Black Players For Change & Players Coalition Negotiate Official Partnership! I #AskASoccerPro Show Ep 078
11-year MLS veteran Quincy Amarikwa welcomes you to episode 78 of the #AskASoccerPro Show where he talks Black Players for Change, the MLS is Back tournament, how to make US soccer more inclusive and more!
Check out what Quincy covers this week:
00:00 – 02:35: Welcome To The #AskASoccerPro Show Ep. 078!
02:38 – 07:04: Did You See The Black Players For Change Protest?! #MLSisBLACK
07:08 – 11:57: Do You Want To Watch #MLSisBack With Quincy?
11:58 – 13:09: How To Get Back In Shape For Soccer @CJsmith_04
13:11 – 17:47: What To Do When You Don’t Have An ESPN Stream
17:51 – 19:12: Black Players For Change & Players Coalition Negotiate Official Partnership!
19:17 – 23:34: I Have Lower Back Pain, How Do I Get Rid Of It? @trevorwillis_
23:35 – 24:48: What To Consider When Trying Out For Your Team @_pogbajunior
24:49 – 26:37: Why The Pay To Play System Is A Massive Problem
27:00 – 30:22: How Is Montréal Looking To Quincy?
30:26 – 34:56: Can Pro/Rel Make US Soccer More Inclusive? @ben._.Jammin
35:00 – 37:04: What Is The Best Thing Quincy Learned In The MLS? @yojxrd
37:08 – 40:13: What Does Quincy Really Think Of Pro/Rel?
40:17 – 43:31: What Does Quincy Think of FC Dallas Being Removed From #MLSisBack?
43:34 – 46:09: Who Started the #MLSisBlack ?
46:11 – 50:55: What’s It Like Being Traded In MLS? John Hollinger
51:01 – 53:47: Would Quincy Go To The #MLSisBack Bubble Right Now To Play? @pgsports
53:55 – 55:31: Where Do Players Stay In New Cities? @soccer_dad_for
55:41 – 58:50: Why D.C. United Did Not Want Quincy Back
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Quincy Amarikwa (00:00):
We're all here to ride the MSL wave. The Mental Strength League. I'd like to welcome you to another episode of the #AskASoccerPro Show! Joe Jackson. What's happening in Houston. Dynamo memes Mario B a L a R D I N. Welcome. Welcome Connor Johnson, England 2130. What's going on? UJoe, it's going good, man. Lots of progress. UAndy, what's going on brother and see you in a minute. Welcome into the live. Uas you guys know, let's see what we got here.
Quincy Amarikwa (00:42):
Quincy Amarikwa (00:43):
Photo up on this screen though. What you guys know? Sirena drunk, dropping in John, dropping in it's pot. Is it pause for anybody else? Yeah, there you go. I think I'm in your head. Emojis. Let me know if you can hear me. Okay. We're getting everything dialed in. I don't know what's going on with the service. Trevor just said he had, he just had tryouts here, set something up, some stuff behind me, the Luca what's going on. Let's see what we got here. If this is able to set up. Okay. And Melissa for those of you guys who've been falling in for a while, you know, you know, we're coming, we're coming correct with the MLS is black campaign. I don't know if any of the, the kickoff game for the MLS, our MLS is black campaign, main mega board. It's in the tournament.
Quincy Amarikwa (01:39):
And you guys saw the protest yesterday drop drop a comment. You know what I'm saying? Like, what were you guys' thoughts or you guys' thoughts on the protest that you saw yesterday? Did you see it? Are you aware of it? You know, what's been going on, you've been living under a rock. You've been joining in, not joining in what's going on. Let me know Matt drop nine in your head. Emojis, John dropping into I'm in your head emojis. And now that I think we are good to go on the audio side and we are set up, I'd like to welcome everybody to episode 70, there's a 77, maybe 77 or possibly 78 of the #AskASoccerPro Show with your host. That's me Quincy Amarikwa, 11 year MLS pro ucurrent currently in my free agency year. Uand here on the #AskASoccerPro Show.
