Hayes: Part of Embracing Soccer ‘Is Accepting the Fact the U.S. Cannot Simply Assert Its Dominance’

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got political while waxing poetic on the U.S. soccer team’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Belgium Tuesday in the 2014 World Cup.

While praising the huge American crowds across the country that came out to support the U.S., Hayes condemned what he called “anti-soccer trolls” whose aversion, he said, is “weirdly tied to American exceptionalism.” He then made this statement.

“Part of embracing a truly worldwide competition is accepting the fact the U.S. cannot simply assert its dominance,” Hayes said. “Turns out we have to play just like everybody else.”

Though the U.S. has been eliminated, the competition will go on, Hayes said, and “some amazing football is going to be played.”