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Published: Sunday, May 1 2011 6:39 p.m. MDT

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thisguylovessoccer
Draper, Utah

"No, we're not the best in soccer or cricket or rugby or curling. Never have been and never will be."
I don't think you know anything about whether America will ever be the best at soccer or not.
17 million people in the U.S. play soccer. 6 million are women. So that leaves 11 million male soccer players in the U.S. That's a lot of people. I think with that amount of players, and the number of players growing all the time, its only a matter of time before the united states wins a world cup.

I don't think any country will be able to beat the USA basketball team on a consistent basis ever. In the countries where it's being played there are 100X more people playing soccer. Basketball in other countries is like lacrosse or water polo in the united states= its irrelevant.

I served a mission in Germany and most people don't even know who Dirk Nowitski is.
Just saying, I think your a little off on some of your ideas.

Blue Bolshevik
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, at least this year americans are the best in ice dance.

Rick for Truth
Provo, UT

We have NEVER placed a Dream team in the olympics for baseball, even when all other countries did we still sent in our kids, not even AAA. Baseball is now out of the olympics anyway.

King Black
Paso Robles, CA

Funny cause I was in Germany to and im sure people knew who he was but then again I was at a basketball court. but you are correct its irrelevant...

wer
South Jordan, UT

Although I, too, am somewhat dismayed by the current lack of dominance that Americans have held in certain sports for many years, there are several important facts here:

-many of the foreign athletes, especially in golf, tennis, and basketball are "foreign" in name only. Many, if not most, have gained training from American coaches, lived in the US starting in college or younger, speak English as we do in the US, and maintain residences here.

-these matters are cyclical. Give it a couple of more years, and, voila, it will be different.

OU812
Layton, UT

I'm not sure its fair to say the USA dominated sports played in the USA. If you look at sports played internationally, like running, biking, skiing and tennis and others, Americans have their stars, but other countries have their stars as well.
Of course with sports played in America, most of the athletes will be from america.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Wow, what an important story. Who really cares about rugby, soccer and cricket! Must be a slow news day.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

I'm wondering why it matter is an American wins anything.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

Better push the panic button. Maybe we could yank athletic children from their families and build a dynasty of gymnasts, sprinters, discus throwers, jockeys, etc. Then, and only then could we dominate just like the former Soviet Union. We need some new icons in the US anyway.

Striker
Omaha, NE

This article makes no sense to me. If you're going to talk about world sports, you have to include the Olympics. The U.S. is always right there for the top gold and overall medals every year. To say they don't dominate or never will dominate means you don't really understand sports. The only professional football leagues I know of are in the US and Canada. I think it's safe to say that it is one of the few, if only, American sports.

Nations come and go with their dominance, but the U.S. shows no signs at all that they are going to disappear.

RD1025
Springville, UT

I think it is great that these other countries have something to cheer about and be proud of. For some it is the only thing they have that brings a sense of normalcy to their lives. Plus these other countries have more of a backing from their governments and other organizations that allow them to develop programs and train. America's arrogance and lack of commitment has landed them as also rans in a lot of these sports. Soccer is a great example. If they worried more about developing athletes and less about making money off of families who are caught up in the sham of club soccer we would catch up in that sport with the millions of kids playing. Too many people are trying to make money off of sports before they even become successful. Of course our idea of what is successful needs to change.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Let's see....the U.S. has a population of approximately 300 million people. The rest of the world has a population of around 5 billion people. So of course if we are putting our 300 million up against the entire rest of the worlds 5 billion we are going to have a huge disadvantage along the line of 17 to 1.

But if we put our 300 million against any other single country, or for that matter against any other single continent, we more than match up well, we pretty well still dominate.

It would be naive to think we would dominate anything when the competition is all of the rest of the planet but of course no one in Germany considers a victory by India over the U.S. in some sport as a victory for Germany anymore than anyone in the U.S. considers a victory by Germany over Namibia as a victory for us.

I'm pretty happy with the way we compete internationally and the success we have doing it.

SoCalUte
Trabuco Canyon, CA

Mike,
This is a lame article. First off, Golf has never been an American Sport. It started in England and has always been big in Europe. Second, The majority of Americans don't really care that much about soccer, tennis and even Hockey.
Basketball is seeing more International players come into the league, but, very good or (allstar) International players are more the exception than the rule. Your only valid point is Baseball, where we are seeing more and more players coming over from South America and more and more young American players moving away from Baseball,
I guess there's not much to write about since the NFL is locked out.

afro14
Sandy, UT

I wonder what the world will say as the US gets progressively better in soccer. Look for the US to make a run deep into the World Cup next time around.

tottenhamlover
Salt Lake City, UT

This is the worst article Deseret News has posted in quite some time. Best basketball players in the world: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, and Dirk Nowitski. All but one of them is American and 3 of them are 25 or younger. Yeah, sounds like we're in big freaking trouble.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

First about soccer: The women's team has won two World Cups; on the mens side, we've advanced out of the group stage in three of the last five World Cups and dang near won the Confederations Cup. The mens team is on the upswing, and it is now widely speculated in Europe that it's only a matter of time before the United States is THE team in soccer (see the book Soccernomics for a larger discussion on that).

Yes, no one here really cares about soccer. Curling has recently caught on enough that the American curling may eventually progress. We certainly have the talent for rugby, and with high school rugby teams popping up, who knows? Maybe we could some day cobble together enough talent to compete with New Zealand.

I think Mr. Sorenson made a grave mistake making such a sweeping generalization about America's competitiveness in sports he is clearly unfamiliar with.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

Oops! I meant no one here cares about curling. Clearly, a lot of people really care about soccer, even if some old curmudgeons are unwilling to recognize that.

K
Mchenry, IL

America is a nation of foreigners. I don't see the point in the us verses them. Doesn't matter where an athlete was born. Who are they playing for. To whom do they owe allegiance?

Many athletes playing for countries outside the US train here.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

I was always taught that international sports are to unify the world no to divide it. The U.S. is a great competitor in many sports, so is Russia, China, Ukraine, Germany, England, and many small countries pleasantly surprise us with victories. Why it is so important always to win? Shouldn't be more important that the players and fans had a great participating in a great performance? Winning some times is good so is losing some times, it helps us to re-examine us and improve. I think is good to be the underdog once in a while, it makes us more human. Just a thought!

thisguylovessoccer
Draper, Utah

@SoCalUte
Listening to the radio the other day they took a poll. Which do you like more MLB or MLS. MLS won. You're from CA so that may not be the case there but it is here in Utah.

Just look at the Dodgers. They are an example of where most of the league is headed.

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