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I Believe That We Will Win

Phil West

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1519-6
Trim Size: 6 x 9
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By the author of The United States of Soccer, the thorough, inspiring analysis of the history and future of the US Men’s National Team.

Americans love to win. But when it comes to soccer, the world’s most popular sport, the US men’s national team has historically come up short. While the women’s team has delivered three Women’s World Cup victories in as many decades, the men have not advanced past the quarter-finals in nearly ninety years. As America’s comparatively new national soccer league continues to grow its notoriously fervent fan base, and as the US continues to dominate the lion’s share of world sporting events, the question must be asked: What will it take for the men to bring home the FIFA World Cup Trophy?

In I Believe That We Will Win veteran soccer journalist Phil West delivers a compelling assessment of the history and future potential of American soccer on the international playing field. With insightful commentary and unbridled enthusiasm, West examines every aspect of the US Men’s National Team and their competition, exploring how the US returned to the World Cup after forty years away, the growing symbiotic relationship between the USMNT and Major League Soccer, and the cultivation of young talent through MLS academies and the US Development Academy. Along the way, West touches on the controversial tenure of former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, the role of dual-national players, Christian Pulisic and the new wave of American players playing abroad, and other issues that have engaged American soccer fans in spirited debate.

Punctuated with dozens of revealing interviews from past and current players, coaches, and journalists, I Believe That We Will Win is both the definitive history of American World Cup play and a wholehearted analysis of America’s potential to win big in the near future.

“An educational & comprehensive account of where, why, and how the world's beautiful game is developing within the USA . . . all linked with the passion Phil West feels for it.”
Ray Hudson, Sports Journalist, beIN SPORTS USA

“If I had a goal for every time I was asked when will the United States win a men’s World Cup, people would be mentioning me alongside Pelé and Maradona as one of the all-time greats. The truth is: It’s complicated. The limited history, the huge leaps of progress, and the body-numbing setbacks have all created a black hole of questions and hope for the future of the game in the States. Phil West deftly weaves through the history and the current debates in a quest to answer the one question that has still shut out the American soccer culture.”
Rob Stone, Lead Studio Host, FOX Sports

“At a critical juncture in American soccer history, Phil West pieces together stories, events, and quotes that are essential to understanding American soccer's past, present, and future. It's both a worthwhile and enjoyable read for soccer fans across the country.”
Bobby Warshaw, author of When the Dream Became a Reality

“Phil West has written something accessible to both longtime USMNT fans and people who are just starting to get curious about the sport. This is a thorough picture of the state of American men’s soccer at a time when it has become more important than ever for the federation and the fans to reflect on where they want soccer in this country to go and how to get there.”
Steph Yang, Co-Manager, Stars & Stripes FC

Phil West is an Austin, Texas-based writer, a lecturer with The Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a contributor to MLSSoccer.com, Howler, and SB Nation's Stars and Stripes FC. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Austin Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News.

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