The Melting-Pot Team

America's soccer team looks like a poster for diversity and happens to be quite good to boot

Corporate diversity programs have nothing on the U.S. national soccer team that takes the field this week in the World Cup finals, La Coupe du Monde, being held in France. There are blacks, whites and Hispanics. One striker is South African, and the sweeper is from Germany. Better to talk to the left fullback in French; one midfielder is Dutch-born, another is from Uruguay and yet another from Yugoslavia. Throw in some California dudes, a couple of kids from Jersey, a farm-boy goaltender from Washington State and, bless us, a few sons of suburban soccer moms, and you've got a classic...

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