Some utterly mad things have happened over the years in the world of football. Even in the last twelve months we’ve seen Leicester City win the Premier League, so it really isn’t that mad of a statement to suggest that the United States of America are capable of winning the World Cup.
As all people reading this collectively shit themselves and throw the proceeding faeces at their laptop screens, let’s just think about this logically for a second. Look at the natural progression of USA in terms of World Cup competition and try to say they haven’t come on leaps and bounds since hosting the tournament back in 1994.
Back then when anybody said the word football to them they pictured caffeine-induced maniacs who throw a shite egg-shaped ball around for about ten hours. Nowadays, some of the home grown talent they’ve produced have gone on to cause havoc in the Premier League with Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan being two prime examples.
That isn’t to say there hasn’t been failures, because good sweet jesus Jozy Altidore had about as much coordination as a three legged donkey on acid, but in the grand scheme of things more focus is being attributed to the sport in the States.
Major League Soccer is playing a huge role in this too. When going through the list of names that have gone over to play in America’s top league it reads like a who’s who of world class giants. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Kaka and more. Shit, even Bradley Wright-Phillips looks like a god over there.
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Their influence cannot be understated. These players will be able to teach and guide these youthful Americans towards learning things that they wouldn’t have known without their presence. The small anecdotes that made these men legendary can be passed down to these guys, and that sort of thing is priceless.
Now time for the factor that some people don’t even consider – heart. No, not in terms of cholesterol levels. Say what you want about the yanks but they are fucking resilient. In their last few appearances on the world stage, the USA have produced some truly defiant displays with truly mediocre squads, such as their last gasp goal against Algeria in 2010 or the brave display against Belgium in 2014.
Just imagine what they can do with a mixture of youth and experience. The sheer quantity of that nation alone is enough to scoop out some top level talent and it’s not hard to find it when you look around the MLS.
People continue to ignore and degrade them because they like to call it soccer – but it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee people – the Americans are on the rise, and by the time we breath our final breath they will have been crowned champions of the world.