About 175 young soccer
players got a treat Saturday afternoon
By BRAD GASKINS
The Jackson Sun
Art Walls, a former director of
National Team coaching for the United States Soccer Federation, put on
a free clinic for players between seven and 18-years-old Saturday
afternoon at Union University. The 2-hour clinic was part of the second annual Boise Cup
Prior to the clinic, Bethel College defeated Freed-Hardeman
University, 4-2, in the tournament's consolation game. Union played in
the championship game after the clinic.
Walls was impressed with the players that turned out. "I think they were excellent. Obviously, I wasn't going to
come in and say they're terrible kids, but they're not," Walls
said. "They're really first-class kids. They're trying hard,
they've got good nature, and they follow instructions
remarkably." Some of the players that turned out have a good shot at becoming
excellent collegiate players in the future, Walls said. "I would say that at least 10 to 15 of the kids I saw-if they
continue to go the way they are going now-they'll be university stars,
or university players for sure," Walls said.
When the clinic was over, Union's soccer team autographed team
photos for the clinics participants. Union head coach Darin White said the clinic was huge success.
"Excellent," White said of the clinics turnout. "We
had a lot of fun. It was a great day to promote the sport of soccer in
West Tennessee. We had beautiful weather, you couldn't have asked for
Walls, who currently lives in Huntsville, Ala., was involved in
developing the U.S. National Women's team, and the U.S. National Men's
team that qualified for its first World Cup in more than 40 years. He
also played in the English Premiership for the Tran Mere Rovers and
for Airdire in the Scottish First Division.