^ I agree overall. There's a vast talent pool of athletes and switching them to football (I stopped saying "soccer"
) should pay huge dividends. It's just that there are so many variables when it comes to actually winning
it. World Cups being only every four years, you need the right players to peak at the right time. I'm sure there is a nation or two or three out there who could have been much more successful but just never had their best players peaking at the right time. They can be a year early or a year late, and that's it - the chance is gone. Plus you need a lot of good fortune as well. So, I agree with you, but when I think of the Netherlands never having won it, I just can't be confident of a USA victory. Even if they can become perrenial (or should I say quad-perrenial) semi-finalists, they still might not be able to take the next two steps and win it.