When we were 12 years old, we were just satisfied with putting the ball in the back of the net, no matter how it happened. Honestly, we were six years away from playing soccer like bees play tag. In the rare instance that one of us scored something that took any amount of skill, we we’re f***ing pumped.
The Club America U-20s defeated the MLS Homegrown All-Stars last night in penalties after the game ended 1-1 in regulation. This casts a poor light on MLS's player development efforts, however friendly the match ended up being. With that in mind, we did what we always do in trying times: we made a list of pros and cons.
The MLS Homegrown All-Stars almost didn't lose!
The MLS Homegrown All-Stars lost.
The MLS team was really young, with just eight players age 21 or older.
Because, sometimes, the only way to answer a bicycle kick cross is with a bicycle kick finish. Watch the James Island boys soccer team pull it off.
Josh Peloquin, of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, launched a nasty 35-yard volley in the final seconds to beat Denton.
Geoffrey Acheampong of Cate High School in California hit a long ball immediately after kickoff that went in the goal
We at The18 understand that not everyone is meant to play soccer (or sports in general for that matter) but, for some reason, parents all over the world sign their children up for soccer year after year.
On the surface, it makes sense. Kids have a lot of energy, soccer fields are the perfect outlet; soccer is a relatively safe sport; it is a great way for kids to meet friends.