In pursuit of world class, one better have some grip on what that actually means.
And that, I think, requires going beyond your domestic soccer bubble, especially if the standard for world class does not reside there.
Winning an American league or tournament, no matter which you want to cite, does not give you a good gauge of where you’re at. In fact, it can give you a completely false sense of what your true level is.
- Playing domestic teams off the park, no matter who your opponent is, does not give you a global gauge.
- Seeing individual player performances versus their domestic peers does not give you a global gauge.
- Seeing your collective team performance – a reflection of your training and supporting infrastructure – exclusively against domestic opposition, does not provide a global gauge.
This past week was the fourth trip we’ve gone to Europe to play the best in the world.
And so you can see for yourself, we’re once again releasing the full video of our quarterfinal match versus FC Barcelona.
We’re open and happy to answer pretty much any and all of your questions. So ask away! Of course, if they are sensitive (for example, player specific), we’ll refrain.