Thursday, June 10, 2010

Black Players Key to US Soccer Quest for World Cup Respect

The FIFA World Cup will be played in South Africa June 11-July 11, the first time in the tourney's storied history that it will take place on the African continent.
This World Cup will allow South Africa, a country dogged by its shameful Apartheid-era injustices and discrimination, to showcase its continuously shifting social landscape and technological advances. Its hope is to distance itself from its tumultuous past, and gain a strong foothold as an emerging financial power.

The United States is a lot like South Africa.

Though America enjoys a longstanding place at the top among world powers, it, too, hopes to change its global perception – on the soccer pitch – and will look to its Black team members to play a significant role in erasing the horrors of World Cups past.

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