USA can become a major force in football

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The USA's performance at the 2014 World Cup brought light to the world that the USA are not far behind in terms of football maturity.

Having already produced stars in Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard the States are now seeing more and more young talent being scouted by European clubs while the domestic league continues to grow.

An exciting future

The 2014 World Cup came too soon for the new generation of America and its football, the likes of Andre Yedlin and Julian Green are all exciting talent who require more nurturing and man management as they continue on their way to stardom.

The World Cup saw the likes of Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, stalwarts of the American national team, all perform at a high degree while also some names that have been around but never really mentioned came to the forefront.

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Yedlin of the Seattle Sounders has already been touted by clubs such as AS Roma and Liverpool while Julian Green is already in the Bayern Munich books with high hopes for the young winger.

The likes of Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez are all considered exciting talent in the MLS and the USA will carry high hopes going into the 2018 World Cup that these players and veterans like Michael Bradley can go further than this year.

American talent benefit from moves overseas?

With the emergence of fresh talent in the MLS however comes the argument that does America benefit from sending their talents overseas? Or is it better to stay and help the domestic league grow?

The likes of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are all examples of players that have excelled overseas either on loan or in permanent moves and have returned to the MLS to help the league grow.

No doubt that Yedlin and Green will benefit from moves overseas but for the MLS to grow the league needs to see these players return and not at the twilight of their careers.

David Beckham and Thierry Henry are all big names who have helped the league grow but for America to take more interest and for their talent to grow, home grown names need to stay. Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are both examples of quality players who have not made the jump to Europe.

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