Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Who Is Cultivating the Next Generation of US Soccer Stars?

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The United States men’s national team sits second in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and while fans are waiting for the “Golden Generation” to take flight, a bigger question remains: Who is cultivating the next Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna?

The United States Soccer Federation has one goal in sight right now, and that’s qualifying to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. While that’s certainly a reasonable achievement to be working towards, it seems like that’s literally the sole entry on the agenda at USSF headquarters — it’s not just the No. 1 priority, it’s the only priority.

Perhaps caught up in the hype of the current U.S. men’s national team possibly being the country’s “redeem team,” not much is being made of the mismanagement at the most important level: the pipeline to the senior national teams. Let’s face it, today, the identification, nurturing, teaching, and structuring of future USMNT players relies solely on Major League Soccer clubs or the affiliates those players are attached to.

Some players might already be in Europe . . .

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