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Old 06-12-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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Very often I see a lot of hostility towards Team USA coming mostly from Europeans and South Americans, stating that it's really unfair that such a crappy team gets to participate in World Cup championships every time simply because they have no strong opponents in North America other than Mexico, and therefore they rob other talented teams from Europe (like Russia or Ukraine) of a shot at WC.

Somehow I don't actually disagree with it.

But worst of all even if Team USA won the Cup, very few people in US would actually care.

Every poll I've ever seen that asks questions like "what team on this championship do you hate the most?" or "what team are you going to be rooting against?" Team USA is always at the top of the list, of course this year they've been #2 because it seems that everyone hates France now.

MLS players get pretty pathetic salary even in comparison with the NHL, not to mention NFL or MLB players.

So bottom line is, we have a team that no one actually likes except a few fans back home, and any significant achievements by this team will go unnoticed by general population, unlike Italy, Spain or Brazil where the whole country celebrates even the most insignificant victory.

What do you think actually motivates the players?
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think the chance of getting a big contract in Europe motivates them.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Funky Town
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Probably goes back to the Revolutionary War!!! LOL!!!
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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1) Same thing that motivates every other team -- the desire to win

2) The added motivation of trying to establish the legitimacy of American competitiveness on the world stage,

3) The added motivation still of trying to establish soccer as a respectable sport on the home stage so that maybe they won't have to go play in Europe to get a decent salary.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Innate desire to prove people wrong..
and a big sense of patriotism..
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin's great north woods
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Love of the game. I know that's hard to understand for the "soccer is boring" crowd.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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motivation of most sports people is to win!
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Honestly, a big part of what motivates them during the World Cup - and at similar tournaments, like the Confederations Cup - is the ability to help improve the popularity of the sport in this country.

That in addition to naturally being competitive and wanting to win.

And the U.S. is absolutely good enough to make the World Cup (FIFA actually ranks them 14th - FIFA) - which would place them in the top half of the 32-team field. Now the third team from North America (this time around, it's Honduras) can be a questionable addition, but Mexico and the U.S. should be givens to make it.

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worst of all even if Team USA won the Cup, very few people in US would actually care.
Not really true. Sure there are plenty who wouldn't care, but to say "very few" would is so inaccurate, it's not even worth it to argue.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Honestly, a big part of what motivates them during the World Cup - and at similar tournaments, like the Confederations Cup - is the ability to help improve the popularity of the sport in this country.

That in addition to naturally being competitive and wanting to win.

And the U.S. is absolutely good enough to make the World Cup (FIFA actually ranks them 14th - FIFA) - which would place them in the top half of the 32-team field. Now the third team from North America (this time around, it's Honduras) can be a questionable addition, but Mexico and the U.S. should be givens to make it.



Not really true. Sure there are plenty who wouldn't care, but to say "very few" would is so inaccurate, it's not even worth it to argue.

Fifa rankings mean nothing in all honesty.
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