dot_american soccer sucks because of how poor it's youth camps and systems are. In the US soccer is mostly for rich people, yearly traveling team fees are usually over like 15k. When you look at that vs. where most kids who grow up to be these nba and nfl stars are coming from its not a big surprise.
Yeah I agree, I play academy soccer and its very expensive going to different states for games and such. Thankfully I'm in a position where the money isn't really an issue but I definitely do know some people who could make it if it wasn't for such a shitty system and the costs
As someone who's also been a part of this system, I absolutely agree with this, although I would argue that the issue is one of tactics as well.
In my experience, strategy for too many american soccer teams [edit: youth teams, not pro ones], even at the traveling club level, doesn't go much further than "boot the ball downfield over and over and hope your forward has the speed to beat the defender enough times to win the game." In true American fashion, all the skill, intelligence, and subtlety that the game can provide is effectively thrown away in favor of a competition to see who can run the fastest for the longest amount of time.