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us soccer development academy started in 2007 for boys. So we should start seeing kids coming through to the national team... but the national team is absolute **** right now... on the other hand, there are a lot more young Americans playing for better european clubs than in the past.
 

Kinda reinforces that Klinsi wasn't really the problem.

 

A lot of these european talents I mentioned are teens and early 20s, so hopefully the next five years is brighter but it may not matter for this WC cycle. 

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8 minutes ago, Elessar78 said:
us soccer development academy started in 2007 for boys. So we should start seeing kids coming through to the national team... but the national team is absolute **** right now... on the other hand, there are a lot more young Americans playing for better european clubs than in the past.
 

Kinda reinforces that Klinsi wasn't really the problem.

 

A lot of these european talents I mentioned are teens and early 20s, so hopefully the next five years is brighter but it may not matter for this WC cycle. 

This is very true, but Berhalter is not inspiring much confidence in me right now.

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3 hours ago, Long n Left said:

This is very true, but Berhalter is not inspiring much confidence in me right now.

Also know that USMNT program is not doing a fantastic job bringing American players of Hispanic/Mexican descent into the fold. We've already lost some talented duals to MEX and maybe a few more to come. It would be a shame. Federation is **** too. 

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1 hour ago, Elessar78 said:

Also know that USMNT program is not doing a fantastic job bringing American players of Hispanic/Mexican descent into the fold. We've already lost some talented duals to MEX and maybe a few more. It would be a shame. Federation is **** too. 

Nailed it again. US soccer’s decision a few years ago to push kids into certain academies, to make it easier for them to go to regional academy tournaments and jamborees, has alienated a large part of the Hispanic community in the US. Many of these families cannot afford academy fees, and the travel, and prefer their children to play close to home, and for their local schools. ODP teams are recruited almost exclusively through academies, guaranteeing that they are not getting ALL the best talent in their development programs.

 

Instead of taking a lesson from Germany, who revamped almost their entire development program, US soccer continues on their own path, like they think they’re smarter than everybody. We are getting better young players, but, as you pointed out, most of these kids are developing their game outside of the United States. Until the US can open paths for all their most talented kids to develop properly through a nationally based system, they will continue to trail the top European and South American powers.

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Most pathetic all around performance by a USMNT I can remember in ages. Much worse than the loss to T&T in qualifying in my eyes. Players don’t seem to understand what the coach is asking of them, and coach seems utterly clueless. Playing undeserving players, playing guys out of their accustomed positions, and playing a system (I use that term quite loosely) that doesn’t suit the talent. Add to this the disorganization that is US Soccer, and this federation is closing in on reaching Redskins level of ineptitude. Shocking really.

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hey guys,

 

i'm not totally up to speed on all things USSF, but i know a lot of you all are.  my daughter is doing some research into USSF/FIFA/equal pay and had some questions that I wasn't totally sure of.  most of this is just so that she can wrap her head around the issue and better understand it herself.  so, can anyone help out with the relationship between FIFA/USSF and who sets policy for the USMNT/USWNT.  are there any other "players" that she should be looking at in regards to the equal pay issue?

 

thanks for your help gents!  stay healthy...

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Just watched the USMNT on the pitch for the first time in months, and leave it to Berhalter to screw up a good thing. No Pulisic, no Sargent, but lots of other young talent on this iteration of the team, and a number of them got their debuts. They looked good from the off, and controlled play most of the first half.

 

Instead of making some halftime substitutions, Berhalter let the first XI play until after the 70th minute before making his first change. He started Lletget at false 9, instead of giving Soto or Llanez, truer 9’s, a shot, and play was sloppy a good bunch of the second, mainly due to the inclement weather.

 

Some promising talent coming through, Konrad and Musah both looked lively. Without their (arguably) two biggest scoring threats, though, finding the net was not to be. 
 

I really believe this group of youngsters has a chance to do some special things, but I don’t believe that Gregg Berhalter will be the one to get it out of them.

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