http://blog.3four3.com/2011/10/24/things-that-are-wrong-with-us-soccer/ This is from the blog 3four3 which is published by youth coaches from Barcelona-USA. If you get a chance check out the blog. These guys know what they are talking about. The List - 25 things obstructing the U.S from becoming a soccer powerhouse Poor player selection at the professional and national team level. Low-level professional and national team coaching. College soccer is the main pipeline to MLS. No sporting accountability for college soccer coaches. Shortage of powerful player agents with a credible global network. European and south american clubs do not shop for players here. College soccer season is short. Coaching at the youth and collegiate level is pathetic. Pay-to-play at the youth level filters out much, if not most, of the talent. Parental influence at the youth level. Coach employment and club prosperity at the youth level is overly dependent on winning records. Business objectives are not aligned with player development at the youth level. We have people with no real soccer DNA occupying influential positions at all levels. The American soccer media, from match commentary to bloggers, lacks a rich understanding of the game. Thin scouting network. Unsophisticated scouts. An obsession with statistics. A docile fan base. Logistical problems due to US geography. MLS operates under a single entity structure. No promotion/relegation at the pro level. No significant MLS reserve league. No 3rd party ownership of players allowed within MLS. “Speed, strength, and power” is preferred over “technical, intelligent, and tactically rich” players. “Popularity” of the sport.