This past Saturday I took part of the afternoon and decided that I was going to watch the U.S. National Soccer team play a “friendly” game (a game with no consequence) against the reigning World Cup Champions from Spain.
It was supposed to be a game to not only prepare the U.S. for its upcoming Confederations Cup tournament, but also a good chance to see how we stacked up against the best soccer team in the entire world. It became clear that we were in way over our heads and were outclassed by a much better team. Then it dawned on me: After about 28 minutes into the match I realized that the USA is to world soccer what the Mets are to major league baseball.
10 Reasons The US Soccer Team & New York Mets are so similar
- The Game against the Spanish national team was over by halftime; The Mets are normally out of contention by the All-Star break.
- Of the 64,121 in attendance at least 1/3 were rooting for Spain; Out of 41,000 fans at Citi Field, at least 1/3 prefer the Yankees.
- Our US National Team President, Sunil Gulati, is often confused about the direction of the team; Mets owner, Fred Wilpon, is confused about how to run the team.
- Powerhouse Mexico is the best team in our region; The powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies are the best team in the NL East.
- Brazil has won multiple World Cups and is the most popular team in the World; The Yankees have won multiple World Series and are the most popular team in New York.
- U.S. National team coach Bob Bradley is a curmudgeon who is always tinkering with the lineup; Mets manager Terry Collins is an old salty dog, trying to find the right lineup.
- Freddie Adu is an overhyped rookie who should be better than he is; Fernando Martinez was an overhyped rookie who should be better than he is.
- Michael Bradley is a young player who needs more seasoning to be the most reliable player on the team; Ike Davis is a young player that needs more seasoning to be the best player on the team.
- Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are two pseudo-superstars who are trying to get their game to the next level; David Wright and Jose Reyes are two pseudo-superstars (according to Wilpon) who are trying to get to their next big contract.
- No one really cares about U.S. Soccer; No one really cares about the Mets
It is clear from the World Cup that soccer is the most popular sport in the world. However, unless the U.S. National Team starts running its organization in a world championship manner, the U.S. National team will forever be doomed to mediocrity. Same holds true for the Mets. The Mets need to fix their organizational mess or forever be the laughingstock of baseball!
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