Today’s post is rated R – for Relevant!!
Showing patience: From the rec team to Manchester City
Every player at every level usually experiences it – the waiting game. And what the great players do is seize their chance once they get it. Young players called up to varsity often have to sit and watch. Even players who make the elite club team often have to wait their turn. From the first rec team to Manchester City, there is a waiting game.
Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez never saw the pitch in Manchester City’s game over the weekend against Arsenal. Two very talented players had to be spectators – welcome to Manchester City! Ilkay Gundogan has warned his City teammates to leave any egos at the door because with such a deep roster, Pep Guardiola is going to have to make some tough decisions.
“If I don’t play I try to support my teammates. That’s what every player should do,” Gundogan told the Daily Mail. “Sometimes we have to put our egos in the second, third, fourth row because we have that huge quality in the squad and nobody can expect to play every single game, all the minutes. We need everyone. We know that we are going into a crucial week for us.”
While you want to impress when you get your chance, there is a danger of trying to do too much. Once on the pitch, players tend to press trying to prove their worth in the short amount of time they have. Let the game come to you and once it does – seize the moment.
Getting on the pitch is earned at practice. Proper Fitness. Listening and paying attention. Focus. Playing smart. Make it hard for the coach not to play you – and you do that at practice.
What can you do at practice to earn one of those 11 spots on the pitch?
MAIN PHOTO: Courtesy of Reuters
Megan’s Dear Soccer: “I’m forever in debt to this beautiful game”
Megan Connolly had quite a career at Florida State. The midfielder from Cork, Ireland, played in 23 games during Florida State’s 2018 NCAA Championship season in her final year as a Seminole. She went out a champion – in more ways than one!
Her many career highlights included All-ACC Second Team (2016); ACC All-Tournament Team (2016); NSCAA All-American First Team (2015); and TopDrawerSoccer National Freshman of the Year (2015).
Connolly, who earned her first senior national team cap in January 2015 against the US Women’s National Team in California, took a few minutes to express what playing soccer for Florida State has meant to her – both on and off the pitch.
It’s a very moving and emotional testiment to hard work, friendship and conquering challenges.
— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) February 3, 2019
What are you grateful for when it comes to the beautiful game of soccer?
U-18 Men’s National Team starts 2019
U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos will direct the camp and has called in 20 players, all born in 2001. All 20 players are age-eligible for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The training camp presents a prime opportunity for the U-18 players to impress Ramos as he prepares a roster for this summer’s tournament in Poland.
U-18 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.), Patrick Schulte (Saint Louis FC; Saint Charles, Mo.)
DEFENDERS (6): Julian Hinojosa Jr. (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas), Kai Lammers (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Erwin Martinez (Real Salt Lake; Gilbert, Ariz.), David Mendoza (Chicago Fire; Chicago, Ill.), Christian Ortiz (Barca Academy AZ; Yuma, Ariz.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colo.), Ethan Bryant (San Antonio FC; San Antonio, Texas), Oscar Cervantes Jr. (LA Galaxy; Indio, Calif.), Emmanuel Haro (Club Tijuana/MEX; San Diego, Calif.), Armando Munoz-Zarate (Colorado Rapids; Albuquerque, N.M.), Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool FC/ENG; Westbury, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Alec Diaz (Seattle Sounders FC II; Issaquah, Wash.), Bryce Duke (Real Salt Lake; Phoenix, Ariz.), Hunter George (Sacramento Republic FC; Lincoln, Calif.), Cameron Harper (Celtic FC/SCO; Roseville, Calif.) Nicholas Hategan (Sacramento Republic FC; Chicago, Ill.), Marlon Vargas (Seattle Sounders II; Renton, Wash.)
What player on the roster are you most excited to see play?
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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