In the aftermath of the USA’s abject failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, almost every commentator said some version of the following:

  • American soccer is broken.
  • American soccer needs a better plan.
  • Germany (sometimes Belgium was thrown in too) reinvented itself; we need something like that.

For Soccer Insider this week, I tried to address this; just copying Germany is too simple of an answer. The USA is starting from farther behind, and needs many more changes before it can start making German-style changes.