Oldies, but goodies: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said the signings of veterans like Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme should help, not hinder, the development of young American players at the club (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).
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(Photo courtesy Pomona College).
John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at EPL club Tottenham Hotspur since 2005, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday on “Teaching in an Elite Soccer Environment” at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont.
The event is free and open to the public.
Here’s more on McDermott via the Pomona College press release:
McDermott has worked with players of all ages and at all levels since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1989. He began his career at Leeds United’s Football in 1991 before becoming Watford’s first football and community development officer and, later, its youth development officer and academy manager. As national coach of the Football Association, he worked with young players, from 16 to 21 years old, on international teams. In 2015, the FA presented McDermott with the Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development Award.
Under his leadership, the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy has earned a strong reputation for developing home-grown Premier League professional footballers and equipping many other graduates to play in both the English and European football leagues. The Daily Mirror newspaper said he has “played a massive role in development” and is “hugely respected with in the game,” while The Guardian observed he has “built his reputation as a shrewd judge” of upcoming players.
Even Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was taken by surprise by his team’s remarkable rise to the summit of English football (Associated Press file photo).
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And, yes, even Ranieri called it “strange.”
Arsenal will tour the U.S. for the second time in three years and will also play against the MLS All-Star team July 28 in San Jose.
“Pre-season is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be coming to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game and to play Chivas,” said Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. “We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.”
BTW: Arsenal have won 13 English championships; Chivas USA have won 11 Mexican league titles.
Ticket information has yet to be announced.