This is not to troll and to bash the standards of soccer in the USA. I'm a big, big fan of US soccer and sincerely want the standards to improve, and I think they have and will. But I'd like to discuss something here. I just watched the Gold Cup, a rather awful and atypical one with Mexico fielding a B team, and our team was an A/B mix or B+. Well, we won it; there's that, and we made half-way of the qualification for the Confederations Cup in Qatar (or whenever, if FIFA changes the venue); we can lose the next one and still go into a play-in game against the winner. But watching that Cup I posted about how only Clint Dempsey in our team seemed to have really advanced ball control skills and a nice ball touch - able to have the ball kind of glued to his feet, and then able to deliver it well to the next player. His assist to Altidore that resulted in a gorgeous goal is one clear example. Sure, Pulisic has it too. Bradley when he is at his best kind of has it but not quite. Donovan of course used to have it. But today I'm watching the FA Community Shield 2017 game between Arsenal and Chelsea. It's sort of a glorified friendly but I'm just amazed at the ball control these players have. It's like I'm watching a game with two goalies and 20 Clint Dempseys. They all master all the fundamentals of the game. Starters for two of the greatest European teams are homogeneously good at the fundamentals, of course. Someone replied to me when I made the Dempsey observation in one of the Play by Play threads about the Gold Cup, that the reason Clint has it, is that he trained and trained from a very young age, and not many of our current senior players had this much soccer training when they were growing up, unlike players from the traditional soccer countries. So, my question is, now that youth soccer in the United States is a phenomenon with thousands of players, will we be significantly better when this generation reaches the age that USMNT players need to have? Or will we continue to have a poor talent pool given that many athletes with great athleticism and motor coordination end up chosing other sports in America? Opinions?