2018 SheBelievesCup

Discussion in 'MLS/MNT/WNT/EPL/LA LIGA' started by LivingTheDream, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. dk_b

    dk_b Well-Known Member

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    As my son would say, "ts all good . . ." My guess is that many of us have overlapped and watched our girls play against and with each other over the years. And the 2-D world of internet commenting is always devoid of nuance. It would be more enjoyable to have these discussions over a beverage because, in the end, our differences only appear pronounced while I'm guessing we are in agreement way more than it appears. Hey, what about the parents?!! It is one of the casualties of the alphabet soup of youth athletics (my oldest played little league for many years (in addition to travel ball and some low-level competitive soccer) and the community in LL just blew everything else away - our league redrafted every year so by the time he finished, he had had about 95 different teammates (I counted it at one point but don't remember the exact number), all kids whom I coached. It was a throwback experience and as much as I enjoy my girls' different teams, nothing compares to those LL experiences in terms of the social connection. My point: whether PDP, NTC, showcase this, tournament that . . . there was some community among the parents on opposing teams but I see that slipping away)
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    Essentially parents are vicariously living thru their kids and are quite competitive with other parents.

    The kids genuinely like each other and wonder why their parents are helicoptering over their soccer career! Most want their parents to take seat.
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    I look at all these Kool-aid platforms as religions aiming for the same final destination college/WNT.
    Which platform is the best, who has the best trainer, exposure, style, commitments, invite camps, PDP,ODP, iD2,ECNL, GDA...everyone drinks their preferred kool-aid all created by the sport w parents writing that monthly check buying in -
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    Dream, that's my point though. With all the platforms out there, all parents have to do is a little research on what club does the most for its players. Most to me and my daughter is different that what most could mean for another parent/player. If I lived in the Eastbay (along the 680 corridor) I'd send my kids to either Mustang or Lamorinda. If I lived in SF or Southbay, MVLA or EQ no questions. If you have a high performing player that has TONS of potential, why settle for anything less than excellent? Parents, you should want to put your kids in the best position to succeed, regardless of platform goals (college vs. national teams).

    If you're looking for national exposure to YNT and connections, regardless of where you live, EQ is the best and will be better in April when Fusco returns: especially if your kid is younger. There are kids that drive 2-3 hours, 3 days a week for EQ training and it's paying off. One kid going to Cal (and invite to national team camp) and another is 3-4 D1 offers. Again, EQ, Mustang, MVLA, Lamo aren't for everyone. Parents/Players have to pick what's best for what they wanna achieve and how far they're willing to do/go.
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    Definitely agree that from a parent stand point there’s no one size fits all. Committing to that sort of driving isn’t for every family and a lot of kids just wouldn’t want to do it, but there’s no doubt it is almost impossible to get to top D1 schools out of smaller clubs on teams that aren’t really good. If ynt coaches are making mistakes out of the biggest clubs they aren’t even seeing kids out of the smaller and parents who have the resources and a kid with the desire are going to do the driving.

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