Introduction: It’s OK to Embrace a Lost Cause
1: We Play Too Many Other Sports
2: We Watch Too Many Other Soccer Leagues to Focus on Our Own
3: We’re Too Insecure in Our Identities
4: We Can’t Agree on Anything
5: We Can’t Stop Suing Each Other
6: We Fell Behind by 100 Years
7: We’re Obsessed with the Quick Fix
8: We’re Too Serious to Succeed at a Sport Built on Joy
9: But Will the Women Keep Winning?
Conclusion: Keep Trying!
About the Author
Author of three books and hundreds of articles on soccer, Dure knows this sport inside and out. For him, America’s surprisingly successful quarterfinals finish in the 2002 World Cup tournament was the anomaly. Failing to qualify or getting knocked out early is the rule. In this spritely narrative Dure explores the reasons: most importantly, US men’s soccer is in competition with more popular home-grown sports.”
11/19/22, Wall Street Journal: This book was featured in a roundup of titles about the U.S. Men’s National Team as the World Cup gets underway.