Diehard since '65
- Sep 12, 2012
Its not entirely on the recent coaches of the Mens National team for the gap of tactical proficiency of the players. That rests with the caliber of coaching that American players receive from U-8 through the U-18 ranks. These coaches are technically inclined because these players in the USA aren't born with a soccer ball in their crib and don't have fathers/parents who know the game of soccer. The level of technical skills are something that coaches in the USA inherit are way behind what that same coach in Europe or South America would enjoy.Actually, while still not up to world class levels, our technical skills have developed leaps and bounds. And we've always been athletically on par with the world (that was basically our calling card for years). But what still holds us way back (and will hold the women back eventually also) is our naivety tactically. That's where we are way off the pace. And running through Coaches who've only known MLS or college isn't going to fix the problem.
But you are correct - the Americans are tactically behind most of the soccer powers because that training and education has not been the emphasis as they progressed when younger