Quincy Amarikwa (02:38):
Yo, Kevin, what up bro? Welcome. I got you up here in the, I got you up here in the screenshot on the top row before you guys did your protest yesterday, you'll love seeing, I love seeing the MSL repping heavy, a whole DC United squad. You guys could see, you guys could see them up in the, up in the top, top corner there. But as I was saying, yeah welcome to the hashtag Assa soccer pro show. I'm your host, Quincy America, as you guys know 11 year MLS pro, but on this show, we talk about the M S L or better known as the mental strength league. It's a game of 40 chess. It's a mentality game where you're either an active participant or you are steady getting played in every Thursday, 6:00 PM. PST 9:00 PM EST. The Perfect Soccer community joins me here, live for the #AskASoccerPro Show to get your questions answered and come together and build an ever growing influential community to better ourselves with every passing week using the patented Amarikwa process, seven step process to building the MSL mentality mindset, which is the mindset you need to accomplish your goals, because we don't look at things as problems.
Quincy Amarikwa (04:00):
We look at them as temporary obstacles and as a group, we work together to overcome them because as John knows and the rest of the perfect soccer community knows teamwork equals dream work. And we use the three S's of self awareness to, to maintain our critical thinking skills to get to wherever it is we want to be in life and soccer. So I'd like to welcome everybody to another beautiful episode. I'm seeing you guys spamming that heart button and dropping in your I'm in your head emojis. I'm seeing Trevor said, Trevor Willison D C needs to sign you for real. Yo, you guys need to, you guys need to be hitting the pavement and letting these MLS clubs know if you'd like me to sign with them. I don't know if they know that I'm still free agent and I don't, you know, or maybe they do know, but they're scared to sign me. That'd be maybe why. And then I could ask, why would they be scared to sign me? Why are they so scared? Or maybe they're not scared. Maybe they're waiting. Maybe they're being patient because they're putting together an amazing contract deal. And you know, contracts take a big contracts, take time to come together. So maybe, maybe that's what it is. Maybe we're just needing to be patient,
Quincy Amarikwa (05:23):
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You guys know we've been patient out here, MSL mindset putting in that work, staying ready. So we don't have to get ready. New York red bulls means joined in what up? Ronaldo goalkeeper seven joined in as well too. Are you guys doing, did you watch, like I said, did you guys see the protests? Were you able to catch it? If so, what were your thoughts? I'm looking up here. I saw someone had shared, let me see John had dropped MLS as black. I think someone else had said they watched it on Twitter.
Quincy Amarikwa (06:04):
Okay. Yeah. Robbie Robbie had said he just saw it on Twitter and it is fire. Yeah. A lot of the content that's coming out as a result of its serene has been going hammer time on the BPC, MLS Instagram and Twitter account. If you guys haven't been up to date as to what's going on, make sure you guys go follow those accounts and you can see the dope IG stories and Twitter, Twitter reviews that Sirena has been putting together. She's also getting the black players for change. Linkedin, Facebook, tick tock YouTube, all of that stuff. Just getting all that stuff together. So she's been doing a dope job with the social media accounts. So if you guys haven't checked it out, make sure you go and check that out, give them a follow and show Serena some love with all of that. Luca ask, are you watching the game right now? No, I'm not. If the game, the game is on is the game on right now?
Quincy Amarikwa (07:08):
If the game is on, what I was going to say is Sirena. If you're in the, I don't know if Sirena is in the house actually right now, if you could bring me my laptop, maybe I can log in and we could watch the game. We could watch the game together. Guys. That would be a fun episode. If we watch, does everybody have access to a Luca said new England verse. So who's, who's playing right now. Is anyone, does everyone have access to you to ESPN to watch the game? Okay. New England versus Montreal. If let me know if you guys would like to maybe watch the game together, we could do a little bit of live commentary and we can answer questions on the fly. We could have a kind of an impromptu fun episode and watch MLS is Back together. That'd be pretty cool. You guys let me know. What do you think it is? It is up to the group. While we're waiting on that, if any of you have any questions, make sure you drop them in the comment in the question box there and we can
Quincy Amarikwa (08:14):
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We can get, we can get a couple of those answered while we see if we can set up a while. We can see if we can set up for, for the game watching the game together. Let's see what we got here. Yeah. John said, let's do that pug bud jr. Said yes. Get the game on. Okay. Trevor said, yes, sir. So let's see Serena, are you in the house? Cause I think my laptop, my laptop's in the car. Let me go. Let me look out the window. Okay. No Serena took the laptop, so let's see what we can do here. Everybody bear with me while I try to set something up here on the fly. So as I'm setting this up so we can try to set up and watch the game together. You guys dropped some questions or some thoughts and things that you saw from the tournament. I don't know if you guys saw Earl Earl was on at Earl Ray and I was trying to look for it Earl Ray. And let me switch that up. So see, Earl Ray and Justin were on ESPN, ESPN round table. After the, after the protest to talk about black players for change our organization, what the protest was about as well as answer some questions as to what they think.
