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Gio Reyna to Dortmund

Discussion in 'Team News and Rumors' started by sbrylski, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Sabo

    Sabo 2018 Pigeon Cup Quarterfinalist Elite Donor Donor

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    This is how I describe the USA youth soccer pyramid.

    Recreational/Rec Soccer = Teams formed from players within a Club's geographic area and the Club organizes leagues of teams in the same age group hopefully with an emphasis on fun and introduction to the Sport.

    Club/Travel = The Club forms teams at each age group to play against other Clubs who are doing the same thing in the same geographic area. The travel teams are coached either by parents or professional coaches depending on the size and the way the Club is run. Typically practice and play indoors through the winter.

    Premiere= Teams pulled from the best of the Club/Travel players who compete against other Metro areas in and out of the State. This is the level that starts to get expensive with coaching/travel expenses.

    Development Academy=Professional affiliates and top premiere clubs/teams playing regionally and nationally at the highest level of competition.

    This description isn't perfect because there are so many different structures in youth soccer, but I think its a good generalization.

    My club has about 900 kids playing at the Rec and Travel levels. We try to make sure everybody can play at either level regardless of whether their parents can afford to pay the fees. Every year we have 8-15 kids who are recruited and play DIII college ball. Typically there are 1-3 teams who are capable of and play at the Premiere level at Travel costs. Being President of a Club is a pain in the ass but coaching youth soccer is a lot of fun.
     
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    FredMertz Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    That's part of my point - in a free academy the parents take no risk -- other than to their sanity.
     
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    FredMertz Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    And the scary thing, in my experience, is that nonsense politics, personal biases and petty adults are equally present at all of these levels above rec (and sometimes even at rec!).

    My son had played at each of these levels and we've never escaped it.
     
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    Ulrich Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    I see a pattern..... the connecting variable in those scenarios is Fred Mertz.....
     
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    FredMertz Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Yes. That's what I meant. Was that not clear?
     
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    sundance Regular Member Elite Donor

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    sundance Regular Member Elite Donor

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    danger Active Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    1091171071510736896 is not a valid tweet id
     
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    Ulrich Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Not even a sale, but rather a gift.
     
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    Midas Mulligan Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter International Liaison

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    It’s almost a perfect analog to Claudio vs. Ghana.

    Yeah, I still acknowledge he kept us out of qtrs or semis. Always will.
     
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    Harsh
     

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