I fear we may have built up the CONCACAF road challenges narrative so much that it is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. It seems to now be a convenient crutch, or worse, an excuse to justify a poor performance.
Yes, the unique CONCACAF qualifying environment is still difficult…but not as difficult. The #USMNT flies charter, brings their chef, new/improved stadiums, fields are better, refereeing better, laws of the game have changed, etc. It’s challenging, but it can’t be a crutch.
If we’ve created a generation of #USMNT players that can only function when the circumstances are ideal, then we are in trouble. If we’re not careful, the advantages we provide from a young age can become disadvantages. ‘Twas ever thus.
OK, I’m done with my grumpy old guy rant.

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