Why American Soccer Isn’t Working

The New York Red Bulls made a huge signing—that I didn't even know about until I sat down to write this column. They brought an old and past-his-prime Thierry Henry from Europe to play in the MLS.  Woo-hoo. If "soccer people" in America were paying attention, they would have noticed that David Beckham came to L.A. for a "pretty penny" and played with America's "best player," Landon Donovan. You know what happened?  They lost the MLS Cup Final to Real Salt Lake and some guy named Robbie Findley—who didn't do a doggone thing for the USA World Cup team at South Africa 2010. If you think this piece is dripping with sarcasm—you're right. Woo-hoo America! You got an old, washed-up player to feature alongside two guys—Donovan and Beckham—who begged for loans to European teams as soon as the MLS season was over. Donovan went to Everton of the EPL—a marginal team at best—and Beckham went to Italy because he's got a big name. Let's keep it real. David Beckham was good a decade ago—never approached true greatness—and only became super-famous when he married a Spice Girl. Sorry, that's the real truth. This is who "America" thought they would bring over to pump up the visibility of American ...
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