It's not that I disagree with Rob Hughes about how the U.S. needs more skillful players, I do agree with him on that. I also think that Latino players, their style of play and making sure that talented players in their ranks receive opportunities in the U.S. is very important.
But the U.S. just needs better players - no matter where they come from. Can Freddy Adu's style be considered "Latino"? Who cares? McBride probably isn't thought of as a Latino-type player, but boy, could the U.S. have used Brian in his prime versus England. For that matter, the U.S. misses a John O'Brien type of player as much as a Tab Ramos sort.
Or a Clint Mathis, pre-ACL injury. Basically, though I heartily support finding skillful Latino players, I don't really think the U.S. team needs to get more Latinos to improve. It needs to find good players to improve, and it needs to make sure that it's not looking past Latinos in doing so. Yet the other extreme, thinking that Latino players will save the team just because they're from a certain background, is bogus.