US Soccer Is Neglecting Latino Talent—and It Shows

There are millions of youths playing soccer in the United States. So why is the men’s national team so terrible?

The 2019 USMNT Gold Cup roster of 23 players included four Latino and seven black players, making the roster almost half-minority, whereas the 1994 World Cup roster of 22 players included five Latino and only two black players, according to data provided by US Soccer. While, on the surface, this signals an improvement, the major talent pools from which USMNT recruits remain disproportionately white when it comes to homegrown talent.

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