Last friday may be viewed in various ways when we look back at the history of Orlando City Soccer Club.
Late in the afternoon official word came down from Tallahassee that the house of representatives would not vote on a bill that would have provided state funding towards the team's stadium plan.
By that evening, media in Central Florida and beyond began writing off the team's chances of joining Major League Soccer (MLS), saying that the stadium deal was dead and another franchise would likely leapfrog Orlando.
The mainstream media said that the funding "hiccup" for Orlando's proposed soccer stadium was a major setback. Mainstream media, let me put this in perspective for you, being a soccer fan in America is a major setback on its own.
From the time you announce your allegiance to "the beautiful game" as an American you are inundated with people questioning your mental well being.
"Who cares about soccer?"
"It's such a boring sport, how can you watch that?"
"We watch baseball and football in this country."
The foundation of supporting soccer in America is based around the principle of hard work.
Maybe it's showing up at a soccer bar before 8am on a Saturday morning just to support your favorite Premier League team.
Maybe it's waking up in the middle of the night to watch the US Men's National Team play a friendly in Japan on television.
Maybe it's as simple as wearing your favorite team jersey to the mall and getting strange looks from several people.
Of course we would have liked to have seen the funding bill make its way through the legislature and to have crossed that item off the stadium to-do list. But being a fan of our sport, being a support of soccer, means setbacks big and small are an everyday occurrence.
The challenge presented to Orlando City on Friday is not a setback, it is an opportunity. It will be a chance for supporters and non-supporters alike to see the robustness Orlando City's plan. The strength of any management team is not the ability to thrive when things go right, it's the capability to overcome adversity when things go wrong. That capacity, that willingness to charge forward when others look down at you, that is what being a soccer supporter in this country is all about.