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Scout92
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Post #1
Thursday January 2, 2014 7:45pm

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Well I've been keeping track of this kid awhile now, ever since he was a U14. I saw him play in the National Champ. against chicago magic and he was just on another level, best player on the field. Kept track of him ever since. Then I saw him play in the Dallas cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt, again he was easily best player on the field. Which led me to believe he could easily play in Europe, well he made it into the Nike Academy in England and again as the coach in the video below says "best player on the field". Video showing him make it into the Nike Academy.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=75561769...

Well he is headed back to England, back to the academy. "Amirgy Pineda is off to England today. The Rangers wish you all the best!!! pic.twitter.com/s1iTBorgKH
" via Fullerton rangers twitter page. Wish him good luck! I know any pro academy would be lucky to have him. He should get a deal after the academy.

Here is some highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k20nwSDw5Wo

Chrisou101
Post #2
Thursday January 2, 2014 7:46pm

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Is he related to Victor pineda by any chance?

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #3
Thursday January 2, 2014 7:51pm

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Original post from Chrisou101

Is he related to Victor pineda by any chance?


Nope.

Chrisou101
Post #4
Thursday January 2, 2014 7:52pm

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Ah got it, just by watching the highlights gives me hope that he can succeed at Nike's academy and for the US.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Thursday January 2, 2014 8:12pm

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Wow. Very Messi like with his dribbling and acceleration. I think there has been interest from Mexico. USSF might want to keep him close.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #6
Thursday January 2, 2014 8:20pm

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Original post from 2tone

Wow. Very Messi like with his dribbling and acceleration. I think there has been interest from Mexico. USSF might want to keep him close.


Doubt he switches, maybe if his parents want him to but doubt it..he has been part of the US youth teams since U14 age group and he was on the U17 squad that won the tournament on japan. And would be on the U18 squad that just got released but he had Nike academy obligations. US holds him in high regards.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Thursday January 2, 2014 8:20pm

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Typical English comments about him. "He hasn't developed physically at all." At least they have the sense to acknowledge his skills.

I guarantee you the English would never have taken Messi into one of their academies because he was small. This is why England will continue to fail at the international level.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #8
Thursday January 2, 2014 8:23pm

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Original post from 2tone

Typical English comments about him. "He hasn't developed physically at all." At least they have the sense to acknowledge his skills.

I guarantee you the English would never have taken Messi into one of their academies because he was small. This is why England will continue to fail at the international level.


Haha yeah..we can see from the highlights I posted that he can hold the ball up well against bigger opposition. He muscles a few kids bigger than him off the ball too.

blaise213
Post #9
Thursday January 2, 2014 9:05pm

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Original post from 2tone

Typical English comments about him. "He hasn't developed physically at all." At least they have the sense to acknowledge his skills.


Funny you just wrote that, I was about to post that he needs to hit the gym when he turns 18. I guess my inner english heritage came out.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #10
Friday January 3, 2014 12:29am

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One thing I know for certain is that technical skill with the ball and dribbling with pace regardless if you are 5'6" or 6'0" will always trump a physical specimen that lacks technical skill.

Amirgy has skill and good pace the the ball, and he has that low center of gravity that allows him to ride physical challenges.

I am sure he will put on some muscle as he gets older.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #11
Wednesday January 8, 2014 11:18pm

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Been looking at The Nike Academy's facebook page and it seems they are in the gym quite a bit. Amirgy should come back a way stronger player.

Here is a workout they do for power.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=77430160....138127412881296&type=2&theater

dolcem
Post #12
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:01am

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Original post from 2tone

One thing I know for certain is that technical skill with the ball and dribbling with pace regardless if you are 5'6" or 6'0" will always trump a physical specimen that lacks technical skill.

Amirgy has skill and good pace the the ball, and he has that low center of gravity that allows him to ride physical challenges.

I am sure he will put on some muscle as he gets older.


This. I can't stand how a lot of Americans think height matters in soccer. It can matter, but there usually isn't a disadvantage to being short.

Short people with short legs and a low center of gravity can be much more agile than tall people. If you want an American example, think of Barry Sanders.

In Argentina, they call these players "culo bajo" (low assed). In this group you get Maradona, Messi, Tevez, and Aguero, short guys with short legs who are very agile and surprisingly strong on the ball. Just because you're light weight or don't bench press a lot doesn't mean you won't be forced off the ball easy. A bigger, stronger, taller guy will have a hard time tackling the smaller person because he's too high up. Another American example would be blocking: if you don't get the defensive lineman down low, he's going to be able to drive you backwards even if he is weaker than you. It's a similar thing in soccer. I've seen posters on here (not naming names) try to argue that one player is stronger than another just because he is taller and weighs more, and it's a really stupid argument.

Too many short, successful players anyway, and how many good tall players on there? Tall people are usually too clumsy to play soccer.
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Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #13
Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:48pm

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Just an update on Pineda, seems he couldn't cut it at the Nike academy as it says in the article below coaches said he wasn't big or strong enough for the competition they would be facing. http://www.ocvarsity.com/articles/goals-71979...

From their Facebook page it looks like he is back with Fullerton Rangers as they compete for a third National Championship.

unitedfc6
Post #14
Thursday March 27, 2014 12:56am

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I'm surprised he hasn't joined a development academy team

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #15
Thursday March 27, 2014 3:23am

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Maybe those same coaches should be watching players like Raheem Sterling and Coutinho. I really can't stand English coaches. They effed American soccer hard when all of those Deuche bags came over from England during the 80's and 90's to collect paychecks from traveling Elite teams. That alone set American soccer back 10 years.

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