It really stinks that they didn't qualify this year but it is time to let the veterans go and rebuild the team around young players.
During CONMEBOL qualifying, after drawing 0-0 with Bolivia, Chile filed a complaint about Bolivia using an ineligible player. Upon investigation, their complain was upheld and Bolivia forfeited the match, resulting in a 3-0 win for Chile. (an additional 2 points from what they had earned on the pitch)
But Bolivia had also used that same player in the previous match, which was a 2-0 win over Peru. Bolivia had to also forfeit that match, resulting in a 3-0 win for Peru. (an additional 3 points from what they had earned on the pitch)
Peru and Chile finished tied on points (26 apiece), but Peru advanced to the Inter-continental playoff vs New Zealand based on a better Goal Differential than Chile.
Had Chile not appealed Bolivia's use of that player, neither match would've been forfeited, and Chile would've finished ahead of Paraguay (on GD) and Peru (on points).
Caring about a sport matters a lot. Compare the number of world class Cricket players from India to the number of champion sumo wrestlers that country produces. Of course it matters. Infrastructure matters, too. And natural ability, as well. Americans have plenty of the last two. When it comes to soccer they only lack the first thing.
Histrionics might have been too strong a word. I'll admit that. Will you admit that if anyone's being a bigot above it's not me but those I'm responding to? Probably not.
A country with a strong history of athletics (2520 Summer Olympic medals won vs. Russia's 1865, for example), with a very large population (3rd largest in the world), a very large economy (largest in the world), would conceivably perform well at a sport that they cared about, as they do at basketball (23 Olympic golds, Argentina has 1, every other extant country has 0).
This statement SHOULD be so patently obvious that the ONLY reasonable response would be to nod in agreement. Like when someone remarks "hey, it's raining," and it is.
Instead... we get "hahahaha, what a load of BS..." currently with 14 likes.
You should be embarrassed about this. The person making that statement and those liking it are so incredibly insecure that they have to cling to the notion that somehow the fact that they perform better at a sport that another country doesn't care about is some inherent genetic or cultural superiority.
and then some American responded with "hahahaha. What a load of BS."
I would be calling out that American for being ignorant, as well. Though I can't see an American making such a statement. They don't need to cling to their superiority in a sport that only they care about as a way of shoring up their own ego, and they don't hate any countries out there so passionately that they feel the compulsion to deny any seemingly positive statement made about those countries. The response here is just proving Sailor's 2nd point.
The most problem is that the US decided to invest money in national sports (except the Basketball) so the best in sport tended to go to these ones.
Now it is too late.
China try to invest in football but the best players want to stay in Europe, they only go to China, the USA or Qatar for getting money in retirement…
It is really too late for the USA to become a big nation in football. At least before a century...
The best countries in the world are generally the European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Portugal etc.) or the South American countries (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina etc.)
Football is about teamwork and skill. Not just how much money you can throw into it.
Also, the reason that the USA has so many golds in baseball IS because very few countries play it professionally at a high level. Doesn't matter how 'ignorant' that sounds. It is the truth at the end of the day...
Typical American. Assumes the USA would be on top if they tried xD
2. Implies that only Europeans have skills or know what teamwork is.
3. Makes ignorant and bigoted comments about Americans, attempting to preemptively deflect criticism for his ignorance by predicting getting called out for it.
4. Claims to have the "truth," when doesn't, while laughing off other statements that actually are true; displaying inability to even comprehend the possibility of something that is almost certainly valid.
5. Gets multiple likes.
More evidence that what Sailor said was probably accurate. Imagine how this guy would react if the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR all went away next year and all of their combined resources, enthusiasm, and talent went in to American soccer. Heads might actually explode maybe I was wrong about not taking that literally.