That has been the root of the issue IMO across all of US Soccer....Lazy evaluations and locking into players early, with those lists feeding the next set of lists which in turn feed website rankings and recruiting. Bottom line is the game just doesn't mean that much to the US public in general. In Europe or South America, the game isn't a matter life or death it's more important. Polls will show that soccer is increasing in popularity by leaps and bounds, but I don't see it ever ingrained in American DNA like the big 3 (football, baseball, and basketball). When I see US Soccer do what the Germans did (https://www.thenational.ae/arts-cul...-german-football-rose-from-the-ashes-1.131519 ) after the 2000 Euros flameout, then I'll know we're serious. Until then, we're just ham and eggers in the football world.