The following is perhaps the most accepted as insurmountable.
Soccer in the Home
The scapegoat is usually of the “soccer isn’t popular” variety. Which of course implies that daddy wants to play catch with the kids; not kick the ball. And even if all those daddy’s chose to help their kids with soccer, they never played the game themselves, so what can they possibly teach them? The game just doesn’t flood the household. So by induction, our kids fall far behind the big soccer nations.
That’s pretty much the argument, right?
Well it’s a good one. Those kids are at a disadvantage.
But this neglects something. It neglects a large slice of the US population – around 15% – that does not suffer from that cultural problem.
That puts us at roughly 45 million. And even if you want to come up with reasons to chop that number down, you would still end up with a hefty pool of potential quality players. Players who were born with a soccer ball. Have daddys who played and are teaching them whatever they know. Players who don’t give a hoot about the Dodgers or the Kansas City Chiefs. Indeed, we have soccer players. A lot of them!
If the common household culture is pointed to as being insurmountable in the near term, then shouldn’t more focus be placed on the community that doesn’t have that dilemma?
We don’t need 300, or even 45 million soccer lovers, how does 10 or 5 million sound? Because we’ve got that.