The United States Soccer Team was once one of the best teams in the world, best shown by finishing third in the 1930 world cup. The strength of the team has been in decline from that point but now, partly due to the creation of the MLS in 1993, the country can now realistically look forward to achieving that success again.
Between 1930-1993 the development of domestic and collegiate sports such as American Football and Basketball overshadowed the expansion of soccer causing the most elite athletes to be attracted to these sports. Famous footballers such as Pele, David Beckham and Thierry Henry have increased the attraction of getting involved with and following the sport. The funding into soccer is continuously increasing and this is why the USA has been able to produce increasingly talented players.
Growth of Soccer in USA (image not mine)
Now, college soccer stadiums are larger than the national stadium of England, the home of football. This shows how the popularity of the game has developed and from the success of the men’s national team at recent competitions, such as reaching the knockout stage of the 2010 world cup, the team will only do better in the future. Players such as Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel, Stuart Holden and Landon Donovan have proved their quality whilst playing in England and players with this level of quality will continually be developed. Currently, the national team is ranked 31st in the world but this will only rise. In the victory over Italy in Genoa in February 2012, the talent of the team was shown and the future of soccer in the USA is bright.
The women’s national team have seen much greater success in recent times. Currently ranked 1st in the world by FIFA, the team won the world cup in 1999 and finished runners up in the most recent 2011 world cup. They have won Olympic medals and have achieved many other honors and this is why there is such a high chance of victory at the 2015 world cup because the team have become contenders in all competitions in which they enter. The success of the women’s national team has been achieved through the encouragement of young girls to play the sport and if this is continued, this success can only be enhanced.
This article shows the success that this country has had in one of its less popular sports. The way that these achievements can be continued and improved upon is through more participants and with discounts on soccer kit making the most of opportunities like Eurosport coupon codes that increase the accessibility of the sport. In Europe, children are being developed from as young as age 5, and if our country does this and we encourage and nurture children, both boys and girls of any age, to play soccer, the men’s and women’s national teams will become dominant and further success will come.