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Nick4235
Boston, Mass
Post #16
Friday September 12, 2014 8:33pm

Joined Apr 2013
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Original post from 2tone

Well. I am just taking a guess here: I would imagine that someone of importance in the soccer community has seen this kid play, and has stated that if he were drop other sports that he could have a future in soccer. Because he has dropped Fall Football focus on Soccer. Usually high school soccer is played in the Spring.

I agree about the first part I don't see him turning down scholarships from those schools unless he was fairly certain he'd at least have a chance to progress in soccer. But I dk where your from but almost everywere that I know of has high school soccer as a fall sport.

MSantoine
Post #17
Friday September 12, 2014 8:39pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Also a report came out saying almost 30% of retired nfl players have dementia. That stat right there would scare me from choosing that sport.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #18
Friday September 12, 2014 9:21pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from MSantoine

Also a report came out saying almost 30% of retired nfl players have dementia. That stat right there would scare me from choosing that sport.


Junior Seau was once a figure I looked up to, and seeing what the game did to him (and at such a young age) has soured me on it forever.

hamsamwich
Post #19
Friday September 12, 2014 9:21pm

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I'd imagine a guy with offers from Florida st and Alabama must be a stud in soccer to have even thought about switching... When he played for the bears Devin Hester used to talk all the time about soccer being his favorite sport. Concussions yes, but money and prestige are the real considerations for these kids.

dunlopp9987
Post #20
Friday September 12, 2014 10:14pm

Joined Mar 2013
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Original post from hamsamwich

I'd imagine a guy with offers from Florida st and Alabama must be a stud in soccer to have even thought about switching... When he played for the bears Devin Hester used to talk all the time about soccer being his favorite sport. Concussions yes, but money and prestige are the real considerations for these kids.


Especially kids who have families that aren't very well-off financially. It's an unfortunate reality. The money is there for football and basketball. Not soccer.
COYB!!
Know Nothing
Post #21
Friday September 12, 2014 10:42pm

Joined Jan 2013
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The article on SB Nation says he is from Virginia, where HS soccer is played in the spring. My guess is that he is a central defender and a bit of a project, otherwise we may have heard more about him

stone88
Post #22
Friday September 12, 2014 10:59pm

Joined Aug 2012
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I grew up and played high school soccer in the Richmond Virginia area, yes football in the fall and soccer in the spring. Fork Union Military Academy, about 45 mins way, is NO soccer powerhouse. They have great football and track, but the style and level of soccer played outside of Northern Virginia and Richmond area at the high school level is SHOCKING. Its great that blue chip athletes are really starting to take a hard look at soccer, however I'd be incredibly surprised if this kid had serious skills and hadn't simply just out athleted every other player.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #23
Friday September 12, 2014 11:04pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from dunlopp9987

Especially kids who have families that aren't very well-off financially. It's an unfortunate reality. The money is there for football and basketball. Not soccer.


I was thinking about that earlier...while your statement is partially true, there is a glaring omission: As a percentage of all professional athletes across the globe, soccer has to be one of the, if not THE highest, sport. Players will make much more money in our big leagues, but as a percentage of wages earned by all professional players across the globe, the number starts to look a little more reasonable (of course, this is an estimation based on inference, I have not done the research to verify this).

The fact is that being a professional soccer player is a much more marketable position worldwide than being a professional in any of our "big league" sports.

PubCrawling199
North Carolina
Post #24
Friday September 12, 2014 11:18pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 31
Drake's high school soccer coach is a Polish immigrant who ran track for VCU in college, does not have a soccer background listed in his bio. His position is listed as a striker/sweeper. Game information is limited to goal scorers and he hasn't been one in the past couple games. My best guess if he has any kind of life in soccer, he plays with a club somewhere in Richmond, although he doesn't appear to be with Richmond United, the U.S. Developmental Academy. Maybe I'll take a drive up and check it out.
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USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #25
Friday September 12, 2014 11:35pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from recycledhumans

6'2 and 210? If he's not a central defender then he's a striker, could be a GK but given that he's a highly rated WR I have to imagine he's got too much pace to be stuck in goal.


I was close to 6'2 and 210-15. I played DM and CB. If he's a keeper, he's a keeper regardless of pace.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #26
Friday September 12, 2014 11:37pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,410
Original post from 2tone

Well. I am just taking a guess here: I would imagine that someone of importance in the soccer community has seen this kid play, and has stated that if he were drop other sports that he could have a future in soccer. Because he has dropped Fall Football focus on Soccer. Usually high school soccer is played in the Spring. So again just taking a guess here, but I would imagine he might be in an Academy situation which means he is playing from Fall until Spring.

Just want to add that he is 16 years old. Plenty of time to work on those technical skills.


Depends on where you live. Up north the season is in the fall, down south it's the spring. It varies on location. As far as being 16 and plenty of time to work on technical skills....not really. The foundation should already be there, you can improve from 16-20ish but not drastically and not enough to close the gap in top tier players.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #27
Friday September 12, 2014 11:47pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,410
Original post from recycledhumans

I was thinking about that earlier...while your statement is partially true, there is a glaring omission: As a percentage of all professional athletes across the globe, soccer has to be one of the, if not THE highest, sport. Players will make much more money in our big leagues, but as a percentage of wages earned by all professional players across the globe, the number starts to look a little more reasonable (of course, this is an estimation based on inference, I have not done the research to verify this).

The fact is that being a professional soccer player is a much more marketable position worldwide than being a professional in any of our "big league" sports.


Athletes in the NFL and NBA generally make more money. The top players in those sports makes more in wages than top in footie....the difference that the top players in footie make up the difference and make more is in endorsements and sales from kits, etc. US footie players won't make the endorsements of their foreign counterparts so NFL and NBA will always make more than US footie players.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #28
Saturday September 13, 2014 1:27am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,574
Original post from USnLFCfan

Depends on where you live. Up north the season is in the fall, down south it's the spring. It varies on location. As far as being 16 and plenty of time to work on technical skills....not really. The foundation should already be there, you can improve from 16-20ish but not drastically and not enough to close the gap in top tier players.


Not everyone develops the same. Tell that to Didier Drogba who basically started playing Soccer seriously in his late teens early twenties.

But who knows. I am not expert on such things, and more than likely none of us are psychological experts on the human desire to succeed.

Never once did it say he just recently picked up soccer. My guess the foundation is already there. The article stated that he wants to focus on Soccer now. Which implies he played both sports growing up.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #29
Saturday September 13, 2014 1:31am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,574
Original post from Nick4235

I agree about the first part I don't see him turning down scholarships from those schools unless he was fairly certain he'd at least have a chance to progress in soccer. But I dk where your from but almost everywere that I know of has high school soccer as a fall sport.


I guess it varies across the country. My bad shouldn't have made a sweeping generalization of when it's played.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #30
Saturday September 13, 2014 1:35am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,574
Good luck to him regardless. Even if he decides Football maybe the better option down the road, at least the kid is giving soccer, what seems to be a dream of his, a shot.

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