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What Happened to the USMNT
What Happened to the USMNT

What Happened to the USMNT

The Ugly Truth About the Beautiful Game


384 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $28.00 (CA $38.00) (US $28.00)

Publication Date: May 2021

ISBN 9781629378572

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2021)


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A compelling account of the growth of soccer in America and an inside look at what it means to build a supportive and winning culture, taking inspiration from notable national teams, including the USWNT, other sports with global reach, and even successful businesses

Prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team had won just four World Cup matches in 72 years. They'd been humbled with a last place finish at the 1998 World Cup, scoring just once across three games. Major League Soccer was still in its infancy, and generally struggling. But the 2002 squad managed to beat powerhouse Portugal to advance out of the group stages, toppled Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16, and stood up ably to Germany in a quarterfinal loss that nonetheless had the crowd chanting, "USA! USA!" as the players exited the field with heads held high. Fast forward 15 years, and the popularity of soccer in the United States was booming. Cries of "I believe that we will win!" rang out at every match. With greater resources invested, the U.S. was producing talent of a high enough caliber to compete abroad in England's Premier League, and the national team had Jürgen Klinsmann at the helm, promising an injection of worldliness and European flair to the American game. Yet while the American women's team had made World Cup victories a regular expectation, the men failed to even qualify for the 2018 tournament. What happened to the USMNT? Columbia Business School adjunct professor and acclaimed author of The Real Madrid Way Steven Mandis turns his lens inward to examine what it will take for the U.S. men to achieve lasting success on the international stage and how it differs critically from building a successful club team. This meticulously researched, probing investigation challenges conventional wisdom and speaks to the utmost importance of authenticity when cultivating an organizational identity. If the Italians have their cantenaccio, the Spanish their tiki-taka, the Dutch their "total football," and the Brazilians their ginga, Mandis argues that cultivating a unique "American way" of soccer is not only possible but absolutely essential.

Author Biography

 Steven G. Mandis is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business school, where he teaches in the finance and economics department. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and as a senior advisor to McKinsey. His previous books include What Happened to Goldman Sachs and The Real Madrid Way.Sarah Parsons Wolter is a Principal at FinTech Collective. A sports enthusiast and former athlete, she was the youngest member of the 2006 Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team that won a bronze medal in Torino, Italy.