Former YNT "Catching up..." Thread

Discussion in 'Youth National Teams' started by Dave Marino-Nachison, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    #1 Dave Marino-Nachison, Jun 10, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
    Mods, feel free to close or move this if you think it's inappropriate here.

    I wondered whether there might be some use for a thread covering somewhat off-the-radar former YNT players -- while they're obviously not eligible for youth tournaments any more, their stories may be interesting or instructional in some way.

    The idea came up while reading about '92 Nick Palodichuk. In this profile, his tone is seemingly not that of somebody 100% determined to go pro when he finishes college. (This upcoming season at Duke will be his senior campaign.) Perhaps he's just kind of ... had enough. Who knows.

    As his final season at Duke approaches, opportunities lie ahead for Palodichuk. But he doesn't know professional soccer will be among them.

    "It depends how this season goes and if not (soccer), maybe law school or an MBA," Palodichuk said. "There's always other opportunities. We'll have to see how it plays out."
    http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/jun/09/palodichuk-playing-for-pro-possibility/

    He looked good with the U17s and I watched him play a bit early on at Duke -- during which he looked pretty much like a surefire pro prospect with size, decent physical ability and a mature, clean game that seemed almost effortless. Admittedly, I didn't realize the extent of his injury issues, which basically cancelled out his sophomore year.

    College bio: http://tr.im/5lcsy
     
  2. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Felix Garcia is starting tonight for the Laredo Heat against Houston in the USOC.
     
  3. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    The Heat lost 1-0, but Felix played 90 minutes in a strange one in which it finished 10v10 with Tyler Deric getting ejected.

    Laredo Heat: Jorge Luis Ortega; Adam Villavicencio, Matthiew Braem (Ejected 40), Francisco Roberto Lara, Genaro Yair Hernandez; Salvador Luna, Jose Angel Hernandez (Rafael Ferreira 70), Juan de Dios Ibarra-Trevino (Miguel Fernandez Jimenez 66); Daniel Gustavo Garza, Felix Garcia, Irving Heriberto Villanueva (Orlando Esteban Bayona 57)
    http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2014/06/match-recap-houston-dynamo-1-laredo-heat
     
  4. Werdman89

    Werdman89 Member+

    May 27, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Definitely a bit of a Latin feel to Laredo. I'm not familiar with almost all of those players. Could some be eligible for this forum?
     
  5. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Probably, since most PDL teams are fairly well stocked with young players. But in this case, there's no roster on the club or league site and I'm too lazy to look up the rest of the guys.

    I am guessing that Francisco Lara is the Frank Lara who got some U20 looks under Rongen.
     
  6. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    None that I can positively identify. Matthieu Braem is a 94 at Iowa Western CC, but he's French. Genaro Yair Hernandez is a 93 who has played with San Luis U17s in Mexico as well as a Segunda Division club, but I don't think he's American. Jorge Ortega is another 93 who played for Excelsior with Hernandez in Mexico, but I think he's also Mexican.

    EDIT: Kaique Fernandes, who was an unused substitute, is a 94 from Long Island who somehow found his way to Iowa Western CC as well. Kaique Fernandes is also the name of a DJ in Brazil.

    Lastly, Laredo's bench goalkeeper is Will Lukowski ('93), another Iowa Western CC veteran who has just transferred to Indiana.

    Not sure what connection Iowa Western and their coach Jordan Carver have with the Heat.
     
  7. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    It was Garcia who got the ball away and shot it after Deric misplayed it with his feet. Deric then stopped the shot by handling it outside the box and was duly sent off.

    Houston with a surprisingly large number of first-choice players in this one, showing respect for Laredo.
     
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  8. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  9. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    We need a Cheezi Meltz update :D
     
  10. Peter Bonetti

    Peter Bonetti Member+

    Jan 1, 2005
    1970 WC Quarterfinal
    http://meltzsoccer.wix.com/adamjmeltz

    Ask and you shall receive! :D I had a hunch that his "hype machine" was still hard at work. The difference now is that few people are paying attention.
     
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  11. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    #11 Clint Eastwood, Oct 8, 2014
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  12. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    I remember following that team so closely. I could be wrong, but I swear some of those games were streamed as well.
     
  13. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    I remember seeing some of these games, but I can't remember where. In 1999 they probably weren't streamed live...........................?

    The U17 World Cup games might have been on Fox Sports World? [The precursor to Fox Soccer Channel??]
     
  14. Stogey23

    Stogey23 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 12, 1998
    San Diego, CA
    Pretty much my recollection. Streaming seems unlikely back then, but I did follow it a lot on the internet. Even messaged back and forth with Landon a little back then, when his dad first started getting himself in some online arguments.
     
  15. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Most likely they were recorded, divxed and distributed in some RSS feed.
     
  16. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  17. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    The funniest part of the interview to me is that he's taking Yoga classes at Texas A&M with Brek Shea's mom, Kristin Brekken.

    So yes, Brek Shea's first name (Brekken) was his mom's last name (or now rather maiden name).
     
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  18. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Isn't it his middle name? I thought he was "Dane Brekken Shea"
     
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  19. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Oh, you're right. That makes more sense.
     
  20. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  21. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Example number 90870987928346 of why playing in the Mexican youth system doesn't necessarily mean anything. The "success rate" of that particular era was quite low. We talked endlessly and breathlessly about the kids at Tigres. Moises Orozco? Daniel Navarro?

    I think at one point we had five starters on their U20 team, and the only one that's "made it" was the one we stopped caring about..................Uvaldo Luna!

    Edit: I forgot Ocegueda. He still might "make it."
     
  22. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    [​IMG] Daniel Karell @DanielKarell · 20h 20 hours ago
    RT @chriskamrani: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan at Disneyland in Nov. 1999.
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  23. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When is Beckerman retiring?
     
  24. Peter Bonetti

    Peter Bonetti Member+

    Jan 1, 2005
    1970 WC Quarterfinal

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