Bryan Nehman On US Soccer Not Going To The World Cup

Bryan Nehman On US Soccer Not Going To The World Cup

But a nightmare scenario came to fruition for the USA, as Bruce Arena's side fell to T&T while Panama earned a 2-1 win over Costa Rica - partially thanks to a controversial "ghost goal" - and Honduras recorded a 3-2 victory against Mexico.

When it happened again this week, the American team did so with Major League Soccer in unprecedented health.

His relationships with hispanic players has helped Dallas become one of the top clubs in MLS on a consistent basis, and he played an influence in goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez making the switch from representing Mexico to playing for the USMNT.

With the US well ahead of most countries in encouraging and supporting female athletes, the women's teams have fared better in the sport.

Pay-to-play has been a uniquely American and significant impediment to becoming a soccer power.

World-class baseball, football and basketball players are developed at the high school level, so why can't it happen in soccer? It's not on Arena, it's not on Klinsmann, it's not on the United States Soccer Federation, it's all on the players.

Optimists are pointing out that France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup before winning the 1998 World Cup as the host country. We have avid soccer fans and Atlanta is an example of that.

But many soccer enthusiasts feel a country with more than 320 million people should be able to find 25 players good enough to qualify for the World Cup.

U.S. Soccer can solve some problems in American soccer, but not all and not all at once.

On a more encouraging note, Mike Woitalla, of Soccer America Daily, noted that the launch of the Development Academy 10 years ago is starting to show results, including increasing opportunities for lower-income players. The average MLS attendance is at 21,692, a 40 per cent increase in the last ten years. U.S. Soccer's nationwide training centers to identify players with youth national team potential are cost-free. "Every community had two or three teams that played in different leagues". The veteran boss has managed both the Paraguayan and Argentine national teams during his coaching career, leading the former to the quarterfinals in 2010.

"More recently, U.S. Soccer implemented small-sided standards and the build-out line, an excellent way of creating an environment at the early ages that's conducive to long-term development over short-term results", Woitalla wrote. "But one bad ending doesn't mean there hasn't been any progress".

It's a brutal blow for the sport in America, which will miss the Cup for the first time since 1986. It's only recently that MLS began fielding reserve or under-23 teams in the USL and PDL, adding a key ingredient: providing a competitive adult soccer environment for players in their late teens who aren't ready for the first team.

"I believe true soccer fans throughout the country understand crushing defeats are part of the game", said Stuart Crystal, president of The Crystal Agency and former VP of marketing and consumer products for Major League Soccer told SGB.

To get to the World Cup next time, Coach Robinson says changes need to be made at the college level in the U.S.

It may have turned out to be a longer-term project than we had wished, but not all the factors are under U.S. Soccer's control.

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