Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Schmid: Generation adidas Trip a Success
MLSNet.com, December 14th, 2006 4:42PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

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...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives