Did The 'Pay To Play' System Cause The US's World Cup Failure?

Dem lawmaker trolls ‘snowflake’ soccer fans after U.S. team loses World Cup spot

Greg Nash

As I sit at my computer this Wednesday afternoon and write this article, I simply can't shake the lingering despair that I won't get to see Christian Pulisic and some of the best young talent from the country play in a World Cup until 2022.

The failure of the USA men's team to qualify for the World Cup has launched a debate about what's wrong with soccer in the U.S.

Mostly, though, the joke was on the men's soccer team. Non-MLS clubs have also increased scholarship funding for their players over the years to remain competitive in the DA.

One challenge is that while soccer participation has soared since Pelé first joined the New York Cosmos in 1975, it still ranks as the third or fourth most popular sport in the U.S. As a result, the country's top-slight athletes rarely play soccer. All of the above-listed issues are hurdles to building a men's national team that can realistically compete to win a World Cup, but making the World Cup and winning the World Cup are two completely different things.

Bruce Arena was brought in late a year ago to replace Jurgen Klinsmann and was given one challenging yet attainable task: Qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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"You can lose games, that's all part of it".

"Soccer is obviously growing over here, but every four years you get the rocket fuel for that growth", Eales said. Taylor Tweilman went off on U.S. Soccer last night, but it's deeper than that. It brings in more casual fans.

"We should have walked off this field with at least a point". In a country which boasts the women's world champions, Eales said that the response had been telling. "When those children's instincts are to kick the ball, like they do in most of the rest of the world, you'll know the United States has become a soccer country".

Woitalla also noted that U.S. Soccer introduced Futsal, a five-on-five game played on a basketball-court size that is big part of youth training in South America, as part of Development Academy programing.

While the English Premier League has gone from strength to strength despite declining performances from the England team, the relationship between the US Soccer Federation (Ussf) and MLS is more mutually dependent.

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He's managed Spanish giants Barcelona as well, which certainly adds more dazzle to his prior history as a coach, but his short time in Atlanta has already made him one of MLS' top managers.

"One hundred years", he said without hesitation. But how did U.S. coach Bruce Arena describe it? A former player and MLS-winning coach with DC United, Rongen also starred in the documentary Next Goal Wins in which he coached Fifa's lowest-ranked nation, American Samoa, to their first global victory. Star players on the Panamanian, Honduran and Costa Rican national teams play in MLS as well, where they are regularly outplayed by their American counterparts.

"We need an absolute revolution", Rongen says of American soccer.

"It is a pay-to-play system and is becoming a sport for the elite, unfortunately". Additionally, Porter managed the U-23 national team during 2011 and 2012, however, in the lead up to the Olympics he failed to guide the team to the Summer Games.

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