What can I say am from England and football is our game and two hear a black writer spouting the black mantra of take over just makes me wanna puke. It's like everthing else in this PC world that seems to say that until blacks have taking over with their so called supreme athletic ability??????!! then be it sport or music then they can't be endorsed as a proper endevor. well kiss my sweet white booty football is the beautiful game made by kings for kings, and if the MLS gets swamped by blacks like the NBA etc use still won't get anywhere near winning a world cup! come on England u good old boys William from Loyalsock Twp., Penn. Hi Allen. Do you feel any progress is being made in attracting more African-American athletes to the beautiful game? Are there more players like Sheanon Williams coming up through the ranks? I believe athletic players like DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, Oguchi Onyewu and Cory Gibbs have made the US team so much more dynamic and competitive. Allen Hopkins This is a great, great question. The answer is yes, there are far more African-Americans in the game. The conversation I have from time to time when I see Eddie Pope, and he's such a forerunner with both club and country, and now that Eddie Johnson has come on board and Freddy Adu is making strides. Gooch is prototype, physical centre-back that would be coveted in all four corners of the world. And then look at last year's crop with Scott Sealy and Ugo Ihemelu playing sigificant minutes in this league. As an over-30 player, I'm excited that there are black kids playing the game younger and younger and being exposed to a high level at a young age. I think these guys, who are probably too young to know it, are very much pioneers. When you think about what Eddie Johnson represents, a true inner-city story if you will, and I always see this, and when a kid opens a magazine and sees Eddie Johnson or Freddy Adu and sees a huge, tricked-out Bentley on rims and he knows that this guy plays for MLS or the national team, it will be a whole new consciousness and we're getting to that point.