Re: 13 Year Old Yank gets West Ham Trial I think the English influence in the game is greatly exagerrated. I haven't been with a good club in 5 years and even then there were plenty of Latin coaches and teams that played the ball on the ground (Northern California). I have been coaching my players to do that (if they can ) for 10+ years. Lots of guys love to point out the problem. How about a solution? I was watching the youth championships on T.V. and there were plenty of Latino teams (Arsenal from SoCal is one I recall). There are more and more Latin kids in our national programs but don't just assume they are better. Even the Latin teams were playing one spastic tempo even though I only saw highlights. Nice skill but no rythymn and no possesion. Paul Gardner never, ever, ever offers a solution and is spewing the same crap he did when I cancelled my subscription to SA ten years ago. BTW, there are some thing I love about the English game, fair, hard and attacking. Ideally, you would love to incorporate the best traits of all different styles. BTW, I smacked heads in training the other night with a guy on my team and my first thought was if we were in the WC that would have been 4-5 rolls and a ten minute water break. Shockingly, we just got up, saw we wern't bleeding and went back to playing (he is an Aussie though and they love rugby and other violent sports) It just never hurts that much in soccer, it really doesn't. That is a part of the Latin game I detest. BTW, my solution? No state championships and all that other crap at young ages. That way we can just train kids to be players at 16 instead of trying to win at U-10. I think that is the difference. The systems like Ajax train to make soccer player not win youth championships.