First of all, let me say that I have absolutely no problem with the US bringing in Foreign kids that never lived in the US but have American citizenship because one of their parents are Americans. There are countless players like this and we know who they are. There is a whole generation of European soccer players who have American fathers. As we know, the US has many military bases in Europe, especially Germany and often, these guys wind up marrying German women. Timmy Chandler and Jermaine Jones are 2 examples of this and there are many more, some not at the level of Chandler and Jones. These guys have American citizenship and while they did not grow up in the United States, like I said I have no problem with these guys wearing the red, white, and blue. The best should play. I also have no problem whatsoever with the 2nd generation Americans like Agudelo, Adu, Corona, etc. Though they were at one time eligible to represent other national teams (well Corona still is I guess), they are Americans, period! The point of my post, though, is that almost 20 years after World Cup 94 which in many ways was the birth (or re-birth if you prefer) of American soccer, we are still seeing that 3rd or 4th generation Americans (inotherwords, their grandparents, great-granparents or earlier generations were born here) are only making USMNT rosters at a rate not much higher than foreign players and 1st and 2nd generation Americans. I dont have statistics on this obviously but I'd guess there are exponentially more 3rd, 4th, 5th generation Americans playing youth soccer, HS soccer, college soccer, etc than there are 1st or 2nd generation kids. Simply put, there are many many more later generation Americans than 1st or 2nd generation Americans. That much is obvious. However, while we have many more later generation Americans playing the game, a very small percentage of them are attaining "world-class" status. If your parents immigrated here from Mexico or Argentina or some other soccer-playing country, you have a much greater chance of excelling in soccer in the US than if your great-grandparents were born here. I think we know the reasons for this. Later generation American kids play 2-4 sports growing up and soccer may be just a "fun" sport. Very few of these kids or their parents see soccer providing a viable career. However, some of these kids and their parents do dream (even if its just a fantasy) about the NBA, NFL, etc). 1st or 2nd generation kids are raised in "soccer homes." They watch the Mexico Primera Division or EPL religiously. They play in their backyard everyday. They play pick-up soccer with their friends after school. This type of stuff doesnt happen in Suburbia. I close by asking the question, 18 years after WC 94, with kids being 5 and 6 back then are in their mid 20's, is it alarming to anyone for lack of a better term, "regular Joe American Kid" still does not have enough skill to be able to beat out foreign kids with American citizenship or 1st or 2nd generation Americans for spots on our youth teams (look at the US U17 team which was comprised many foreign kids, the U20, and U23 teams)? While I do think these "regular Joe Americans" are getting better and the depth of talent has never been better (look at MLS), not enough of these players are becoming Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey or even Michael Bradley and I wonder if we can sustain the current mediocre level of the USMNT and improve on that if we have to rely on Foreign kids and 1st or 2nd generation American kids to play for us?