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Monday, June 28, 2010

World Cup News for American Soccer Fans

If you've watched Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina and Brazil in the elimination round, you now know how far the U.S. has to go to catch up with the rest of the world.

Put differently, these nations are deploying speedboats to our row boats. I know that the U.S. has invested a lot in its program, that Bob Bradley is a determined coach, that the U.S. has some players worth of the top leagues in Europe.

Just not enough, and not enough top ones.

Until the future John Walls and Derrick Roses play soccer instead of basketball or football, U.S. soccer will continue to have a long way to go to catch up.

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