Originally Posted by B-G
I don't think of it that way.
The World Cup is not the top 32 teams in the world it's the teams that qualified.
For example a team like Sweden didn't make it this year, they were in the same group as Germany and then drew Portugal in the playoff (lost)
They are certainly better than a lot of teams in the field.
Also look at the teams we play against in qualifying compared to Europe, South America and maybe even Africa or Asia.
May be that would be true, if the USA wasn't able to hold their own in the World Cup, but that's not the case. We may not be the elite but we are not some bottom feeder either. Kentucky is not a top 25 team consistently and at times finishes the year in the top 10. American soccer competes with most countries and isn't over matched.
In my opinion, America gets overly criticized by the soccer world, because they get dominated by the US in most sports and want to keep the opinion of America low in soccer. The worst thing that could happen, in foreign soccer fans minds, is for the US to win the World Cup or to ever become a consistent finalist contender. They want it as their game and don't want America taking it over, like we do in most other sports.