adidas ankle socks Adidas Summer League Could Return In ’99
Sometimes you envision something and then the reality kicks in and you deal with it,” said Peter Smith, project marketing manager from Adidas. This went exactly how we wanted it.
All the parts fit the weather, the facilities, and everyone we worked with in the community was great. You hope to create an environment and just let the players play and coaches coach. That’s what we had.”
Tom Mulroy, commissioner of the ASL, and Smith said they favor Loomis Chaffee Windsor as home base in 1999. They will make a recommendation to Adidas and a decision will likely be made in September. Mulroy said he would even approve of the ASL for women, housed this summer in Portland, Ore., moving to Hartford.
Scouts and head coaches from eight of the 12 Major League Soccer teams came to Connecticut to watch the players, who were split into five teams and played in a league structure and against MLS, A League and Division III teams.
It’s good for us, because it’s very hard in a country this big for us to see all the different areas,
” said Dave Dir, coach of the MLS Dallas Burn. The level has been good. This is a good chance for the kids to show themselves, too. We can never have enough good players.”
The players and college coaches had no complaints. They stayed in Hartford and trained at the meadows behind Lommis Chaffee.
It’s been a good environment to play in,” UConn’s Maurizio Rocha said. The fields were good and the competition has been great. They’ve treated us well.”
Said Bobby Rhine, another UConn player: It’s something that Adidas is going to build on in the years to come. The community has accepted us, but we’re definitely looking for some more support.”
Tournaments in Glastonbury, New Britain and Farmington were plagued by poor weather, but organizers plan to do more to bring fans to the games if the league returns.
This year we spent more time on the operational side of things, but we need to promote it a little better so the community knows we’re here and can get behind it,” Mulroy said. We need a little bit more advance time to promote it. That’s an area where we can improve.”
Azteca, Rhine’s team, was the big winner of the month. Former UConn players Kevin Kalish and Jeff DiMaria and Glastonbury’s Tyler Purtill, a goalie from Georgetown,
were on the team. Two players who caught Dir’s eye UCLA defender Steve Shak and South Florida forward Brian Waltrip also played for Azteca.