The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on March 24, 1977 · Page 9
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Increasing Soccer Interest Will Be Plus for Unifedflfofes HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 9 SAN JOSE, Calif. (UPI) - Johnny Moore, who has been in enough world competition to know what he's talking about, predicts that within a few years the United States will produce players who will be capable of dominating the international soccer scene Moore, currently a player-executive -with the North American Soccer League's San Jose Earthquakes paused from his hectic schedule recently to point out the trend that finds many American youngsters turning away from the traditional football- basketball-baseball regimen in favor of soccer. "In the San Francisco Bay Area alone, we have something like 14,000 registered kid players," he said, warming up to the subject. "More and more want to continue soccer in high school. "The day is fast approaching when our sport will get its share of the best U.S. athletes. Then, it won't be a matter of a pro club (in the NASL) sticking with an American player just because he's an American. There'll be Americans on teams because they're good enough to belong there. In fact, if you look over the rosters, we have quite a few already." Moore, a native of Scotland who has toured Eastern and Western Europe with the U.S. National team several times, added, "Because of the infusion, the day of European players dominating will pass sooner than most people think." "I have to agree with John," confirmed Larry Boldrini, long associated Baseball Players Hear The Same Old Questions In Every Spring Camp with the Youth Soccer Association both nationally and in California. "We've had our youth programs going for a number of years and, now, several of our graduates are playing at the college level," said Boldrini, in commenting on Moore's forecast. "In other words, they have good, solid soccer backgrounds. And in a few years, they're going to make a big impact on the professional market." Moore used the age-group teams as an example. "At that level, the United States already is on par internationally," he said. "Our 12-13-14 year-olds are capable of competing with any their age in the world. "The next step, however, the high school age, has been a bit of a problem. I guess it's something of a social situation. Only kids who couldn't make other teams in more popular sports are turning out for soccer in this country. That's got to change — and it 'is rapidly." Boldrini points to the ever-increasing number of youngsters presently taking part in the program. In his area of Pleasanton, there are 2,100 registered players — compared to only a handful when the program was first introduced a few years ago. Encompassing the entire Northern California area, there are roughly 40,000 players, ranging in age from six to 19. And Boldrini is quick to point out that youth soccer is flourishing in other states. "We had one player from Pleasanton who made the U.S. High School All- America Soccer team," he said. "All told, there were only three of 33 players chosen from west of the Mississippi That means 30 came from the East. On that basis, you know soccer has strong representation in the eastern region." As for other American sports draining the soccer pool, Botdrini disagreed. "By the time an American youngster is 14. he, in most cases, has decided on one sport — usually, the one he excels in," he said. "We've found that once he has made a selection, he'll stay with it. So. by the time we get our players, we know they are going to stay with us. And because we have his undivided attention, it makes for easier coaching." There is one point, however, that Boldrini wants emphasized to soccer's governing body if the United States is to become effective in top-flight international play. "I think we have to select a team and keep it together - training and getting to know each other - until the competition starts. Until we do, we are going to be in serious trouble in World Cup com- petiton. "Other countries pick their teams and keep them training together for a long time in preparation for the cup series. Here, we select a team early enough, but we don't bring them together until only a few weeks before the competition. Until we come up with a better format, we don't stand much of a chance. "I'm telling you, in five years we could be finalists for the World Cup. But only if can keep the players training together before going into competition." By MILTON RICHMAN UPI Sports Editor CLEARWATER, Fla. (UPI)-You've heard of ballplayers with good hands, good legs and good eyes. Now meet a couple with good ears, Tim McCarver, and his buddy with the Philadelphia Phillies, Tommy Hutton. Everything they hear, every little tidbit they pick up, they store away in their own personal filing cabinet, their brain. Then when they have nothing better to do and want to kill time, they pull out all these pieces of information and. analyze them carefully. Now before you begin getting any' wrong ideas about them, McCarver and Hutton are no clowns. Not when they're involved in a ball game, anyway. McCarver has more than 14 years in the majors. He gave Bob Boone a big hand with the Phillies' catching last season and hit .277 for them. Hutton has nearly six years in, is one of the best defensive first basemen around and owns a .313 lifetime pinch-hitting average The two were discussing cliches the other day. Some of the cliches ballplayers hear year after year during spring training. '"How's your family?' has to be number one on the list," offered McCarver. Hutton agreed. "People don't really have anything to say and feel they have to say something the first time they see you again in spring training, so they always ask 'How's your family?'" McCarver said. "When I was with the Red Sox a couple of years ago," he went on, "Spec Richardson said to Don Bryant, our bullpen coach, 'How's the family?'and Bryant said, 'But, Spec, I've been divorced for a year!' 'Good, good,' Spec said, 'tell him hello when you see him.' He hadn't even heard what Don had said." Hutton came up with another cliche players frequently hear. "You've met this fan once, maybe at some bar and he's come over to you and says, Til bet you don't remember me?'" laughed the Phils' first baseman. "Oh yeah," said McCarver. "You get that all the time. Now the fan is gonna give you a clue. 'You remember — from Allentown?' he says to you." '"But I've never been in Allentown,"' Hutton said, supplying the standard answer. "Then the fan starts giving you some more hints,"McCarversaid. "'You know ... the department store ... signing autographs ... aw c'- mon.'" "After awhile, you say 'Aw, yeah,'" put in Hutton, "You still don't know who he is, but you tell him, 'It's nice to see you.'" Some of the other questions asked him every spring for the past 10 years, McCarver said, are: . "Been working out this winter?" "Did you drive down?" "Is your family coming down later?" The question put to McCarver and Hutton most often by the fans this spring, both agreed, has been: "What effect do you think the free agent draft will have on baseball?" McCarver said he has answered the question so much this spring, he knows it by heart. "The answer is obvious," said the Phillies' receiver, who proceeded to furnish it once more with a perfectly straight face. 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