Conversations

FUEL Soccer Conversations for Sept. 18, 2018

Here are the conversations we’re having at FUEL HQ this Tuesday morning.

1. What athletes eat: Soccer player Emily Boyd’s unique brunch recipe

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We all know how important nutrition is to a training regimen, but we also know life happens. That’s why we flagged this piece from ESPN on Emily Boyd’s recipe for Banana and Egg Scramble.

“I know your first thought is, ‘Oh wow that’s a gross combination,'” she says. “But I ask everyone this question: Do you like banana bread? Because this is a fluffier, easier and quicker version of that!”

The entire process takes about 20 minutes, and as Boyd points out, it’s highly customizable.

The best thing about this recipe is you can completely make it your own. Any toppings you want. Don’t have cinnamon? No biggie! Don’t like almond butter? Who cares! Don’t add it! I love adaptable meals that everyone can enjoy.

Nutrition Plan: What are some of the quick and easy meals or snacks that you like to make?  

2. Men’s soccer: Michigan State freshman forward Farai Mutatu’s late goal lifts Spartans over No. 8 Notre Dame

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We had to highlight this incredible play from Farai Mutatu. Not only was his play a huge contributor to his team’s victory, but it’s always nice when it happens in such a spectacular fashion.

NCAA.com writes of the moment:

Mutatu scored the lone goal of the match with time winding down in the 89th minute. Sophomore midfielder Michael Miller started the play with a ball up the left side. Mutatu cut from the left and delivered a curving shot from just inside the elbow 18-yard box, lofting it just past the out-stretched arms of Krutz.

Social Media: Does your team or organization post highlights of great plays from your games to social media? What plays have you made that would make your own personal highlight reel?

3. How Seattle Sounders Academy became one of the best youth systems in the United States: Scouting and Player Identification

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We snagged this article from the Seattle Sounders FC Academy because it provides a fascinating deep dive into the inner workings of the coaching and recruiting process. From a player or parent’s perspective, the recruiting process can seem opaque or byzantine. How does it work on their end?

Under the old system, the coaches might be able to scout prospective players 10 times with their club teams before inviting them into the Academy, while fielding the team’s depth from the tryouts. But with an Academy staff that features twice as many full-time coaches and a full-time scout evaluating the local scene, as well as an expansive network of trusted coaches covering every inch of Washington, the club can watch a local kid play 20-30 games with his club team between the ages of 10-13. And with SDP, they can collect a sample size of 200-plus training sessions if the player stays in the program for all three years.

The scouting process involves much more than just gameplay though.

“Talent identification is: ‘Can we identify a top player?’” he said. “That’s what those tryouts would be. You have 200-plus kids, only ‘X’ number of coaches, so you’re only making a decision on talent identification. Scouting is: the player has been identified ­— he’s a good player, we like him — so scouting is going to see him in his club environment. We’ll talk to his coaches, we’ll talk to his parents, we’ll talk to a rival coach in his league, so we’re not just talking to people in his support network.

Personal Goals: How does your club or organization fit into your goals as a player? If you don’t yet have a club, US Youth Soccer has an easy Club finder tool here