USA - World Cup Champions 2026 for sure, maybe 2022. 

Also....Don't write us off for Russia 2018 just yet

It is likely that we will host the World Cup in 2026.  If we haven't already won it by then the home field advantage will be the difference-maker.

For every Kyle Curinga out there (see below) pushing his way forward there are three more that we are missing.  Every day our ID system gets better. 

We have to get focused on this objective of winning the world cup as a nation but its coming. 

When MSC started in 1981 it was such an amazingly different world.  Think of it:

-No WC qualification for the previous 31 years!

-No Paul Caliguiri goal in Trinidad putting us in the 1990 world cup!

-No 1991 Women's world cup win!

-No 1994 world cup win over Columbia! 

-No qualification for second round in 94!

-No MLS!!

-No supporters clubs that have grown up around MLS teams!

-No MLS youth academies!

-No 2nd, 3rd, and 4th division in the US!

-No 1999 Women's world cup win!

-No Women's Olympic gold medals!

-No 2002 world cup quarter-final finish!

-No 2010 world cup run!

-No 2014 world cup run!

-No multiple players in Premier League, Bundesliga, and other top leagues.

When MSC started we could not beat El Salvador, Honduras, Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica.  We couldn't touch Mexico.

There was no such thing as a Women's world cup. 

One would have to be a fool to not see what is coming. 

Look at us now.  We are finally starting to believe in ourselves.  Bruce Arena can deliver a Cup.  Klinsman was a joke. 

The American spirit is the wild card that the rest of the world fears and people like Klinsman don't understand.  As hard as people within our own country try to do it,

they cannot penetrate that spirit.  Its deep in our DNA as a nation.  Its coming. 

You heard it here first:  MSC's Kyle Curinga will be a US World Cup Champion in 2022.

There is always so much talk about whether the US can produce players.  Well guess what - MSC's own Kyle Curinga has basically produced himself

here in the US.  It's a great story....after four years of varsity soccer at CCC and a stellar club career at Strictly Soccer it was time to confront what

was next for Kyle.

We could see that he was the real deal and that unless we got him into one of the top college programs in the US that he would have to take his

game overseas to truly develop since unfortunately US Soccer only looks at players in the US Development Academy.  Kyle was unconvinced -

he was determined to try the college route he had seen so many others try.

Florida Atlantic

If you go the the right school the college route can work for you.  FAU was not the right school at that time.  After a pretty short while Kyle called and

asked if Finland was still an option.

GBK

 

We sent Kyle to 3rd Division GBK in Kokkola, Finland.  We talked the GBK coach Chris Corcoran - an American who we were put on to by Ben Mallue - into letting

him have a one-week trial at GBK.  Chris agreed to give Kyle his European shot: a one-week trial, a place to stay, food, all of it....except Kyle had

to get himself to Kokkola.  That meant a plane trip to Helsinki and a 4.5 hour train ride to Kokkola.  The table was set - but was Kyle ready to eat?

Ben Mallue's fingerprints are all over this - it was Ben that suggested Coach Chris Corcoran as a contact in Finland for Kyle and that Finland would be

a good player-development destination for Kyle to do his thing. 

Kyle went to the trial but had to wait a few months for the contract offer.  Then it came: old-school, spartan, modest....but a foot in the door. 

450 Euros a month.  One meal per day.  A place to live.  And a bicycle to get around town!  What more does a 20-year-old kid need?

Kyle played at GBK for 2 years, gradually rising to become one of their best players and even getting a modest raise.  But Kyle wasn't busy

counting pennies.  He knew his day would come if he just worked hard, learned, got better, and stuck with it while remaining humble.

Chris Corcoran recognized Kyle's talent and developed him through his early days as a pro.

FF Jaro

The next step was to 2nd division FF Jaro for another year of seasoning.  Better competition, a little more money, still on an upward trajectory.

RSL Monarchs

It was time to come back to the states and take the next step.  After trials at Tampa Bay Rowdies and at Jacksonville Armada Kyle landed in

Utah with the RSL Monarchs - the reserve squad of the MLS RSL franchise.  Kyle settled in quickly, impressing coaches, staff, and teammates.

RSL

Kyle signed a short term MLS contract to play in a US Open Cup match with the RSL first team on June 8, 2017.

The story is still unfolding but we know where it is leading - USMNT right back in the 2022 world cup.  Mark it down.

Finally!  Jurgen needed to go.  Bruce Arena is the right choice for US Soccer.

The US will win the World Cup in Men's soccer....and MSC staff member Kyle Curinga will be on the team

2022 or 2026 will be the year it finally happens.  Booting Jurgen out was a huge move.  Bruce will get us started - then someone

else that understands American players and the American spirit will do the rest.  Can't wait!

Sorry - still not sold on Jurgen

It is wrong to heap praise on Klinsman for the success of the US team.  In fairness....Jones and Johnson have played very well. 

But this performance in the World Cup is down to the players.  I am amused at how many commentators - especially former

national team players - are running to the front of the "Jurgen" parade.  This performance is about defending as a team.  It's

about Team Spirit.  Its about belief.  Conventional wisdom will have it that the US is benefitting from the presence of Jones and

Johnson and Klinsman (even Brooks) - and they are in the sense that those are good players that are really helping the cause. 

