USMNT: Should Jurgen Klinsmann Watch the NCAA Tournament?

This is the first of a two-part series. The second part is scheduled for Nov. 21.

Should Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team (USMNT), watch or even care about the NCAA tournament?

The knee-jerk response probably is: No, of course not. Why would he?

We might quickly agree that Klinsmann has more important things to do at the moment. The next round of World Cup qualifiers is fast approaching.

But let’s delve a little deeper.

American soccer is still grappling with how to use (or not use) the collegiate feeder system, which has become a mainstay for other sports. While the significance of the NFL and NBA college drafts cannot be overstated, in soccer there are two diverse schools of thought.

The first school, which seems to be modestly winning the argument at the moment, is that the college system is counterproductive to creating top-flight competitive soccer players. Clubs, acade...

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