What They're Saying: Earnie Stewart

“I believe it’s better to do one thing really well than to be average at eight things. It’s very important to have a coach that can actually implement a playing style that takes into account the players that you have. Within that style, it’s trying to find a formation and a way of playing to get results. I was looking for someone that demonstrated a clear ability to implement a style of play where the players knew their roles and it showed in the results his team attained on the field.”

-- U.S. men's national team general manager Earnie Stewart on hiring Gregg Berhalter as the next national team coach.
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Earnie Stewart".
  1. Bob Ashpole, December 2, 2018 at 9:05 p.m.

    This quote is very confusing to me. Apparently I don't know what playing style means.

    Also I hope he is not talking literally about soccer ("better to do one thing really well"). Soccer is the decathlon of team sports, although the decathlon doesn't include an endurance event (1500 m is the longest run). Soccer is the most physically challenging team sport. It is not just about power, about endurance, about height, about speed, or about agility. Like basketball it requires all-around athleticism, but also aerobic and anerobic endurance. Unlike basketball, the goal is on the ground, not 10 feet in the air. So superior athletes of all heights can excell. 

    As for teams, there is a name for teams that only do one thing well--losers. Some skills are more critical than others. If a team has lousy first touch, and does everything else well--they are still going to lose.

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