When you know ahead of time that the 20/100 picked will all be DA it’s all politics, not just a little. If they are transparent about it as someone in a previous post indicated they are, then it’s all good because we are all on notice with respect to making a US national team.You said that "it's all politics." To me that clearly discounts their accomplishments.
I'm curious as what people think is the # of truly elite players in the USA per age group. Let's take the 72 GDA clubs plus the 94 ECNL clubs. That's 166 clubs playing in the 2 elite leagues. Let's add another 30 clubs not in these leagues who truly have top flight competitive teams. That's 200 clubs. 20 players per team per club. That's 4000 players. Let's add another 500-600 players from miscellaneous. 4500 players. Let's say that the USYNT picks from 2 birth years, so that's about 9,000 players to chose from. How many of these are truly elite? 1%? 5%? I'd say it's closer to 1%, so about 100 truly elite players. USYNT picks 20 from this list of very deserving players. How do they do this? Is there some politics in this? Sure, but any of these 100 merit a spot based on their accomplishments. I bet all 20 of the players on the list would likely be in the 100 somewhere. I'm also curious as to what people think is the number of athletes in this 100 truly elite player group that have never been seen or scouted.
Now if you’re a regular sports fan with no dd’s in the game and you find out there were a couple of super studs that didn’t get picked because of these politics then you might get pissed off at US Soccer. But for the rest of us we all know what we’re getting into, just don’t try to convince me there’s nothing rigged with a roulette table that comes up red 100x in a row.