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Switching Fields

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Switching Fields by George Dohrmann
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Nov 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780593614891 | 334 Minutes

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“George Dohrmann is one of our most perceptive chroniclers of youth sports in the United States, and here he brings his keen eye to the history and present of U.S. men’s soccer development. You come away with a deeper understanding of the pay-to-play system, how it developed, and why it left out so many Latinos and Black Americans—as well as why that may finally be changing. Writing about a culture isn’t easy, but Dohrmann picks the right people to help tell the story in a book that’s well worth your time.”—Grant Wahl, CBS Sports analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World’s Best Play the Twenty-First Century Game

“Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand why the U.S. men’s team has disappointed in the past but should have a brighter future ahead . . . Dohrmann’s reporting takes us beyond the up and down of results to find the structural causes—which, as so often in the United States, have much to do with race. This optimistic book is a pleasure to read.”—Simon Kuper, New York Times bestselling co-author of Soccernomics and author of The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making—and Unmaking—of the World’s Greatest Soccer Club

“A fascinating insight into how racism, the lust for profit, and a lack of basic infrastructure have held back U.S. soccer.”—Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics

“An exhaustive and necessary examination of what has stood between the U.S. men’s national team and relevance in international soccer . . . Dohrmann takes a microscope to the failings of scouting, youth coaching, and, often, imagination in the American game, all in the desperate hope that something will change—and the United States can finally build a winner.”—Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg, co-authors of The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports

“Dohrmann masterfully reveals . . . the underlying flaws in the [U.S.] men’s program. . . . In an encouraging nod to the future, he highlights examples of coaches and programs working to make effective changes. . . . This call to action provides hope that there could be a way forward for men’s soccer in this country.”Booklist

“A well-reported study of how a hidebound sport was saved from itself.”Kirkus Reviews

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