Tag Archives: sereno

Arizona Youth soccer

I saw this posted on Yahoo and had to copy it as I think it is so spot on.  The writer is right that there are way to many clubs in Arizona and the ECNL teams fighting over players as that is revenue instead of doing hat is best for Arizona soccer and only having one team.  Both of those teams mentioned below (I think) are watered down and should be one team, without a roster of 25 and only have the best players represent Arizona.  This goes for the boys and girls teams, limit how many teams one club can have, maybe a total of 10-12 boys and girls teams through state level competition maximum. There are players on one of the ECNL teams who were marginal players on my kids club team the last few years. Heck one player who made the ODP team was a “last 3 on one of my kids teams, but if you want to pay the fees and do all of that travel to play 10 minutes so you can boast your kid plays on that team, more power to you.  It isn’t all about talent, it is about handing over that check.

If they want to make an impact in player development they need to cap the club teams based on population of players. In Arizona club teams have popped up everywhere for one purpose, making $$$. Thus players go to different teams as they perceive starting on a clubs top team is better than being a bench player on another team so what has happened is there is so much parody in general that all teams have similar records, no real standout teams are present and development stalls. Year to year these parents switch what teams their kid is on in the “grass is greener” mindset,then discover it is the desert- and they switch again.
There are 2 ECNL teams for the under 16 girls age group, they both lose or tie to state level teams and struggle out of state-thus the top talent is not on those teams. Consolidate these teams to half of what is out there and then they can compete against the California, Texas and Eastern teams.
If coached correctly headers are minimal impact to the head, players aren’t ready to head a ball coming in at 70+ miles per hour, shouldn’t be at that level.”

Headers, yeah good coaching can help that.

Vegas soccer tourney 2015

What’s  up good people?  I am trying to get back in the flow of real life after being in Lost Wages Nevada for a soccer tournament my daughters team was in. The tournament itself was ok. Team did…ok. I don’t know what is up with the girls lately but they are getting back in the habit of playing down to the level of their competition. On top of that this is the 3rd “coaches cup” or whatever that promises the attention of 100+ college coaches, mostly D1. Like the last one in Arizona, the Sereno coaches cup. What a joke. You pay double what a regular tournament is to get exposure to college coaches and the only one we saw was from Grand Canyon and that is because the GC director of coaching is my daughters team coach. It is nothing but a big money grab.

We met a childhood idol of mine, Pete Rose. Pretty cool. even if you don’t like him I do.

A few things I noticed about Las Vegas.  Their traffic lights are a total joke.  I thought it was a scam set up by the taxi companies to get more money from tourists going down the strip-wait time-but it is the same out of the strip area. People of Vegas, 90 seconds for a stoplight to change is a joke.

Pine tress.  I was very surprised to see so many pine trees in Vegas.  Almost 1 for every palm tree.

Apartments.  There must be a huge transient population in Las Vegas because large apartment complexes are everywhere.

Finally, Panda Express.  Is there one in every strip mall and every 5th street corner in town?  It is crazy.  There are also a lot of Asian restaurants there so the Las Vegasians must really love them some wontons and Kung Pao.

Anyway here are some pictures from along the way.


IMG_3822 tumblr_nje27jjJ5q1sp0w9lo1_500










IMG_3822 IMG_3779




The 100 yard long basketball courts.  WTF?

The 100 yard long basketball courts. WTF?

%d bloggers like this: