Hall of Famer Meola optimistic about the future of U.S. soccer

The former U.S. goalkeeper believes MLS and academies have the country headed in the right direction.

Tony Meola, who earned 100 caps for the United States between 1988 and 2006, has a reason for why he still hasn't announced his retirement despite being 43 years old.

“When I was lucky enough to be inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame a few months ago, I think people came to the conclusion that I would no longer be playing. Having said that, I am still ready to go at any minute,” Meola joked to Goal.com.

Still, the U.S. soccer legend foresees prodigal talents coming out of the United States even if he's no longer available for the national team. He points out the fact that a growing domestic league and the academy programs in the U.S. have been very beneficial in building a solid foundation.

“I believe MLS is headed in the right direction and has been growing young talent at a pace that we are all thrilled about," Meola said. "At no other time in our history have we had the resources to develop players in a professional atmosphere and we are now seeing the benefits of the academy programs in our country. We are all very optimistic about the future of our game."

The agile shot-stopper, who was the American No. 1 up at the FIFA World Cups at Italy 1990 and USA 1994, now runs a company named ‘Gk1 Soccer’  and is working hard to establish it as one of the leading sports apparel and equipment companies in the industry.