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USA COACH SAMPSON CONTINUES TO BEAR BRUNT OF TEAM'S FAILURE
Published June 25, 1998
Team USA's "poor" showing at the World Cup, stems from the U.S. Soccer Federation's "inability to develop world- class stars," according to John Eisenberg of the Baltimore SUN. Eisenberg: "Where are the minorities, the sons of Hispanic and African-American parents? Not nearly enough are in the pipeline. ... The reality is the United States might never approach Brazil, England or any country in which soccer comes first. There's just too much interest in those countries and not enough here" (Baltimore SUN, 6/25). On CBS SportsLine, Bob Keisser writes that "while the rest of the world sets its alarm clocks to the World Cup schedule, America stays asleep. It's this lack of passion for soccer that separates North America from everyone else." Keisser added, "It doesn't help a bit that most network coverage is passionless" (CBS SportsLine, 6/24). SAMPSON STANDS THE HEAT: U.S. Soccer coach Steve Sampson, on criticism he has received from his own players: "They have a choice whether to be professional or not. I've always been professional with them. I will never criticize a player through the press" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/25).