Of course they did, it helps to read the whole article"Both teams were through pretty much, so there was nothing to play for," he said. "We just told our players, if the other team has the ball at the back, just don't press them. There's no reason to run around and kill yourselves during this event.
"I do understand that in terms of the event, you have to play the game. But the result was meaningless. We weren't match fixing."
Did the scores from their match matter to other teams in terms of their placements?
People still call it a "National Championship" when all the top teams are in ECNL?how many parents would really want their kids to work that hard to beat a team 6-0 when they're already through? Oh, and in 109 degree Texas heat... After all of the thousands of dollars to get a kid good enough to get to a national championship.
I thought this was all about development for the kids and I wasn't aware there were multi-billion dollar revenue deals riding on the results, that would compel you to stage a bogus game.This has been going on for a while in SoCal and I expect the world. Throw your game because you prefer one opponent over the other.
It is not a bogus game. It is a step on the way to the finals. If you want to win the trophy/the title - you play for the trophy, not the steps along the way. If the kids had thought of this, I'd be more impressed. It also happens all the time. Teams will play bench to keep fresh players for later (like final). It sometimes backfires. But it is not about playing your hardest at all times as much as it is playing your best - and that involves the brain.I thought this was all about development for the kids and I wasn't aware there were multi-billion dollar revenue deals riding on the results, that would compel you to stage a bogus game.