This topic occured to me after reading this bit ... I thought it was an interesting comment and got me wondering if the USA's preparation really is different than most other countries. I agree that the USA national team in its preparation and its attitude operates "almost like a club" - and I think that's the case on many levels and goes well beyond Licka's comment. (Not a superclub, mind you - an honest, working for a living, blue collar club.) There's a very large pool of players who all get pulled into various camps in the years between cups, they're exposed to Bruce Arena's way of doing things and they're basically expected to be part of that system. If they can't fit in then they're not going to make it very far with the national team. The advantage, I think, is that you get a very cohesive group of players, they're all on the same page, and they're all team oriented. It's one of the reasons why the USA plays better then the sum of its parts. But it does mean the occasional talented maverick is left by the wayside. But is that actually that different from other World Cup teams? That's not something I have complete insight into so I wanted to bring it up here. First of all, what do you think of this idea about modeling World Cup preparation and building World Cup teams almost as if they were clubs? What would that really entail? Second, is the USA really the only team taking this approach? Or are there other teams adopting it too? Third, what are the advantages of this approach? What are the disadvantages?