Originally Posted by bucksfan2
This is a fair argument but with the exception of Brazil the United States dwarfs those countries in size and population. It would be interesting to see how many youth soccer players the US has as opposed to the better nations.
I think most American athletes do grow up playing soccer when they are young. Not all, but soccer is the most popular sport for kids under 12 in America. Now obviously at some point they stop, but I think the US issues with development have more to do with youth coaching than quantity of the number of kids playing soccer.