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Soares: Success of US national team shows rise in American soccer

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 21, 2011 08:05 PM

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New England Revolution defenseman AJ Soares is a guest contributor to Corner Kicks.

ajsoaresheadshot.jpgHello. As a US national team soccer fan, I am thrilled that the team has advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals. Also, I love the idea that it is now a disappointing game or tournament if the United States does not go far and perform well. This means that the US national team has reached a level of ability where the fans and the world expect the team to do well.

It was not too long ago when the United States went to the World Cup and finished dead last (France 1998). However, it has been quite a few years now that the United States has been regarded as a solid soccer nation that produces some world-class players.

Recently, the New England Revolutionís very own Clint Dempsey has become the all-time English Premier League leading goal scorer for his current club, Fulham. Along with other Americans who are becoming international stars in leagues all around the world, Dempsey displays the high level of talent that American players are regularly possessing now. That being said, top level players are also coming to the United States to play in Major League Soccer because of the excellent level of play and atmosphere that the league is providing. This is such a great thing for American soccer because we can say that we have a world-class league right here in the United States.

So, as the year continues and tournaments and seasons come and go, I say that we can be proud as American soccer fans with where the country is at this moment in soccer. Americans can be excited about the huge talent pool that there is for the US national team, and look forward to national team success in the future.

As always, American wins!
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