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US Men’s Soccer Under-17s: Luis Gil and the Maturity Quagmire

Published by on November 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLS

The US Under-17s are out of the Fifa U-17 World Cup after a tough loss to Italy.   I saw less of their World Cup play than I wanted, but a few thoughts remain hard to shake.


Maturity is over-rated—at least in soccer.   The game against the UAE reminded me most why watching the occasional youth game is so refreshing: even in a pressure situation the "kids" tend to play with an offense-first mindset and a penchant for flair that will very likely (and sadly) be taught out of them in the pro ranks.  

Our challenge is finding a way to add the professionalism, strength, speed of play/thought that is required to make the next step without squelching the joy of the game.  Not many countries have acheived this.

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