What They're Saying: Marc Skinner

"When I look at a 20-year-old here compared to a 20-year-old in England, although they may have more football ability and have been exposed to first-team environments earlier in England, here they're women. Because of the things that American female athletes are exposed to they become stronger and more mature. It's the mental strength between that league and this league which is a real key difference. I still think England are tactically better -- definitely -- and all-round more technically efficient than most Americans, but I think that psychologically they'll have to go a long way to be like the American women."

-- Marc Skinner, the first-year coach of the Orlando Pride and one of six English head coaches in the NWSL, on the difference between women's players in England, where he was the Birmingham City women's manager, and the United States, which he says begins when they move away to attend college. (BBC Sport)
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