This is my first read started here. It is motivated by assessments I have read over the last few months of the pool of young Americans playing in Europe. It’s not about the “MLS versus Europe“ argument or “Gregg Berhalter system” or any of that. I am just curious how people think about that pool players, because they seem really, really promising to me. When I think about the players who are over there and what I have seen of them this year, I sense that I am more optimistic about their upside than a lot of the expert opinion here. What am I getting wrong? It almost seems tome like we ought to almost be able to field a good national team from that European pool alone, given how they are distributed across positions. Dest and Yedlin seem like solid outside backs to me. Brooks, Ream and Miazga seem pretty good at the middle of the back line. McKennie and Adams seem better than good as defensive midfielders who can also attack. Pulisic is the best of the attacking mids, but Holmes and Reyna also seem promising. Sargent and Weah look like forwards of the future to me. When you add in people like Morris and Pomykal, and you think about the 2026 WC at home, why wouldn’t we have reasons to feel optimistic? But there seems to be a lot of pessimism in discussions here. Is that more about USSF dysfunction, or am I too optimistic about the young players’ upside?