Originally Posted by Hanseat
If the US choses to get big into soccer they'll be a noticeable force in forthcoming tournaments. Until soccer is played by someone else than little girls I don't really see that happening too soon.
And I hate to say it, but the MLS is holding us back. It lets our players stay at home in a comfort zone and play against weaker opponents. The average level of the game just isn't there for it to be relied upon as a feeder for our national team. I think Arena has purposefully chosen as many MLS players as he has simply as a political statement--he likes the MLS and wants to support it.
Look at someone like Bobby Convey who goes to England and plays in the Championship (2nd league) and really blossoms. Back home in the MLS would we have seen that? Now he's heading up to the EPL with Reading.
And why Berhalter is left off (now on due to injury) while Chris Albright is chosen is beyond me. Berhalter captained Energie Cottbus to promotion to the Bundesliga (sp?). He's coming off a marvelous season.
And Marcus Hanneman for crying out loud. I know the third-string 'keeper is never going to play but he deserves it way more than Meola. Sure Meola is playing well in the MLS, but again, Hanneman helped his team be promoted ot the Premier League. He probably deserves to be #2 behind Kasey.
I really want to see Eddie Johnson and Gooch have great Cups. Rumor is Gooch will sign with 'Boro in the EPL very soon, but I see they just signed Huth (both defenders). I have no idea what that means. And EJ seems eager to move abroad. Good on him.