How can the US soccer program get better?
Not certain. But, am intrigued by Jurgen's ideas about implementing a European style academy system here in the US. The US is much larger than England, Spain, Germany, ... so an academy system would pose some logistical challenges. But am certain that the geographic hurdles can be dealt with allowing every prospective new talent an opportunity. Maybe the US could have four regional academies that would feed into a pro and US national academy system.
Why is the USA still lagging in quality soccer and soccer players?
True. The United States soccer program, as a whole, still needs much more development and maturity. However, I am please to see the continued progress made by our home grown talent and professional teams.