Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Taylor Twellman Went On A Second Epic Rant On ESPN

Getty Images Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 16:35

You, too, Taylor Twellman. U.S. Soccer's nationwide training centers to identify players with youth national team potential are cost-free.

U.S. Soccer can solve some problems in American soccer, but not all and not all at once. One goal, an equalizer against the weakest opposition in the qualifying group, and the USMNT would have been off to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation. The United States, population 324 million, will not.

"There's nothing wrong with what we're doing", he said.

Former El Camino Real Coach David Hussey said in an email, "Soccer in the U.S.A.is still not a priority for families".

The 18-year-old midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, a part of the US national team youth program since U-14s, is starting for Liga MX first-place club Monterrey.

Turns out, his words were prescient.

He then called for accountability from every level of soccer in the U.S. While he stopped short of saying he has the exact answers, he demanded change.

Former University of Miami president Donna Shalala, a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors, wrote on Twitter: "This morning 2-1 unacceptable". But the DA has vastly increased opportunities for lower-income players to climb the ladder and has made US elite youth soccer more diverse. Time for a revolution.

"I'm pissed. When it comes down to it, I look at the way that game went and there was a lack of effort throughout", Jones said after the loss.

As people quickly pointed out, the women's team never had this luxury - and they won three World Cups. They know that down years, when there's not a World Cup or Olympics, are for overhauling the roster so a team is prepared to compete in the next round of qualifiers.

Thanks to a substantial advantage on goal differential, the USA national team only needed a draw against an already-eliminated T&T side to secure a World Cup slot over Panama and Honduras.

Optimists are pointing out that France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup before winning the 1998 World Cup as the host country. What needs to change? The U.S. men have been inconsistent for quite some time. Fans thought they'd squeak through the World Cup qualifiers, make it to Russian Federation, and turn in a decent, if not sometimes dazzling, performance.

There is no coach to blame in this situation.

Manager Bruce Arena's side finished fifth out of six teams in the final round of qualifying, losing four of their 10 matches.

A 1-2 loss against a side with nothing to play for, and when Concacaf (North and Central America and the Caribbean region) group winners Mexico lost 2-3 to Honduras and Panama stunned second-placed Costa Rica 2-1, the United States tumbled from third to fifth, out of even the play-offs against Australia next month.

Critics say US soccer lags the rest of the world because our best athletes choose basketball and football.

A blemish? It's much more than that, it's much more than a black eye. It doesn't take National Basketball Association height or NFL muscle to be a great soccer player. It will take money to support these individuals, and that is the question they need to ask themselves.

Others say MLS doesn't offer players the same intensity as European clubs, where they face world-class talent day in and day out.

Everyone also seems to agree that the best athletes in America are not playing soccer, but how do you attract them to the sport?