As a coach you must have a favorite player. It adds credibility or it rips your cred to pieces when you are asked who your favorite player is and you admit you don’t know the names of any players.

In Coach, Have a Favorite Player I went over three of my all time favorites, the old school players who made the game what it is today. Here I’ll give you a few modern day players who you can talk about.

My favorite current player is Wayne Rooney.

Rooney is a talented, tough striker who has no quit in him. He has a knack of being where the ball is and a touch that puts the ball in the goal.

My son Jesse’s favorite player is Leo Messi. If you have spent any time around soccer you know the name of Messi. Considered by many as the best player in today’s soccer world Messi, at 5′ 7″, proves that you can dominate an attack no matter what your height. His soft touch, balance and power make him a feared opponent.

My son Caleb’s favorite is Zlatan Ibrahimović. A relatively unknown player outside of Europe for most of his career Ibra is one of the most creative and feared strikers in soccer. He can score from anywhere and in any way at any time. Now as a striker for ManU (Manchester United) his fame in the U.S. is growing.

Other players you’ll hear talked about are Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, David Beckham (retired), Ronaldinho, Diego Maradona (retired), Mia Hamm (retired), Alex Morgan, Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” (retired)….

There are many, many players today who you may hear mentioned in practice or see on the backs of jerseys. Know a few.

If you are new to coaching Trap – Pass – Move was written for you. It contains information that you will find helpful including mental development of youth players, drills, systems and the whys behind them. It’s short with little fluff, just down to earth soccer coaching information that helped make our teams very good.

Rocky at the Candle Cafe

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