Team USA’s disappointing World Cup display came to an end on Thursday night and it finished the exact same way it started…with a loss.
The Americans dropped a 4-3 decision to the Czech Republic in the final game of the preliminary round.
The game was meaningless for both teams, as neither one of them will be advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Team USA was able to keep the game close, but was never able to grab the lead in this game.
On a positive note, they were able to score this great goal:
Unfortunately for the Americans, the Czech Republic scored two goals in 40 seconds to jump ahead 4-2.
Even if the U.S. would have won this game, their performance in this tournament would have still been considered disappointing, but at least they would have gone out on a more positive note.
Team USA managed to score just five goals in three round robin games.
Ryan McDonagh, who finished the tournament with two goals, led the team in that category, while only three different forwards managed to find the back of the net (Joe Pavelski, T.J. Oshie, Justin Abdelkader).
But hey, at least we got to see Cory Schneider‘s pads.
All kidding aside, Team USA was a colossal disappointment on all fronts.
Dean Lombardi’s roster selection was terrible, John Tortorella started getting outcoached before the tournament even began and several of Team USA’s best players underperformed. That’s hardly a recipe for success.
USA Hockey will have to go back to the drawing board if they hope to be relevant again in major international tournaments.