US Soccer: Soon a Major Force?

Today, the US National Team is playing a friendly against Scotland in Glascow. In an interview, Scotland coach Walter Smith said, "I think everybody has to accept they will become a force in world football at some stage within the next 10 years or so."

And he's right-- if it hasn't happened already. In the 2002 World Cup, the US team advanced as far as it ever had. Its best players play for-- and make significant contributions to-- European clubs. The team has currently enjoyed a long run in the top 15 in FIFA's world rankings.

The question is, though, when will the US sports world start to notice? Sure, it's a different world from the four-sport monolith we had in the early 1990's, and the wealth of media options has made the sports landscape much more interesting. But with the success the US team is seeing, and the fall of the NHL, one can hope that a new awareness of soccer in the sports world will start to take hold.