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NCAA: Title Nine, y u mad tho?

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Just be glad I didn’t use the Galumphing Oprah .gif.

U MAD BRO?

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Written by teamongolia

March 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

USA Women’s Youth National Team: You Want What You Want

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I keep a sharp eye on the site statistics here, and while I don’t have very much to boast about (since everyone would rather go to the Website-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named) I have recently come to the same conclusion as my friends at Cross-Conference.

Popular, you're gonna be popu-oo-lar

For more on Megan Jesolva’s younger sister, click here.

Dave Chesler: give the fans what they want, put Jordan Jesolva in the U-20 player pool!

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February 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm

USA Women’s National Team: Ringing in the New Year

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What better way to the ring in the New Year 2011 (and bring in the blog search hits) than with Alex Morgan? (Don’t answer that.)

Question: Why? Answer: Because I can.

So without further ado:

The electronic version of Alex Morgan’s ESPN The Magazine blurb (small picture) (Note that the magazine is the January 10, 2011 edition)

A bigger (less flattering) preview, but I do love the beanie

And of course the highlights video that has Morgan’s own stamp of approval (the massively annoying song that plays during the middle portion of the video is Kat DeLuna’s “Unstoppable”):

Now for the somewhat anticlimactic 2011 WPS Draft next week! As per protocol I will wait for everyone else’s previews and then complain about them.

Mexico Women’s National Team: Yes she did

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Please take a moment to watch this video…you will probably recognize who that young lady wearing 19 is.

That’s right. Teresa Noyola. I remember asking a while ago– “will she or won’t she?” As in, would she or wouldn’t she leave the US Soccer system to play for her motherland? Considering that she’d just worn the USA crest this past summer (as opposed to Perez, who last wore it in 2008 — and Garciamendez, who last wore it when she was 16 or thereabouts but only at a training camp), I hadn’t thought she would go for it so soon.

But she did. Since this video was of a senior national team competition, I can’t see her not being cap-tied.

There goes another expatriate…but not just any expatriate. Unlike Perez and Garciamendez, Noyola has had more presence in the USA youth system, having represented the USA in serious business international competitions since 2007.

Huge loss for US Soccer (although I doubt they’ll realize it), a great coup for Mexico.

EDIT: Money quote from the comments: “If the US doesn’t stop fucking around, they’re going to lose every player ever to have a relative from another country. All the NT will be left with is ex-pat Canadians that got wamboozled by UCLA.”

Written by teamongolia

December 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

WPS: “You can’t buy my love but I will flip through that magazine”

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I haven’t spoken about WPS for a long time. I didn’t even chime in when FC Gold Pride, my hometown team, folded. I was angry and sad for a little while, but then NCAA heated up, the USWNT got in trouble, Alex Morgan suddenly got famous (or as famous as a women’s soccer player not named Mia Hamm can get in the United States), and Lauren Fowlkes got her NCAA championship ring. Morgan and Fowlkes can make my day, any day.

Well, it seems that since FCGP collapsed, so many interesting things have happened. As of this writing, Sinclair, Riley, Bock, Zerboni, and Wilson are going to Western New York Flash (blech what a mouthful). They’ve already got Fountain and Goebel, as you all should know by now — and of course a certain princess is slated to be the #1 2011 WPS draft pick, which WNY owns. I begged WNY to take Carrie Dew and Emma Hayes thanked me for my input. The Washington Freedom’s crazy-ass new owner is sending Freedom fans into conniptions — never seen so much whining in my life — at least, the most whining I’ve seen that wasn’t caused by Hope Solo. The Chicago Red Stars are not showing any signs of life. And, most oddly to me, Kelley O’Hara has been signed by the Boston Breakers, coached by the man who cut her from the 2008 U20 team (and in doing so I firmly believe that he drove a wedge between her and some of those other players). I mean, isn’t she Dennis the Menace to Tony’s Mr. Wilson? (Wonderful analogy, whoever came up with that.)

