Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Flores' ups and downs considered normal
January 29th, 2013 4:22PM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Reporter

MOST READ
TAGS:  u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. UNDER-17 MEN] Junior Flores is considered one of the top young talents to come along in many years. The midfielder, born to Salvadoran immigrants, is only 16 but has already been signed to a pre-contract by German champion Borussia Dortmund and to an endorsement contract by Nike. But in his second year of residency with the U.S. under-17 national team, Flores has seen his playing time reduced as qualifying for the 2013 Under-17 World Cup approaches.

 
Richie Williams, who took over for Wilmer Cabrera as U-17 coach last year, told Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.com it is normal for a player to have his ups and downs at Flores' age:

"The mentality of players in terms of being away from home, away from the parents, living on their own and the pretty demanding environment that we have here of training and going to school, it's not always easy for these guys. They're developing as soccer players but they're also developing as people too. Obviously, at the age of 15 or 16, that can affect their soccer."


Williams remained high on Flores, citing his work ethic -- and skill:

"Flores is very quick, very technically good, good on the dribble and can get by players. And he's tough and feisty also. He's tough to defend. He's strong, he's aggressive and he's not easy to push off the ball."


Williams added that Flores looked good this month as he returned to his attacking midfield position after spending a good part of last year on the wings.



1 comment
  1. Dennis Parces
    commented on: January 30, 2013 at 8:41 a.m.
    Agree. My son is 14 and currently at Union de Santa Fe in Argentina for a second 5-month stint. Trains all day and goes to school at night...it's his first time away from home for a prolonged time and we have seen the emotional toll and the ups and downs. My wife and I talk to him through Facetime and support and encourage him to have fun and live his dream. We live in Puerto Rico and there is no comparable training platform here to develop soccer talent. We wish we could find him a residential acad or a boarding high school in the US as he is a US citizen.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Roster: U.S. U-17 boys prep in Honduras    
The U.S. U-17 boys national team is in Honduras for a Feb. 24-March 3 training camp ...
U.S. U-18 girls tie England, 0-0    
The U.S. U-18 women's national team tied 0-0 with England to finish off its 10-day training ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women start new cycle     
The U.S. U-20 women's national team, which aims to qualify for the 2018 U-20 World Cup, ...
U.S. U-18 girls beat Norway, 5-0     
Sophia Smith, who scored twice in last Sunday's U.S. U-18 girls national team's 3-1 win over ...
Roster: U.S. U-14 boys train in California     
A squad of 36 players, all born in 2003, is taking part in a U.S. boys ...
Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy: College commitments fall 2017    
Forty-five of the Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs have reported 395 players making commitments college ...
Roster: U.S. U-16 girls hold first 2017 camp    
Coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, all but one born in 2002, for the ...
U.S. U-16 boys to compete at IMG Cup    
The U.S. U-16 boys national team's 23-player squad for the IMG Cup Dec. 17-Dec. 19 in ...
U.S. Soccer holds girls striker-keeper camp    
U.S. Soccer is holding its first striker-goalkeeper camp for U-15, U-16 and U-17 girls national team ...
Roster: U.S. U-18s women finish cycle with final camp of 2016    
The U.S. U-18 women's national team, coached by Jitka Klimkova, is holding its seventh and final ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives