US Soccer and the Future – Ian Joy
We’veÂ had a couple of games under the new Jurgen Klinsmann ERA and I have to Â admit I’m not surprised to see the US soccer world getting slightlyÂ frustrated.
To them I say … “HOLD ON A MINUTE”
I really like what I see from JurgenÂ and his new approach to the future of US soccer.
AsÂ a US soccer fan I also want to see the National team play beautifulÂ soccer and beat the best teams in the world but lets face it we haveÂ been an average at best National team since the 2002 World Cup and Â have been getting worse year for year.
The young players coming into the team haveÂ not taken the team to the next level. Now the only way forward is toÂ start from scratch and that is what I believe Jurgen has wanted everÂ since he was approached from USÂ Soccer Federation.
In Germany everything isÂ focused solely on youth and building from the bottom upwards. I noticedÂ that from my time there.
Jurgen went through this and now I think wereÂ all going to be going through this together as he puts his plan for USÂ soccer to take over the world into action.
PleaseÂ understand that these views are simply my own personal views and someÂ people may take offense to what I think should happen. No offense isÂ intended.
This country needs to weed out outÂ all of the useless coaches in youth soccer who are only in it for theÂ money and replace them with people who have the experience in soccer orÂ the passion to produce and provide what these kids so desperately want. AÂ chance to emulate their heros!
Gone are the days where kids grow upÂ and play soccer as a past time while their families take a time out. OurÂ kids want to playÂ soccer, They want to learn, They want to be the next Landon Donovan orÂ Clint Dempsey. What a future we have if we do it the right way.
There isÂ no room for error and we’ve heard it all before “US soccer will needÂ about 10 years to win the world cup”. My answer is why not??? We have theÂ kids and resources to make it happen.
MLS hasÂ being going for long enough now for the guys who have played in theÂ league to be asked to give back to the youth generation of America.
PlayingÂ soccer professionally is not just a job, it is a lifestyle and thereÂ should be no greater pleasure than giving back all you have learnt toÂ try and produce the next generation of talent in this country andÂ providing the fantastic fans what they so desperately deserve.
ThereÂ is no shortage of talent in the US and we all are responsible forÂ finding it and bringing it to the forefront. Providing that talent withÂ the opportunity theyÂ need and want instead of simply taking money off their families andÂ putting it in their own pockets.
Our future requires Soccer AcademiesÂ all over Major League Soccer which we see more and more each year. It’s impressive to see what the owners of Major League Soccer haveÂ already achieved. We see where they want to go and all support it.
NothingÂ gives me more pleasure than to see former players like Scot “One T”Â Thompson from the Portland Timbers working his socks of day after dayÂ sharing his life experiences as a soccer player with all of the youngÂ kids in Portland or Alecko Eskandarian (@alecko11) as young as he is beingÂ installed as youth technical director of the Philadelphia Union.
What aÂ great way to set an example to other players and former players of MLS.Â These guys have dedicated their lives and future into making thisÂ country better at the youth soccer level and kids will only get betterÂ and better underÂ their guidance.
In the end the question willÂ be how much time will Jurgen have at the helm of US soccer and I reallyÂ hope they will stick by him for a long time.
However this is a resultsÂ business and if we don’t see the results on the field the Federation mayÂ not be patient enough to see what’s hopefully coming in the future andÂ that is where we all come in, us, the fans of soccer in this country.
We allÂ have a responsibility to provide our children the best possibleÂ opportunity to become professional soccer players by putting them intoÂ the right soccer schools learning from the right people.
One day we will all celebrate together our soccer success!
On a sad note, I would like to send my condolences to Bobby Rhine’s family on their loss of a great man whose passion for the game was there for all of us to see.
He may be gone but he will never be forgotten as his legacy as a Dallas soccer legend will live on forever more.
- Ian Joy