FUEL Soccer Talk for 12/14: New Mexico Youth Soccer Partnership, Connor Wickham’s Overhead Kick, Dennis te Kloese heads to LA Galaxy

New Mexico Youth Soccer to partner with online coaching platform, The Coaching Manual. (NMYSA)

The dynamic relationship between sports and technology if permeating all levels of sports. The partnership between New Mexico Youth Soccer and the Coaching Manual is just another example.

What this partnership brings the NMYSA is a variety of resources and coaching tools which will be available and actively distributed to all coaches in the state.

“Over the next 12 months we will be sending out weekly emails that include a featured practice activity”

It’s great to see technology continuously adopted and integrated into the playing and coaching process. The Coaching Manual is providing the services for free with paid options available if people were interested.

What technology would you want implemented in your local league?

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace U23 scores on an overhead kick (Reddit)

Connor Wickham overhead kick for Crystal Palace U23 from soccer

What’s the craziest shot you’ve pulled off? 

Dennis te Kloese appointed as the new GM of LA Galaxy (Soccer Wire)

Dennis te Kloese will spearhead the search for the next LA Galaxy head coach. He will also be in charge of managing both the LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy . When asked about his new position, Kloese was grateful and excited.

“I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the LA Galaxy and look forward to strengthening all soccer operations within this club,”

Kloese has an outstanding resume and it’s no surprise he got the job. Kloese is fluent in 4 languages, English, Dutch, German, and Spanish. This is a key advantage Kloese holds as it allows for direct negotiations with talent from all corners of the world.

His tasks include:
– any player acquisition and scouting
– managing the coaching staff technical staff and youth development programs
– operating the soccer operations budget and team salary cap.

It great to see such a qualified and high profile candidate be the next GM of an MLS team, this shows how the MLS is capturing a larger presence in the world of soccer.

If you were the GM, who would be the first player you acquire?