I believe that we will win The path to a US men's World Cup victory

Phil West

Book - 2018

Delivers an assessment of the history and future of American men's soccer on the international playing field, discussing the growing symbiotic relationship between the national team and Major League Soccer and how the U.S. is cultivating young talent.

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Published
New York, NY : The Overlook Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
272 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-254) and index.
ISBN
9781468315196
1468315196
Main Author
Phil West (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Call it an optimist's manifesto. The U.S. Men's National Team may be missing its first World Cup since 1986, but West, in a book titled with the popular fan chant, lays out his reasons for hope. Building in many ways on his The United States of Soccer (2016), he recaps how we got here, before surveying advancements in player-development academies, the rise of dual-national players, the next generation of U.S. stars in the making, traveling support, home-field advantage (the U.S. could be co-hosting the next World Cup in 2026), and how the rest of the world sees us. The wealth of information will certainly educate spectators whose moods swing with the score lines, and West's enthusiasm might even convince doubters that early youth-tournament exits aren't always the end of the world. On the other hand, this book is probably best suited for those passionate fans who've already jumped to conclusions of their own—but if West can play those doubters to a draw, he'll probably see that as a win. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

West (The United States of Soccer) looks at all aspects of the U.S. men's national soccer team's prospects of winning the program's first World Cup. This analysis also includes the history of the World Cup and perspectives on the future of the U.S. men's program, with a strong emphasis on player development. As the U.S. team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in several years, this is an incredibly timely and heavily researched book presents a road map for the United States winning the World Cup, or at least becoming more competitive in the future. The author is incredibly knowledgeable and interviews several players and analysts to get a better perspective on the team's chances of success. VERDICT Recommended for all soccer fans and readers interested in a deep dive into the U.S. men's soccer team, specifically the developmental program. Casual sports fans or readers may have a difficult time owing to West's lack of narrative style, making for an occasionally dense read.—Pamela Calfo, Baldwin Borough P.L., PA Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Drawing on interviews from past and current players, coaches and journalists, the author of The United States of Soccer and veteran soccer journalist, examining every aspect of the U.S. Men’s National Team and their competition, presents an assessment of the history and future potential of American soccer on the international playing field. (This book was featured in a previous issue of Forecast.)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Perceptive and thorough, I Believe That We Will Win is the timely analysis of the state of American soccer

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Americans love to win. But when it comes to soccer, the world’s most popular sport, the US women’s team has delivered three World Cup victories in as many decades, while the men have not advanced past the quarter-finals in nearly ninety years. In October 2017, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) startled fans by failing to qualify for the upcoming World Cup, an episode that led both USMNT head coach Bruce Arena and US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati to step down from their positions, and which launched a new era of reckoning for US Soccer as a whole. As the 2018 World Cup commences with the US sidelined, fans are becoming impatient: What will it take for the USMNT to finally rise to an elite level and bring home the FIFA World Cup Trophy?In I Believe That We Will Win, veteran soccer journalist Phil West delivers a compelling assessment of the history and future potential of American soccer on the international playing field. With insightful commentary and endless enthusiasm, West examines every aspect of the USMNT and their competition, detailing how the US returned to the World Cup in 1990 after forty years without qualifying, delving into the growing symbiotic relationship between the USMNT and Major League Soccer, and exploring how the US is cultivating young talent through MLS academies and the US Development Academy—and how Latino outreach initiatives, like the Sueño Alianza competition that brought Jonathan González to prominence, can be better integrated into US Soccer’s quest for talented players. Along the way, West touches on the controversial tenure of former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, the role of dual-national players, Christian Pulisic and the new wave of American players playing abroad, and other issues that have engaged American soccer fans in spirited debate. Punctuated with dozens of revealing interviews from players, coaches, and journalists, I Believe That We Will Win is both the definitive history of American World Cup play and an incisive and inspiring analysis of America’s potential to win big in the near future.