There's a lot of talk about the state of soccer in America, youth participation and skill levels, pay to play, pro/rel and such. Here's what I think. US Soccer will grow not only by the demand of grassroots but especially the early and sustained investment through corporate dollars. Even then, I believe that real talent and fandom hotbeds will be regional (like hockey but not as such). Where this leads is to the relationship between the MLS/NASL/USL fortunes and that of the USMNT. Because the Boys in Red, White and Blue are the ones who seem to get the most concentrated attention from fans and tv audiences, any way of the leagues continuing to send better high class players their way seems like the most logical path for homegrown soccer to take a much more pronounced position in US sports soccer beyond the World Cup. Synergy between league and USMNT fortunes seem to the best bet to me, what do you all think?