VAUGHAN, ON – OSATv TouchLine host, Anthony Totera, interviews John McGrane – 2008 Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, retired professional player and coach who played nine North American Soccer League seasons and seventeen times for the Canadian national soccer team including at the Montreal Olympics, coach of the expansion Kitchener Spirit of the Canadian Soccer League in their inaugural season of 1990, head coach and General Manager of the CSL’s Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League for two seasons, founder of SOCCERWORLD SYSTEMS and SoccerWorld Hamilton which owns, builds, and manages indoor soccer facilities in North America and Europe – on his memories playing in the NASL against name players such as Pele, Beckenbauer and Cruyff; the collapse of the promising NASL resulting from league management practices and decisions based on fan sentiment vs. business reality; the difference in work ethic among youth of entitled vs. needy backgrounds; the need for subsidies to support athletes based on their ability to play instead of their ability to pay; and the need for a pyramid of play which supports player development from grassroots to professional and national team levels.
In Part 2, John McGrane comments on the state of Canada’s National Team program and the quest for changes in the Canadian Soccer Association’s governance model from a volunteer-driven organization to a professional body tasked with the responsibility to produce a Canadian Men’s Team which can qualify for the World Cup.
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