wow, very interesting discussion this thread is. ive always assumed that our superstar talent in other sports would make great soccer teams, but i understand that it wouldnt quite work that way. i heard somewhere that, internationally, most soccer fundamentals are instilled in a kid before he is 6 years old. not sure if thats true or not. i cant add much that hasnt already been said in this thread but i would like to mention a few things and get your guys response. 1. could the growing injury concern in football ie; the concussion problem mentioned earlier and the fact that football players are getting faster and more athletic, lead to maybe more parents pushing their young children towards soccer, which is cheaper, somewhat safer, and growing rapidly? 2. how important is it for American soccer, growth wise, to be embraced by our african american population. i know its a touchy question, but a legitimate one, imo. 3. i just want to play the "what if they played soccer" game from earlier in the thread. what if barry sanders had grown up playing soccer instead of football?