June 11-I just got done watching an ESPN interview with Landon Donavon and was amazed by his poise and approach to the decision of not being selected to the Final 23 for the US National Team. Coming off of club tryouts, it makes me wish that more families could possess similar perspective to the game. Here is a player who has dedicated the last 14 years of his life to playing at the highest level. This is a player who has proven his capabilities and has led his national team to previous achievements...NOT chosen for THE BIGGEST event in his sport. Yet, he speaks of life lessons and moving forward and, most of all, supporting the TEAM and the PLAYERS regardless. Comparing that to some of the emotions and outrage that are displayed following decisions on U9's or U12's really brings to light the lack of balance that is sometimes present in YOUTH sports today. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the World Cup over the next 30 days...and remembers to try and keep the game in perspective!
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