By 2026 maybe we'll have stopped losing to T & T.
It'll be exciting for sure but the pressure will be on, IMO anything less than a semi when playing at home has to be considered a disappointment. We aren't the novices we were in 96 anymore.
Until the best athletes in this country start playing soccer as their primary sport I wouldn't count on it. All you have to do is look at our national team in comparison to the European and South American teams. All of our guys are 5'9" and a buck sixty. The Euros are all 6'2" and two bills. When guys like Mike Trout and Von Miller make playing the sport a priority we will be able to compete at that level...not until.
I remember the '94 Cup. The area around old Foxboro Stadium was crazy during the games that were played there. Gillette is much more capable of handling it now.
It's this, or until we have enough athletes so that our sixth-tier can compete with the rest of the worlds' first tier.
Our best soccer players are akin to College D-II football/basketball starters and backups.
Sorry guys, I've been around various levels of youth soccer for more than a decade and a half and if you think good athletes are not playing soccer at the highest developmental level you're wrong.
If our best athletes played the sport we'd be on the top 3-4 soccer nations in the world, that I agree, but with the athletes we have we're more than capable of dominating CONCAGAF and going deep into a World Cup, we've just FUBARed the development system of the last 5-10 years.
I love it if Patriots fans could come up with a song that we could sing during the games the way the soccer folks do to drive everybody apeshit. It sounds awesome when everybody goes nuts with it.