All three academy teams – U10, U11, and U12 – which Brian overseas, took home the hardware at the prestigious Surf Cup. Not a bad start to the new season.
- The 10s are beginning to show some signs of keeping the ball and combination play.
- The 11s have their spells of good possession where regular 5-touch sequences pop up, but that team needs a ton of work. Not even close to what it should be.
- The now globally recognized 12s with a tremendous target on their back, had 18 goals for and 2 against. Good? It needs to get better.
Brian had this to say during the trophy presentation.
Yeah, Surf Cup is a nice tournament to win. But the goal here is far greater than that. The goal is to change US Soccer into the global powerhouse it could be.
And here’s a little chat we had the following day:
That’s what people don’t get.
The teams we play against at Surf Cups, State Cups, or any league or American tournament, are not who we’re competing with. Of course we can lose games against them, and we will. That’s not the point.
The point is, our opponents here are not holders of the gold standard, nor are they even remotely close to resembling it. That’s what we’re after.
So, the truth is we are competing against ourselves and our vision of global excellence.
That is the mentality. That is the culture our country at all levels does not share with us.
Instead, when others win Surf Cup, they’re world beaters.
Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely worth celebrating (especially this situation)! I mean who the hell wins Surf Cup in every age group they compete in? It’s astonishing! It’s probably never happened before! Oh and let’s not forget the most impressive thing. Winning AND playing the right way!
This is no coincidence!
But we keep it real with our global perspective.