Luring U.S. athletes

Luring more athletes to play soccer the answer?

August 26, 2009
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
It's a theory that has achieved almost gospel-like status in the United States. If only the best athletes in the country played soccer, then the most sports-crazed nation on earth would surely dominate the soccer landscape. But is it really that simple, or are there more difficult obstacles facing the advancement of the game in this country?

The assertion attempts to answer the age-old questions of: Why isn't the U.S. among the world's elite soccer-playing nations? And why hasn't the U.S. ...

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