15 responses

  1. argh
    February 3, 2014

    way to go

    but where does this count in the world of youth football?

    u-17 and u-20 and u-23 are the biggest awards right along with the olympics?

    are these guys part of a youth team or academy or are they playing high school?

    • brett
      February 3, 2014

      youth tournaments like this (and Nike friendlies) don’t amount to much in means of prestige, however, it’s still an accomplishment for these kids. Building confidence against teams they are likely to face in the U17s U20s and U23s is not to be ignored. Overall, great result for U17s but we need to step things up in the U17 WC.

      Most of these kids are part of an academy, professional setup or other youth program that are now spending time with the U17s. The U17’s dont play with their clubs nor their high school when they are with the U17 academy team.

  2. bryan
    February 3, 2014

    Luca de la Torre looked really good too. hopefully they keep it up. i still don’t know how Haji is gonna be able to play in Europe right now. but it is cool he was on trial at Dortmund.

    • Paul
      February 3, 2014

      He could go to Germany at roughly this age. It’s just UK that has really difficult rules because they are trying to limit so many people are trying to go there.

      • bryan
        February 3, 2014

        not true for players under 18 with no EU passport. this isn’t a work permit issue, this is a passport/underage issue from what i’ve read. from what i have seen, when he trained with Fulham he had the same issue:

        “There may be others as Haji Wright has also been training with the London club, but he does not possess the EU passport, which will complicate matters on his arrival.”

        of course, Junior Flores is at Dortmund and he is a ’98. maybe he has a Euro passport? or did his family move for “non-football reasons?” really curious to see what happens with this.

      • Anthony
        February 3, 2014

        Again, that was Fulham in the UK. He cannot sign a contract until he’s 17, I believe, but he can he can still head to Germany with much greater ease than he can to the UK.

      • bryan
        February 3, 2014

        You cannot play in Europe without an EU passport if you are under 18.

        “This is mainly because of contract rules in Europe that are designed to protect players under 18. Players under 18 cannot move to a club in Europe unless they have an EU passport. The only other way a player could get to a club in Europe without an EU passport is if the player’s parents get a job in Europe. ”

        This has nothing to do with UK v. Germany. This is an EU issue.

      • fischy
        February 3, 2014

        Flores isn’t really at Dortmund yet. He’s had some special training stints there, but they’re limited in duration because he’s underage. That will change for him later in the year.

        Meanwhile, Paul Tenorio who was reporting on him for the Washington Post has taken overt he soccer beat for Orlando Sentinel and he reports that El Salvador has approached Flores about playing in a friendly next month. Reportedly, he’s “100% committed” to the US.

      • bryan
        February 3, 2014

        thank you, that’s interesting.

      • dikranovich
        February 3, 2014

        el Salvador just had half their team banned for life for gambling. they need the players, but do the players need el Salvador?

  3. Gerald
    February 3, 2014

    Flores is eligible to play for Dortmund in March when he turns 18

    • bryan
      February 3, 2014

      Obviously. I’m trying to find what his situation is that allowed him to be over there that young. Pre-contract and he just “trains” with them?

      • fischy
        February 3, 2014

        Yes. Pre-contract and he has limited training with them.

      • bryan
        February 3, 2014

        thanks for confirming.

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