The jersey worn by the US soccer coach at the World Cup speaks volumes about a divided nation: comment

The World Cup is a chance for countries to come together around a common goal every four years. It’s been a rough few years in America, with our homeland more divided than ever. But the World Cup is an opportunity for us to stand behind US football as a nation.

But apparently not for US head coach Gregg Berhalter.

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Like most good Americans, I braced myself for the opening game against Wales, a disappointing draw. But the result wasn’t what disappointed me the most. I couldn’t help but get irrationally angry every time they showed the US sideline because of the t-shirt worn by Berhalter.

A black and white Nike shirt that simply says “STATES”. Not “United States”. No red-white-blue. No eagles, no flag, no nothing. It’s as sterile as sterile can be.

No patriotism at the World Cup by US soccer coaches

Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the USA looks on during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar on November 21, 2022.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the USA looks on during the Group B match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between USA and Wales at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar on November 21, 2022.
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I don’t know if this was a Gregg Berhalter decision or just the shirt he got, but someone made a terrible decision. And it didn’t go unnoticed.

What also hasn’t gone unnoticed is how proud every other country seems to be of their own country. If you haven’t seen some of the people of other nations during their national anthems, this is really a place to check out.

Watch as all the Ecuadorians present, including the team, belt out their anthem together:

What about US World Cup opponents Wales?

The Mexican players literally cried as their anthem rang through the stadium.

Now I will give credit where credit is due. Unlike the anti-American US women’s team, who kneel for the national anthem and literally hate the country that made them famous, the men’s team stood hand over heart for our anthem before their World Cup game.

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Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States, left, stands during the national anthem before the World Cup Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday November 21, 2022 .

Head coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States, left, stands during the national anthem before the World Cup Group B soccer match between the United States and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday November 21, 2022 .
(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Having Nike as the main sponsor for the US soccer team goes against everything this nation should stand for. They remain silent on Chinese atrocities while profiting from their work, but are quick to point out any indiscretion in America.

It’s no surprise that Nike would create such an unpatriotic representation for our national team’s manager. In fact, China must love to see the American coach wearing a shirt that simply says “STATES”.

Nothing could be better for the country that aspires to become the world’s No. 1 superpower. They want us to become just a collection of “STATES”. Not united. States only.

Playing on the biggest stage in the world in front of a global audience feels like we lost before even stepping onto the field.

US Coach No. 00 Gregg Berhalter calls instructions to his players during the Group B World Cup Qatar 2022 football match between USA and Wales November 21, 2022 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha from the sidelines to.

US Coach No. 00 Gregg Berhalter calls instructions to his players during the Group B World Cup Qatar 2022 football match between USA and Wales November 21, 2022 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha from the sidelines to.
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It feels downright un-American.

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