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Discussion in 'Youth National Teams' started by GersMan, Oct 27, 2003.
Sounds like most of the U20 players are leaning towards going pro.
It was very nice to read that Santa Clara's coach was supportive of this decision and actually, it sounded like, encouraging his players to leave after their junior years because they'll get shafted by MLS if they wait.
Great article, thanks!
Best part from the article:
Despite playing forward and attacking midfield most of his life, Cameron knows that at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, there is a chance he’ll be switched to central defense at the next level.
“I have no problem with that,” he said. “Like I said, my ultimate goal is to become a professional soccer player. If any of these coaches see a need for me to play in the back or that’s the way I’m going to make it, fine. That’s why they are professional scouts and professional coaches, they understand what it’s like to be a professional. I just want to be successful.”
When you factor in that quote with this one, Cameron sounds like one grounded kid.
“We understand why this was postponed and what the postponement meant for us,” said Cameron, a powerful junior forward. “When we came back for this season, this school year, we knew what we were getting into. Yeah, it’s a sacrifice but compared to the sacrifice that a lot of guys our age who are in the military are making, it’s nothing. Those guys are risking their lives to ensure that we’re a safer country on a whole. Putting your life on the line is the ultimate sacrifice so ours is minor compared to that. That’s how we look at it and we make a minor adjustment and make the best of it.”
I also find this intriguing:
"Grabavoy could return to Monaco and Marshall has, according to sources at U.S. Soccer, drawn the interest of top clubs in Spain and Italy."
Anyone know anything about what clubs are interested in Marshall? He's been to Europe a lot with the 20s and 17s, including to Spain just before the college season started, so I'm sure he's been evaluated by a lot of top clubs.
Gersman, you're such a tease. Could you at least give us a hint how much interest these BIG teams have for him?
Since it's relevant to this thread, here are the college stats of the kids mentioned in the article.
Steve Cronin, GK, Santa Clara (11-2-3)
15 games, 15 starts, 36 saves, 0.60 g.a.a.
Ford Williams, GK, North Carolina (10-2-3)
11 games, 11 starts, 30 saves, 0.85 g.a.a
Drew Moor, D, Indiana (8-3-4)
13 games, 13 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0.68 team g.a.a.
Ryan Cochrane, D, Santa Clara (11-2-3)
16 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0.53 team g.a.a.
Jordan Harvey, D, UCLA (14-1)
12 games, 6 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists
C.J. Klaas, D, Washington (9-2-2)
13 games, 13 starts, 3 goals, 5 assists
Chad Marshall, D, Stanford (2-12-2)
15 games, 15 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1.50 team g.a.a.
Heath Pearce, D, Portland (7-7-0)
14 games, 11 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1.17 team g.a.a.
Knox Cameron, F, Michigan (12-5)
17 games, 17 starts, 11 goals, 9 assists
Ned Grabavoy, M, Indiana (8-3-4)
15 games, 14 starts, 10 goals, 6 assists
He's going to Albacete? Who wouldn't be proud to see an American suiting up for "El queso mecanico"?
No mention of Wake Forest's midfielder Justin Moose? Last I heard he was very much in the picture. Has something changed?
His season stats: Wake Forest (11-3-0)
That's a good question. Presumably he's still in the mix. Granted, he didn't make the trip to Spain or get called in for the Japan friendly, but that could be as much to do with conflicts with the college season than anything else. (And, Cameron and Grabavoy didn't make either of those, as well.)
Moose is likely still in the picture but I doubt that both he and Grabavoy will make the team. It will likely be either-or though it could be neither as Rongen could just opt to take Craig Capano since he doesn't play much for the Fire, anyway.
Justin will not be going to UAE.
He's definitely showed some potential however and I think he have a fine pro career with a chance at international status.
For now, I imagine he's focusing on trying to win a national championship.