The emotion and euphoria that the American Woman's World Cup Team must have felt after last Sunday's epic comeback win against Brazil - turned into heartbreak and unbelievable disappointment - after the loss in the World Cup Finals yesterday, to Japan.

If you would've told me that the U.S. was going to score the first goal, I would've been sure of a victory.

If you said that the U.S. would take a 2-1 lead in the game, with only @ five minutes to play, surely they wouldn't blow that, right?

And if you were to tell me that it was going to come down to a shoot-out - for all the marbles - the U.S. team would certainly be a heavy favorite to win that.

Somehow, each of those three things happened, yet the Americans could not hold off the younger, faster, Japanese team.

The game went into the sudden death shoot-out tied at, 2-2.  During the shoot-out against Brazil, all five Americans scored during the shootout.  Yesterday, only one did, and Japan won the shoot-out 3-1, winning their first Woman's World Cup in the process.

The U.S. women will have to wait four more years to try to win another World Cup Championship.  But until then, there is nothing wrong with being the 2nd best team in the world.

But most importantly - they made us all fans, and patriots,  even if only for a few weeks.