Purple: We love you, you guys are doing great. Keep up the good work. Keep at it, and one day you could be great.
Tan: You’re ruffling feathers that may get you in some trouble. The system will work to bring you back into the purple fold. And if it doesn’t, perhaps some action will be taken in an attempt to make it so.
Green: Alarm bells are ringing, and the establishment will mobilize to rectify the situation. This is not an acceptable performance level or aspiration. And if necessary, new policy may be created to not allow you to persist here.
0.1%: NOT ALLOWED, PERIOD. Current American soccer policy makes this impossible.
Why does the American soccer establishment behave this way?
Why does it champion mediocrity, and prohibit greatness?
Why are those who advocate for greatness demonized?
Why are those who actually pursue it, punished?
If you want to get to the bottom of why this country’s soccer is mediocre, stop believing what the establishment has indoctrinated you with, and start looking into these questions.