Tuesday, January 23, 2007

U.S. Youth Movement and Some Fanciful Predictions

Sports Illustrated writer Greg Lalas (Alexi’s brother) has an article on the recent U.S. men’s national team win in a friendly over Denmark, which can be found here:


Greg makes the point that the U.S. has a number of up-and-coming young players who will now have the benefit of a solid pro league in which to develop; this, he believes, will lead to success in the World Cups of ’10 and ‘14.

Good article, Greg. You had me up to there. Bu the U.S. team hasn’t showed any indication of progressing on the national stage. The 2002 World Cup is looking more and more like a fluke, as the team was woefully under-powered in Germany this summer. That generation of players (including Landon Donavan and Brian McBride) were as golden to our country as England’s were to theirs; both, however, met with failure, and it is probably over-optimistic to think that anything will change with the passage of a few more years.

With all that said, still a good read, especially as a means of keeping an eye on good young American talent, some of which will be on display in the MLS this summer.

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