I want to congratulate Brooke Elby and Taylor Ramirez and wish them the best in their next soccer chapter. North Carolina head coach, Anson Dorrance, recruited and got verbal commitments from the girls in the first half of 2010 during their U17 season. And last week he got their signatures.
What They Can Teach Us
There are many lessons that can be learned from these girls’ accomplishment. The one we’ll focus on today is you don’t have to play in the top flight, or for the most winningest teams or club to get recruited into a National Powerhouse. This is particularly important for parents to understand, as I see so many of them going bananas to get their kids on those teams. Actually this is an important lesson in so called “pedigree” for all involved in this country’s soccer.
National Team? ODP you ask? Nope, never included in any pool!
Below you can see their youth club trajectories.
NOTE: For those not familiar with our leagues bracketing …
In order from lowest to top flight: Bronze, Silver, Silver Elite, Gold, Premier
Thoughts? Questions? What possible conclusions, if any, can you come up with? Let me know, and I can follow up.
And again, congratulations girls and thank you for teaching us there’s more than one way to “get there”!