Time To Start Over
Alecko Eskandarian; Eddie Johnson; Freddy Adu; Brian Ching; Sasha Kljestan; Bobby Convey; Lee Nguyen; Clint Dempsey; Michael Bradley; Oguchi Onyewu; Chris Rolfe; Tim Howard; Ricardo Clark; Justin Mapp; Marvell Wynne; Brad Guzan; Jonathan Spector; Heath Pearce: these are the names that figure to carry U.S. soccer beyond its present down point. It is time to drop the under-performers. It's time to grow up as a soccer program, and do what the teams who play this game for real do: bring in younger, in-form players, and lose the dead weight. Incidentally, we have some pretty heavy dead weight on our squad. It's true that MLS has provided a forum in which the American player can improve, but for our team to truly progress internationally, each of the previously mentioned names needs to get some serious run in Europe. The Landon Donovan "I'm happy here in the USA" mantra has done some serious harm. It is also time for new leadership at the top; where once we were unafraid to play the young and untested, we have now fallen into the trap of playing out-of-form favorites. Thus, we have one goal and four shots on net to show for our entire World Cup outing. That's all I'll say about the U.S. disaster, other than to give a big shout-out to Sam's Army, which is ever growing.