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Mexican Pro Teams Poach Mexican Soccer Players in Chicago

Posted July 12th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Many boys in Mexico grow up dreaming of playing soccer in that country’s big leagues. In Chicago, a lot of young Mexican soccer players share that dream, and are lining up for a chance to play south of the border. Scouts from Mexican professional teams are traveling here to poach some of the area’s young players.

Continue here: http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=43111

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Q and A on New Republic Soccer Blog

Posted June 10th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Seen The New Republic’s soccer blog, Goal Post? This thing started a week ago and it is already the best short-form soccer blog I’ve seen. Run by Franklin Foer (How Soccer Explains the World), Goal Post is intelligent, literary, and relevant not just to soccer fans. And I’m not saying that just because they called Boys “a great book.”

Jesse Zwick from Goal Post interviewed me about Boys late last week. The Q and A was posted today. You can see it here:

http://www.tnr.com/blog/world-cup/75440/latinos-and-us-soccer

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“The Kids Are Coming”

Posted June 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Interesting article at ESPN.com about youth players rising through MLS soccer academies.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5219888/ce/us/future-us-soccer?cc=5901&ver=us

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The Southward Pipeline

Posted March 12th, 2010 in Uncategorized by steve

Speaking of Soccer America, I had an interesting conversation with editor Mike Woitalla the other day, when he mentioned this article, a couple of years old, but still relevant. Talented young Mexican Americans, and other young Hispanic soccer players living in the U.S., often are overlooked in a U.S. soccer scouting system that focuses on college athletes and players on expensive club teams.

Players whose clubs are obscure, or who can’t make it to college for one reason or another–usually cost and sometimes immigration status–have been skipping U.S. teams altogether and heading to Mexico, where they seem to have a better chance of being recognized.

To be fair to MLS, some of this may be due to the popularity of soccer in Mexico–there are a lot more teams to try out for–but it also seems to indicate that American clubs aren’t spotting skilled players in their own backyard.

http://www.youthsoccerfun.com/2008/05/pros_and_cons_of_the_southward.html

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