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About USA soccer...... Massimo Lopes Pegna
Massimo Lopes Pegna is the Correspondent from America of Italian newspaper “Gazzetta dello Sport”.

ST: What is the current state of the USA soccer?
MLP:The level of budget for the MLS is not all right yet, but the average spectators of around 14 thousand people according to me it is not so bad. One needs in fact to wonder how many teams in the Italian B make that average and also some of Á. I don't believe it arrives to so much.

ST: In World Cup 2006 in Germany, can USA repeat or improve on the good world cup 2002?
MLP:The World Cup is a difficult competition where it also takes a crumb of fortune. We know something ourselves after the world cup. The USA surely have a good National team to be able to pass the first turn. Naturally they will have to first qualify themselves.

ST: Many soccer players have gone or returned to play on European important fields while someone (Mathis) has disappointed, how come in Italy after Lalas, soccer players are not seen it uses anymore? In my opinion soccer players such as Mastroeni and O'Brian would deserve an opportunity.
MLP:The American players, perhaps for characteristics physical-athletics, are more proper for the championships in English and German. But one as Donovan, among the others, just reentered for the nth time to house or this new forward of Dallas and the National team, Johnson, he could play very well titular in a lot of our teams.

ST: Which first differences are noticed in the American way of playing and of that Italian?
MLP: The championship MLS is of inferior quality to our series A. It plays very physical, but technically the players commit many errors, too many I would dare to say. Then this influences the speed of execution.

ST: The MLS turns 10 years old, as you see them? Is it destined to last or does give the so many debts him it risks the failure?
MLP:The failure no, because this year they have added another two teams and there is the project, it seems to me within the next two years, to add others; at least two. According to me they need to add some more foreigners. And I am not speaking by now of people on the edge of their career as Djorkaeef. And it showns that when the Milan or the Manchester plays here the stadiums they are always full. The Americans have the thin palate and by now they have learned to understand when the show deserves.

ST: 6/10 teams of the past year, had the same president that moved players from a team to the other, but does that not risk a distorted championship?
MLP:In Italy, a thing so it would not be possible. But here it needs to adapt themselves and nobody protests.

ST: Of young players such as Donovan, Beasley, Adu, Gaven, Regan and Dempsey a big good is said. What do you think about the young Americans players ?
MLP: The young people reservoir USA it is one of the best things of the soccer. A lot of important societies have already put the eyes I set to these little boys. The Milan organizes summer camp. The Inter had tried to take Adu. According to me he deals only with still waiting for some, then the American soccer is destined to amaze the rest of the world.
April 29, 2005 Sebastiano Trovato


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