Twellman's Rant on U.S. Soccer
Former United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) player and current ESPN soccer commentator Taylor Twellman rants about U.S. Soccer. Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images.

Recently I came across a rant by Taylor Twellman in 2017. The major talking point was about the United States National Men’s Team (USMNT), but he brought up problems that are still occurring. With Twellman’s rant on U.S. soccer, it continues to explain why the men’s team struggles to do well in tournaments.

Not Deserving

Twellman’s rant came right after the USMNT loss to Trinidad (2-1). He touched upon the idea that people are asking if we can beat teams like Columbia, Belgium and Argentina. But he refuted that we can’t be asking that. USMNT struggles to win against teams like Trinidad and Jamaica.

Everyone wants the USMNT to qualify for the World Cup, but the team has shown that they can’t. Twellman said that the team doesn’t deserve to go to the World Cup if they can’t win against smaller national teams.

He suggested that the team has to focus on developing if they want to qualify for the next one. Twellman also brought up the fact that the U.S. had missed out on several Olympics. Also the fact that a team with a ginormous amount of funding can’t figure out how to play well speaks to how U.S. soccer is set up.

The System

Twellman touched upon how much money gets poured into U.S. soccer. Between the money from the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) that is poured into “player development”, we should be doing better.

MLS reported a $1 billion loss this season from the pandemic. That large amount of money should be able to help aid in player development. Both for existing players and youth development.

The arrogance that accommodates U.S. soccer has heavily bothered Twellman. Since soccer is not heavily embedded into U.S. culture leaves people uninformed.

Parents don’t know that there is another system other than pay-to-play. People don’t understand how our USMNT can’t perform as well as our United States Women’s National Team (USWNT). There has been a giant amount of ignorance on how underdeveloped U.S. soccer is.

The main focus of U.S. soccer is how to win to make money instead of proper player development. If you put player development first, then the money from winning will come.

The Solution

Changing the system is going to help enormously. Changing the focus to proper player development is going to be the key.

Twellman spoke about Germany’s journey to success. In 2000 EURO’s Germany decided to make a change. Germany brought in Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2 and DFB (German Football Association) to recalibrate. Then they created a ten year to create a better national team. This led to Germany’s 2014 World Cup win.

If the USMNT could do the same, we could get far in the World Cup. We would have to take small steps to get there, but if a proper plan is set up for player development, then we can go far. There could be a chance that the USMNT could win a World Cup. There are enough resources to make this a reality.

Twellman said that we must be insane. We continue to use the same static system to try and get farther, but continue to fail. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.

Even though his rant was made three years ago, the same problems are still occurring. If we want to get farther in competitions and become a world player, we have to change. So, Twellman’s rant on U.S. soccer can’t be forgotten. We have the resources; a plan just needs to be executed.