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Post by Dallas Texans ECNL 13/08/15, 03:07 pm

Congrats to the Dallas Texans for being ranked in the Top 10 overall clubs for the 2014-2015 ECNL season:

1. Michigan Hawks
2. Crossfire Premier
3. West Coast FC
4. So Cal Blues
5. Slammers FC
6. FC Stars of Mass
7. San Diego Surf
8. Real Colorado
9. PDA
10. Dallas Texans

Full article here: http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com/home/889568.html
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Post by dallas 1968 13/08/15, 05:03 pm

With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

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Post by Pinnochio 15/08/15, 08:16 am

dallas 1968 wrote:With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

The club wide collapse in Seattle didn't help much
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Post by Lefty 15/08/15, 08:37 am

Dallas Texans ECNL wrote:Congrats to the Dallas Texans for being ranked in the Top 10 overall clubs for the 2014-2015 ECNL season:

1. Michigan Hawks
2. Crossfire Premier
3. West Coast FC
4. So Cal Blues
5. Slammers FC
6. FC Stars of Mass
7. San Diego Surf
8. Real Colorado
9. PDA
10. Dallas Texans

Full article here: http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com/home/889568.html

Kind of hints at the answer to a number of questions:
. Is NTX the powerhouse that some feel it is
. Is the current NTX way the best way or are we living in the past
. Why so few if any players from NTX on the National Teams
. Do we have too many ECNL teams in NTX

Interesting in that there are the expected # SoCal clubs (4), East Coast clubs(2) but then clubs in areas in smaller population centers than NTX.

Do the east & west coast clubs play the same style soccer and focus on the same type of player development as we do here in NTX?

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Post by Lefty 15/08/15, 08:43 am

Pinnochio wrote:
dallas 1968 wrote:With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

The club wide collapse in Seattle didn't help much

Collapse, or ineffective style of play and inability to compete?

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Post by dallas 1968 15/08/15, 12:22 pm

Lefty wrote:
Pinnochio wrote:
dallas 1968 wrote:With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

The club wide collapse in Seattle didn't help much

Collapse, or ineffective style of play and inability to compete?

All three. Although ineffective style of play being the main reason. That goes back to the question posed in the DMN article at the start of The WWC. 'Why has no woman from North Texas represented The United States in a World Cup in the past 16 years' ? The consensus from those quoted was because the club coaches are under such pressure from their DOC's to win that the style of play in North Texas 'Doesn't translate to the next level'. Women from 22 other States have played for the USA since the last time a woman from North Texas did, according to the same article.

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Post by Vikarius_lee 16/08/15, 03:13 am

Soccer is such a tricky sport. At the ECNL level some players have been conditioned by parents and their former coaches to be somewhat selfish in their play.
from what I've seen, some players would rather take 5 ill advised shots to maybe score one goal. Rather than make 5 quality passes that result in three assists.
Encouraged by parents that tell the kids to keep shooting.
At the higher levels coaches have difficulty translating proper soccer to this generation of players that are told that they can do no wrong. With most of the ECNL coaches, their teams are their revenue source. It's difficult for a coach to be highly critical. Accountability suffers. Parents despise criticism of their children. Yet they are quick to vocalize unwarranted critiques.
There should be no caste system in youth sports. There should be no nepotism in youth sports. The ECNL may have the better athletes but all ECNL teams have the better athletes. The subtle difference between mediocre teams and championship caliber teams is the willingness to put others before self. That's a hard lesson for the," Me first and you're the best, Jenny", new generation of players that we've created to understand.
Of course, in reference to the DOCs that were mentioned before, it can all be dissolved by selfish, volume shooters that get a fortunate goal or two.
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Post by Vikarius_lee 16/08/15, 03:33 am

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Post by Vikarius_lee 16/08/15, 03:34 am

This is my point, exactly. Lol
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Post by Vikarius_lee 16/08/15, 03:40 am

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Post by Lefty 16/08/15, 08:53 am

You mean soccer is not an individual sport?  

Thought the ideal lineup was 10 target forwards and a keeper who could also score in a pinch?

If we could just get FIFA to implement the half court rule and a shot clock.

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Post by Guest 16/08/15, 09:37 am

Vikarius_lee wrote:
There should be no caste system in youth sports. There should be no nepotism in youth sports.

I've become so cynical about this stuff, that I am a little jealous when I see comments like this. There will always be nepotism in youth sports, even the good guys do it. It's an exercise in futility to complain about it, better to just be aware of it and navigate accordingly.

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Post by Pele98 19/08/15, 11:20 am

Pinnochio wrote:
dallas 1968 wrote:With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

The club wide collapse in Seattle didn't help much

Do you mean they would have done much better than being Top 10 in the National if it wasn't for Club wide collapse in Seattle?   I am just guessing that the Texans probably would gladly take that as the compliment.
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Post by dallas 1968 19/08/15, 12:30 pm

You are correct. Being ranked 10th is indeed 'top ten'. Just.

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Post by Lefty 19/08/15, 01:25 pm

Pele98 wrote:
Pinnochio wrote:
dallas 1968 wrote:With the number of talented players they have you would think they would be much higher ranked nationally.

The club wide collapse in Seattle didn't help much

Do you mean they would have done much better than being Top 10 in the National if it wasn't for Club wide collapse in Seattle?   I am just guessing that the Texans probably would gladly take that as the compliment.

In looking at the list above, Red is top 10, Blue is not.

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