Klinnsman’s Latin Flavor… The Rise of Latino-American Generation

NOTE: this developed from a question in response to the E Pluribus Unum post.  I answered there and decided to develop it more here. 

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While it is true we are all focused on the duel passport-holders because of their prominence in the World Cup Squad, the true development of our nationals’ teams future lies in two areas: getting more urban youth involvement in the game and more young Latino/a players who are willing to commit t to playing for the US National Teams.

For the moment, I am going to focus on the rise of Latino generation.  This is always less of an issue for the women’s team offers unique opportunities for female players, so it is primarily the focus of the USMNT.

Klinnsman’s World Cup squad features at least three players of Hispanic ancestry: Omar Gonzales, Ale Bedoya, and Nick Rimando; additionally Joe Corona went to camp; and Liga MX based defender DMB will most likely start.   He has regularly called up Herc Gomez in Qualifying but since he did not play regularly for the Xolo and was actually just loaned out to Tigres, he was not a viable option for the Cup squad.

Where the real push to bring in Hispanic-America players is at the U-21 (and younger)  team level.  USSF/Klinnys seem heavily invested in developing young talent born in America, who could be/are duel passport holders with Mexico especially.

The first ever Under-21 Camp was held last April 20-24 at the National Training Session at Carson, CA.  Of the 21 players called-up, according to MLSsoccer.net’s Scott French, nearly half the member called up were  Hispanic-Americans (10 of 21).  Because it did not fall on a FIFA calendar date, the camp only had MLS and Liga MX players.  What is the U-21 version of Camp Cupcake?  Camp Mini-Cupcake?  Camp Cupcake Bite?

The Hispanic-American players include Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Oscar Sorto, Alejandro Guido, Stevie Rodriguez, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Garcia, Victor Pineda, Jose Villarreal, and Luis Gil who had to pull out with an injury.  Players like Juan Agudelo Julian Green, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, etc were not called in as they are in Europe and clubs were not required to release them.

The team is lead by Tab Ramos, but as tech director Klinnsman would oversee/dictate style and player targeting.   At the time of the camp announcement, Ramos gave an interview to US Soccer.com discussing the plans for the camp and the U-21 team.  “One of the things that is important for us that we wanted to do is get the Olympic-aged players, which is the ’93s this year – and it happens to be an Under-21 – we wanted to get them involved as close as possible with the first-team staff.”

The Mexican-American players in the USSF pool are for the most part very young.  The option of actively choosing to play for the US over Mexico is very much a new thing with this young generation. Often it was players before who were not considered good enough to play for Mexico, who ended up playing for the US as fallback position.

It is clear that USSF and Klinnsman as technical director has a longterm vision that is being implemented in a methodical way.  While it is true the draw, changed everything and sped up certain aspects of the planning.  The long term, structural plan remains in place and continues to be built, brick, by brick and yes those Hispanic-American players are a huge part of that development.

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Phil Schoen Fills My International Soccer Loving Heart with GLEEEEEEEEE.. COPA AMERICA 100 In US

In a blog post that I have been waiting to see for LITERALLY YEARS!!!!   Go read his post (afterwards come back and read this one)

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 my facebook post from Oct 24, 2012..

 

Phil Schoen, who is good people and would not lie to me and break my heart, says that the DEAL IS FINALLY DONE!!!  It will be announced very soon..  I will, in fact, cry at the formal announcement.  CRY REAL BIG TEARS OF PURE JOY!

I get that this happens in the summer of 2016 which is MLS primetime but so help me soccer gods, if MLS/USSF pull some shady, team selection nonsense, I will LOSE it..

We field the BEST team legitimately possible, like it is a World Cup… because well it mine as well be.  It will be the summer after the Gold Cup and before the Confed Cup (we are halfway to the ConFed cup after winning the 2013 Gold Cup), so we can win that then have a brilliant set of summer tournament matches with some of the best teams on the planet, head to summer 12017 in Russia at the Confed and then back in 2018 for WC2018.

Phil quotes Marca listing venues for the tournament but cannot independently confirm those location.

  • Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.,  (home for me)
  • Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., (almost home for me)
  • MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., (couch surfing opportunities)
  • Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Fla., (I hate Orlando and NOT MIAMI?)
  • R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C., (HOME SWEET SOCCER HOME…)
  • Reliant Stadium in Houston. (I have some amazingly humbling memories of that complex and zero to do with sports)

They seem pretty safe bets though I would expect Solider Field or somewhere middle America instead of two in Cali.  AND PLEASE SOCCER GODS… RFK YES… FedEx… no…  RFK YES… FedEx… NO 

That is my next four summers locked down.  God knows after the presumed Disaster in the Jungle this summer, we will need it.

 

UPDATE:  SUNIL CONTINUES TO RAIN ON MY PARADE.. SUNIL STOP DOING THAT..  COME ON NOW… NO ONE LOVES A BLATANT USSF MONEY GRAB LIKE YOU, SO WE KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN

[Yes I know he didn’t take a salary for years… but USSF Fan Membership went from $55 year to $10,000 for the good stuff a year,  OVERNIGHT.. LITERALLY OVERNIGHT..  Screwing the longtime fans who were there  before 2010 in favor of late comers with lots of cash…]

This is what the USSF President for Life and Blatter BFF tweeted this morning:

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I’m Officially a Real Betis Fan.. They Like Female Fans so I LIKE THEM

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Their match last weekend against Getafe fell on Saturday.. aka, “International Day of the Woman.” Unlike, that vast majority of other teams in every league in the world Betis went all out to celebrate ‘Dia de la Mujer Bética’ the Day of the Betis Woman.  [Note, they did it last year too]

When I say ALL OUT… I MEAN ALL OUT.  The female centered day included:

  • Each woman could by two tickets to sit ANYWHERE open in the stadium for € 5 EACH (YES, JUST €5 )
  • A pre-match ceremony highlighting women in  different sectors of Seville society
  • Players were allowed/encouraged to have on their PLAYING jersey’s # DíadelaMujerBética and then the name of a woman of importance in their life, like mom, wife, sister, kids, girlfriend
  • Chairman’s box was almost exclusively women
  • Highlight women in the stadium supporting the team via social media posts at # DíadelaMujerBética
  • Tribute to the trophy winning ladies Betis team before kick-off
  • And highlight women working for the team and in the stadium at all different levels.
  • Special keepsakes were distributed

Current Betis board of Directors Member, Isabel Simo Rodridguez, who’s father was with Betis for some 45 years:

“Formerly, we were few women and now anyone who comes every other Sunday at Estadio Benito Villamarín can we see the number of women who come to enjoy a football game. The presence of women in football has spread not only to the fact of people attending watch games but the woman has been monopolizing various areas within the infrastructure of the Club. Hopefully sometime I have some Council administration that has more women. “

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HUGE SHOUT-OUT TO BeInSport’s Kay Murray for Tweeting about this so I could pick my team