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Sports - July 8, 2011

Palo Alto soccer team earns No. 1 ranking in the nation

Boys' 18-U team heads to nationals as nation's best

by Keith Peters

Gunn High graduate Daniel Tirosh was only eight years old when he joined the Palo Alto Soccer Club's Blue 93 Panthers. Every year the team made steady progress, from being ranked among the top 50 in the nation to the top 10.

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Posted by ED
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

This article is a complete nonsense, This team is combined from a the old, so so Palo Alto Blue with the Hispanic team called the black Panther which was combined by two coaches [portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
The Palo Alto Team never had any achievements, only with the best of the BP they did. The BP was an excellent team with a very low budget from a poverty area in SF. The best players on this team are from the BP, not from Palo Alto (Jose, and Juan). This is a trend seen clearly in the Bay Area where Hispanic kids are the best. There coaching of the Hispanic kids usually sucks, as no money is been put in. In Palo Alto there is allot of money put into the white American player and the results are mediocre.
The words about together, and strategy how they got there is complete nonsense. It is a simple combination of kids that there dads, are in high tech and business, and kids to illegal immigrants from Mexico who happen to play soccer well. There is no question that the current coach knows how to coach, but this is the reason soccer in the US basically gets nowhere. The base is narrow, after combining teams and winning championships, you need a large base in order to have the national team on top. The writer should have stated that this is a combined team and in the first 11 there are at least 3 players that have never been on this team, maybe more. (I mentioned two).

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Posted by SOCAJO
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Sounds like the trend these days is for Coaches and Managers in youth soccer is to scout for kids from other teams when they play them. That is how most of the successful teams like the Palo Alto team get to the top. I know it's not from years of hard work that a team like this is built from the ground up. And just like Ed mentioned above, this happens in every part of the country. Players who have never played on a team before suddenly get drafted so that the team can be successful. If any Coach or Manager has drafted players from other teams to make their team more competitive just when they will be playing more competitive teams, and on their way to the championship SHAME ON THEM! That trophy is worthless because you did not earn it fairly. I have been a very successful youth soccer coach for 16 years and I can proudly say that my team's success came with honesty and dignity. I was a role model for the kids I coached. As long a they gave it their best and had fun, the win was icing on the cake!!!

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Posted by Soccer Fan
a resident of Los Altos
on Jul 28, 2011 at 2:11 am

This is very true with De Anza Force Soccer club as well. No one is building the players from ground up. Instead of training their own players, they get the players from outside. This is an easy way for coaches and clubs to get ready made success in competitive soccer world.

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Posted by Sports Politics
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 28, 2011 at 3:01 am

ED, thanks for the truth. Although I disagree that Hispanics are superior athletes, coaches in all sports are scouting these days.

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Posted by Johnny Knoxville
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jul 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

Every team adds players and every team evolves. The difference is that Palo Alto was not Sporting, Juventus or De Anza... Where did Juventus Monarcas and Sporting go? What did they end up achieving? With all the State Cup championship and recruiting tools that were used by their coaches, it is amazing and truly remarkable Palo Alto stuck together and won, not one, but two State Cups Championships

Ed and SOCAJO are just upset that they did not accomplish what PABP have. Perhaps they are players or parents of close rivals. I am proud to know some of the players on this team. Good coaching, good players and hard work always pay off.