Before I get all nasty with this … just a touch of background.
I went to watch the final of a U.S. Adult Soccer Association regional (huh?) between a team called PSA Elite and a team that Eric Wynalda formed, Cal FC. (That was May 6th)
These are two teams that were just slapped together this past month in hopes of qualifying for the US Open Cup. No tradition, no history of playing together for months or years. None of that.
To this day, PSA Elite has not had a single training session! Not one! The players just show up for games.
Anyways, I decided to film the match and make some clips of every sequence where at least 5 passes were stringed together. Credit to Wynalda for his player selections! Not bad man, not bad.
Fast forward a week later …
US Open Cup 1st Round (May 14)
Cal FC’s opponent
They are the Kitsap Pumas. Last year, they were the PDL Champion and advanced to the Open Cup 3rd round where they fell to the Seattle Sounders 2-1.
PSA Elite’s opponent
They are the Portland Timbers U-23 squad. A professional organization, with presumably top-tier coaches, and presumably top-tier player selections.
Time to Get Real
You can do all the fucking roster analysis (cough … speculation … cough) you want, but it should be inexcusable that people aren’t asking some serious questions about these results!
Instead, it’s a nonchalant attitude as if these things don’t matter. Or it’s simply the typical culture of excuses based on presumption and superficial, novice-level, reasoning.
Let’s take the biggest ‘shocker‘ here: the Portland Timbers result.
I’m the first to say anything can happen in a game. And I’m also the first to caution against single match analysis without witnessing the game. For all we know Portland could have demonstrated clear superiority for 90 minutes and PSA Elite had a couple breaks on the counter.
What concerns me is the silence and lack of attempt at genuine inquiry.
I want to hear loud and important questions like:
- Does Portland care about its U23’s? How fucking much?
- Does Portland have the best coach possible for the U23’s? How do you know? What was the criteria?
- Is Portland going balls out to get the best possible players? If not, why not?
- Who selects Portland’s players?
- How were player selections done?
- Who’s PSA Elite’s coach?
- Who are PSA Elite’s players?
- Who selected PSA Elite’s players?
and a crap load of other things.
I can hear the responses now, and they’re too fucking simple people. Think bigger! Think deeper!
Is this the case?
That’s what I want to know. And that’s what you should want to know and demand!
No lame ass, weak ass, novice-level and presumptuous excuses. Not only do you not learn anything from that, but you continue to give an easy ‘pass’ to the US Soccer pyramid. You say you want progress, but you’re actually just complicit with the status quo.
You people are mediocre. Why aren’t you striving for excellence?
Can you tell I’m pissed?
Imagine how ballistic I’ll be if either of these no-name teams manages to oust their next opponent.
p.s. Is Eric Wynalda out to prove something? Hmmm …