Discussion in 'Colorado Rapids' started by 22SteveD, Jan 6, 2013.
60 minutes will profile Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia tonight @ 6pm
Yeah, wasn't bad. First interview with Messi I have ever seen. Heard he really doesn't grant any interviews he only does Sponsorship appearances if at all.
To compare to Rapids youth program they run 4 teams per age bracket to 13, then 2 teams after and goal is to get 2-3 avg to above avg "la liga" players a year and a superstar every 5. All play the Barca style and formation, no deviation at all.
I liked the videos of players as kids playing. That and Puyol correcting reporter that La Masia is not a football star factory, but so much more even for those who never play the game as a Pro ("everything taught or done there will make them better people in this world" or something similar)
Can we vote Toronto into the West?
Yeah, as bad as some people may see the Smith-Pareja transition, it looks like Harbaugh-Shaw (Stanford football) next to what Toronto did.
Lets hope/ Pray Rapids have someone scouting this, no better place to find a young DP this year.
S. America's U-20 Championship
Just out of curiousity did they mention that American kid Ben Lederman (spelling?) that apparently got picked up at some camp in California. Read an article mentioning he might be or is the first kid from the US ever picked up to play for Barca's youth system. I have no idea if that is fact or not though.
That is true, but he was not in the 60 mins piece at all. Maybe tonights extended version on Showtimes "60 mins Sports" will have him.
I'm not sure if the Herbalife deal with LAG is over or not, but looks a hedge fund manager has set his sights on them calling them a pyramid scheme.
The best part of that business opprotunity? Cheering for Beckham with Herbalife chants!
"Pyramid scheme, pyramid scheme, look who's at the bottom of the pyramid scheme" Best chant ever heard at an LAG game.
Article proving what we already know; soccer players are superior beings.
That Broncos loss sure slammed the door on a lousy 2012 for Colorado sports.
Picked this up in Hanoi on a trip to the Far East last week. No joy on soccer scraves but did see J-League jersies at Tokyo/Narita airport (none American sized). I also got to watch J-league and Bundesliga highlights on the flight over the pond.
For thouse of you from the old days of MLS attendance threads and free ticket giveaways. Here's an article about empty arenas in the NBA and the consumer placing a lower value on freebies. I thought it was interesting.
Thanks for posting very interesting to me
ARCHER STARTS TONIGHT!!!
Goal.com and we all know how reliable they are... is reporting the Frank Lampard is going to the LA Galaxy
Also... did anyone catch the Nigel Reo-Coker to MLS(portland or nyrb) and the US national team from last night?
Brek Shea to Stoke
Aww, no more Shea Pet chants?
This was linked in today's news thread in N&A:
Major League Soccer’s player personnel system becomes a little more transparent (by Jonathan Tannenwald)
Key word there is probably "a little."
No light was shed on allocation money, how contract amounts are translated to cap values, and when contract lengths (and which years are options, etc.) would be better known. And nothing on allocation/lottery situations like last year when Kamani Hill came to the Rapids.
However, the article says two people from the MLS player relations department spoke for an hour at the NSCAA convention, so perhaps someone else will have more. Though Tannenwald is usually thorough.
Really like these little things Philly does:
Players called STH's live to thank ticket buyers, not recorded like Rapids.
This letter they sent out explaining offseason moves.
The Final Whistle: Insider knowledge from team manager John Hackworth
Latest letter to you, our supporters from the manager himself
January 21, 2013
By John Hackworth
To describe this past offseason, I am opening this letter with a famous line from a Grateful Dead song, “what a long, strange trip it’s been.” As coaches, you start preparing for your next season even before the offseason begins – especially when you know you aren’t contending for a championship.
So much of professional sports really is about player selection. We believe we have a really strong group of players (and a young core) that through the experience, maturity and development they endured last year, start at an advanced place this year. It’s also addition by subtraction with the players who you don’t bring back. After just a few days of being with the players, we as a coaching staff feel really good about the group in all ways: soccer, character, personality, motivation and work ethic.
Hackworth's letter is outstanding ... he addressed all the rumors and misconceptions in one honest exchange with the fans. There is a lesson to be learned from this.
Had to share this with everyone because it is just too hilarious. This is the DR Congo's GK goal celebration:
From the ACN I assume?
I'm still trying to figure out what's gone wrong with Cameroon. I notice that ex-Rapid Alain N'Kong has made the roster for some of their recent WCQ's, but losing to Cape Verde? Ouch.
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