Posted On October 1, 2014 by PUSC
Major League Soccer (MLS) won’t be expanding its market at least until 2020, but league executives are already setting their eyes on Sacramento, California as a potential venture. According to The Sacramento Bee, MLS officials were very impressed by the city’s efforts to reinvent itself as a soccer hotspot in California. The two things that caught their eye are the proposed stadium to be built in 2018 and the city’s very own lower-division team, ‘Sacramento Republic FC’, whose members are excited to play in the Major League:
“It’s tremendous, the progress that’s being made here,” Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said during an afternoon news conference at the downtown railyard, site of a proposed 20,000-seat soccer stadium. “I look forward to hearing more about the possibility of Major League Soccer here.”
A decision on Sacramento’s bid to become the 24th franchise in the nation’s premier soccer league could come as early as December, when the league’s existing owners meet in the host city of the MLS Cup league championship match.
Should things go well, California can soon welcome a surge of soccer enthusiasts and aspirants looking for a piece of the action. This, in turn, will prompt the need for more suitable training facilities that teach young athletes how to play with the big boys and even kindle their desire to go pro. A Rocklin youth soccer organization like Placer United can fill this role by offering soccer clinics and summer camps where kids of all ages get to know what it takes to meet the Major League’s standards, well beyond fancy footwork.
Good team coordination is also a vital skill all aspiring soccer players should learn to achieve a measure of competence fit for MLS. For example, simply passing the ball isn’t as easy as it sounds. Players must have the skills to pass the ball straight to their teammates from every direction, and should also know when not to pass the ball if there is a good chance that the opposing team will be able to intercept it.
Major leagues all over the world like the MLS also put emphasis on specialized training so that all players would have a solid grasp of their respective roles. Aside from hosting a Rocklin indoor soccer clinic, an organization such as Placer United also has a special training camp that molds goalkeepers into better savers and blockers. The MLS is always looking for such skills among its athletes.
Here’s hoping that Sacramento would get the League’s pick as its latest franchise.
(Source: Major League Soccer official declares Sacramento’s effort to land team ‘tremendous’, The Sacramento Bee, September 19, 2014)