My kid just returned from the 92/93 Region II ODP Developmental Camp (young, I know). With modest exceptions, he reported that pretty much every one of the top-rated players at the camp fit the following description: 1) plays center midfield at club level, 2) quick & shifty, 3) small (this follows from the previous ... most of these 12/13 year olds are 5' 1" or shorter), 4) not blazing fast (ditto), 5) not much defense, 6) doesn't score many goals, 7) godlike in possession, 8) smart passer, 9) can dance on the top of a table with the ball. Work rate wasn't really the issue; some of these guys work hard, others are distinctly "luxury" style players. It's fair to say that unlike Clive Charles, the Region II coaches wouldn't have had much interest in Conor Casey. I picked up my Kevin McShane "Coaching Youth Soccer: The European Way" and checked up on what European youth professional coaches seek in young players: a) speed, b) aggression, c) competitive mindset, d) good technique (great, they're less worried about because they believe they can teach). Ironic -- the Euros follow the stereotype of the American model (fast aggressive hard working athlete), and the Americans follow the stereotype of the foreign model (technique, technique, technique). Thoughts?