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Published on 17 Jun 2013 | over 3 years ago

We don't actually think that Brendan is going to be a professional. The title merely identifies the genre of video. Brendan can claim dual U.S./German citizenship because his grandmother was kidnapped from Bayern/Bavaria (from a small municipality relatively close to München/Munich) after the war, and her German family didn't find her until 40 years later. He initially learned to play football like someone from Latin America, particularly Brazil and Argentina. He has family from both Germany and Brasil. He's now old enough to learn the importance of discipline and tries to train like a German.

He has been playing a lot of futsal lately with his little brother. Some of the clips here are him playing futsal against 9-11 year olds.

His favorite players are, in addition to German players, especially anyone from Bayern München, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo (from Brasil), Zidane, Landon Donovan, Chicharito and everyone else on Manchester United, particularly Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, and Nani. He's a fan of the LA Galaxy because a family friend played for them for several years, so he's seen a ton of their games. He's becoming a Chivas fan because its system created Chicharito (and because a player on Brendan's team is a Chivas supporter).

He's also becoming a big Philipp Lahm fan and a fan of German fussball in general as he's getting old enough now to understand what happened to his grandmother. In the past, he just thought that his relatives spoke with accents because they were from another U.S. state. He keeps asking if Klinsmann will make kids in the States like football as much as kids in Germany. He's getting frustrated that American kids don't want to train outside of organized practices. He recognizes already that the American system creates kids who have limited individual skill, which forces older teams to resort to "boom ball" if not outright "kick and run." He realizes that there are very talented American kids out there, such as Hassan Ayari and Bryce Blevins. But he just assumes that those kids are the kids of immigrants who also have dual-citizenship somewhere that actually knows how to develop footballers. Even most of the kids from our local Mexican leagues don't really focus much on skill. It's a broken system.

The song is "Eyes on You" by Network 415.

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