Quincy Amarikwa (09:41):
The Lucas said, I don't know what channel it's on. It's on ESPN. So I'm going to see how I can set it up And get it going. So let's see.
Quincy Amarikwa (09:56):
Ooh, you know what I'll do.
Quincy Amarikwa (10:04):
I was thinking if I could sit my computer on the ground. All right. Oh, there we go. Alright. We might be able to do this. Let me see. Oh gosh. Oh, super close to my computer. I don't know if that's good computers. That's like super big. Let me see. I'm going to read just, I was going to sit at my computer in front of me, but the computer's too big. So hold on. Yeah, Ben Jammin said ESPN, So let's see. That's probably see all my stuff behind me go. So we'll set up like that. Adjust here. I'm bringing the computer up in front of me 47th minute. Okay, cool. So it's not half time or we can actually get into the Oh five. You have not seen any questions coming in. It looks like everybody's been doing, they're doing their thing. So let's see here. It's already you Quincy. It's not on ESPN. Let's see. Associate Minnesota joined
Quincy Amarikwa (11:54):
In Ben Jammin dropped in what up, what up. Okay, so I have a question. So CJ Smith has a question while I'm trying to get the game set up here. So let's see what we got MLS is back tournament. And I'm gonna have to go to my old, my old sneaky ways of bringing up stuff. If I don't have the account on my computer CJ Smith underscore Oh four said I have a question. I'm trying to get back into soccer. And I'm wondering if you have any good workouts for getting back into shape and back into the grind of soccer. Yeah. So if you're trying to get back into the swing of things, head over to perfect soccer skills.com/login account, that's logging account. You'll see a link on the page to create your account. If you don't have one already and to create yourself a free perfect soccer team membership account.
Quincy Amarikwa (12:47):
And in there you'll get access to a full free week of B pro by perfect soccer. So Ryan mash or be pro general manager, shout out Ryan mash. Many of his many of his his players joining on the live regularly. He puts together those weekly programs. So their custom weekly soccer training programs. So if you're just getting back in the swing of things, I would start there. For that, let's see. I don't know if ESPN, I don't know if ESPN allows for it. So what I do, there's this website that I've found in the past, all the
Quincy Amarikwa (13:25):
Quincy Amarikwa (13:28):
So I found a website that I usually go to. So it's a T at T D H E dot U S. And then usually you can find the games on there.
Quincy Amarikwa (13:44):
I don't know if it's but it always see if we can get it. Let's get it
Quincy Amarikwa (14:08):
Stern. That links yet. Caitlin joined in increased football. Stopped by what? Up, what up? Yeah, you guys let me know you got here. Any questions I'm saying I'm seeing you guys are joining in. We're trying to set up the game so we could watch it. What else is going on? Ah giving you guys, I'm trying to the Luca I'm seeing if I can make sure that it's working before, I'd tell you guys to go to it. Cause there's usually always a bunch of popups and stuff on it. So I'm trying to see if it's working, right?
Quincy Amarikwa (14:40):
Quincy Amarikwa (14:44):
Okay. So everybody, Ooh. How can I drop a link to everybody that they can click all at one time? Would it work if I do this way? So hold on. I found a stream. So I found a stream. So guys, what I was doing is I'm trying to find a stream so we could all, all watch. All right. So how it usually works. Hmm. What I could do, how do I get everybody to link cause this link and make the link clickable. So all right, everybody, if you're wanting to watch the stream right. Go to [inaudible] go to 80. So I'm going to type it in.
