United States Soccer: Where To Go After Historic Summer of 2010

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United States Soccer:  Where To Go After Historic Summer of 2010
US Fans in 2006 in Poland

The summer of 2010 will go down in the international soccer history books (wherever FIFA keeps them) as the summer that US soccer finally arrived on the world stage. 

As exciting and incredibly productive as it was, though, it is now over.

The next time anybody will see the US national team organize will be for a pair of home friendlies in October against opponents who are still TBA.

Now calling the summer “as exciting and incredibly productive” is not just due to the fact that they made it to the Round of 16 in South Africa  It is because they for the first time proved that they could exceed their expectations by winning Group C (instead of just advancing in England’s wake) as well as energize a nation of 300 million to the point that they began supporting a team whose sport they, for the most part, knew little about.

It is difficult to accurately sum up everything that happened this summer, but my next few columns will attempt to do it some justice.

We’ll start by analyzing the finished product; the actual play of the US Men’s National Team. 

The following are observations and recommendations for the team moving forward into the 2011 Gold Cup (the feeder for the 2013 Confederations Cup) and the next World Cup qualification cycle.

The image seen here is of US fans representing the Stars and Stripes in Poland in the build up to the 2006 World Cup.

It is important to keep in mind that the MNT has covered an enormous amount of space in terms of its abilities and perceptions across the planet in even as short a span of time as the four-year interval between Germany 2006 and South Africa.

With all of that being said, let's begin...

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