Another big moment for the US Soccer Federation on the men’s side – and another moment to question everything about US Soccer to-date.
The US Men’s Olympic team has failed to qualify four out of the five last Olympics.
Let that sink in. However, this time I do have mixed feelings. Firstly, the US was missing its best players – among the top US players not in qualifying were Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Sergiño Dest, Chris Richards, and Antonee Robinson. Atlanta also refused to release defenders George Bello and Miles Robinson, and forward Brooks Lennon.
For various reasons, Team USA was also missing Uly Llanez, Alex Mendez, Tim Weah, Konrad De La Fuente, and Richard Ledezma. Also, some of the MLS players are not in season yet.
At the same time, the roster of players in Mexico should have qualified. Also, considering the US’s humiliating loss against Trinidad and Tobago with the World Cup on the line, the Olympics games should have meant much more to the players, staff, and US Soccer Federation.
“Obviously, we’re devastated, absolutely devastated,” US coach Jason Kreis said. “In our locker room, the guys are like it’s a tragedy – a tragedy.”
In my opinion, the biggest tragedy is that the US U23 players are missing the opportunity to compete in a competitive tournament. This is extremely important in preparing the team for major tournaments like the World Cup. You can’t replicate the level of intensity and pressure on the training ground (obviously).
In the final analysis, it comes down to the results. Currently, the scoreboard clear,
US Men’s Soccer has missed the last World Cup and three consecutive Olympics.
No matter how we slice it, this is unacceptable for a country of this size and untold resources. Is this a minor setback or just another example of just how bad things are for US Soccer – What do you think?