Quincy Amarikwa (15:35):
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I was trying to make it so as clickable, but
Quincy Amarikwa (15:41):
80 D H E dot a D T a, sorry, this thing is, auto-correct a T D H E T V that he knew.
Quincy Amarikwa (16:01):
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That a T D H E T v.edu,
Quincy Amarikwa (16:08):
Let me make sure that's right.
Quincy Amarikwa (16:12):
And usually what you can do on that you can usually get. Yeah. So if you guys go there on your computer,
Quincy Amarikwa (16:21):
Quincy Amarikwa (16:52):
You'd be able to watch the stream so we can watch the game together while I answer questions. So for those of you who don't know, so actually this is what I'm going to do. Sirena. I am going to send you the link to the stream in Slack, and then I'd like for you to paste and copy and paste it in the, in the channel. So I can pin it T Gabrielle, what's going on. Mia. What's happening official. MLS means Daniel joined in to say, what up the Luca were you able to, were you able to see it, John, where you guys were able to get it, to get the stream? Who did I disappear? It disappeared.
Quincy Amarikwa (17:51):
Oh, there we go. It disappeared. I think what you guys see me putting it on the screen as well too, is black players for change is the official rebranding and name of the black players, coalition of MLS, where we started out just a month ago, we just recently negotiated or finalized finalized a deal to have an official partnership with the players coalition. So Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins started the players coalition over five years ago to help in the fighting of racial injustice. So, Oh, sorry. Racial justice yet, but social justice issues. They've got a great organization. They really enjoyed and loved what we, what we were about and what we came with. And these last several weeks we've been discussing with them an official partnership. So we just announced that I think two days ago, the day before the protest.
Quincy Amarikwa (18:44):
So there's been a lot of great things that I've been telling you guys about for several months now, cause you guys know 2020s about the vision and people will, people will learn or they'll choose not to, and we'll continue to learn and grow without them. So it doesn't really matter either way, right. Either, either they'll learn over or they'll lose, but we're out here learning Zuri, welcome. What's going on? How are you doing? Trevor said I have lower back pain and I can't seem to get rid of it. I've gone to physical therapy and it still didn't do anything, any advice on how to get rid of it? It depends on what type of lower back pain you're having. Are you having like lower disc pain or are you having lower muscular pain? So there's different items I used to have, well, not used to, I have low back pain. I've had issues with that for a while. You know, it's something that I've managed for ever since. Wow. Like ever since college, especially with running longer distances, but so I've got a bunch of tricks of the trade, but it depends on what type of what type of back pain you're having. Like what's the cause of your back pain? Do you have an idea or an understanding of what's causing your back pain and then from there I could probably be a little bit more helpful.
Quincy Amarikwa (20:03):
Quincy Amarikwa (20:06):
But yeah, if you guys haven't seen the news of the partnership with the player's coalition head over to perfect soccer skills.com. We, we we shared the news over there. I'm happy to talk about it. As soon as you said, the link is too long that's okay. So yeah, if you just put a D a T D H E T v.edu, you guys will be able to find a link to the stream. If you guys don't have ESPN naturally. So we're, we're watching the new England revolution, Montreal impact game fun fact. I played for Montreal in 2000. What year was that? 2018. End of 2018. I really enjoyed my actually yeah, shout out Montreal. I really enjoyed my time in Montreal. I even got my Montreal trainers on and that's a goal. Let's see.
Quincy Amarikwa (21:12):
So I don't know what the score is because it's the things are in the, let's see what we've got here. Nice touch chop. A great finish. I'm almost not sure if like the broadcast will end up giving me like a strike. That's a good finish. Finish. If I can try to make this larger. There we go.
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B O U. Okay. You got you guys on the field, the link. Yeah. I'd sent the link. I drop the link, but let me, let me pin it. I guess I forgot to pin it so sorry, you guys. And so they go a T D H E T v.edu. You guys will be able to get a link to the stream or we can watch. So it's Montreal zero new England, one in the 56th minute. We're watching our first stream of the game on the fly, which is cool. So we're all watching our first game together. And I'm answering questions while we're at it. So if you've got any questions, make sure you guys are dropping the questions there. And let's see. So I liked the black Zuri set. I liked black clears for change shirts. Can you get them in kid's sizes?
