When it comes to youth soccer, are Canadian soccer supporters the worst?
We’ve seen this over and over. A young players come up through our system, and then our small-but-oh-so-loud Canadian soccer community gives the kid way too much praise, way too much hype. It’s understandable, we’re so desparate for a saviour, an instant solution to decades worth of soccer rot, that we latch on to 17-year-old after 17-year-old. The message boards fill up with dreams of big moves to big clubs. And whether your name is Aleman, Alderson or Teibert, the overreaction to some early career successes puts you on a path to meet expectations that can’t possibly be met.
Young soccer stars don’t hit the mainstream, but within our insular soccer community, we can pump up tires like no one else. And it puts them on a crash course to disappoint.
Of course, the belt of “next one” is currently being held by Hanson Boakai, the kid who came up with FC Edmonton and has had some head-turning performances for the U-17 and U-20 national teams, as well as one very magical run in the Amway Canadian Championship. Boakai is out of contract, though FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller confirmed there is an offer on the table. The rumour mill went nuts back in November, linking him to a move to Toronto FC. Now, comes news that Boakai will go to the Hajduk Split’s B side, and will get the chance to play his way towards the senior team.
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