Congratulations to Sporting Kansas City for winning this years US soccer championship.
In my younger days, American soccer was considered a joke over here. In the meantime, the US national soccer team is among the best of the world - maybe not yet quite the level of the classical football nations such as Brazil, Italy or Germany.
However, I am not too comfortable having the US boys in our qualifying group at next year's soccer world championship in Brazil.
It appears that the strength of the American national team is largely due to the fact that the elite of American players pursue their careers in top soccer countries like England or my own Germany, where there are plenty of them. However, once American soccer becomes a truly national sport at home, it is a sure bet the US side will be among the select few that dominate world soccer.