I attended 4 of the sessions and both games versus Klinsmann’s senior team.
First and foremost, if our praise for Caleb Porter hasn’t been evident, let me repeat, Caleb Porter is legit.
Previously, we’ve been judging him solely from watching his Akron team (on TV and in person). Meaning we’ve never seen him run a session – although it should be clear that to produce a possession-centered, attacking, attractive, and winning product, there must be a lot of proper work being done.
In any case, now we’ve seen his training. He’s the man!
For my impressions, I simply placed them into four buckets.
Tier 1: Means you’re the best of the lot and should be in.
Tier 2: You’ve shown some interesting things, and I want to see more.
Tier 3: Grey zone. Very grey. One step away from getting the boot, or one step from Tier 2. What is certain here is these guys can not get to Tier 1. They don’t have it.
Tier 4: Leave my camp at once!
For those who may be wondering how I’ve come to these conclusions, I want to say three things:
- When you know, you know.
- The details are everything – especially if you want to play quality soccer. This should get you started.
- If you want some high level impressions on what I saw with some of these players, ask away.