"Without a pro team in Arizona, youth teams are missing something, a relationship that helps them unite. Without that there's an unhealthy competition fostered among clubs, partly because of the
lack of a pro team. Kids then become second. There's an unhealthy competition over the kids and there's a small pool of talent compared to California. On the boys side, there are no opportunities
college-wise in Arizona other than Grand Canyon. More youth clubs need to come to together. A good, solid and positive philosophy needs to prevail and we all need to buy into that."
Former U.S. international Gregg Vanney
, who has retired from the Los Angeles to return to his native Arizona, where he will serve as director of coaching of
the Sereno Soccer Club. (Arizona Republic