I regularly see kids with seemingly great skills. They look good and score, etc. against weak competition. Then they fade away when playing against agressive teams with speed. Too slow to move the ball. They still think their fancy moves will beat top athletes, etc. Instead, they are turnover factories that force the rest of the team to cover for them. Oh yeah......many also don't tend to work hard off the ball, struggle to understand shape, get back on defense, and tend to be weak in the air. They are too busy being stunned that it was pretty easy to stop their style of play that worked so well against soft players.
My son played there (for a coach that probably did not teach the current Legend's philosophy perfectly) for a couple of years before moving on.
By your own admission you didn't stay with the program. That's why you don't understand how our unique approach develops the highest quality of team player, i.e. fantastic leaders who can also play a great team game when the time is right.
The following is a factual record of players and teams who stayed with the program for the long haul. These are the players who received the full benefit of the Legends philosophy.
Anyone reading your post could easily get the wrong impression until they recognize that you didn't stay the course. The simple fact is that you have no direct personal experience of the amazing abilities players and teams who stick with the program develop.
Most importantly long-term Legends players become brave, creative leaders for life. This is because we challenge them to take personal growth risks without fear, guilt, shame or blame. When what they try goes wrong, the other team scores and their coach encourages the brave, creative effort despite a negative statistical outcome they learn that mistakes lead to expertise that knows no limit. That's powerful!!
Please read on for the Legend's Accomplishments:
48 - State Championships
21 - State Cup Runners Up
5 - Regional Champions
5 - National Final Four Appearances
2 - National Runner Up
1 - National Champion
14 - National Indoor Champions
Over 400 - State ODP Players
25 - Regional ODP Players
5 - National ODP Players
30 - Professional Players
Over 360 - College Players
5 - High School All-Americans
The KC Athletics (A team comprised of mostly ex-Legends 81/82 Alumni) wins National U20 USASA Championship beating Southern California 9-1 in the process.
83/84 Legends won 4 National Indoor Soccer Championships and placed 2nd twice from 1995-2002.
79/80 Legends won 3 National Indoor Championships from 1994-1999
The only time UMKC went to two consecutive National Tournaments was when they had multiple Legends alums on their roster (Ben Baumgart, Beau Williams, Ryan Barber, Drew Perkins, Geoff Miles, Jason Woods, Jimmy Davey, Ryan Kaufman, Chad Ramey).
When Blue Valley high School won back to back State Championships in 2000/2001 most of the key players were long-term KC Legends.
When Rockhurst High School won back to back State Championships in 1998/1999 most of the key players were long-term KC Legends.
When Shawnee Mission North West won back to back State Championships in 1998/1999 most of the key players were long-term KC Legends.
In 2005 the West Des Moines Menace won the PDL with long-term Legend alum’s Jesse Baker, (Later Minnesota thunder), or Corey Farabi, (Drafted KC Wizards), scoring in the 4 conference & national final games including the game winning semi-final goal (Farabi) & key PK’s for both players in the championship (http://pdl.uslsoccer.com/home/105814.html
In 2005 Legends Alum’ Andy Metcalf was the PDL Top Goal scorer With 18 For the Cape Cod Crusaders
In most St Thomas Aquinas High School State Championship teams through the years Legends players have made key contributions.
12 Legends Alums On St Thomas Aquinas All Time Points Leaders List (With * in front of their name)
David Grimsley 163 1991-94
* Coleton Henning 152 2004-07
* Matt Blouin 137 1999-02
Josh Lents 120 1991-94
David Martinez 112 1996-99
* Michael Thomas 110 2002-05
* Chris Lee 108 1997-00
* Brian Spitzkeit 103 1993-96
* Matt Stillwell 101 2001-04
* Mark Roennigke 99 1992-95
* Patrick White 95 2003-06
Shawn McCullough 90 1993-96
Kevin Powers 90 1990-93
Brian Hartis 87 1990-93
* Keith Gorczyca 75 2000-03
* David Seefeldt 73 2000-03
Eric White 70 1991-94
Brendan Copeland 62 2005-08
* Peter Clevinger 61 2002-05
Shanti Johnson 59 1991-92
Kevin Conkright 59 1990-93
Josh Magness 58 2005-08
Calvin Clark 57 2002-05
*Jaime Zarse 56 2001-04
In the history of Kansas City High School soccer back to back State Championships have only ever been won by teams with a high concentration of KC Legends players playing in key positions.
The only times Drake University have featured in National Tournaments was when they had multiple Legends alums on their roster (Zach Brennan, Jesse Baker, Corey Farabi, Josh Yeretsky, Garrett Webb, Luke Gorczyca, Matt Kuhn, Matt Prather).
In the 2009 NCAA DI sweet sixteen game against Boston College Drake won 6-4. Legends alum’s Luke Gorczyca, Garrett Webb & Matt Kuhn scored the last 4 of Drake's 6 goals.
JCCC went to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship game with three Legends alums on their roster. Two (Megan Weston & Rachel Pride) were amongst the highest four points scorers on the team.
2009 Benedictine College wins their conference and earns a berth at the NAIA National Finals in Fresno California with multiple Legends Alumni. Legends Alum Brendan Copeland gets assist on the only goal while GK Tanner Fox records the shut out. Other Legends alum's on roster include Remy, Smith, Raplinger, Parkhurst, Lausman, Clevinger, Durbin, Montgomery
Legends alum Ari Rodopoulos dribbled from his own half to score the winning goal for Blue Spring HS in the Missouri State High School Championship final.
Joe Burns dribbled from his own half to score the winning goal for the Legends 81/82 team in the USYSA Region II Championship final.
Jason Cole dribbled from his own half to score the winning goal for the Legends 79/80 team in the USYSA Region II Championship final.
Mark Roennigke was awarded a free kick when fouled while executing a Maradona Turn in the USYSA Region II Championship final. The winning goal was scored from that free kick.
A full list of alumni achievements can be seen at the following link:
Hope this allows people to see the factual evidence and draw their own conclusions.