Friday, June 6, 2008

Dream on

Dream until your dreams come true.

Then work like hell for every chance that comes. I remember when Guillermo Gonzalez was going to be the great Mexican-American soccer hope coming out of Southern California. He played on U.S. youth teams - was the midfielder feeding the ball to Freddy Adu. He got drafted with a nice fat salary to the Los Angeles Galaxy while still a teenager. He didn't have the work ethic of Jorge Flores, though. He gained weight and was out of the league even before his contract was up, having only played in a few games.
For all the people who point out how some players in MLS get pitiful salaries - don't forget to take note of those who sign contracts that are sizable, but never pan out. There are bargains and there are busts.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

what's memo up to these days? i sure hope he saved/invested his $100K a year salary wisely and planned for a non-soccer related career. his attitude on the pitch though doesn't give me much hope.

Mr. Snarky said...

You should have written this article, AC. Flores is living a true dream.
Too bad you're such a Galaxy homer.

A.C. said...

I've already written an article on Flores - I finished it last week. I wrote it for Futbol Mundial, however, and the magazine doesn't publish as often as does the NY Times. Look for it in the next issue.