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Old 02-16-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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So when the USA loses in friendlies it shows how bad they are, yet when they win in the Confederations Cup its considered lucky.

Interesting...
Confederations cup was luck.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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I wonder how the US would do in soccer if the domestic population cared more about the sport. Football and basketball get most of the A-list talent and everyone else fights for scraps with a couple exceptions.

Don't get me wrong, it's on the upswing but it's still in it's infancy.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: N.W. Austin.
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I think some football and basketball players would make excellent soccer players with their speed and athleticism, not forgetting their size as well. Get them early enough to teach the soccer skills and you'd have world class players in a generation.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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I wonder how the US would do in soccer if the domestic population cared more about the sport. Football and basketball get most of the A-list talent and everyone else fights for scraps with a couple exceptions.
Don't get me wrong, it's on the upswing but it's still in it's infancy.
If developed from a young age I think Allen Iverson could have been a fantastic player.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Confederations cup was luck.
And if the US make it out of their group are you going to call that luck as well?

Did they get lucky in the 2002 World Cup?

Just curious.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: yeah
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So when the USA loses in friendlies it shows how bad they are, yet when they win in the Confederations Cup its considered lucky.
Interesting...
Haha, this is sadly the lose-lose situation US soccer faces in minds around the world.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:51 PM
 
Location: TX
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And if the US make it out of their group are you going to call that luck as well?

Did they get lucky in the 2002 World Cup?

Just curious.
Poland owned them 3-1 to close first round. Immediately following the game, one of the USA player was quoting as saying "I rather be lucky than good" or something to that effect regarding the loss. But they played a great game against Mexico. At least I think they did.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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I wonder how the US would do in soccer if the domestic population cared more about the sport. Football and basketball get most of the A-list talent and everyone else fights for scraps with a couple exceptions.

Don't get me wrong, it's on the upswing but it's still in it's infancy.
I think that depends really on the strenghening of the MLS. It still has room to grow in fan support. U.S. Soccer admin would have to continue a hands on approach for promotion and strengthening of youth leagues and highlighting the talent coming out of college. It will be gradual.

What's for sure is that out side of modest ESPN coverage, NO ONE in the domestic sports media or media in general is talking at all about the World Cup.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I think that depends really on the strenghening of the MLS. It still has room to grow in fan support. U.S. Soccer admin would have to continue a hands on approach for promotion and strengthening of youth leagues and highlighting the talent coming out of college. It will be gradual.

What's for sure is that out side of modest ESPN coverage, NO ONE in the domestic sports media or media in general is talking at all about the World Cup.

It's too far away for the US media to be worrying about the WC now. With baseball season opening, golf season starting, and a number of other sports events going on, they will not start covering it until it is a couple of weeks away.
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