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Skip the Abby Wambach backlash and focus on US Soccer’s identity problem

If the prevailing goal is to construct one team, purpose built for pushing deep into World Cup 2018, well, maybe a couple more runs through the German and other European dual citizenship data are worth it. Maybe. Even then, forging team identity and chemistry is surely part of the exercise. And if the goals is building something bigger, something more lasting is the ultimate ambition, then perhaps, if all things are roughly equal, choosing the player developed through our own systems is the better choice. It’s really just about balance. It always has been. But the balance is surely shifting.

We needed Dooley and Stewart back then, and guys like Roy Wegerle and Fernado Clavijo, too. Do we need them now? Do we need as many? What are the implications to the bigger picture? What is the downside in developing team identity? These are the relevant questions, and the answers are shifting.

If someone says the answers are simple, well, wish them a Merry Christmas or appropriate holiday greeting. Then remind them how wrong they are.

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  1. Jack

    December 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I wonder if in some ways we’re actually holding back some American born players who don’t have a EU passport. We’ve seen work permits denied due to not having National team caps. Do clubs in England even bother scouting MLS knowing if they don’t have National team caps they can’t sign them? Is giving more minutes to a Danny Williams of Morales possibly holding back someone like Wil Trapp from making a move? Klinsmann says over and over to go to Europe but is he really creating a path for players?

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