One week ago yesterday, the United States Men’s National Team failed to qualify for its eighth consecutive World Cup as they fell to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in Couva. All the Yanks needed to do was either get a win or a draw and they would be in. This loss meant that the United States would be sitting at home for the first time since (Mexico) 1986 to watch the finals.
Just a few days after that, head coach/manager Bruce Arena resigned from the team, but this should come to no surprise to anyone as he wanted to take the men to the finals and then leave after that.
The two big questions that remain after this are simple. What does the future hold for the USMNT and will soccer/football continue to grow despite this failure?
First question; What does the future hold? That is a tough question because if it were up to me, I would find someone who can find talent away from M(ajor) L(eague) S(occer) because it seems like lately, a lot of the MLS talent just isn’t there. There are players around the world playing in other leagues who are doing just as well, if not better then these guys and I would like to see some of them get a call up.
Second question; Will the sport continue to grow? I absolutely think it will. The sport is one of the most affordable (to pick up) as a child and while camps and youth leagues can be a challenge (both money and distance), it can still teach the young ones some valuable lessons. I played for a while when I was younger and I loved it. I still love playing it today and teaching young kids what I know.
What do I want to see now? I want to see a coach/manager come in with experience abroad come in and I want to see President Gulati resign. I understand that the women have won three World Cups, but their last showing in the Olympics was pretty embarrassing and I will talk about that later.
I however, will never stop rooting for the Red, White, and Blue, and neither should you. These are our fellow countrymen. Cheer them on and continue to give them your full support.