Now, a word from Coach Tony DiCicco

I was looking for some old research materials this morning and came across Tony DiCicco’s in-depth recap of the US U-20s 2008 campaign, in which they won gold at the World Cup in Chile. The 100+ page report opens with this really great reminder:

However, we cannot confuse our success in 2008 with “everything is right with USA girls’ and women’s soccer.” […] the fact is we are losing ground in the women’s game worldwide.

Emphasis his, not mine. This recap came right after the US won gold at the Olympics and at the U-20 level, and the U-17 won silver in their inaugural tournament.

I have a love-hate relationship with this document. I am not a fan of DiCicco and I don’t like how he handles players, but I don’t think that makes his overall assessment wrong. I really do appreciate how he broke everything down in this document and gave a frank assessment of the team over the course of the year that he had them.

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2 Responses to Now, a word from Coach Tony DiCicco

  1. Tom says:

    That report makes for truly fascinating reading — thanks for mentioning it, or I’d never have found it.

    • vRm says:

      It’s still online, then? That’s good. US Soccer makes the older YNT information inaccessible, and while the report wasn’t hosted by US Soccer, I wasn’t sure it would still be around. Some of the points he makes are pertinent across the full and youth national teams, the college teams, and WPS right now.

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