Lesson #6 educates me and other journalists, but everyone can learn from this too. Don’t ignore the obvious foreshadowing when only 28 of the 30 finalists show up for the selection of six on Sunday and then write a complete feature on a guy who later decides to drop out.
All six of the Sueño MLS finalists from the Colorado tryout have interesting individual stories, but my assignment was limited to two. Governed by logistics, I went with the last two guys at the complex after everyone split on Sunday (actually, the Rapids U-18s starting training in the center circle of the same field). Brian […]
The story of Brian Loaiza’s path to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park went live on mlssoccer.com a wee bit ago: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/04/23/sueno-mls-florida-born-sueno-finalist-tests-mettle-south-america-prior-tryou The highlighted “Brian Loaiza’s path to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park” and the long URL are the same link, but for some reason the big ugly URL looks neat to me. The lesson learned here is […]
Lesson #5 is psychological, and I think Crookham tested it perfectly on Sunday. He lead a psychological test thinly disguised as a warm-up passing drill. It required concentration, and on top of identifying candidates for the short bus, it showed him how players react to criticism. He didn’t yell at anyone, but he feigned exasperation […]
Lesson #4 is an addendum to Lesson #2 (communication). If a player seriously wants to go pro (MLS or anywhere), he should become bilingual (Spanish and English). It’s like using your left foot and your right foot. At least get the futbol parablas and English phrases you’ll need to survive.
I already knew Lesson #2, but this weekend confirmed what I’ve felt for years. I didn’t sit exactly in the center between the fields, but I was under a tent slightly north of midfield (away from traffic as much as possible). I wished I could “minimize” myself with a single click, so I was as […]
I didn’t just watch set pieces and gasp-worthy stuff during the first day of Sueño MLS tryouts. If the ball went out or play paused, I’d turn to watch the other game. Simultaneous goals got me dizzy a couple times, and I saw some spooky similarities. In one pair of games, a number seven on […]
Patrick Shea (me) received the assignment to cover Sueño MLS for MLSSOCCER.com in 2013 (the Colorado tryout). This post includes links to all the stories, along with all the other things I learned that weekend. I watched 13 soccer games on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (12 Sueño MLS tryouts and the Rapids/Sounders match). […]
Snow is piling up again, and I was hoping I could move on with this metaphor so we can finish the season with the whole gushing rapids image and another MLS Cup. Instead, the 1-0 loss to Seattle puts us back in the snowpack somewhere. Oscar genuinely eschews excuses, but he won’t let an elephant […]
Now in its seventh year, Sueño MLS makes its first stop in Colorado from April 20-21. I wrote a wee preview of the event for Coloradorapids.com, based on head coach Oscar Pareja’s perspective. This thing is not a gimmick. Jorge Villafaña (formerly Jorge Flores, but he changed his name to honor his mother) has proven to be the real […]