Embarrassing. It should be illegal.I had the opportunity to speak with a couple of the U17 WNT parents this past weekend. What they had to say was disconcerting to say the least.
Because of all the time missed attending camps and qualifying games this past year it seems that some of the girls were not able to complete their grade 11 school year and are so short of course credits they will not be able to graduate next year with their school mates. When I asked what resources, tutoring CSA had provided for these girls the answer was zero. When I asked why they didn't hire their own tutors the parents said that hey simply can't afford it. So CSA travels with a entourage that is bloated to say the least and not one educator among them to help the girls during their downtime???? Ridiculous!!!
Don't they realize that these players are still kids going through their formative years. There isn't a lot of money to be made in the Woman's game in the first place with the average WPS salary being 35 K. For many of these girls their most lucrative and immediate payback will be a full ride to a top American university. Why would CSA jeopardize their academic future? Why burn a year or two of NCAA eligibility because of poor planning, poor judgment and a complete lack of forethought by the CSA?
Time for a collective head shake at the CSA!!!