By Chris Wimmer
Recently Chris Wimmer, writer for Virginia Online Soccer News, got the opportunity to speak with former U.S. national team forward Joe-Max Moore.
Moore played for three world cup teams and two Olympic squads. While a member of the USMNT he compiled 100 caps (10th all-time) and 24 goals (4th all-time behind only Donovan, Wynalda, and McBride). Moore played in Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution as well as overseas for teams in Germany and England (Everton 99-02).
Until 2004 Moore held the Revolution record for assists and points.
Chris Wimmer: What do you see the future of U.S. soccer looking like following the 2010 World Cup? USWNT/USMNT
Joe-Max Moore: on USWNT – I do not follow the women’s game very closely, but feel that they will play well against Italy in their upcoming matches and qualify for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. There seems to be a bigger focus on soccer from other countries which may be resulting in the higher quality of competition for the USWNT.
On USMNT – I feel that the 2002 national team did well and had its best opportunity to do something special.
Wimmer: Who do you see being the next top striker for the USMNT?
Mooew: In the past Eric Wynalda was good for the U.S. Now, I can’t point to one player. Jozy Altidor is young and should be coming into his prime by now, but has not seemed to reach his potential. Striker is a very hard position to play, especially at that level.
Wimmer: How important is it for the USMNT players to get experience overseas as opposed to MLS?
Moore: Being able to play at the top-level is every player’s goal. There is a big advantage getting to play in Europe, as long as players are able to get playing time. MLS is getting better and is a good step for players coming out of college.
Wimmer: How far away is MLS from becoming an Elite League?
JoeMax: The atmosphere in MLS is not at the same level as the European leagues. The quality of play is getting there, but there is a lack of speed in the MLS game. The league still needs money, more TV sponsors, and maybe more European talent.
Wimmer: Should U.S. players go to college programs or professional academies?
Moore: I feel the college experience is important. There is a good chance that players will not succeed at the next level. However, current NCAA rules do limit the development of players.
Wimmer: What does your former MLS team, New England Revolution, need to do to be successful again?
Moore: They have had a lot of player turnover. In the past they have done well finding top young talent. They need to do this to find success and compete for a championship.
Wimmer: With the recent concussion related issues of Taylor Twellman, Josh Gross, and Alecko Eskandarian what can the MLS do to respond?
Moore: Unlike the changes the NFL has made, there is not much you can change in the game. They are not going to pad the posts, and you can’t prevent players challenging for the ball. Each incident should be treated on an individual basis.
Wimmer: What do you spend most of your time doing now that you are away from soccer?
Moore: For the past year I have been a part of a booming home based business called Xowii. I have been able to create an incredible side income for my family. In tough economies like this one home based businesses actually do well. Robert Kiyosaki said in his recent book, “The Business of the 21st Century” that now is the best time to start a business. Xowii is the fastest growing MLM (Multi Level Marketing) business.
Wimmer: Does your soccer past help you to make connections?
Moore: Yes somewhat, but what helps more is being able to say I was part of World Cup and Olympic teams. It shows people I know what it takes to be successful.
Chris Wimmer is a contributing writer. He runs the Blog Virginia Online Soccer News. This post originally appeared on Virgina Online Soccer News and has been reprinted with written consent from the author. If you have any questions please contact Kevin Koczwara at Kevin.Koczwara@thesoccerguysonline.com.