Just as a friendly reminder, the USMNT was eliminated from the Round of 16 by Ghana last Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss. Respectable, maybe coming up a little short of expectations, but still a good showing for the yanks. So the team boards their charter flight back to D.C., some players return to their MLS squads, others spend some time with family, life goes on for the team. Landon Donovan spends the first few days back stateside being parade through the talk show circuit as if the USA had won the world cup. Kicking the jabulani around with Letterman, yawning with Regis and Kelly, and laughing it up with Jon Stewart. He was put up in posh hotels, including the Trump Soho according to his Twitter feed, and dressed in the finest threads by the producers of the talk shows. Donovan has noted how supportive people he has run into in NYC this week, congratulating him and the team for a great showing in the world cup and wishing him best of luck for the future. All the positives are published stateside for Donovan, even when he is battling the tabloids in England with a potential baby’s mama and trade talks in the EPL. Because soccer is not the marquee sport of America, our players can walk the streets and hold their heads high regardless of the outcome. But that’s the United States, what’s it like for other teams and players eliminated from the world cup?