The Bundesliga is the training ground for the future of American soccer

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, John Brooks. They’re young, they’re playing in the Bundesliga, and they are the future of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Soccer Insider looks mostly at McKennie, the newest of the three to be anointed as one of American soccer’s building blocks, but the German league is still functioning as the big leagues for young American stars, and it’s nice to see several players flourishing there.

The UEFA Nations League is a bad idea

The UEFA Nations League is replacing meaningless friendlies, so I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on it - but when it comes to CONCACAF, it’s going to be the latest in a long string of meaningless tournaments. I’m tired of meaningless tournaments. Less is more.

American soccer needs an overhaul, but copying Germany won't work

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.