Czech has a solid squad, but seriously, that was just pathetic. The US will never be a serious contender until they make youth clubs more democratic and it's less of a circle jerk for America's sport for the "privileged". Honestly, it's just infuriating (read: disgusting). *EDIT*: I decided to elaborate. Let me lay out what is wrong with American soccer: 1) Again, somehow the world's sport has turned into a sport for America's privileged. Club fees are enormous unless you're playing at the top tier, and most schools will not have you unless you're playing for a premier club. This is a shame as a lot of the lower-income immigrant kids have some great talent. The tournaments are also expensive and there is absolutely no funding within the system. Unless mommy and daddy front the fee you're not playing for a prestigous youth club. 2) It's a huge circle-jerk. The MLS teams are extremely lazy with scouting so unless you are an astounding prodigy, someone's pet project or a school player you're screwed. I played for VA's u-19 team in the Olympic Development program my freshman and sophomore years of highschool. We had an awesome team and I was probably the best set kicker in the state. However a highschool coach made me choose between ODP and highschool ball. I played school ball my freshman year, then chose ODP because I didn't like the politics behind school ball. Then I realized I didn't have a chance in hell of getting looked at exclusively through the program, thus I chose to go back to school ball my junior year of highschool. The coach convinced me all was well but had a chip on his shoulder and benched me. I quit and that ended my career. Not a pity party, just an example of how the system works. Unless you're a superstar, nobody is going to look at you unless you play school. And then, a college won't look at you unless your school is making headlines. A mediocre player from my area is a reserve for D.C. United now because he came up from a successful school and got a scholarship to WVU. Just an example of how you need to work in this elitist little system. 3)In line with both those topics, race is unfortunately a huge, huge factor. When I played NCSL (the basic regional league most highschool players operate in and college players come from), the best players I played were Mexican and Latin American. These same kids got turned down for the state team because of their background. Same with the area schools. If they're going to give a spot to a white kid with money or a lower income immigrant kid, they'll choose the white kid every single time (I'm white, by the way). It's amazing how you can just wash talent down the drain. And this is not an overstatement. I've been there and seen it all. I'm just trying to give some method to the madness. It's not that us Americans don't have talent, it's just the system we're operating in. We need more money funneled into the soccer clubs and MLS...um...yeah, it's MLS. No player is going to be prepared for the world stage participating in the MLS. We need a couple FIFA-endorsed club teams stateside. But alas, I can dream... Sorry for the rant, that game just got the juices 'a flowin'.