Quincy Amarikwa (22:55):
There should be. There should be kids sizes on the site. And if there isn't Sirena, could we get those added? So for those of you who are interested in getting some of the black players for change merge, you could head over to perfect soccer skills.com/b L M that's the BLM black lives matter collection any and all t-shirts or merge purchase from that collection. The proceeds will go directly to the black players for change or black place for change. We actually need to update Sirena now and think about it. We got to update the page. So everybody knows that it's going to black players for change. Now a black players, coalition of MLS, but sorry, thank you for that question. That's actually very helpful,
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Ooh, let's see what we got here. Underscore POG B a junior said I'm thinking of trying out for my team next year. Is there anything I should know? Well, there's a whole lot of things that you should know but it depends on how old you are, what level you want to get to how much work you're doing on your own and how much work you're doing with your current club. So I'd say the best place to start would be to head to perfect soccer skills.com/login account, create a perfect soccer team membership for free. Well, there's a free way to make your account and there's a page so you can pay. We're happy that we're happy for those of you who are paying for your account. Cause an investment in perfect soccer is an investment in yourself. We take that money and we reinvest it into the company and create you know, the systems and processes and the resources that you guys have access to you.
Quincy Amarikwa (24:22):
But we also understand that not everybody has the financial means to pay, which is why we're here to disrupt the pay to play system. So there is always a free way. There's always a way to get whatever it is you want from perfect soccer or need for free. There's also a paid version or a paid option. And that's how we've, we've we've solved that problem for the issues we see with the pay to play system. I think a lot of the, a lot of the articles and a lot of the, yeah, a lot of the media that you guys would probably see here over the coming weeks and months is going to greatly bring to light the inadequacies and the shortcomings of just the pay to play system and the MLS system. And just this, you know, us soccer system in general.
Quincy Amarikwa (25:12):
I think there's there's been a lot of, there's been a lot of things that have been ignored for a long time. And I think those issues are finally going to start being addressed or hopefully, hopefully address, but at least acknowledged, which is what I think is happening right now. So I think we're in the first stages of people acknowledging that there's a problem. And I think it's going to take several weeks for people to realize how massive the problem is. It's a pretty big problem. These are a lot of these are really big issues. They're systemic, they are deep. And they have been, they've been pervasive for a very long time. So I think once people get an understanding of how deep the issue is and how massive the problem is, we then be able to really start
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Attacking ways to, to implement the policy changes that need to happen to make it a more equitable
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Experience for people you're moving forward and more inclusive. I just think there's a massive, there's a massive number of soccer fans here in America that that should be tapped into and could be if we just, if we were more understanding of how we could be more inclusive in that process. So
Quincy Amarikwa (26:44):
Greasy said new England all the way. We'll see they, they look like they're doing, they look like they're doing all right. Montreal looks a little bit on the back foot as of right now, but I am jumping in to the middle of the game. So I don't know how the flow of the game has gone up to this point.
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Let's see. John said, saw your snake pray when you were at Montreal of it. Well, I think the snake prank was of, of was when I was with San Jose. So you, you probably, when I was with Montreal, that's probably when you saw the snake prank on Nick Lima love that deep. Ooh, okay. Yes. What drills. Okay. T dot Gabriela said, what drills do you recommend doing to get better with a foot that you aren't used to using? To be honest, repetition is the most important is the most important factor. I think most, most players think that there's some special drill or saw one certain, Oh, that's great play. Oh, how do you miss that? Just joking. I know how you miss that. It's always easier. It's always easier to miss a goal than it is to make a goal.
Quincy Amarikwa (27:56):
But that was, that was great buildup and play by the new England. Montreal is it's looking like they've, they've kind of been exposed cause they were easily broken down on the, on the counter there. As I was saying, I think too many players believe or think that there's like one master skill or trick or drill that you should be doing. I think what's most important is, is doing, doing it consistently and over a long duration of time. So like a lot of the drills and things that I do are very like simple, simple. I don't overcomplicate it too much, but it's repetition. That's most important. So repetition, repetition, repetition you just gotta make enough mistakes.
