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US Soccer Needs to Model Itself After Atlanta United

13 October 2017

And that's a shame.

He added: "Why do people think U.S. Soccer is in charge of player development?"

While the US showed some promise back under Arena's leadership-including a Gold Cup title triumph over Jamaica-Hexagonal qualifying losses to Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica coupled with a 1-1 tie against Honduras didn't cut it.

Yet, Gulati remains at the post he has held since 2006. For the United States to be eliminated, not only did the Americans have to lose their match, but Panama and Honduras both needed miraculous victories in simultaneous games against Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively. But the expectations have risen tremendously since the 1994 World Cup and the MLS debut in 1996. If the usa misses out at that point, it might as well give up.

It's one thing to lose to Mexico or even Costa Rica and Honduras, but American soccer supporters have a right to expect to the men's national team to finish ahead of Panama.

The U.S. finished qualifying with a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, dropping the Americans (3-4-3) to fifth in CONCACAF's six-team final stage. Trinidad and Tobago's victory last night may have been unexpected, but it was not inconceivable. "You don't deserve to go the World Cup" said former US striker Taylor Twellman, now a television pundit for ESPN. Although the US still would have advanced with help in other matches, Panama earned a 2-1 win over Costa Rica to clinch a World Cup berth in third while Honduras' 3-2 victory against Mexico was enough to secure a playoff date with Australia. As Klinsmann pointed out often, MLS talent can not carry the national team. "I can't look anywhere else except inside our team".

Vermes consistently gets the most out of his players and despite playing in a small market without any big stars, Kansas City is always among the most competitive sides in MLS.

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More immediately, a decision must be made on whether the national team plays exhibitions during the November fixture dates and who will coach.

The federation has scheduled a conference call with media for Friday morning in which U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will discuss the failure to qualify for Russia 2018, with Arena's future an inevitable topic. Combined with the World Cup failure, those are way too many wasted development opportunities. Who are we? This inconsistency stems from a totally disjointed pipeline, a failing youth system, a odd dependence on NCAA soccer, and dozens of other factors.

The pay to play system hasn't derailed the women's program because America has been at the forefront of encouraging and supporting female athletes. True. But the league will only get better with better talent, and American players want to help the sport grow here, so some choose to stay home.

"In no uncertain terms, the President of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, must go". Major League Soccer launched two years later; cable television and the Internet brought top European clubs to American televisions and later laptops and cell phones.

One is simply never to underestimate Central American and Caribbean teams from countries with deep soccer traditions, even if they are much smaller and have far fewer resources for their programs.

In a country where soccer is still the third or fourth most popular sport, the least U.S. Soccer should do is truly cast a net over the entire soccer community in this country.

The U.S. Soccer Federation also needs to directly address gender inequality.

US Soccer Needs to Model Itself After Atlanta United