The US Men’s National Soccer Team Has a Bright Future

USMNT Jozy Altidore
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - JUNE 26: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States celebrates after scoring during the second half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Panama at Children's Mercy Park on June 26, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for the US Men’s National Soccer Team, soccer has never been the biggest sport in the United States. While countries like England, Spain, or Brazil put the “Beautiful Game” above all others, it doesn’t appear to work that way in the US. Whether it’s football, baseball, or basketball, the nation’s culture has always leaned more towards other sports than soccer.

This has been exemplified by their performances in competitions like the World Cup, where having the third largest population globally has not been enough to help them sustain consistently solid performances on the biggest stage. The US has qualified for the knockouts in back-to-back World Cups just once since 1934. Further, while the average victor of the tournament wins six of their games in order to earn the title, the US has beaten their opposition in just six World Cup games in the past 70 years.

However, a bright young group of talent has emerged for the North American country over the past few years. Many are now plying their trade in some of Europe’s biggest leagues, catching the eyes of many and garnering much interest. 

The US Men’s National Soccer Team Has a Bright Future

Talent in Abundance for the US

Despite struggling immensely since the 1930s, the US Men’s National Soccer Team now has a very bright future ahead of them. There is talent aplenty in the national pool, with many of these players having experience at some of the world’s best clubs.

One such man is Christian Pulisic, who regularly makes a difference for his country. The American has been playing in Europe since 2015 when he was signed by German outfit Borussia Dortmund. He truly broke onto the scene in 2016, becoming a first-team regular despite only being 18 years of age. The youngster earned experience against teams like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and was one of the stars of a youthful team at Signal Iduna Park until Chelsea took note of him, and signed the American for over £50 million.

Pulisic was part of the Blues side which won the Champions League last season, making ten appearances in their European venture, one of which was in the final. Still very much in and around the starting 11 at one of the world’s best clubs, Pulisic will provide a foundation on which his nation can build. He was one of the first American players to really make a difference for a top club, but since his explosion onto the world stage many more have followed in his footsteps and bettors have used soccer matches betting tips to cash-in on the club’s success.

One of the hottest talents in soccer at the moment, Giovanni Reyna, is another player on whom the US will likely rely in the coming years. He is still only 18 years old, but already has 50 Bundesliga appearances to his name, and has impressed many with his raw talent and creative ability. 

Sergiño Dest is also a member of the American national team, and also has a half-century of appearances for his side, Barcelona. Dest is the Spanish giants’ first-choice right-back, and at such a reputable club he is yet another demonstration of how the outlook of soccer has so greatly improved for the States. 

Other American talents include Juventus’ Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig, and Valencia star Yunus Musah, who spent some of his youth in the Arsenal academy. 

Overall, just one of Transfermarkt’s ten most valuable players eligible for the US Men’s National Soccer Team is over the age of 23, and the next nine only contain a further two. This sets the world’s third most populous nation up for an extremely bright future, with multiple players having world-class potential. As they prepare to host the World Cup in 2026, the US will surely feel that this is the best opportunity they have ever had to go deep into the competition, and, who’s to say, maybe even win it. 

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