Picking it Up

Americans fetishize the pickup game across all their sports in that irritating, kitchifying way we have with all things amateur. (Call it “love-of-love-of-the-game.”) But American soccer fans love pickup for more practical reasons: There isn’t enough of it, and that absence hurts our overall play. “Pickup is an incredibly useful teaching tool not just because of its numbers, but because of its informality which means coaches — those who might be the pickup advocates — couldn’t create the ideal pickup scenario even if they wanted to. It has to be organic.” (Eric Betts/The Other 87)

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