But the truth is that Jones and Johnson and Klinsman are benefitting far more because they are getting the chance to experience

what it feels like to be an American that is wrapped up in the spirit of the greatest country in the world.....that is on a mission. 

Soccer is loaded with "Group-thinkers" that are busy repeating what each other say.  You now see this at play with the rush to

praise Klinsman.  The truth is much simpler.....when the US decides its time to do something - look out!  There is no stopping the

American spirit!  Another piece of the American spirit is that the players will smile and allow Jurgen to take far more credit than he

deserves. 

Brazil 2014 - will Jurgen mess this up for us?

The Nonsense Behind Dropping Landon Donovan from the Brazil 2014 Squad.

Since 1981 MSC has dedicated itself to the proposition that in addition to using soccer as a way to build lives

we all have an obligation to pull together to help this nation win a World Cup the "American" way.  That means with

a team spirit, a team culture that is uniquely American. 

We have climbed the ladder carefully.  When MSC started in 1981 the US could not get past the Central American and

Carribean nations - much less Mexico.  Now in 2014 we are expected to qualify and be the best among all those nations -

and we are!  Why now at this key moment have we handed the keys over to someone that does not understand where

our strength as a nation lies?  What happened to Landon was a travesty on so many levels.  Landon deserves respect

and loyalty.  That strength of values will make our team better.  The fact that he is experienced, one of our best players,

and a game-changer/game-winner alone should put him on the roster but even if he was the 23rd/24th/25th/26th player

how do you cut him - and do it the way it was done?  This seems personal, vindictive.  Not in the spirit of great American

leaders.  Jurgen Klinsman is definitely not a great American leader.  He doesn't deserve this mantle - USMNT coach.  He should

read Team of Rivals - the biography of Abraham Lincoln - if he wants to get a sense for who we are and how we win.

I cannot bring myself to root against the US this summer - and I hope I am wrong about Jurgen.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber of USA celebrate Donovan's winning goal against Algeria, 1-0, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) 

Stating the case for the USA

2014 - USA 2, Portugal 2 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

2014 - USA 2, Ghana 1 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

2013 - USA 4, Germany 3 --- Watch

2012 - USA 5, Scotland 1 --- Watch

2012 - USA 1, Venezuela 0 --- Watch

2011 - USA 1, Italy 0 --- Watch

2011 - USA 1, Argentina 1 --- Watch

2010 - USA 1, Algeria O (World Cup Finals) --- Watch - called by Anders Cantor

The goal above as it was viewed at Marauder Soccer Camp 2010: this was the scene at MSC

2010 - USA 1, England 1 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

2009  - USA 2, SPAIN 0 (Confederations Cup Semi-Final) --- Watch

2007 - USA 2, Mexico 1 (World Cup Qualifying) --- Watch

2002 - USA 2, Mexico 0 (World Cup Finals Round of 16) --- Watch

2002 - USA 3, Portugal 2 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

2002 - USA 2, Uruguay 1 --- Watch

1999 - USA 1, Argentina 0 --- Watch

1998 - USA 1, Brazil 0 (Gold Cup Semi-Final) --- Watch

1995 - USA 3, Argentina 0 (Copa America Finals) --- Watch

1994 - USA 2, Colombia 1 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

1993 - USA 2, England 0 ---

1993 - USA 0, Peru 0

1993 - USA 0, Bolivia 0

1993 - USA 0, Hungary 0

1993 - USA 0, Russia 0

1993 - USA 1, Romania 1 --- Watch

1993 - USA 2, Denmark 2

1992 - USA 1, Italy 1 - Watch

1992 - USA 1, Portugal 0 --- Watch

1992 - USA 3, Ireland 1 --- Watch

1991 - USA 1, Turkey 1

1991 - USA 1, Ireland 1 --- Watch

1991 - USA 2, Romania 0

1991 - USA 2, Mexico 0 (Gold Cup) - Watch

1991 - USA 1, Uruguay 0 --- Watch

1990 - USA 0, Soviet Union 0

1990 - USA 3, Poland 2 --- Watch

1990 - USA 3, Poland 1

1990 - USA 2, Finland 1 --- Watch

1989 - USA 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0 (World Cup Qualifying) --- Watch

1950 - USA 1, England 0 (World Cup Finals) --- Watch

Chronicle some of the great USA moments that happened during the tenure of MSC.  While the camp watched, this happened . . .

Clint "Deuce" Dempsey became the training inspiration for the 2010 MSC campers.  The camp would often watch the "Don't Tread on This"

video right before going out for training:

 

In Brazil 2014 the US will have to once again rally and play THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES….like they did in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. 

In 1950 the US shocked England 1-0.  A movie was made about that game called The Game of Their Lives. 

Former MSC Guest Coach Nelson Vargas starred in that movie.  Here is the movie trailer:

 

 

Want to get fired up for the USA for Brazil 2014?  Watch this rendition of the Star Spangled Banner - Chicago-style (1991 NHL All-Star Game -

Chicago Stadium).  This isn't about soccer, but it is about unbridled American spirit . . . Click here.

Or this one.  It's baseball but its cool.  Stick with this - it takes 8 minutes . . . Click here.

 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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