It’s probably not possible for countries as large, varied and divided as the United States to have a defined national character. It’s too nebulous a concept, too narrow a thing to pin down for such a big, diverse group of people.
It’s undeniable, though, that some Americans are accustomed to moving through the world in a certain way. Some see it as fearless, others view it as arrogant, but, on the broadest level, they’re used to setting the cultural, political and economic agenda in most places on the planet.
That has never been the case in men’s soccer, though. Outside of select immigrant communities (particularly Latino), the men’s game exists in the shadows in the US. It’s more popular today than ever before, but it’s still niche, engaged in a never-ending battle for hearts and minds both at home and abroad. In a world in which Americans are almost always the favorites, the US men have forever been a global underdog.
Today, the USMNT has a massive opportunity to further their mission to change the way the world perceives American soccer.
The Athletic‘s Sam Stejskal has more – Go Further below.
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