- Joined Feb 8, 2004
Greg Stinks. They won't qualify if they keep playing like this.
Aside from beating Mexico, I don't take much away from those things. I'm in the camp of not being happy that we pass up opportunities to play legit nations overseas, or even most South American powers, and instead continue to face CONCACAF opponents to keep our morale high. I get there's money in decisions but come on... End of the day, none of those tournaments matter if we continue to drop crucial contests to the likes of Panama...
But we don't pass up opportunities to play legit nations in other regions in order to face CONCACAF opponents. It has nothing to do with money or keeping morale high, we have zero control over it.Aside from beating Mexico, I don't take much away from those things. I'm in the camp of not being happy that we pass up opportunities to play legit nations overseas, or even most South American powers, and instead continue to face CONCACAF opponents to keep our morale high. I get there's money in decisions but come on... End of the day, none of those tournaments matter if we continue to drop crucial contests to the likes of Panama...
If we take the emotion out of it and look at whats actual, these are the last 10 years vs non-CONCACAF competition. There's nothing wrong with admitting we're a mid tier nation relative to the field across UEFA and CONMEBOL. I'll never understand some of the outright disdain for the team. We're making progress year over year in terms of our player pool, ironically the levels of disdain and pessimism from our fanbase probably has a negative affect on that progress at some meta level.Doesn't mean anything. Team is trash and gets exposed when they play non CONCACAF team
That’s not the point. There point is that there wasn’t an opportunity cost to competing in the Nations League like you claimed.ICE CITY CF the Gold Cup has been around so that’s a key tournament for CONCACAF, but the Nations League was this thing that they made recently instead of using the opportunity to play friendlies against South American and European countries. I respect what you’re saying but I don’t believe the Nations League tournament is as important as WCQs, because the qualifiers actually mean something, feel different, and get you in the World Cup. Nations League is literally a tournament for us to beat up on inferior nations so we can feel less inferior.
The USMNT are young and have promise, I’ll give them that. I just remain skeptical of US Soccer, MLS, and the constant conflict of interest ignored with SUM. End of the day, I’m glad a kid like Pepi didn’t fall through the crack and there’s less barrier.
Context matters. The majority of nations on earth are "failed WC nations" and likely will be forever by your metric.Our World Cup record since the 94 WC is 4-6-8.
We are a failed WC nation.
I want to be excited for the next WC but we're mid at best.
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