With the U.S.’s exit from World Cup Qualifying, there is much discussion on what’s wrong.
How can a nation of 350 million people get beat by a country that has about half as many people than the Kansas City metro area?!?
Iceland, a country of 350,000, qualified! Yes, Iceland has almost as many people as Omaha, Nebraska and they qualified for the World Cup!!!
There are calls for a new manager. That is likely needed, but that won’t solve the problem.
The problem is that we have a top-down system trying to solve a bottom-up problem.
I will add to this post over the coming days with thoughts on this, but I have already posted many of my thoughts in previous posts.
I think a big missing piece of the puzzle is that pickup play in the U.S. is non-existent.