Quincy Amarikwa (28:55):
The Lucas had, did anybody just get a heck of a lot of ads? Yeah. So because it's a, because it's a website that does random streaming, where what they do is they add a whole bunch of ads on it. So you have to click through all the ads before you get a, before you get to the actual stream. But once you get the stream, it's always pretty, pretty decent stream. I've used the webs, the website for years and finding, finding things. If I'm not able to find the stream he at G R I E Z, I underscore 21 say Quincy, my cousin geo Alvarez was recruited at DC United, but backed out now he is going to play for New York cosmos. Okay. Let's do it. Do you know why he didn't? He decided not to go through with DC United if other link
Quincy Amarikwa (29:42):
Doesn't work you can use. Okay. So Ben jamun said, if the link that you guys see below doesn't work, you can use my goal, tv.com. I haven't heard of that. So yeah. Shout out, ban jamming for dropping the keys. Mmm.
Quincy Amarikwa (30:03):
Let's see what you got here. Safier, that's always dope watching, seeing your ex teammates, former teammates playing games.
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You know, cause you know, you know, you like know them personally in the locker room, you know, their their personalities and all the stupid things that they do in the jokes and stuff. Let's see, Ben Jammin asks. How how is one way you think US soccer could make it more inclusive, one way to make it more inclusive? I mean, there's, there's a lot of different ways. I just read an article, I forgot the guy's named Ben. It looks like he was doing YouTube videos over two years ago, talking about, I think he started hashtag pro REL for USA. I just read one of his articles on his argument for why there should be PR promotion relegation. I've talked about that in the past about about me thinking, at least at the time when I was talking about it the league is not in a position where they would be willing to be open to that idea at that time.
Quincy Amarikwa (31:28):
And the reason for that, it was just, they had too much power. They had too much control. The single entity system was from their perspective is working right. Values of organizations are going up with each passing year. There's more and more people who want to get into the MLS. The expansion process was very fruitful. But like I also talked about back in December as an #AskASoccerPro Show episode. For me, I was looking at it and seeing it very similar to the housing market of 2008. Right. Cause there is a limit to to expansion. So I think, I think that is a, that is one way. It's one way that I think would be a very, very difficult and tough sell. But in essence, pro REL does create total inclusion because you have to do enough to maintain your spot.
Quincy Amarikwa (32:24):
And if not, you, you go down and the next person gets an opportunity to step in. So I think in the purest sense of the, in the pure sense of openness inclusion, I think pro REL is one way in which you, you you eventually accomplished that goal. I don't think pro REL immediately solves the problem. I think there's still inherently certain advantages and disadvantages money then becomes access to money, becomes a huge influential piece to that. I think maybe like a hybrid pro rail system would be a good transitional step. And this is me thinking about this on the fly now. So take it with a grain of salt. Cause I haven't, I haven't spent anywhere near enough time thinking through this to say for certain in either direction. But I do like I do like the idea of taking the best parts of systems and making the best system you can create for, for today to get you to gathering enough data, to decide how to better refine it over time.
Quincy Amarikwa (33:29):
So I think salary caps are good. So, so there are, there are advantages to the single entity system that I think are, are hugely advantageous and a big reason why the league's been able to at least get to this point. So I don't think it's a, you just throw everything out just because you know, some things aren't ideal. One of those, I think the salary cap is good because if, if you're doing pro REL and you don't have the salary cap now, people who come in and just overspend and to a large degree, you can come in and then it becomes non-inclusive in other ways, like you've got the super teams and other leagues all over the world and cause you know, some, some super rich Uber billionaire will overspend on all players in everything to five X. They're not really like earning their way up the ladder the way in which pro REL is meant to be utilized.
