So common were the astonishments, in fact, that nobody batted an eye when DiCicco gave his starters the day off from training last Friday and told reporters, "Everybody's knocked up." Knocked up? Don't worry, folks, you won't be reading any MAMA MIA and TIFFENY TODDLER headlines. DiCicco just meant that his players were sore after being outfouled 29-3 the previous night by Nigeria.
The play may remain rough for the U.S. as it marches on. But as the rest of the world has learned, you may be able to beat up the Americans; beating them is another matter.