With players already gracing the top leagues across Europe and strong performances on the International stage, the USA is fast becoming a team to fear and it would not be inconceivable for them to present a strong challenge for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Having a population in excess of 300 million, youth structures second to none and a love for sport across the nation, children in the USA have as good of a chance, if not better to succeed in the sport of their choice.
Should football gain a following even half as much as American Football, which it appears to be doing with David Beckham being well documented to be creating his own franchise in Miami, and the likes of David Villa making perhaps a premature move across the Atlantic, the likelihood of the next Messi or Ronaldo is sure to increase.
In 2013, the record attendance in the MLS was at a game between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC, which massed more than 67,000 fans. This is a figure that far exceeds that of most European football games and certainly aids these teams to provide sufficient financial support to their own youth development.
The US Youth Soccer academy has been running since 1974 and has more than 3million players between the ages of five and nineteen registered and over 300,000 coaches. This facility paths the way for children to gain scholarships to college, where they will play in front of crowds greater than any at the same level across Europe. Exposing them to a high-pressure atmosphere at a much earlier age than their European counterparts, which can only be an advantage.
Maybe it is a bit much to suggest that the USA could win one of these trophies, but it is not farfetched to suggest that they could regularly out perform the England national team who seem to have a grass roots system that is in a huge mess with the figure for home country players being around just a third in the English Premier League.
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