here's the dilly... if the best american athletes weren't drawn into american football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, but chose soccer/football instead, we would absolutely dominate the international game. granted, you brits have had some impressive athletic prowess diverted from football by cricket and darts (snicker), but even with these physical dynamos on the pitch, you still wouldn't stand a chance against a unified america. i love the prem, love arsenal, and love watching your national team play. it's top class, but just think how terrifying a team the usa could field if our best athletes weren't divided amongst other major sports. sadly, it will never happen. even though soccer continues to gain respect here in the states as a 'real' sport played by grown-ups (rather than primary school kids on saturday mornings), to mainstream america it will always take a backseat to the more traditional american sports such as football and basketball. discuss..