The United States men’s soccer team is the laughing stock of the world right now, after failing to qualify as a top 32 team globally for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. To add insult to injury, we got eliminated by Trinidad and Tobago, a country with whose population is less than that of San Diego.
So how do we still suck after throwing millions towards scouting, training, and coaches the United States’ seemingly best players? Victor Matheson, a professor of economics at College of the Holy Cross and former MLS referee, has a theory:
“We’ve developed a lot of highly trained but mediocre rich kids while missing out on training lots of potentially fantastic poor kids.”
Granted, Americas biggest sports stars play football and basketball, so there are likely some dogshit point guards and tailbacks who would be international superstars if soccer in the states was more ubiquitous. But alas, here we are with our dick in our hands, forced into watching the world compete for international glory while we’re at the lunch table alone like Stephen fucking Glansberg.