Usually, clubs send out scouts to regional tournaments or something, or recognized schools occasionally. Very rarely do they go to individual games, unless to watch a known talent.JoshIsKing wrote:How do they draft college players? do they go to games or is there a important tournament that everyone participates in?
Its pretty rare for Freshman to start right away. I think its actually good in a way as it will give you time to settle into school. Its tough being an athlete in college and trying to balance everything but it can be done. They won't let you fail. At most schools that i've seen and know kids who play sports (soccer) they are treated well. They get tutors and mentors to help them with school work.JoshIsKing wrote:The college that is offering me a scholarship is the Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. I Have an older friend who goes there and he said its very hard to start on the team as a freshman, even though he is really good... that kinda scares me
Popularity isn't an excuse. Players like Ljungberg, Blanco, Beckham, etc are making well over 1 million dollars to play. There is enough money there to pay all players well. Hell a 3rd division player in Europe is probably better paid than most MLS players. It seems the MLS would rather pay a bunch of money to 30+ year olds. No wonder some of the draft picks/rookies leave for Europe especially with pt not guaranteed. There is no reserve league and they don't utilize the USL enough for loan deals. I've heard USL teams want to leave USL and create their own league.pickyourheadup wrote:I think the salary difference is because of the popularity of various sports in the U.S.
Soccer isn't as popular as baseball, football, or basketball and therefore isn't able to generate enough money to pay its athletes well.
JoshIsKing, a friend of mine also got a scholarship and was "redshirted" as a Freshman (doesnt get playing time in games). He got so frustrated he left.
The lesson to learn from this is that you are:
--First and foremost a student. You are at university to receive and education to prepare you for a professional career. Soccer is a means of getting that education for a low/zero cost.
--Remember that even if you want to play professional soccer as your career, a good education is important in case your career doesn't turn out as you expected. A college degree will give you a "Plan B".
Actually, a large amount of teams have Soccer Specific Stadiums.Rome_Leader wrote:- Most matches are played on American football fields; very few exclusive stadiums