FUEL Soccer Talk: Are Weah and Sargent ready?; Girls wrap it up in Vegas; Record sponsor for FA WSL

Kicking around some controversy to get us rolling into the weekend!

Should Weah and Sargent be up on First Team?

It’s not surprising that since the US men’s national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there have been a lot of changes to the USMNT roster.

What’s surprising are some of the moves.

For example, where are Tim Weah and Josh Sargent? Well, we know where they are – with the U-23 team. But new USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter left the rising stars off the roster for a reason – you can decide whether it’s a good reason or a bad reason.

“When we looked at players that were U-23 eligible and weren’t necessarily going to be in our starting group, we had to weigh if it’s more beneficial for them to play full international games at a level where they can gain confidence and potentially bring that back to their clubs,” Berhalter explained on a media conference call Tuesday.

“I spoke to Josh and Tim specifically,” Berhalter added. “They’re young players with a lot of potential. We’re looking at this from the big picture standpoint. The big picture is Tim and Josh have the opportunity to play at the U-23 level and gain experience. I see them very much as part of the group moving forward, this is a way for them to keep playing and get on the field.”

If they are part of the future then why not start the future NOW. They should be playing with the first team and not only getting used to playing the best competition but creating chemistry with their future teammates. If you are good enough to play on the senior team then you should play on the senior team. End of story.

Are Tim Weah and Josh Sargent ready for the U.S. senior team?

U.S. Youth Soccer girls complete stay in Vegas

The US Youth Soccer National League 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U Girls completed their third and final day of matches at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex and Kellogg Zaher Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev., alongside the 2019 Players College Showcase. Sunday marked the end of an exciting weekend of National League Girls games, as the final day of play in Las Vegas saw six teams secure division titles. Meanwhile, two divisions will need an additional game to determine the champion.

All division winners punch tickets to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan., while runners-up in the 19U age group also earn a berth to Nationals. Additionally, several sides in the 14U-18U age groups earned an automatic spot to compete in the league again next season.

Many teams in pursuit of division titles on Sunday found themselves in must-win situations. That was the case for 17U Pipeline 02 Pre-Academy Spirit (MD), which was able to pull away for the win it needed to secure the Blue Division title. Three clubs — Lou Fusz (MO), TFA Elite (OH-S) and Utah Celtic (UT) — have managed to win multiple girls division titles, as each claimed two. Of the 20 girls division titles secured so far, no state association has claimed more than two, as teams from 13 different state associations have finished in first place.

What can coaches do to calm the nerves of players playing in close games with a lot at stake?


Barclays unveiled as first title sponsor of FA WSL

The Football Association and Barclays this week announced a landmark partnership, the biggest ever investment in UK women’s sport by a brand, with Barclays unveiled as the title sponsor of the FA Women’s Super League with effect from the 2019-20 season.

The multimillion-pound partnership, running until July 2022, will see the top tier of women’s football renamed as the ‘Barclays FA Women’s Super League’ and the introduction of record levels of investment into the women’s game in England.

The new partnership includes The FA and Barclays working together to drive the growth of the women’s game at a grassroots level, with Barclays becoming the lead partner of the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships, a nationwide scheme to help develop girls’ access to football at school.


Should businesses in the US invest more dollars in women’s professional soccer?

 OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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