Best Quotes this Week:

“I don’t know if you realize just how much this means to the players, to U.S. soccer and to me. I remember the days when the support was less than what it is today. And your support does make a difference.”

Bruce Arena, who briefly spoke at the American Outlaws tailgate party in Nashville Friday night ahead of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Panama  (The Tennessean)

“In training when there was a ball I couldn’t control well, I’d hand it over to be played as if I’d lost it.”

There is constant discussion about how the United States always looks to South America for creative “Number 10” center-midfielders because we haven’t been able to develop them ourselves.  Argentinian Mauro Diaz runs the show at FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo are supposedly close to announcing an Argentine center-midfielder of their own.  If US youth soccer can find a way to develop players with this mentality it might be a good start.

Interview with legendary Argentinian midfielder Juan Román Riquelme (Pagina 12-translation from Montreal journalist @RoyNemer.

Best article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

With numerous LigaMX clubs criss-crossing Texas this month prior to the start of the Apertura regular season on July 21 and dual-national FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez throwing his lot in with the USMNT, this is a timely long-form article discussing player development in Mexico.