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Schmid: Generation adidas Trip a Success, December 14th, 2006 4:42PM



According to MLSnet, last week's trip to England for Major League Soccer's "Generation adidas" was a resounding success. The MLS youngsters got a chance to play against the reserve sides of several English clubs. The squad was comprised of 21 members of the league's developmental program and they remained in England from Dec. 1-10. "What I think they'll bring back, more so than anything, is confidence," said Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid, who led the players on the trip. "I just think they bring that confidence that they realize that, 'Wait a second. I can hold my own here. I don't have to shy away from comparisons,' at least at the level that they've competed at here." The Generation adidas squad came away with two wins from their three games, splitting with League Championship (second level) teams Queen's Park Rangers (2-0 win) and Coventry City (1-0 loss) and then downing EPL side Watford, 3-0. Alfonso Mondelo, the MLS director of player programs, said several of the MLS players impressed the English coaches. Chelsea even expressed interest in L.A. Galaxy defender Nathan Sturgis, who played as a defensive midfielder on the trip. Schmid hopes his side proved that the standard of play in MLS is a lot higher than Europe thinks. "They try to be polite to you," he said, "but they don't get it. I think we took a few more bricks out of that wall." Read the original story...

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