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From our fantastic Sporting Director, Paco Lobato, of Madrid, Spain:

To all of my friends at Atletico New Mexico Youth soccer club,

At the highest level of elite futbol and with all the sports and economic prestige that is at stake, what predominates are the RESULTS and Simeone knows how to get the most out of all this!

In youth sports, and mainly when we are talking about amateur's competing and developing. The trainer (coach) can not be consumed by the "RESULTS" if you are to fully develop the player to be ready to go to next level. At the Youth soccer level, the player's development as a whole is the most important aspect. Learning to love the game, learning to train hard, be committed, and to compete and to not panic in the big moments. The parents, the fans might be consumed by the team's "results". But this should not be the driver for the Youth soccer coach, in order to develop the player to reach the highest level.

Right now in all of Europe and the USA there is talk that Atlético de Madrid is in a great final and that makes this institution even bigger (At.Madrid have won Europa League 2010,2012, and Super Cup 2018).

If we talk about grassroots football, if we talk about training and player development, the most important thing is not to win but most importantly to LEARN and TRAIN in all aspects so when you finish your developmental stage you are now prepared to win important titles! The priority should always be the comprehensive training of the athlete, the footballer. This is overlooked in the United States from what I am learning from my work with Nate. At Atletico NM, we are committed to putting the development of the complete player as the priority. Youth soccer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in the United States will benefit greatly from such an important approach at the youth level.

In Madrid, we are celebrating today in with much heart, and much passion! We are in a final and the finals are not just to be played, the finals are set up (from the early development stages) to win them! GO Atleti !!!!!

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