A moment of truth plays out on soccer field

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 19, 2009 - 9:13 PM
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maximusMay. 19, 09 9:41 PM

If the game didn't matter and the older team was supposed to win, then they wouldn't have kept score. Bad decision, but like the coach said, everyone makes mistakes. He shouldn't be fired over it.

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drfranktMay. 19, 09 9:42 PM

in judgement, as did the parents that agreed with him. This is sport and sports are about giving your best. If you have the chance to win, then go for it. If you win, great. If you lose, at least you know you gave it your best shot. Should the coach be fired? Hell no! everyone learns from this experience, even the team that had the game "given" to them.

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coomerguyMay. 19, 09 9:42 PM

SO they move on and get beat. So what? What an accomplishment in moving on to the next level I think the coach dropped the ball on this one, BUT should not be let go.

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Osh017May. 19, 09 9:55 PM

Good god, it is U12 girls soccer. Whoopi-doo.

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kleindropperMay. 19, 0910:07 PM

Now the U13 team expects things to be given to them instead of going out and earning them. Now I understand why society is where it is.

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ckuhlmanMay. 19, 0910:10 PM

and should be banned from coaching at any level ever again. What a maroon!

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myopinion2May. 19, 0910:20 PM

I have two kids who play soccer. One plays for Thunder and the other for another club. I have never heard any direction to "play dirty" from either club. I think that the direction of a club is more of a team-by-team basis. The higher level someone plays, the more physical the game is. It is a part of soccer. I guess I don't think that the coach should lose his job, I don't agree with his decision but they will need to get over it. There are many games and tournaments left in the season. For the parents whose kids are so upset, now they can teach coping skills. Life is not fair and they will learn this in all stages of life.

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dbitzMay. 19, 0910:24 PM

Replace Abboud with McHale.

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centmomMay. 19, 0910:26 PM

MN Thunder/Bangu and you might as well as Wings DO NOT teach their players to play dirty. They teach the kids to have fun and work hard. Never have my children been taught to hurt someone. I'm guessing your kids must have been beaten by a well trained MTA team on numerous occasions. The issue here is the coach. This man has a ego that is huge. God only knows what he was thinking! I'm sure it was some twist that will benefit him in the end or his company - Skillzy's. Whatever the Thunder decides, the girls should be proud of themselves.

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Tuy1929May. 19, 0910:33 PM

It brings to light some greater life's learning experiences than just competing on a soccer field. Everyone can now reflect, learn and move on hopefully for the better. I agree it was not the right thing to do for either team's best interests. On the other hand, if my team is embarrassing another team say by half time. I will put in the scrubs and if that don't work, then ask them to ease off on the gas pedal for the sake of avoiding greater embarrassment. Recall the 100 - 0 Texas girl's basketball game earlier this year. Sheesh!

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