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Op Ed: USMNT Loss Shines Painful Spotlight on Sport’s Shortcomings in US

The United States Men’s National Team will miss the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986. The team had gone on a 40-year drought prior to their appearance in 1990. Let’s hope this isn’t the start of another drought.

The sport’s popularity is at an all-time high in the U.S., especially among the youth and with the women’s national team recently winning the World Cup in 2015, but that’s not translating to continued participation at the collegiate and professional levels for the men.

It has become a sport only the privileged can afford as they age, when in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and others, it has been a sport of the poor.

There’s not much soccer being played in the inner city or out in the country side. When these athletes grow up, they’re choosing basketball and football over soccer or even baseball.

This is a setback for the USMNT, one that makes us realize that they’re not as close as we thought.

The diversity of this country should allow the U.S. to develop a team full of great athletes, but that’s still not the case. Soccer is getting the leftover talent that other mainstream sports are not getting.

It all goes back to the dollars. If Major League Soccer had more competitive salaries compared to the likes of the NFL, NBA and MLB, we would see a shift in elite athletes opting for the sport.

Of the five highest paid players in the MLS in 2017, only one is American—Michael Bradley ($6.5 million).

Kaka, of Brazil, is the highest paid player raking in $7.16 million this year.

Compare that to Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, making $27 million in the NFL, Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry making $34.3 million in the NBA, or Los Angels Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, at $33 million in MLB.

Advertisers are also not contributing as much money to the sport domestically, but that’s only because television viewership- despite being up from years past – is not generating the numbers needed.

The sport is also not attracting the attendance numbers seen in other countries with stadiums at capacity with 30,000 or less.

The American audience is still not supporting the sport enough to generate a demand for an improved product. The Mexican National Team is just as popular, it not more, domestically as the USMNT.

Until any of that changes, the US men’s soccer team will continue to be mediocre compared to the rest of the world.

USA-Mexico Battle in Historic Arena Soccer Match at Coliseum

One of the biggest rivalries in the world of soccer will be center stage in El Paso for the first time in history.

The U.S. National Arena Soccer Team and Mexico, featuring some of the game’s best players, will face off in an epic showdown at 6 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 East Paisano, organizers announced.

The fast-moving, arena soccer battle is hosted by the city’s only professional arena soccer team, the El Paso Coyotes, who recently signed several of Mexico’s top national team members.

The Coyotes compete in the Major Arena Soccer League, which represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world.

The team is offering fans a free ticket to the USA-Mexico match with the purchase of the Coyote Club Card, the team’s season pass to all 11 of the Coyotes home games, a special Coyotes jersey and more. The Coyote Club Card costs $149.

“Some of the best players in the world are coming to El Paso to showcase the game of arena soccer,” said Bernie Lilavois, general manager of the USNAST. “We want to thank the El Paso Coyotes for hosting this game and hope that fans will come out, check out what arena soccer is all about and support both this game and the El Paso Coyotes as well in the future.”

The two national teams are stopping in El Paso as part of their Texas Tour while they prepare for the World Minifootball Federation World Cup in October in Tunisia.

Tickets are $13, $20 and $27, plus fees, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 26. They will be available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.