applauded efforts by the U.S. team in Brazil after Belgium finally ended United States' World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Earnest added: "I suspect that when you are talking to those players they may harken back to being eight or ten or 12 years old and having watched the 2014 men's national team and that they'll remember the performance of people like Tim Howard, and Julian Green and Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi – that these players who performed so well this year served as an inspiration to the next generation of American soccer players."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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  1. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @it must be said: "We won't win it in 2030. By then the Democrats will have turned this country into a bankrupt third world back water. Our best players will be looking to go elsewhere."

    Only if repub/tea bags hold national office – because they continue to believe the trickle-down economic lie, and think we should live in a dog-eat-dog world with religious police keeping the masses in line while the 1% continue to receive tax cuts so they can "create jobs" – overseas.

    July 2, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    @ smith, be careful about the melting pot reference: not popular in Conservative circles, since it smacks of multiculturalism. Observation aside, I agree with you completely. Nice to be able to do that for a change.

    July 2, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @CryBabies: "Lets discuss REAL news!"

    Like what – the latest waste of taxpayer money by Issa? Another vote by the tea bags in Congress to defund Obamacare?

    I know: How about a story about how birthers believe that President Obama was born outside the U.S. (in Kenya) of an American mother and Kenyan father and therefore is disqualified to be POTUS – but have absolutely no problem with Ted Cruz being born outside the U.S. (in Canada) of an American mother and Cuban father?

    July 2, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Chris..E.al

    Sister station reports Elvis has been found by the dem clown car patrolling area 51 this morning it was said he Elvis was all shook up by the discovery and seeks a investigation into his discovery ?

    July 2, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Rudy, I seem to remember when one of Bush 41's biggest personal strength was the rolodex with over 10,000 names of world and industrial leaders. Now, they pride themselves on who and what they don't know, and flaunt that like a trophy. Astonishing how that has flipped in a relatively short time.

    July 2, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Tom l

    Real TP,

    So, let me get this straight. An earlier comment by you in this very column lamented all of the negative comments by repubs and then what do you do? Take a swipe at all conservatives as racists when nothing could be further from the truth. Why do you feel the need to be so divisive? I can guarantee you that most repubs would vote for condeleeza Rice and wished big time that Colin Powell would have run for pres and would have voted for him. Ben Carson is adored by the right. Can we please get past these comments because they are simply not true. It's the policy, not pigmentation. Are there racists that are conservatives? Of course. But there are racists that are liberals too. And you have the audacity to make statements that I am morally superior? Well, what are you saying when you make comments like that? You're saying you are morally superior.

    July 2, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @excuse my rant: "I'd love to do a Venn Diagram of the people on this post going off on the President compared to the people agreeing with Ann Coulter's anti-soccer rant. Although, it could be a boring Venn Diagram as there is potential that the two overlap perfectly."

    Your post caused me to google the Coulter and wow! That woman sure is a piece of work! My officemate is fourth-generate American (from New England, no less) and is a HUGE soccer fan, having played it as a kid. Soccer has been gaining popularity ever since Pele – especially among children, because it's a great team sport.

    Coulter's latest rant is just another example of how messed up that woman is. I'm wouldn't be surprised is one day she spontaneously exploded from all the hatred and bile she carries around inside.

    July 2, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    @ Rudy, I seem to remember when one of Bush 41's biggest personal strength was the rolodex with over 10,000 names of world and industrial leaders. Now, they pride themselves on who and what they don't know, and flaunt that like a trophy. Astonishing how that has flipped in a relatively short time.
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    Oh, yeah. The master spy's famous Rolodex. I agree with you how fast things have flipped. Compassionate conservatism dropped out of vogue in 2008 faster than what the stock market fell....and seems to have made a hard landing with no survivors. In fact, there seem to be folks out there hunting and eradicating any survivors.

    July 2, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Uh, oh. Fye-eat. Big Tom and Little Tom.

    July 2, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Tommy G
    The Real Tom Paine
    People forget the credibility she gave Obama when she became Secretary of State: what people ignore is that her credibility was established by winning 2 races for the Senate,

    No, people don't forget it, because it never happened. Hillary Clinton had no foreign policy credentials whatsoever.
    =============================================================
    Hillary Clinton quite likely knows more heads of state on a first name basis than the entire Republican Party.
    --

    Well I hope so. We spent tens of millions of dollars flying her all around the world. The least she could do is remember a few names! Are we to list this as one of her major accomplishments at the State Dept.?

    July 2, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. 2_indy1600

    As entertaining as they are, I'm starting to question the value of "comments." We were once a "melting pot," but it seems the values that once held us together have melted into a stagnant stew, cold and tribal to the core. Never have understood why people would choose to watch a sport that involves kicking; but I'll bet democrats love it.

