Soccer: 6 Sports Players That Would Help the United States' Team
Another day, another surprising defeat for U.S. Soccer.
Don't get me wrong; it was good for them to get to the CONCACAF final game. The U.S. Soccer atmosphere has earned more and more attention in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, this time they lost to Mexico after losing to Ghana in 2010 for the second World Cup in a row.
The main problem is this: soccer is NOT America's sport. People don't care about it as much as they do about football, basketball, and baseball. Hockey is even higher on the list. If people cared, then there would be a reason for the team to be better.
There is another huge problem people overlook: America has fantastic athletes that make their sports exciting. However, America's premier athletes don't play soccer. They play the mainstream sports. If these athletes played for the U.S. Soccer team, the team would be bound for success, or at least more success than it has had.
Here are some athletes that, if they were to make the switch to soccer, would make the horizon much brighter for U.S. Soccer. Enjoy!
Dishonorable Mention: Chad Ochocinco, Wide Receiver, NFL
Sorry, Chad. Making the practice squad on the worst MLS team in America, a country not known for soccer, hardly counts. An athletic beast, yes. The best, no. So close, yet so far.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back, NFL
This kid is a complete beast, and has been ever since he came into the league. There is a reason he is called "All Day."
He has never rushed for fewer than 1,000 yards in a season and is the franchise player for the Vikings. If he were to play soccer, he would have the stamina, speed, and coordination to improve the team.
Mike Wallace, Wide Receiver, NFL
An absolute breakthrough in 2010, this Steelers receiver is one of the fastest players in the league, so much that Big Ben said that it's hard to over-throw him. He is an emerging deep threat, and a future No. 1 receiver for the Steelers.
Going into his third year in the league, he is already enormously reliable and hard to cover. Put him in a soccer uniform, give him the ball, and he could just run past everyone.
LeBron James, Small Forward, NBA
Let me start by saying that I am NOT a Heat fan. The following is just the truth about his athletic ability.
Love him or hate him, LeBron is almost certainly the best player in the NBA. If you disagree, you must at least concede that he is its best athlete. If you still disagree, then you are a hardcore hater, and you may or may not need help.
Whenever this man goes into "attack mode" in a fast break, I am scared for the life of whoever is between him and the basket. He has proven he is good at almost anything athletic except for winning championships (sorry, I had to). He's 6'8", 250 lbs., and runs a 4.40 40 time. If he chose soccer, then watch out, because he will run you over.
Michael Vick, Quarterback, NFL
Mike Vick may not be the best player in the NFL, and he is certainly not the best quarterback (insert Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady debate here). However, he is one of its best pure athletes, as he can both out-run you and out-throw you.
As long as he doesn't get too roughed up on his scrambles, he should be fine. He would be a good candidate for soccer, with his speed and awareness, coupled with his pure athletic ability.
Ed Reed, Free Safety, NFL
Ed Reed is one of, if not the best defensive player in the league. He is a surefire Hall of Famer, and a centerpiece of the Baltimore Ravens. People will argue between him and Polamalu, but this man is a monster. He will come out of nowhere and intercept any pass. When you miss half the season and still lead the league in picks, you know you have something special.
He is one of the most aware and selfless players in the league. He just needs to stay away from a couple things: Lateraling the ball away, injury, age, and Hines Ward. He could be a beast anywhere in the soccer game.
Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, NFL
This guy is the absolute king of the "he had no business catching that pass" catch. His hand-eye coordination may be the best in the world, and he is surely the best receiver in the league. He has the speed and the awareness; why not put him on a soccer field?