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(ESPN)   US Soccer looking to make sure they play uninspiring football and not play their best players for next few years   ( divider line
    More: Facepalm, United States men's national soccer team, FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup, Fuball-Bundesliga, CONCACAF, TSV 1860 Mnchen, Source, 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids  
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676 clicks; posted to Sports » on 07 Dec 2022 at 12:20 PM (15 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-12-07 11:51:49 AM  
2 votes:
How do you tell when it's uninspiring?
2022-12-07 12:28:46 PM  
2 votes:
They should hire Tata
2022-12-07 12:31:58 PM  
1 vote:
The sports betting sites pretty much had USA ranked about 19th in the world. Maybe they did pretty much what was expected or a little bit better.
2022-12-07 4:24:31 PM  
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The5thElement: It still amazes me that a country with the population of the US, can't find 26 players who can make it past the round of 16. Also, nobody in MLS should be on the USMNT roster. The level of competition just isn't high enough to succeed long term at the international level. It's really saying something when European stars well past their prime come here to play and are still better than 90% of MLS players.

In previous generations, the best athletes did not choose soccer.  At all.  I remember starting to play in my mid-thirties and be faster than a lot of the college players.  Hell, our starting USMNT goalkeeper didn't even play soccer until he was a teenager.  That's slowly changing, but most of our lightning fast 5'9" guys still try to play point guard or cornerback.

And the unaffordability of soccer for most families has got to be addressed.  All the travel tournaments, clinics, etc.  It excludes a big swath of the population.
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