Soccer Mercenaries

The US Men’s Soccer team has 23 players, 7 of which are dual citizens. These players could chose which country to play for. What are the odds that they chose which country they would play for based on their chances for making the team and that team’s chances in the tournament? The answer below.

Five from Germany (4 born there, one born here but has lived in Germany since he was 3)

Jermaine Jones, born in Frankfurt

Jermaine Jones, born and raised in Frankfurt

Fabian Johnson, born and raised  Munich

Fabian Johnson, born and raised Munich

 

Timmy Chandler, born and raised in Frankfurt by single, German mother

Timmy Chandler, born and raised in Frankfurt by single, German mother

John Brooks, born and raised in Berlin

John Brooks, born and raised in Berlin

 

Born in Florida, moved to Germany when he was 2. Has played for US and German national teams

Born in Florida, moved to Germany when he was 2. Has played for US and German national teams

Born in Mobile to Icelandic parents, moved to Iceland when he was 3

Born in Mobile to Icelandic parents, moved to Iceland when he was 3

Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud, born in Oslo

Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud, born in Oslo

 

And how does Diskerud cope with Norwegian fans upset that he chose to play for the Stars and Stripes?

“I ask them a simple question; what team is in the World Cup right now?” he said.

Not Norway.

Are these players American? None of them have grown up in American culture, none of them speak English as a first language! Is hiring Euro mercenaries in keeping with the spirit of the National Team?

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7 thoughts on “Soccer Mercenaries

  1. Roger I suppose this is what we are to term as “diversity” and in the process of accepting these changes, exercise “tolerance” as well!

    Political Correctness has killed our country.

    • I cooled somewhat towards the US team when I saw a thing on tv about how awesome it was that we had so many dual citizens. Some liberal bs about immigration being our strength.

      I have to add:
      At that level, and especially in Europe and S. America, its not as wimpish as you think. In those countries, its played by ghetto thugs with nothing to lose. Its at least as physical as basketball and certainly rougher than baseball. They also run @ 5 miles per game, no exaggeration.

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  2. One benefit of these players (plus the super benefit of the German coach) is that our players are finally learning how to play soccer the way the rest of the world plays. Long term this will result in more “home grown” players from the US in the World Cup.

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