We have a wealth of talented American players, but too many American coaches lack the ability to "recognize" soccer talent, the knowledge to "develop" soccer talent and the personal integrity to select players based on their soccer playing abilities alone. The ignorance and self-serving politics of high school soccer coaches is seriously undermining the development of America's soccer youth. I have no idea how or why American high school coaches select one player over another. It's hard for me to understand how so many hockey and football players find themselves wearing soccer uniforms on high school soccer fields. The only thing I know for certain is that the player selections of American high school coaches have nothing whatsover to do with soccer skill, soccer intelligence or an individuals abilitly to play soccer. While the following is an extreme example of what I mean, it is nonetheless true. I personally know an American high school soccer coach who cut a deal with a club coach to select his club's players no matter how much more capable and deserving players from other clubs might be. In return, the club coach selects the high school coach's players no matter how much more capable and deserving players from other high schools are. As a result, more capable and deserving players are deliberately being left on the bench or off the roster. Not because they are inferior soccer players, but because they don't play on the RIGHT club or RIGHT high school team. Player selections aren't based on player performance. They're pre-determined by an agreement between two unscrupulous American soccer coaches. Before anyone accuses me of sour grapes or having a personal axe to grind, I'm not a parent or ex-employee. I know coaches and players and parents on both the club and high school teams I'm referencing. I'd like to hear about the experiences others have had with American high school soccer coaches, both positive and negative. I believe the worst thing about American soccer is American coaches. The second worst thing is American referees. What do you think?