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Joaquin Escoto: "U.S. Soccer did not value what Jonathan Gon

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The decision taken by Jonathan González recently to play for the Mexican ผลบอลเมื่อคืน National Team instead of the United States is still being felt on both sides of the border.It has provoked questions and doubts about the United States Soccer Federation and its attitude toward the Hispanic community, and above all toward young Mexican-American players who reside in the U.S.Someone who is well aware of this topic is Joaquin Escoto, a Director with Alianza de Futbol. A property of BSC Group, Alianza de Futbol "brings together and showcases the talents of Hispanic amateur players nationwide. Scholarships and professional contracts become real options for these players, who receive once in a lifetime opportunities in order to make their dreams come true."Which is all to say that Alianza provides an opportunity to a young footballer who has not been able to join one of the 149 Development Academies within U.S. Soccer, whether it be for a lack of money, location (living in a sparsely populated area) or any other factor.The process is intense, but it can end with a young footballer's dream coming true, such as it was for 30 players - one of them being Jonathan González - who today form part of professional teams, thanks to Alianza de Futbol."It's free for any kid," said Escoto in an interview with MARCA. "The player comes to the


try-out in one of the 12 cities where we have our events. There scouts come ผลบอลเมื่อคืน to watch them. At the beginning there are around 500 kids in each city, later we select the best 54 which are divided into three categories: Under-16, Under-19 and Under-22. The next day they all play against a local team, usually it's an MLS Academy team. That way the scouts get an idea of each player's talent, for some they receive an offer for a trial or in some cases, a contract," elaborated Escoto.What gets one's attention is that the majority of the scouts that attend the events are from Liga MX, not MLS."Apart from FC Dallas, which sends its scouts to several cities, we only see the other teams when the event is taking place in their city. For example, when we go to Denver, the Colorado Rapids will be there. However, in each city we go to there will always be scouts from a lot of Mexican teams there," explained Escoto.The best 54 players from the 12 cities also have the chance to show themselves in the "National Showcase", where they participate in training sessions with various Mexican National Team coaches.And why are there no representatives from U.S. Soccer?"They came before, but in 2016 Tony Lepore, the Director of Scouting for U.S. Soccer, said that they did not see the value of our events.... It was a big disappointment no doubt. "The truth is that every kid who comes to our events wants to stay in the U.S... Their family is here, their friends are here, but they can't because the opportunities that are presented to them are in Mexican football," acknowledged Escoto.From the national team perspective, Alianza de Futbol is agnostic. Their goal is to open doors for footballers. "The player comes first. We always ask: What is best for the player?"When the topic of Jonathan Gonzalez, a player whose dream was fulfilled in 2013 after an Alianza event, arises, Escoto pauses and speaks sincerely."Jonathan always wanted to play for the U.S.... He had offers from Monterrey and Chivas. Look, his dad is a huge Chivas fan, but Jonathan decided on Monterrey because he wanted to play with the U.S. I think in the end the U.S.


did not value what Jonathan was doing in Mexican football," affirmed Escoto.ผลบอลเมื่อคืน Escoto adds that the same thing is happening to other young Mexican-American footballers who are in the youth systems of Mexican teams."For example, there are eight kids who went through Alianza de Futbol who are youth players at Pachuca, which many say have the best youth system in Mexico. Each one is eligible to play for the U.S. How many times have they been called? Zero," stressed Escoto.Nevertheless, Escoto remains optimistic. He believes that the U.S.'s failure in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018 can be the start of a change within the federation. Escoto is asking for the people of U.S. Soccer to pay more attention to the players who don't have the resources or the money to be a part of a U.S. Soccer academy."I hope that things change and the ones who have been ignored or marginalized get more chances. Each kid deserves the same shot," concluded Escoto.
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