What They're Saying: Sam Craven

“When we first started in 2011, the best players wanting to head to the USA were released scholars from lower and non-league clubs and boys from top sports colleges. Five years on, the majority of players we sign are coming from U-18 and U-23 Premier League teams -- it's great to see.”

-- Sam Craven, whose Vertex Soccer places English players at U.S. colleges, on the heightened interest in young Englishmen to pursue their pro soccer dreams in the United States following the success of the likes of Dom Dwyer and Jack Harrison. (Daily Telegraph)
11 comments about "What They're Saying: Sam Craven".
  1. Quarterback TD, May 23, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.

    Not sure why any Europeans will want to come to US colleges when education is much less or free in the Euro. Also why are they getting free full scholarships for soccer and Americans don't ? Oh I know it's because the European players are smarter and better..

  2. frank schoon replied, May 23, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

    TD, this is probably the only country where English players can still look respectable. The Americans kicked the English out back in the "Revolutionary" days and I think they got back at us a couple hundred years later by sending English trainers and coaches....

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

    College education isn't free in England. Also, there are no college sports in England outside of intramural type clubs so it's a chance to get an education on a scholarship while continuing to play. That's the same reason US players play college soccer. It's not hard to understand.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 23, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.

    No question England has underachieved given that is a fairly rich country with a fairly big population where soccer is the #1 sport by a mile. That said, at least they qualified for Euro 2016 and look good to qualify for Russia, unlike Holland. Also, QTD has said England have one of the best teams in Europe, including the best group of strikers, so looks like you guys disagree on that.

  5. Quarterback TD replied, May 23, 2017 at 12:22 p.m.

    Fire, England national team is very solid and their front line will be lethal with Vardy and Kane upfront. I am also liking their defense it gave Germany a lot of trouble in their 1-0 losing effort earlier this year. This team has the potential to go all the way however with a healthy and improving Neymar Brazil will not lose and hence will win the World Cup.

  6. Quarterback TD, May 23, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.

    Fire, I know you are the one that finds it hard to understand-- I said it's "MUCH LESS or free in the EURO".. Regardless college in England are cap to about 11K, 5K in Ireland, 4K in Scotland and 7K in Wales-- this is much less than the retarded 70K someone in US pays for the same degree.. in other EURO some of the top universities are free-- you should try google that instead-- Also in EURO college students play for non-professional and semi pro clubs.. it's about the same except it's not college..is this too hard for you to understand ?

  7. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 23, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

    Nice work - see when you use google your comments make more sense. In any event, $11,000 is still more than free which is what you originally claimed. Free is also the cost of a US college if you have a scholarship. Plus, these guys get to continue playing soccer, which they presumably enjoy. Easy to see why some guys think it's a good fit for them to come over and play college soccer.

  8. Quarterback TD replied, May 23, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

    No problem with that my problem is they are getting soccer scholarships when US soccer players are not getting anything but grief.. I am not sure why we even promoting this.. it makes me feel like our soccer kids are not worth a soccer scholarship.. I really don't expect you to understand because you don't think education at HS/College and soccer mix. How much more simpler do you need me to spell it out ?

  9. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 23, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.

    Why can't you express yourself without personal attacks? Anyway, are the scholarships supposed to be reserved for Americans? Maybe these English guys are better. You misstated my position on college soccer too. It's a great opportunity for good, but not elite, young players to get an education while playing a sport they love. It's not a great place to develop as a player though so guys who have the opportunity to turn pro out of high school generally should take it. I also think that playing for a YNT abroad is worth missing a few days of school for too.

  10. Quarterback TD replied, May 23, 2017 at 6:07 p.m.

    This is nothing more than opportunistic greed by Sam to basically stuff good players overseas into desperate colleges looking to fill their ranks. I have heard many US seniors and college students complaining about being given little or nothing for their athletic scholarships. All colleges are allowed to give athletic and academic scholarships but soccer seems to be the only abused one. And yes we should give academic scholarships but not athletics given that students are being given nothing after spending and sacrificing money and time in addition to countless money on college ID camps and showcase programs.. if Sam wants to help he should be recruiting students in US for Europe clubs..

  11. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 25, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

    Why should academic scholarships be available to everyone but athletic scholarships exclusively reserved for Americans?

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