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CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:14 pm
 
The folks that claim to be in the know when it comes to soccer will dissagree, but that's just because they have bought into the current system.  And by bought in, I mean they have paid outrageous amounts of money so that their kids can play for the elite soccer clubs.

Club soccer is the reason why the best we can produce is Landon Donovan.  By soccer standards, he's great, but not by USA professional athletic standards.  With club soccer, we are basically telling out best young athletes as they get into high school "look, you either play soccer year round and forget the more popular football, baseball and basketball, or you forget soccer and go play the sports that your school friends are playing."  Is that not a stupid ultimatum?  It's one thing that we have to decide based on seasons: Football vs. Swimming; Basketball vs. Wrestling and soccer; Baseball vs. Tennis and Track; but anytime you tell a kid that they have to devote themselves to one sport when their best prospects in this country of having a successful sporting carreer lie in other sports, the obvious outcome is that the best athletes will vear away from soccer.

Here is my suggested experiment.  We need an experimental team.  You take the best college basketball players and best skilled position football players that failed to get picked up by a professional team, and WHO PLAYED SOCCER AS A KID (so they have the basics) and you train them for an entire MLS off-season in soccer.  My money is that by the second season, you have a playoff team and by the third you have the MLS champion and a group of five athletes that would find their way into the next world cup.  I wish somebody had the money and desire to prove me right or wrong.
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:42 pm
 

CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

Still doesn't mean Ochocinco would be a good soccer player.
I know a guy who can run up and down the line in high speed, but when you give him the ball, it's as good as gone.



Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:36 pm
 

CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

Donovan is a fine athlete, and I know Americans make a big deal about how fast he is.  My point is made by Chad "Ochocinco".  The guy runs a 4.4 forty yard dash and says that soccer is his favorite sport.  Any wonder why he chose American football?????  Unfortunately for soccer in the US, there are probably many high school and college athletes not playing soccer, but used to love playing it.



Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:10 pm
 

CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

No mention of college soccer.  That's probably because you did not devote yourself to soccer.  Many sports are going that route, which is a pure shame.  But good for you if you were able to play four sports during high school.  I'm having a hard time figuring out when you would have been able to make soccer practice and games work when you were also in h.s. sports.

Look, I don't expect to get rave reviews on this from soccer folks, since they have bought into the current program.  There is no evidence to the contrary that soccer in the US get's the left-over athletes.  Rare exceptions to the rule.  I'm not saying you as an individual are a lesser athlete because you played soccer.  The obvious point is that the less popular sport in the US gets less attention.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:54 am
 

CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

Ummm, what are you talking about?
Ultimatum?  When?  I played club soccer and High School Basketball, football, and track all 4 years in High School.  There was never an issue.  It wasn't really expensive either.  Sorry, I would have rather there had been school soccer at my school so the parents didn't have to essentially fund a team, but to my school, soccer didn't seem important despite a 40% hispanic population.
Quite frankly, if an excellent athlete is phenomenal at soccer, they will typically keep playing soccer because they are great.  This entire "we need real athletes playing soccer" argument is idiotic.  There are endless arguments against it with ridiculous amounts of evidence yet still idiots still say Kobe Bryant should play soccer.  Fine, try it out.  Fail miserably and it will be thrilling to watch.  Create a soccer team that is, for some reason logical to you, an average of 6 or 7 inches taller than almost any other good soccer player's on earth.
Try realism.



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Club soccer is NOT the problem

This is the dumbest thing I've read on this site outside of Freeman's garbage posting. Americans apparantly know NOTHING about soccer. You don't even realize that your best player Donovan is actually the best ever US mens soccer player, and he did compete really well on the international stage against the best competition. Sure his MLS stats are inflated because of the substandard MLS opponents, but he has proven himself in internatinal comeptition.
Americans do not invest enough time and energy into soccer to make a full squad of superstars like Landon. Look at tiny country of Netherlands who went to the world cup finals. Could New Hampshire put together a premier squad in any sport? My point is that the countries that excel in soccer have invested time and focus from the community so the children become smart and skilled at a very early age. To think that a draft reject in some otherr sport could compete in the world cup is ridiculous.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2010 8:10 am
 

CLUB SOCCER IS THE PROBLEM

Maybe I don't know enough about the system, but I don't really get what's so different about football compared to baseball or american football. Aren't players from other sports also trying to get on teams later, thus usually concentrating on one specific sport mainly? Or are you saying that football is all year, thus players can't say like summer is baseball, winter is american football?
Concerning the comment "play the sports your friends are playing", that's basically saying football is not worth playing. There's swimmers too, or track athletes or whatever, they suffer the same fate.

And what are those dubious "USA professional athletic standards"? Do you think you can really judge how athletic Landon Donovan is? Or how can anyone compare players from different sports? What are those standards? Does one have to have huge muscles? And who meets them? NFL Linesmen? 7'7'' NBA players who can barely walk? I'm betting you Donovan can do things, athletically, that some of those super pro athletes can't. Can they run for 90 minutes? Can they shoot a ball into a little corner of the goal? You just can't compare!

And your experimental team, let me tell you, there's no way that would work out! Even if they had some basics, they'd need more than a year of training to become good. Do you know how good those players like Donovan actually are? (not to speak of real superstars...) You can't just put an athletic guy in, teach him some tricks and expect him to compete.


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