Wynalda already cut the legs off the MLS bs excuse about competing against other leagues if they change the schedule. Been saying it for at least 5 years. Currently MLS competes against MLB world series, college football, nfl season, and nba. As far as cold season, longer winter break.Heck, if they can adjust our youth age groups to match the rest of the world, then surely they can change the MLS season around. It's certainly got to be easier than changing registration and teams for a few million kids. Adding new field dimensions, goal sizes and roster sizes. And then throwing in a new competitive league for female players.
Somebody is really reaching IMO to say that changing MLS schedule will help the national team. The points made in the article seem pretty silly to me."MLS ....needs to adopt the fall (late summer) to spring schedule that the rest of the top five leagues in the world play. It can keep the playoffs and hold onto MLS Cup, but adopting the scheduling norms of the best leagues in the world will help MLS and the USMNT. This issue, among many others, was discussed on a recent episode of the Total Soccer Show, and the entire podcast is worth a listen.
was pointed out by Wynalda, and other that players on the USMNT, that players often do not play at 100% full potential/effort when they know they have a callup looming. so they arent prepared for the level of intensity mentally and often pop a hammy because of it. said syncing the schedule would allow players to prepare properly. it also affects the transfer market and hurts players in MLS trying to go overseas to play- euro teams dont grab players during current transfer windows due to the MLS schedule.Somebody is really reaching IMO to say that changing MLS schedule will help the national team. The points made in the article seem pretty silly to me.
Didn't know this, but OTOH these points could also be made by players in other pro leagues. Lot of managers complaint because they have to rest players who play a lot during international break, and lot of players get hurt right after international break due to overuse injuries. I've read managers and players in different leagues around the world complain about the international schedule.was pointed out by Wynalda, and other that players on the USMNT, that players often do not play at 100% full potential/effort when they know they have a callup looming. so they arent prepared for the level of intensity mentally and often pop a hammy because of it. said syncing the schedule would allow players to prepare properly. it also affects the transfer market and hurts players in MLS trying to go overseas to play- euro teams dont grab players during current transfer windows due to the MLS schedule.
I saw a recap of this on ESPN FC and posted it in another thread. Really impressed with Pulisic! If only this level of logic and honesty was the norm in US soccer.1,834 Days by CHRISTIAN PULISIC
in my heart, I knew it was over when we walked off the field. I think we all did.
"The first thing I want to say here, obviously, is that I’m not an expert. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who know a lot more about national soccer programs than I do — and I hope those are the people we’ll have in charge of American soccer over the next World Cup cycle. Me, I’m just a 19 year old, in my first full year with the national team. So any insight that I can offer is only based on what I’ve experienced and observed in my career so far.
The second thing I want to say here is that I’m not a prodigy — or a “wonderboy,” as some have put it. I was always, you know, a decent player growing up. And yes, I was born with a certain amount of so-called “natural ability.” But I also worked and sacrificed a lot to try to maximize what I was born with — which I think is important to point out. I think it’s important to make clear, you know, that the problem with American soccer … it isn’t talent. In fact, I’m sure there are kids who are going to be reading this article who are more talented at their age than I ever was.
And then the third thing I want to say here is that I love American soccer. Which maybe sounds obvious — but I think a lot of people have this weird idea of USMNT players who have come up in Europe. They’ll talk about how we’re somehow less passionate about U.S. Soccer, or less American about it. That we’re these ringers or something — these outsiders brought in as, like, a cheat code to beat European sides. And it couldn’t be further from the truth.
It really frustrates me when people say, “Oh, he’s barely American,” or, “He grew up in the Dortmund academy,” or anything like that. First of all, it’s not true: Until I was 16, I came up through the U.S. youth system. I did all of the camps, the academies, the residency programs, the travel teams, and everything else it had to offer. I’ll always be a part of that system, and I’ll always be indebted to it. Second of all, I think that’s just a dangerous attitude in general: Having a closed-minded view of what does or doesn’t constitute being an American. And I hope it’s an attitude that we can keep out of this conversation in the years to come."
When people ask me what has been the biggest game-changer of my career — when they ask me, you know, “What’s the one thing that has had the biggest impact on your game so far” — that isn’t the easiest question to answer. I’ve had a lot of good fortune over the years: from supportive parents, to amazing youth academies, to incredible teammates, and on down the line.
