This is quoted from US v Germany. You put the long term USA problem into perspective. Our program, through three head coaches, has chosen to put all their eggs into one basket. And, it's a big basket - count the number of US players who have participated in four World Cups and compare it to the number of men ( all time ) with similiar experience. I believe that the US team equals the men within their program alone. These women have been given ( hogged? ) all the development opportunities for nearly fifteen years. Don't get me wrong, the "Eternals" are all quality people, but they have been produced and promoted into being. The concept that one program could produce as many ledgendary players in fifteen years as the entire men's world has in over fifty, is so staggering as to be unbelievable. It was done one decision at a time and it happened b/c the core group was considered irreplacable. This concept alone crippled the development of younger players with equal physical and intellectual talent. How many players were almost as good? I'll name one - Debbie Keller. Let's see how many more you can name.