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Post #106
Saturday September 21, 2013 3:28am

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Original post from MSantoine

Another thing people need to start thinking is soccer age is vastly different from other sports (its similar to NBA but thats really it). 18-19 is young. 23 is in your prime


It's not that different. I would also have to say that, no matter what sport you are in, your prime isn't one year. I imagine that the prime would be like 23-27..some earlier and some later.

dolcem
Post #107
Saturday September 21, 2013 4:06am

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Original post from MSantoine

Another thing people need to start thinking is soccer age is vastly different from other sports (its similar to NBA but thats really it). 18-19 is young. 23 is in your prime


Thank you!

A lot of people here don't really understand this. They think it's like American sports. They'll be like "he's only 23, lots of room for improvement" when a lot of players peak around then or even before that. If we look at most of the best players they usually were superstars before age 23. Center mids and defenders tend to develop a bit later (and of course goalies as well) but attacking players are usually very good as teens and are as good as they'll ever be by their early 20's. Guys like Falcao (who was very good as a teen but didn't peak until last season, at the age of 25-26) are an exception.
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Fraser31
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Post #108
Saturday September 21, 2013 6:18am

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I was under the impression that it was widely accepted that the "prime" years were mid to late 20's. A lot of maturity coupled with lingering athleticism.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #109
Saturday September 21, 2013 7:23am

Joined Dec 2012
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Original post from Fraser31

I was under the impression that it was widely accepted that the "prime" years were mid to late 20's. A lot of maturity coupled with lingering athleticism.


They are your prime years..19 to 23 is still raw talent, some players do mature quicker than others. You need the experience to go into your "prime years", playing top level or international.

dolcem
Post #110
Saturday September 21, 2013 8:09am

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Original post from Fraser31

I was under the impression that it was widely accepted that the "prime" years were mid to late 20's. A lot of maturity coupled with lingering athleticism.


The thing is that by then most players have had injuries that have slowed them down. Even if they haven't, they have played so many games by that point that wear and tear has done the trick. A lot of players have clearly slowed down and/or can't go a full 90 by the time they are in their early 30's.

Look at any great attacking player and most of them were prodigies in their teens. Sergio Aguero played professionally when he was barely 15 and was a star by 16-17. This doesn't happen in American sports. Soccer players develop earlier (yet another reason the academy system is absolutely essential and the high school/NCAA system is seriously holding us back).
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munns5986
Post #111
Saturday September 21, 2013 1:05pm

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I disagree. An athlete's prime can be anywhere from early 20s to early 30s with the way athletes take care of their bodies these days. Yes injuries can affect your play but that goes for everyone.

To me an American soccer player's prime is probably more toward their late 20s for now. To go along with being at top athletic ability you also have to have put in the time to reach your peak. Other countries players are starting to play at an earlier age so they are reaching their peak sooner. There is a saying that says you have to put in 10,000 hours to be great at something. American players are now starting at an earlier age so you will see an American's prime start to align with other countries players.

MSantoine
Post #112
Saturday September 21, 2013 5:49pm

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Most of the top soccer players started getting national team looks before age 20. Take Italy for example.
Buffoon-19
Chellini-20
De Rossi-21
Thiago-21
Balotelli-20
El Shaarawy-19

tylercocinas
Post #113
Saturday September 21, 2013 10:06pm

Joined Aug 2012
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News outlets are reporting that TBoyd is on West Hams radar. Talk about a step up in competition from the Austrian Bundesliga.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #114
Sunday September 22, 2013 1:20am

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Original post from tylercocinas

News outlets are reporting that TBoyd is on West Hams radar. Talk about a step up in competition from the Austrian Bundesliga.


Yeah saw that article earlier, would be an awesome move. Lazio or Udinese would be good too.

Mojofc
Post #115
Thursday November 7, 2013 9:53pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Header from close range by Boyd ties the game 1-1.

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chillguy1992
Post #116
Thursday November 7, 2013 11:14pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 413
Boyd with 2 goals today. He is tearing up the europa league and austrian league. I think he will end up moving after the world cup. Although if he feels his place is threatened he might just move in winter to try to stay in the 23.

stone88
Post #117
Thursday November 7, 2013 11:40pm

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The man is a monster in the air!

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #118
Thursday November 7, 2013 11:41pm

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West Ham, hmm. Could be a good move, but then again his competition will be Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole as a target striker. Carroll gets injured often so he may get some looks.

stone88
Post #119
Thursday November 7, 2013 11:48pm

Joined Aug 2012
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The goals- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y9Gg14ZyHU

recycledhumans
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Post #120
Thursday November 7, 2013 11:49pm

Joined Nov 2012
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I don't think he should try to rush a move just yet. I don't think his place in the 23 is in doubt, he's my (and I would imagine most people as well) third choice striker behind Jozy and IceBacon, and since I want to see both those two on the pitch at once, Boyd for me is the first sub.

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