But one thing that I’m not sure people realize, when they talk about my game, is just how lucky I’ve been to have a Croatian passport — and just how much of a difference it’s made for me.
As a result of my dual citizenship, I’ve been able to play in Europe, training at the Dortmund academy, since I was 16. Without it? I would have had to wait until I was 18. And for a soccer player … man, ask anyone and they’ll tell you — those age 16–18 years are everything. From a developmental perspective, it’s almost like this sweet spot: It’s the age where a player’s growth and skill sort of intersect, in just the right way — and where, with the right direction, a player can make their biggest leap in development by far.
In the U.S. system, too often the best player on an under-17 team will be treated like a “star” — not having to work for the ball, being the focus of the offense at all times, etc. — at a time when they should be having to fight tooth and nail for their spot. In Europe, on the other hand, the average level of ability around you is just so much higher. It’s a pool of players where everyone has been “the best player,” and everyone is fighting for a spot — truly week in and week out. Which makes the intensity and humility that you need to bring to the field every day — both from a mental and physical perspective — just unlike anything that you can really experience in U.S. developmental soccer.
Without those experiences, there’s simply no way that I would be at anywhere close to the level that I am today"
When gotsoccer is putting together a forum for the candidates to run Us soccer, then our problems are bigger than we realize.Got Soccer presidential "debate" - all these guys are nice to each other
These guys could cut up Paul Caligiuri's character in 2 minutes. Loved his answers on club soccer, how he skips over his real past with club soccer and why he doesnt want to change much with club soccer. The other candidates should hand out posters with his face and say "This is why I need to run US Soccer"
When gotsoccer is putting together a forum for the candidates to run Us soccer, then our problems are bigger than we realize.
Yeah no kidding. Just had to rub my eyes to make sure it was really Paul Caliguri running for prez. Now that puts our issues into perspectiveWhen gotsoccer is putting together a forum for the candidates to run Us soccer, then our problems are bigger than we realize.
Carlos Cordeiro is the new President US Soccer - second in command currently - don't see how this is going to change things.... Also not a soccer person.....Sad day in US Soccer. Many fingers have been pointed to why.
1. Coaching in general - from US National to youth soccer
2. Youth Soccer Structure
3. Best US athletes playing other sports
4. Winning over Development
5. MLS weak compared to other world leagues
6. Youth Soccer is played by the wealthy, top youth players can't afford club enviroment
7. US Soccer structure is a mess
8. Soccer is not top 4 sport in US.
9. Top US Soccer players need to travel oversees to get strong completion and get paid
10. Most US citizens lack passion for the sport
And the list goes on and on...
We will repeat this nightmare over and over again.My take away from US Soccer. It starts from the top down and the hiring of Bruce Arena was a disaster. It was a retread hire and his style is as old as the 90s. What is at the core of the problem is what we look for in a future player. I have seen first hand how the selection process goes it is political, it is flawed, and at it's core we look for athletes not soccer players. We have the mentality that big, fast, athletic overrides everything else, with soccer IQ, touch, processing the game, and ability to play on that stage not even part of the selection process. By the time the players get to the senior level the ones that have the soccer IQs, touch, etc have been weeded out for the most part and what is left isn't world class soccer players, it's the American ideal. We have no soccer identity, we get a player that has decent touch like Bradley and we think he is the next big thing but in the process from ages 15-23 we had hundreds of players better than Bradley's touch but they didn't pass the athleticism test so they were never given a shot. There is no easy fix and the whole model has to be changed but we don't have the soccer imagination, nor the know how to make that change. My guess is we will hire somebody like Alexi Lalas and double down on the American way. This mentality is rampant throughout the girls and boys club team's "give me an athlete and I will mold them into a soccer player" mentality. It is backwards and it is costly on the world stage. The men have been a disaster on the world stage with the exception of some isolated moments and the women have had a huge head start for a couple of decades and now the world has closed that gap as they invest in the women's game. Until coaches at all levels put soccer IQ, ability to read the game with and without the ball, and touch ahead of big, fast, and athletic we will repeat this nightmare over and over again.