What They're Saying: Nelson Rodriguez

“I think it’s first about finding those best people and best professionals, irrespective of gender and ethnicity. If that’s truly the pursuit, then I believe it’s only natural that there should be greater diversity just as there is among all professions. Yet soccer [in the United States] continues to be male, white-dominated.”

-- Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez on the lack of diversity in MLS's coaching ranks. (Guardian)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Nelson Rodriguez".
  1. Ric Fonseca, April 27, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

    Mr. J Kumar: Having read the Guardian article in its entirety I can tell you and say that I personally know the persons interviewedfrom Rothenberg, to Sampson to Miramontes, Clavijo, et al. and know only too well that what is spoken about in said article, I, together with several hundred other Latino/Hispanic coaches formed the Latin American Soccer Coaches Association (LASCA) just before WC USA 1994. We brought in the NSCAA and convinced them of our goals and objectives, and were even successful in convincing Rothenberg and Steinbrecher to increase the number of Latino "Scouts" under the US Soccer banner, of which Miramontes was one, and Sampson - who incidentally was a very key and important figure to encourage us to form LASCA. (Don't believe him? contact Lou Sagastume, Sampson, Miramontes, JC Michia) and even Abbott (MLS Asst (?) Comish) who even interviewed us as to the how and what, where, who, etc. in the Latino community to contact and tap. Unfortunately the then head of MLS was only concerned with getting the league off and running, and began to recruit and hire ex-EPL and Eruopean players to head the various teams, with nary a thought given to the Latino community. That which is said in the Guardian article is true to form, but that which is not said is that there still remains a helluva lot of dislike, and mistrust in both the Latino and white soccer communities. As for Nelson telling it like it is, that is exactly what he's doing, he's telling it like it is, and for my money, perhaps you ought to contact him (if you live in Chicago) and lend a hand. Finally, yes chicago is very big and has a very large Latino community whether in the near south side, or the west side, or more in the inner city, even as far north close to the Evanston area, and I am sure that he'd welcome your efforts.
    Saludos y buena suerte en la Ciudad de Los Vientos!

  2. Nick Daverese, April 29, 2017 at 7:25 a.m.

    We looked for youth players all over here in NYC. I went into ethnic areas to watch players. But if you found a player you liked good luck to getting them to your practices. When I was a kid I was from an ethnic area. We hardly ever left the neighborhood. More then that we hardly ever left a two block area.

    So if we found a kid we liked we had to sell him on coming to our practices. We had to physically go and get him to our practices and then bring him home. Try to get a parents permussion he was either parent less living on the street or if he had a parent they were too busy trying to make a buck to watch their kid play. At that time we did not charge a player to play we paid for their training.

    Here we have a lot of islanders, Russians, Chinese and Muslims. A lot of them can't even speak English. So it's very hard to get these kids. We only cared if they had some talent for the game. On sexual preference who cared as long as they can play we wanted them.

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