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There’s a certain level of criticism regarding the state of the beautiful game in the United States that is fair. However, when unsuccessful players from Generation Y (millennials) or Generation Z lob complaints about the development system or soccer infrastructure as the primary reason for their failure, I find that to be completely absurd. Let’s debunk these ridiculous excuses here and now.
I want to begin by stating that there are undoubtedly some players who have fallen through the cracks over the years. No system is perfect and there will be those who falter because of a faulty system. However, I take umbrage when former players blame the soccer system in America as the reason why they “never made it,” or worse, when parents state it as the reason their child didn’t make it.
There are shining examples of young players who are showing the various paths to success such as Alphonso Davies who made his debut for the Vancouver Whitecaps at 15 or Gianluca Buso who was the second-youngest player to sign with an MLS club since Freddy Adu. Olivia Moultrie, who turned pro at 13, is now training with the Portland Thorns.
Bottom line, if you didn’t make it it’s because you weren’t good or hungry enough.
Nearly Endless Opportunities
Aspiring soccer players have a plethora of options available to them here in America. There is an overwhelming number of choices across all levels from free-to-play, pay-to-play, clinics, private coaching, outdoor facilities, public parks, indoor venues — the list is nearly endless.
This is not to say that . . .