SleepyWhiteSox Posted December 8, 2022 Share Posted December 8, 2022 On 11/29/2022 at 3:38 PM, Chisoxfn said: It is very different. Us loses a ton of its best athletes to other sports. And the reality is the way we develop here is still different than those upper echelon countries. Less people here Vs other countries end up getting home schooled at young ages to fully focus on soccer. It is starting to happen here and at young ages (think 7 or 8)…but even than that is typically involving people relocating but I know a program in my area that is setting up a home school around lower elementary age into middle school with plan to than send them into international team feeder programs (vs today more of the clubs at best get ties to our MLS clubs that are ultimately sub standard). But if we didn’t have the draw to MLB, NBA and NFL I think you would see our striker play, if nothing else get more on par with the best in the world. And with that said - this is the us team with the most upside I have ever seen in my lifetime and the next cup cycle could be special. Key word is could be. This is no knock cause the Donovan, Altidore, Dempsey era was pretty damn good. It's not even just that anymore The USA isn't even dominant in men's basketball anymore. They're certainly not dominant in baseball. They can possibly continue to be fairly dominant in some "American" sports, but probably not in most more global sports. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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