How can U.S. Soccer Be More Inclusive of Latino Talent?
I just read this article…
It’s not just Latino talent that’s being missed. This is a big mistake to make it a race or ethnicity issue. Elite USA-American soccer is exclusive of pretty much everyone who isn’t friends or family, or in their “inner circle”, so to say.
The USA Latino talent pool just has a lot of kids with Mexican citizenship so they have options that Anglo/Chinese/Afro/whatever kids don’t have. It’s easier for Gonzalez to hop over to Mexico where he has citizenship, family, friends, and speaks the language than it is for an American kid with only US citizenship to fly 13+ hours to Germany where he doesn’t speak the language and has no family, no friends, and has to adjust to a new culture.
And then the American kid with US citizenship still can’t play for the German national team even if he’s good enough to do it.
So the reality is not that US Soccer is missing “Latino talent,” it’s that they are missing talent of all races and ethnicities, and that the Latinos, specifically the American-Mexicans, are the ones leading the way to making it obvious that elite USA-American soccer is missing a lot of talented players of all races and ethnicities, even white kids.