ASN Morning Read: The Future Is Here Right Now
September 28, 2017
- A story about New York Red Bulls and U.S. U-20 star Tyler Adams.
- Who then went out and did this:
- I told you he was good.
- While we're on the subject of youth:
- Atlanta United reaches the playoffs, continues its quest to become the best expansion franchise of all time.
From Sports Illustrated: Speaking Tuesday in New York City, Arena—who's coached more internationals than any U.S. manager—reportedly said he didn't think he'd have to deal with protesting players before the do-or-die games against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. "We've got enough to deal with on October 6 besides kneeling and stuff," he said. Like others in American soccer, Arena appeared to draw a distinction between playing for club and playing for country. Overall, he said, recent "demonstrations by the players are appropriate." But, he added, "the national team is different. You don't have to play in the national team. You can choose not to play. Those guys are professionals in their club teams. That's their jobs. They have to be there. Our guys don’t have to be." When asked what his reaction might be if a U.S. international took a knee, the often-sardonic Arena said, "Well, what do you think I should do then? Right then and there, take him off? Burn a few substitutions? If four guys do it, we're screwed …. If we need to discuss it, we'll discuss it. But I don't think that's an issue we’re going to deal with.”