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FUEL Soccer Talk: Changing perception of MLS; US Soccer Annual Meeting; Texas (Tech) size feat

Let’s kick around a few things, shall we! 

Is the perception of MLS stars in Europe improving?

Julien Laurens joins Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop, Paul Mariner and Adrian Healey on ESPN FC to talk about talented MLS stars like Miguel Almiron, Tyler Adams and Alphonso Davies making moves to European clubs. Is MLS becoming a selling league while showcasing young talent? It was a very interesting discussion kicking around several different topics and scenarios.

Interesting conversation – what points do you agree or disagree with? 

Behind the scenes at the US Soccer General Meeting

Miki Turner, the excellent writer covering the greatest game for the greatest sports section, had a nice piece on the recent US Soccer Annual General Meeting in Arizona. Turner walks us through his time covering the conference from a media member’s perspective. Great read!
Here is a sample:
“This was my first AGM meeting. While I’d been to conferences similar to this, it was certainly a unique experience, especially as a media member. Interestingly, most people were quite friendly and happy to chat about what they thought about the Federation (good and bad). Most of the concerns of the individual associations (Youth, Adult) were “local” issues; one complaint I heard repeatedly centered around the fees they pay to the Federation. This is basically an annual complaint; last year there was an attempt to lower or waive the fee, but as with this year, it went nowhere.”
Make sure you check out the rest: https://socceresq.com/2019/02/19/back-from-the-us-soccer-annual-general-meeting-in-arizona/

What are some of the “local” issues you would like to see US Soccer address? 

Texas (Tech) sized feat for Red Raiders

Photo courtesy Texas Tech University

Many college programs all over the USA are announcing their spring schedules as the players look to get back into the swing of things outdoors. Texas Tech is one of those programs and the girls’ team will hit the pitch with a great sense of pride this year.
Carly Wickenheiser and Cassie Boren became the first two from a stacked batch of Texas Tech seniors who concluded their Red Raider careers in 2018 to sign professional contracts this month. Wickenheiser will be the third former Red Raider to join Sweden’s Elitettan division this off-season after signing with Möron BK, while Boren agreed to terms with UMF Selfoss in Iceland’s Úrvalsdeild league.
Over the last six years, the Red Raiders have sent 12 players into the professional ranks – quite an amazing accomplishment. Take a Texas-size bow Red Raiders!
For the rest of Jeremy O’Brien’s story: https://texastech.com/news/2019/2/15/womens-soccer-wickenheiser-boren-ink-first-pro-contracts.aspx

MAIN PHOTO: Courtesy of Daily Express

LET’S TALK: 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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