I'm sharing an email I got today - it wasn't sent anonymously, but since they probably didn't expect to be featured in my blog, I'm not revealing who sent it. I'm just wondering if anyone else can relate.
Oh, yeah, the Justin Mapp article that caused the email to be written.
It starts at the the youth level where club coaches and parents all want to WIN, WIN, WIN!
Instead of placing trust in the individual players to grow into their own game at their own pace. This is the single most important aspect of soccer in this country that must change if we are to improve our standing compared to the rest of the world. Many felt a Klinsmann or another foreign coach would be the answer to this problem as they would have brought their ideas of youth development to this country and thus begin to change existing ideas (in youth club soccer) of how to nurture young, dynamic soccer players. There are more than you think out there right now, but many get ignored due to their lack of consistent defending or hustle plays? As any coach worth anything will tell you, it is a lot easier to teach a kid to defend than it is to create on his own. Does Cristiano Ronaldo defend all the time and very well? No! But I doubt you wouldn't find one US coach that would leave him out of his team right now. But I doubt he would have made it coming up as a youth player in the US in the 90's.