There's this view, often propounded, that the USA will allways be behind the curve in the world because are practices are too structured, our kids are "over-coached", we don't play enough street ball, and pick up games. Well, I saw this quote today from Houston Rockets scout Tony Ronzone, in the wake of the Team USA basketball debacle. I thought it was VERY interesting, and very applicable to our own soccer situation. Moderators, of course, feel free to move this thread where appropriate. Here's is what Tony said: "In Europe, they're all about developing players. It's old-school....all skills-based. In Europe and Asia, kids shoot 300 to 500 jumpers a day. Out kids are playing [pickup] games, and they may be getting 15 shots in those games. Here in America, we're losing ground. Our AAU programs are killing us because kids aren't developing. I drive by our neighborhood courts, and our rims are bent. I drive through Europe and China, the the rims are straight. What does that tell you? Their kids are shooting. Our kids are dunking."