John Napier on Youthful Soccer Dreams
Almost every kid I have talked to or coached over the last decade and longer, both at the competitive youth level and or ODP level share the same soccer dream.
When I have asked them what they wanted to be when they get older, the universal answer has always been the same, "I want to be a soccer player, and play at a high level"
This has happened no matter what age, or sex of the player. Regardless of the youth soccer player's level, the answer is always the same. Today's youth soccer players see the limelight of the famous TV soccer stars such as "Messi, Neymar, or Ronaldo." Kids now watch universal soccer stars from all over the world. This gives them the excitement of dreaming, "I can do that."
I love to hear this because it shows me that we, in America, have come a long way in the sport.
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