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.
After qualifying for seven consecutive World Cups, perhaps only a loss of this magnitude - a 2-1 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago that eliminated the United States - could spark the widespread calls for immediate and major change in the American soccer community that are so much more quickly triggered in other countries.
Since 2012, Porter has been one of the foremost targets of the USMNT job among fans and media alike given his relationship with U.S. Soccer and his success since coming out of the ranks of the University of Akron, which has become one of college soccer's most prevalent schools. Non-MLS clubs have also increased scholarship funding for their players over the years to remain competitive in the DA. The value of a MLS franchise has gone from $20 million five years ago to $125 million.
United States coach Bruce Arena didn't have much to smile about in the World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago. We failed on the day.
How can you win the Gold Cup, beating the likes of Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Panama just to lose to Trinidad when it matters most?
"Soccer is obviously growing over here, but every four years you get the rocket fuel for that growth", Eales said. They have let soccer fans in the United States down so enormously I can't even put it into words. It's a pathway into the sport. In a country which boasts the women's world champions, Eales said that the response had been telling. It already has, if you ask numerous supporters and pundits. It is not at the levels you would expect if the same happened in England but it is positive that it is a factor.
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So what happened? Like many in American soccer Darren Eales, the English president of new MLS franchise Atlanta.
Cove attributes much of the erosion in participation to the costs around youth sports, including "pay to play" demands marked by paid coaches, travel teams and other expenses. Soccer just happens not to be one of them at this point.
Instead of looking for a new, fresh face to lead the squad, US Soccer Federation (USSF) president Sunil Gulati and Co. chose to revert back to Bruce Arena, who coached the USMNT from 1998-2006. 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 worldwide victory. And we lost a game in Trinidad against a team that had nothing to play for.
"We need an absolute revolution", Rongen says of American soccer. "It's a much bigger concern, which is why I think the change needs to start at the top, because it's all the way down at the bottom where we're failing, which is developing players that are capable of bringing the U.S.to the next level".
In the St. Louis Dispatch, Jose de Jesus Ortiz, the newspaper's sports columnist, wrote, "While every major soccer country invests in youth development to uncover the best and brightest soccer prodigies in every corner of their countries, the USA soccer pyramid is still dependent on middle class suburban families who are willing to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 a year in fees and travel costs in search of college scholarships".