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Rossi! ! 1 of da best US playas is goin to play for Italy! He is da next great #10 playa in da world!U Only lost 1..lol! :D


U got freddy Adu from Africa and a new star on da rise...Brazilian born Benny Feilhaber! Benny has incredible instints for da game that had to have cum from his brazilian rootz..da skill , da vision ,da touch..oh , my!Watch him at da U20 Wordcup in Holland..Tt will be on TV...galavison or Univision!


Arena better cap right winga New Yorker Peter Philipakos before da Greeks do...he plays for da mighty Greek side Olympiakos. U have Beasley on 1 side and then Peter on da other side......havoc , my peepes...havoc! http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=news&id=000592 :thmbup:
 

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Good article, thanks for bringing it up.

Rossi, with all due respect, was always going to play for Italy. Sure, he was born here in America but all of his roots are in Italy. His parents, his club football...it's a shame he won't play for us, as we've needed a natural striker for some time, but we can hope his loss teaches the U.S. a sharp lesson.

We need to start scouting players much younger than now. And we need to do it in a more proficient program. In countries like England players play for simple Sunday morning sides, the equivelant of Saturday afternoon leagues here. It's simple, anyone can join. However, the big clubs send scouts to watch even these leagues because they can see true talent developing in very young players, so they can get them into their programs younger and develop them quicker within their academies.

ODP is a great program and it's done a lot of good for America, but it's not a program for everyone. First off you aren't scouted for it. You must go on your own to trials. Second, you have to pay to play, keeping poorer players from joining. Third, for many players the traveling distance (for myself, 200 miles each session) becomes too much and they tire of it.

We need to refine our scouting programs so we get young, talented Americans, especially with backgrounds like Rossi, into American programs so they can develop into great U.S. National Team players. If we had these programs in place already, we may be talking about Rossi as a future American great - not one that got away.
 

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Isaac,

Here in Virginia you can make ODP any of three ways. Open tryouts, we scout players in, and any DOC can recommend a player and they get 2 ODP practices before the coach has to make a decision on them. Many other states are doing the same.

There are scholarships available.

The state is broken into 4 districts based on population centers. I would guess over 90% of the population is within 60 miles of a practice area.
 

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In Missouri there's one place, all training sessions are held in St. Louis, and you have to scout yourself up there.

It's a poor set up.
 

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http://www.ussocceruk.com/news/?CatTypeId=2&ContentId=2161


Weah Jr might play for da US! Sr lives in New York and is married to a New Yorker woman! Imagine....Adu and Weah as your future strikers :thmbup: Jr plays for Milan reserve team


And watchout for 14 yr old african born Kiki! This guy will get da adu hype soon! :eek:
 

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Weah Jr. plays for the Juniores team within AC Milan's youth program, one step below Primavera (though it is based on age, of course, so he should find himself in the Primavera squad rather soon).
 

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IF arena does not cap Philipakos and da greeks do and then he becomes a star...Bruce should be fired! U guys need a true right winga to compliment Beasley! :irritate: :irritate:
 

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Jonny Knoxville said:
IF arena does not cap Philipakos and da greeks do and then he becomes a star...Bruce should be fired! U guys need a true right winga to compliment Beasley! :irritate: :irritate:
Thats the truth
 

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The chances of Filippakos playing for Greece in the immediate future is null. He has played 45' minutes of league football for Olympiakos and while he did good, the article goes in great lengths to exaggerate both the media hype about it (there was none) and I doubt if anyone from the FA has even heard of Filippakos. And Rehhagel calling up a new players before WC06? Unlikely at best - he won't give chances to proven players, let alone some rookie.

Maybe, if he continues to play and is young enough, he could get called up in the U-21 team.
 

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Isaac said:
Good article, thanks for bringing it up.

Rossi, with all due respect, was always going to play for Italy. Sure, he was born here in America but all of his roots are in Italy. His parents, his club football...it's a shame he won't play for us, as we've needed a natural striker for some time, but we can hope his loss teaches the U.S. a sharp lesson.

We need to start scouting players much younger than now. And we need to do it in a more proficient program. In countries like England players play for simple Sunday morning sides, the equivelant of Saturday afternoon leagues here. It's simple, anyone can join. However, the big clubs send scouts to watch even these leagues because they can see true talent developing in very young players, so they can get them into their programs younger and develop them quicker within their academies.

ODP is a great program and it's done a lot of good for America, but it's not a program for everyone. First off you aren't scouted for it. You must go on your own to trials. Second, you have to pay to play, keeping poorer players from joining. Third, for many players the traveling distance (for myself, 200 miles each session) becomes too much and they tire of it.

We need to refine our scouting programs so we get young, talented Americans, especially with backgrounds like Rossi, into American programs so they can develop into great U.S. National Team players. If we had these programs in place already, we may be talking about Rossi as a future American great - not one that got away.
It has already begun. The MLS has started to recruit players at the age of 9 for their youth teams. This started with the Metrostars and now has moved to Chicogo, DC, Dallas and LA. By 2008 the MLS want to have youth teams from U-9 to U-17, here in Jersey many youth clubs have begun to shun the PDO of the Metrostars for Poching players. Many of the Club Teams who make a living training players through there system will soon die out.
 
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