The loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the last match of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup was a bitter defeat, but here’s why it’s the best thing that could have happened to US Soccer and the Federation that governs how we organize, identify,and developer talent in the United States.
Sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward and this is precisely that opportunity. The crushing absence from the World Cup should serve as a wakeup call to those within the organization to completely re-evaluate what they do and why it’s not working. First and foremost why they continue to develop too many of the wrong players at the expense of the kinds of players the program needs to narrow the gap against international competition. The USMNT needs hard-working grinders that play with passion for their country, not magazine-cover prodigies that flamed out by 20, yet continue to hang on because too many millions were spent on them to cut them loose altogether.
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