Despite losing 1-0 against Germany team USA qualified for last 16 of the World Cup where they will play the winners of group G Belgium.
The interest USA's World Cup performance has generated in the States is staggering. Eighteen million American's tuned in to watch the USA play Portgual last week and more USA fans brought tickets for the World Cup in Brazil than any other nation bar the hosts. After many false starts soccer seems to be picking up some traction in the United States of America.
Undoubtedly, the growth of football in the USA is great for the sport of football as a whole and in particular for the USA's domestic game.
If the USA can take the enthusiasm of the World Cup and carry it through to the domestic game then the quality and competitiveness of football in the USA can only increase.
One unexpected bonus however, could be the effect it would have on football in England.
Whilst attempting to destroy the 100 year plus traditions of English football with its ludicrous B team idea the FA commission that reported earlier this year did make some pertinent points.
Chief amongst these was that the Premier League has the far highest percentage of non-domestic (excluding Irish, Welsh and Scottish) players of any of the top European leagues. 60.4% of players in the Premier League don't qualify for England whilst only 39.2% players in La Liga don't qualify for Spain and only 38.8% in the Bundesliga don't qualify for Germany.
The effects of on the English national side are staggering because, whilst 43% and 37% of the Spanish and French squad have respectively graced the Premier League there is no
corresponding shift in English players playing in Spain or France.
The only member of the English World Cup squad to play outside of the Premier League was third choice goalkeeper Frasier Forster who played in Scotland for Celtic.
At this point you are probably asking how does this relate the performance of team USA and why every English football fan should support them?
It seems to me that there are two main reasons why English players don't play abroad. The first is language based. Your average uneducated English footballer knows less French,
Spanish or Italian than Frank Lampard knows latin.
The second is financial. The financial success of the Premier League means that the wages English players receive in the Premier League often cannot and will not be matched on the continent.
A strong USA World Cup performance could change all this and potentially remove these obstacles. Firstly, the interest in football will improve the MLS' quality in the long term making it a league worth playing in.
Secondly, there is no learning a second language required to move to the USA so English footballers won't be put off moving Thirdly, if the MLS grows in popularity the earning potential of the MLS will be enough to tempt some English players to foreign shores.
Now you might say that maybe only 10 English players not getting a look in in domestic football go to play in the MLS. If just that few were to go abroad though then that would be ten more English players playing in a high quality league. This would grow the pool of English talent playing good football by a significant percent.
So join me my fellow England fans and support team USA. In three to four World Cups time team USA's 2014 World Cup run could have saved English football.
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