Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet

Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet

by Shane Stay

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ISBN-13: 9781782553595
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Shane Stay is a former professional soccer player, writer, comedian, producer, and founder of Leaf Dressing. In 2008, Stay bottled Leaf Dressing, co-authored a print book, published a magazine story, worked clubs as a comedian, played restaurateur, received a Master of Arts, and played professional soccer. Stay has a Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts from Southern Illinois University. He resides in Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction 11

This Book 15

My Background 29

Bunch Up! Please Bunch Up! 37

Never Pass Back to the Person Who Just Passed to You! 41

Touch Passing 51

Passing The Ball to a Guarded Player is Okay 55

Outside Defenders, Play Like Forwards! 59

Crossing, Try Something Else! 67

The Players 71

Shooting 77

Skills 85

Less Crossing, More Laying Off the Ball at the Top of the Box 91

Chemistry Among Players 85

The Mindset that Brazil, Argentina, Or Germany are Superior 101

What to Blame? Coaching 109

NBA Vs. Brazil 117

Double Teaming on Defense 123

Corners-A Waste of Time 127

Dribbling: Start With the Young Players 131

Enthusiasm for the Game 135

Uniform Change 141

Don't Pass to the Middle! 147

Practice 151

2010 World Cup Hysteria 157

Conclusion 161

Sources 166

Credits 167

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Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book on soccer. check it out. if you thought chemistry didn't matter in soccer or team sports this should change your mind. looking forward to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world of soccer is waiting to hear from the united states and other nations, as this book points out and as the soccer world is well aware of. The issues with American soccer in the past 20 years seem to be continuing and I think this book will play a role in the transformation of some ideas of the game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. My kids love it. I'm learning alot from it.
Doug333 More than 1 year ago
Great read. It really takes it home to the heart of the problem with American soccer. I imagine closed minded readers won't like this very much!  That's what I liked about it! 
Brianmurphy More than 1 year ago
This book was well written. It flowed. It brought to life personal experiences of the author, mixed with the critique of American soccer. It is very well done. I laughed out loud at times. It does not have all the "stats" from a typical sports book. Thank God! In fact, it does not feel like a sports book, in a good way. It is funny. It is well informed. And it comes from a clear place. I think the author has a lot of courage to write such a book, knowing the criticism he would receive from the powers that be, which no doubt will not like this book. But that's why the rest of us turn to books like this. They point out what's wrong with some institution, and they piss a lot of people off in the process. The American soccer process seems very screwed up and I look forward to many more books from Stay, which all should be funny and well done. I highly recommend this read to others, as this will undoubtedly be the reference point to a great career. If you're part of any establishment you probably want to read this. It will point out your flaws and educate and entertain. If you're a soccer "expert" you'll probably have a hard time accepting it. To my knowledge there is not another book of it's kind, oddly enough, in the history of the American soccer world. So I say with this book, it's about time. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book from the advice of a friend. I couldn't put it down once I started it. It normally takes me 2-4 weeks to finish a book, but I finished Why American Soccer Ins't There Yet within 3 days. It sticks with you even when you're finished with it. It's a fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. All the haters will definitely hate this. After all, the haters have pushed the American soccer game into the gutter for all these years.
k798844 More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for more from this author. Soccer as we know it, has been a mistold story of craziness! Somehow the United States just can't win everything with this forbidden sport that the rest of the world knows so much more than us. You've heard that before? That's because  you're in America, and that's what we hear all the time. However, this book will guide you in the right direction of how the American  team needs to play in order to be the best team in the world. It's very interesting, with great stories and side notes and a must read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight on soccer. Must read. Check it out. You thought American soccer had potential. Ha. It does, but it's not close to using it all. 
S72 More than 1 year ago
Must view! 
meg tablue More than 1 year ago
This book lays out the issues with soccer in America with humor, facts and honesty. A cult classic for when the United States men's team wins the World Cup. It will be looked back on as the book that led the way. Like it or not, the men's team has struggled for a long time. Improvement is one thing, being the best is another. If you can't read a book like this and believe in its purpose, from an open point of view, then you're probably still a part of the problem with American soccer.
e404142 More than 1 year ago
The harshest criticism of soccer yet, and it happens to be American. Should it be a surprise? You'll find out more about US soccer than you ever thought you'd get. Sure it's the last sport  most people think of. Sure it's been in the dark ages for so long. You want to know why? Check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great and funny. I heard about it on the ESPN radio interview with Stay, check it out. Uniquely funny! and Informative
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great perspective into American Soccer.  Overall a great read.  Can't wait to hear more from his next book.  
rachsmith More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one sitting. Informative. Hilarious. Could not put it down. As a born and raised American I just loved it. Maybe we'll catch on one day. So glad for this book Shane Stay. Thank You. More more more more please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt this read speaks to everything I have seen and delt with growing up around the game. I still play pick up and in some leagues, I'm not the best player, but I can see all the things coming out onto the page, that I've experienced. The guys are rushed to get rid of the ball. Everyones hurried like they're in a panic. I haven't been to europe or south america to play with other groups over there like in pick up or something like that, like a league, but I would be very curious to see if the average player over there is like the ones here. When I talk to my European friends they all say the same things, that we're missing something in the game. It shows on the field. You can see it in the games on TV like in the recent World Cup. This read covers that explicitly and in great detail for the soccer fan and sports fan alike. Also the psychology fan becasue it covers the back drop to why these failures are the way they are. It's funny, insightful, real to the point. We dominate every other sport but not this one. It goes right to the point of why. I really got into it. I have a couple chapters left but I'd recommend it definitely and will have to give it to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, real, and to the point. This book hillariously points out why the world of soccer in America is far behind everybody else. All those good countries out there that we're trying to catch up to are used as the example of what this country should be doing, or trying to do. It's funny that all these years the poor American soccer fans have had to deal with the measly conference they're stuck in.