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Quote from: Yoki_IsTheName on October 11, 2017, 12:31:45 AMThe goalkeeping. The US has three Goalkeepers in this squad over 33. Both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan have been on the decline 3 years ago. They cannot find anyone else? Is it really the lack of interest from American born kids to soccer the reason that they can't replenish the talent pool? If so, then that's a BIG problem. How does naturalization work? Can they naturalize somebody to be able to play here? Surely there are kids in some other countries that could be enticed to come to America and play for the National Team. Can they do that? The problem isn't the lack of interest among kids. Participation is booming and when you think about it nowadays - if you're an athletic kid and under say 6' 3"... your chances of becoming a pro in soccer are better than in any other sport. The problem is systemic and a big part is 'pay for play' model that seems to permeate the system right now. Means most the kids getting the chance to advance are middle class and those from wealthier backgrounds.This needs to change. Hopefully US Soccer comes to its senses and develops a plan with the input of MLS owners and more importantly the generation of pro's who turned the corner for US Soccer over the past couple of decades. We have to do a better job of identifying more talented kids on the lower end of the socio-economic scale and find ways to invest in them by getting them top level training.Soccer still has a huge opportunity. Baseball has become an old man's sport. American kids don't play it anymore. Football's concussion issues are going to have a huge impact on youth participation moving forward. Basketball requires a unique set of physical attributes if you want to make money playing it. That leaves soccer as the sport of the masses - as it is world wide. Kids of any size and athletic build can play.Hopefully this serves as a wakeup call to US Soccer but there's a reason so many billionaires have invested in the sport domestically. And that hasn't changed despite yesterday's debacle.
The goalkeeping. The US has three Goalkeepers in this squad over 33. Both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan have been on the decline 3 years ago. They cannot find anyone else? Is it really the lack of interest from American born kids to soccer the reason that they can't replenish the talent pool? If so, then that's a BIG problem. How does naturalization work? Can they naturalize somebody to be able to play here? Surely there are kids in some other countries that could be enticed to come to America and play for the National Team. Can they do that?
We actually do poach players and have been doing it for years. It was a point of contention during the recent cycle as Jurgen Klinsmann recruited several german based players (who had one American parent) and gave them major roles. Some questioned their loyalty to the cause especially when the team started to struggle. But you try to unearth the talent wherever you can..MLS is becoming more and more popular with South American players because you actually get paid unlike with more than a few pro teams down there. So there's definitely going to be opportunities to poach players who have some family ties here.
Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.
Individual talent is not important in qualification rounds. Look at Argentians who struggled. Based on their talent they should be in the semis in every competition. Croatia with an all star roster made the play offs in the last game. What is necessary is passion and an actual team not 11 men kicking a ball.
I haven't paid attention to USA soccer since the last WC, but what I always liked about their game was a team-oriented approach, good physical preparation and instilled "we are not afraid to beat anyone" belief. I would say that the first 2 were USA traits, that 3rd seemed like Klinsmann's work.Fans should understand, especially in Croatia where I come from (and fans are crazy), that no team owns the subscription for the greatest (single) sports competition in the world. Netherlands (2002), France (1994, won in 1998), Croatia (2010) and many other countries that live football, missed the competition at times. The talent on these squads was superior back then than what the USA has on the roster now, but it still happened. Just try to do better next time.BTW, I haven't heard about Pulišić before, I see he has quality roots.