Episode 49: Transfer season, January Camp, and an interview with Real Salt Lake academy director Martín Vásquez


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We talk about the Pulisic move to Chelsea and lots of other moves, run down what we’re looking for from January camp, and then (don’t miss it!) interview Martín Vásquez, the dean of the Real Salt Lake academy, which has been a factory of talent for the U.S. U20 team in recent years. Lots of detail in the show notes so make like a honey badger and take what you want.

  • 0:30 Pulisic to Chelsea, Richards to Bayern, Weah to Celtic, Adams at Leipzig, Holmes at Derby County, etc., etc.
  • 26:00 Belz rant on why Ledezma and Mendez should be getting occasional check-ins from Berhalter or Stewart
  • 32:20 January Camp: what Greg will watch for in these friendlies, the battle for the No. 6 spot, players to watch (Long, Cannon, Steffen and a bunch of wildcards)
  • 54:10 three players to watch in the U20 camp (Durkin, Taitague and Cappis)

Martín Vásquez interview

  • 1:00:10 His work at the RSL academy
  • 1:16:15 Specific players from RSL: Ledezma, Soto, Ochoa, Arriaga, Pena
  • 1:39:35 Vásquez on the development academy and US soccer development in general

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