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
Luis Gil lands at Kansas City
by Paul Kennedy, February 22nd, 2010 8:09PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  kansas city wizards, mls, u-17 world cup, youth boys

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Luis Gil, arguably the most talented teenager to sign with MLS since Jozy Altidore, went to the Kansas City Wizards during a weighted lottery conducted by the league on Monday.

The 16-year-old Californian starred on the 2009 U.S. Under-17 World Cup team and had been targeted by Arsenal. There has been speculation that Gil would prefer to play closer to home, in which a trade would have to me arranged.

The Wizards had the third-best chance of winning the lottery. The only teams with poorer records last season were New York and San Jose.



0 comments
  1. Dennis Mulqueen
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
    Luis Gil is 5'7'' tall.

  1. Olivier Lurz
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.
    Here is another teenager's career the MLS will do everything to screw up. They already did such a terrific job with Freddy Adu I guess they deserve another try!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.
    Both of you, John and Dennis are correct: At 5'7" tall, and at 16 years of age, yes he is tall for his age. Luis will hit his growth spurt within the next couple of years. So, yes the two of you are correct, and I wholeheartedly concur with John that the US continuously makes it an effort to get tall and imposing players (a-la-US)football bulky players, and except for the usual anomaly of a player, e.g. Onyewu (sp?) those tall-bulky players don't amount to much of anything - no disrespect other than to the coaching staffers who have a difficult time in getting talented players. Let Luis and Jozy grow physically and athletically, and let's hope that the players are selected according to their skills and certainly NOT their size!

  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
    If he doesn't fancy Kansas (and who can blame him!!) I would love to see this lad start his career at San Jose!

  1. Joe Tregellas
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
    Watch it, Mike. No need to insult my fine city or my lads. But in regard to the young blood; he's still not a man, and if he MUST play close to home, then let him. I'd rather trade for a 1st rounder or a foreign slot in that case. But I hope he is indeed better than Altidore.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Minnesota defeats Scorpions before record Toyota Field crowd    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] Minnesota United FC regained the lead in the NASL fall standings as ...
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] Bradley Wright-Phillips moved to within three goals of tying the MLS single-season scoring record ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] Senior Robert Kristo scored three minutes into overtime to propel No. 15 Saint Louis ...
Harrisburg pulls another upset on the road    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] No. 8 seed Harrisburg City Islanders, who had ousted regular-season champion Orlando City ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
This is how you score from 90 yards     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] SC Paderborn 07, playing its first season ever in Bundesliga 1, finds itself ...
Quick Arsenal blitz drops Guzan's Aston Villa    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The unbeaten start of Brad Guzan's Aston Villa to the English Premier League season ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Friday] No. 7 New Mexico had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Drexel before ...
Wooten scores second late winner in two weeks    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] German-American Andrew Wooten scored his second game-winning goal in two games to lead Sandhausen ...
Dempsey teams up again with XO    
[VIDEO PICK: Music] The FIFA 15 release party in New York featured its cover boy, Clint ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives