Facing the reality that the US Men’s Soccer Team will not be playing in the 2018 World Cup has sent shockwaves throughout the American Soccer Community. From Youth Recreational leagues, Media, Youth Competitive Clubs, High School, College and the professional ranks. Everything about Soccer in America is in question. The process, the priorities, the culture, the money, the ratings, we all have more questions than answers.
But as difficult as this time may be for US Soccer, it is a good time for us to assess, reflect and find common ground. In this special series of podcasts, Deportes Nation is seeking opinions from those who live the sport in our country to get their take on where we are and where we are going.
Alex Parra talks with Kelly Findley who has along and distinguished career as a player and coach. Findley joined the Sporting KC Academy staff in the Spring of 2017 with more than 10 years of experience coaching in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He won two national championships working with Carmel United and also was a coach for Capital Area Soccer League (CASL). Aside from working in the USSDA, Findley spent almost 20 years working in collegiate athletics including five seasons as head coach at Butler University and six seasons as head coach at NC State. Findley was a three-time All-American at Judson University and played six seasons with USL side Charlotte Eagles - the final two as a player/coach. Findley holds USSF A and NSCAA Premier coaching licenses and is currently pursuing the Elite French Coaching License.