The important figure from Saturday night is not 30-10, a scoreline that recalled last September when Italy knocked the US out of the Rugby World Cup at the group stage by a 17-point margin.
It is 17,214: a record home crowd for the US team. If the knowledge that yesterday was a portentous night serrated the American sense of regret at the outcome, at least they could savor the occasion. The moment was not seized, but it existed, and that mattered most. Deposit this event in the growing bank of evidence indicating that rugby in the US is rolling towards the mainstream.
This time next year, Ireland will visit for a test match; Scotland is coming in 2014. USA Rugby, the governing body, is pondering whether to host the Irish in an NFL-sized arena on the theory that a bigger venue will entice an even greater attendance.
Read Are Americans warming up to rugby? Why it may be the sport's time to shine on The Guardian's website.
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