Older and Wiser
The US has far more nine ball players than the entire continent of Europe. Some European posters have suggested that there are 10-20 times as many nine ball players in America than in all of Europe. Allowing Team USA to recruit from the likes of Orcullo, Raga, Zheng, JL Chang, Wu Jiaqing, Liu Haitao, Carlo Biado, Lee Van Corteza, Ko Ping Chung and Ko Pin Yi would be a huge overreaction. Shane would be the only American with a chance to earn a spot on such a team.We had Emily on our Mosconi Preview show, let me say this hand on heart, she wants that American team to be as competitive as it can be. Believe me, she genuinely has a love for pool and enhanced prize money for Matchroom Events may make more American players take the game more seriously, or if Europe/Asia is where the best players are, maybe that's where they should head. In the Snooker world, no overseas player succeeded until they made the move to the UK. In days gone by, no European player succeeded in Pool until they played in the US.
Facts are facts though and that European line up was formidable, I was actually shocked when I saw the odds online, as I thought Europe would be a heavier favourite.
I genuinely think that if you start tweaking the event to put limits on who can be on the teams etc, it goes back to what it was when it started.
Although I'm obviously a Europe supporter, I was desperate for the USA to make it closer and take it into a fourth day.
For me, Team USA didn't look right from the Press Conference. Corey was a strange replacement pick for me, which was compounded even more when he said he wasn't really prepared.
Look down the list of WPA 9 Ball World Champs, the USA haven't had a winner in a very long time. Maybe the time is right to create a US/Asian team, remember, the Ryder Cup was historically USA vs GB before it got so lopsided they had to include Europe. It would be a real shame if this event stopped being consistently competitive, it has become (for me) a must watch since the very first tournament back in 1994.
Most US players have sidestepped the major overseas WPA sanctioned events for years now, and it has caught up with them. If Matchroom wants to make things more competitive, they should help change this.