Why was that loss such a big deal?

Well, if every action has an equal and opposite reaction (did I get that right?) then look at the following youtube link and see the reaction to Landon Donovan’s goal that won group play.

And then think of how “down” all those newbee fans were on Saturday when the U.S. lost.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w