Team USA versus World on signing day

The International Bowl highlights elite U-19 football talent from around the world

Updated: February 1, 2012, 10:05 AM ET
By Jim McCormick | ESPNHS.com

Baseball may still call itself America's pastime, but there's no question football currently eclipses baseball in terms of popularity in America. Professional football is also the only major sport dominated by U.S. players, while the others all have more of an international flair. It's no longer rare to see an elite Japanese pitcher on a Major League mound or a top-flight European basketball player on an NBA court. Football, it seems, is our nation's last remaining native sporting pursuit.

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