Other things have happened as well: the U-23s are going to camp again, Tiffany Weimer and co. start Ocho FC, the utopian women’s soccer team (hence it’s perfect and non-existent), Alex Morgan gets interviewed on a blog, and Morgan also did a photoshoot for ESPN the Magazine. Normally I don’t give a rat’s ass for ESPN anything, but OMG OMG, I WANT THAT ISSUE THAT HAS HER PICTURES IN IT, I WANT IT.

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December 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

USA Women’s Youth National Team: Baa Baa Black Sheep

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When people yammer about the United States’ lack of development in women’s soccer, especially at the senior level, they often bring the “the USA U-17s didn’t even qualify!!” meme as part of their argument. Now I won’t argue all of the merits and failures of that, because talking to those people is like talking to a brick wall. However, I will say one thing: it is foolish to blame the USWNT’s crappiness on the failure of the youth system to groom skillful, instead of merely ‘athletic’, players. (This athleticism vs. skill thing has been around forever, I mean, look at gymnastics fans who work themselves in a tizzy over crap that happened in the 1980s!) Rather, the USWNT’s crappiness is due to politics and outright stupidity.

After all, isn’t it true that so many great, ‘skillful’ players fall through the cracks on the way up the US Soccer pyramid — most egregiously demonstrated by people ignoring the better college players in the U-23 pool? Aren’t there WPS players with experience that don’t get what they deserve? The same is happening here to the 2010 U-17s, who, just because they panicked and started screwing up when they couldn’t breach Canada’s 9-person backline, failed to qualify and therefore are doomed to obscurity. Aaron Heifetz was with that team, demonstrating US Soccer’s confidence that they would breeze through those qualifiers, and now I am damn convinced that fat fool, and his bosses, washed their hands of them once they didn’t, pretended that they didn’t exist. Now people are going to believe that players like Olivia Brannon, Alex Doll, Abby Dahlkemper, etc., etc., aren’t really as good as they actually were.

But their problem wasn’t “too-much-athleticism”. The U-17s, in terms of ‘skill’, were superior to the U-20s and the senior team, if not the U-23s as well. If you watched their games, you would know what I mean. They play the pretty soccer that Pia Sundhage only dreamed of having the entrenched, complacent senior team play. Here you can’t trot out the “youth soccer is big business so all they focus on is winning instead of skill! Blah blah” argument here. The U-17s problem was all mental. These were 14-17 year olds, basically kids not groomed in the “let’s sign on to a club and play soccer all the time” player mentality of the Europeans. They were just plucked out of their everyday lives, put through training camps, and then tossed onto the world stage. Of course, Europhiles wish US Soccer, or SOMEBODY, would have implemented some sort of club system like the Germans have for their young players, in order to counteract the mental inexperience factor. Ha ha like that will ever happen.

Look, Canada’s U-20s didn’t qualify for their World Cup either. Morace coached them. And yet I don’t see any Canadians shouting “OMG! The world is ending!” because Morace brought the Canadian senior team through qualifying with a spotless record. No one is yelling that Canada’s development system isn’t working. And in the USA, when the U-17s don’t qualify, and the U-20s don’t get past the quarterfinals, and then the senior team scrapes through on a FIFA playoff thing…well, what? What’s all this “Winning isn’t everything, skill is more important” screed coming from people who also believe that “winning is the way to show that your development system is working”? Wait, only the senior team can win, is it? So why does it matter to the pundits that the U-17s and U-20s are losing, hmm? Oh wait, I forgot — we’re not supposed to care. Silly me! We are only dragging this out because the senior team is playing like crap and Pia isn’t calling up the players from the U-20s who can’t even win their competitions!

The U-20s could have won it all with a different coach, I am pretty well convinced of that. The U-17s deserved to win, if skill was the be-all-end-all. But it isn’t. Canada’s U-17s won because they bunkered and successfully made the Americans second-guess themselves. Nowadays it seems that the USWNT has pretty much distanced themselves from the youth system (thanks so much, Kristine Lilly) so that using the youth teams’ success as a measure of how well or how badly US Soccer develops its players is…contentious, at best.

(And yes I KNOW DiCicco blathered about this in his 2008 U-20 WWC report, I freaking read the thing like twice.)

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November 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Happy Thanksgiving To All

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From the 2008 U-20 Champions to you.

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November 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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