So as not to derail the World Cup thread I thought a new thread might be in order to discuss the future of the American side and the prospects of the sport's popularity here, Rat Boy be damned.
It is probably premature to talk about a coaching change, but when has that ever stopped anyone.
Who from the current side will still be around in 4 years and be a major contributor in Brazil? Who are the names that should be on our radar?
As far as the popularity of the sport, I think this WC will help, and think that the sport has a chance at surpassing baseball in 20 or so years, but I can think of a few things that would help speed that along.
The biggest being stateside promotion of our major foreign league players.
I would be shocked if Donovan doesn't end up in the EPL, with Man City supposedly interested. I think ESPN's weekly coverage of the EPL has been a good thing, but to truly capitalize ESPN's Saturday morning EPL telecast should focus as often as possible on Dempsey/Fullham and Donovan Everton/Man C, along with the usual suspects Man U and Arsenal. Basically, ESPN should follow their baseball pattern where the Redsox and Yankees make up the bulk of their scheduling.
The other big step I would like to see happen is a properly run, ESPN backed Champions League combining both N. American (CONCACAF) and S. American (CONMEBOL) clubs. Yes the S. American teams would probably win everything for a decade plus, but if they were willing to give up some marketing control it would probably help boost their teams marketing penetration in the American market. Maybe the MLS is not ready, but I hope they get there someday.
Anyways, would love to here everyone's thoughts, and now I return you to your regularly scheduled discussuin of disallowed goals in the World Cup.