    July 2, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. barky

    Do you people have jobs?

    July 2, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. truth hurts but reality bites

    The Real Tom Paine
    @ smith, be careful about the melting pot reference: not popular in Conservative circles, since it smacks of multiculturalism.
    --

    ahhh... quite the opposite is true. A melting pot is where one adds their culture to the stew, embraces the stew and becomes part of it thus creating a unique American flavor.

    Unfortunately, the liberals didn't like that and created valuing diversity initiatives where it was not right to blend in and assimilate with the American culture. It is how we took on Spanish as a second language and how now everybody is still classified as some group, not as "American". It is why kids can't wear shirts with the American flag to school on Cinco de Mayo.

    As far as am concerned, it is an insult to come here and want to be an American and yet still want to be identified primarily with another culture or country. Once you are here and say you want to be an American then damn it call yourself an American!

    July 2, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's like someone wants to see blood, sweat, and tears."

    I agree, Rudy. I've learned to simply walk away when even my most innocuous comments are moderated or altogether deleted. Some resurface and are posted. Most aren't.

    July 2, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    "Take a swipe at all conservatives as racists when nothing could be further from the truth. Why do you feel the need to be so divisive? I can guarantee you that most repubs would vote for condeleeza Rice and wished big time that Colin Powell would have run for pres and would have voted for him. Ben Carson is adored by the right. Can we please get past these comments because they are simply not true. It's the policy, not pigmentation"

    Nothing could be further from the truth?!? Seriously?!? Are you that drunk on the kool aid tom I? Yes, republicants would vote for rice and carson because they are 'idealogues'; it isn't policy. They tow the rich white party line and turn their backs on their people as they are true rightie sell outs... as long as I got mine, the heck with you. carson is a complete and utter lying fool and I have noticed your love affair with him and always figured it was because you could trot him out to try and disprove the obvious fact the republicant party has bona fide problem with minorities and it may not be 'racism per se', but it certainly is a fact they in no way represent minority or women's interest (unless they are rich and will tow that line). Saying, 'looky here at our black man and our black woman' in no way proves anything other than there our loons out there who will say/do anything for a buck.
    As for Colin Powell, you can forget that. The neocons and teabaggers no longer trust him because he dared to endorse the (gasp) black man for President (i.e. didn't tow the line) and he finally apoloigized for his part in the big lie about the wmd's and the selling of the Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) aka... invade the country that threatened to 'kill my daddy', so we can steal their oil and give it to my buddy cheney and his company (will take all of 6 months and we will be met with flowers- Mission Accomplished!).
    Are there racists in the Dem party- absolutely, but you don't see us trying to pass laws to keep blacks from voting, harsh and vindictive immigration policies, or telling women what they can do with their bodies. So give it a rest.
    Lame argument you have no chance of winning and you just look silly (but, I'm beginning to think you just like the attention actually).

    July 2, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    @ truth hurts, the right has never been a friend to immigrants or "the other". I agree that assimilation is part of the American experience, and, as a son of an immigrant, I am product of that process. To deny that there are anti-immigrant elements on teh Right is to also believe in teh Tooth Fairy.

    July 2, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @truth hurts but reality bites
    The Real Tom Paine
    @ smith, be careful about the melting pot reference: not popular in Conservative circles, since it smacks of multiculturalism.
    -

    ahhh... quite the opposite is true. A melting pot is where one adds their culture to the stew, embraces the stew and becomes part of it thus creating a unique American flavor.

    Unfortunately, the liberals didn't like that and created valuing diversity initiatives where it was not right to blend in and assimilate with the American culture. It is how we took on Spanish as a second language and how now everybody is still classified as some group, not as "American". It is why kids can't wear shirts with the American flag to school on Cinco de Mayo.

    As far as am concerned, it is an insult to come here and want to be an American and yet still want to be identified primarily with another culture or country. Once you are here and say you want to be an American then damn it call yourself an American!
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    So how does the radical right wanting to turn this country into a pure "chrisitian" country fit here. Certainly they should be blending their religious backgrounds with the other religions when it comes to laws right? I mean once you are here, don't identify as a Christian damn it! You are part of a country with freedom of religion, right? You are right – reality bites.

    July 2, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Rudy NYC
    Hillary Clinton quite likely knows more heads of state on a first name basis than the entire Republican Party.
    --

    I just got a book and memorized them all too! Where do I apply for Secretary of State and President?

    July 2, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I can guarantee you that most repubs would vote for condeleeza Rice and wished big time that Colin Powell would have run for pres and would have voted for him. Ben Carson is adored by the right."

    Best not offer any guarantee's, tom. Not one of those three are ever going to go far enough out on the limb to put it to a test.

    July 2, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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