Quincy Amarikwa (34:29):
So I don't want to say that that's the solution, the be all end all. But I think are a hybrid, a merger of those multiple systems and ideas would, would be ideal, at least as of right now, it's a good fit. A good attempt. Good question. That's where I fall with that. As of right now, I'll probably end up thinking more through that and we could discuss that more in depth in future episodes. Yo, yo Jordan, Y O J X, R D a N asked what's the best thing you learned from playing so many years in the MLS? I think the best thing that I learned is how to, how to refine and hone in on the MSL, right? Like I think because of the, because of the system, the MLS system, all the rules, the systems, the processes, the, the just the bureaucracy of the entire process because of that because of that, it, it forced me to adapt or die. Right. And I to continually adapt and reinvent and redefine myself with each passing year and learn more and grow and learn from my mistakes. So it has been it hasn't been easy by any stretch of the means, but it has been it has been a great defensive play. It has been a trip, so I've learned quite a bit, but if you're saying what's the one thing that would be that
Quincy Amarikwa (36:09):
Quincy Amarikwa (36:12):
Tony said, Quincy, who do you think will win? The MLS is back tournament. I'm actually not sure. I haven't, I have not been plugged in enough into the kind of the day to day of the teams to even give a remotely educated or at least confident decision on that. Just been, I mean this last month and a half has purely been implementing, organizing the black players for change that you guys are seeing here and, and you know, working through the, the partnership with the players coalition as well as, you know, two kids under three. So a lot of, a lot of stuff on our, on our end. Let's see Ben had said I'm definitely down for pro relegation hybrid. I remember your anti pro relegation video, and it's nice to hear your updated opinion of Fort.
Quincy Amarikwa (37:16):
Unfortunately, ribs will become the Everton of MLS. Thank you for the insight. Ah, okay. Then Ben is saying, I remember your anti per relegation video. So when you say an anti, which video are you talking about? Cause it's not that I've necessarily, maybe I was at the time, but I'm thinking more. So it wasn't necessarily [inaudible], I'm, I'm thinking from the perspective of the league and the league would definitely be anti pro relegation. So I don't think that's what I'm saying. I don't think I've ever had an actual stance as to pro REL is more speaking to the perspective, the league views pro REL and me going, like, I don't think the league is even, especially at that time, I don't even think they'd entertain the idea of that, even being a possibility. But with the current state of us soccer and I think the attention that's going to start coming their way now and just in alignment with where I was talking about the massive issue and problem that, that I think has been ignored for as long as it has, I do think pro rel will be a potential.
Quincy Amarikwa (38:29):
Okay. I do think it'd be something that will be open on the table now and under consideration now, will it come to fruition? I don't know. It's still early to say, but I do think it is introduced into the conversation now. Because the league is the league and us soccer in general is going to have to really showcase some very large ideas too, to show that they are, they are ready and committed to, to not continuing with status quo because status quo is what's, what's gotten us here to this point, you know, to a point in time where many people do not feel included in the process included in the system. They don't feel that there's a path for them. They don't feel as though they're fairly represented and that that's a problem, right. And that's a problem that I think they're, they're open and willing to, to address and get. Right. Which also means there's going to be some tough decisions to be made.
Quincy Amarikwa (39:34):
Quincy Amarikwa (39:37):
Of those being, bringing to table things that I definitely don't think they would have been open to or willing to in the past, but that's what we say, you know, soccer things can change very quickly.
Quincy Amarikwa (39:50):
Quincy Amarikwa (39:51):
So are you, are you one that's ready to adapt or are you are you stuck in your old ways? Cause the MSL is a mindset. It's a mindset
Quincy Amarikwa (40:06):
And it's a new thinking and
Quincy Amarikwa (40:12):
We learned from our old thinking, let's see what we got here. Ben said MSL greater than MLS loved that. Lucas said you should start a series where we watch watch games in common commentary together. Yeah. Maybe what I'll start doing. I can do that on the on the Twitch account. I don't know. I don't know the rules as to, and I'll need to look into it. So I don't know the rules as to like live broadcasts if you don't have like rights to resharing and stuff. So maybe we'll go on Twitch. Cause I know that there's no limitation on like how long you can stream on Twitch for I know no context Dylan is going to be being a more regular daily streamer on our Twitch account. So he'll be there doing FIFA daily and then maybe from time to time I can go on and we can watch games like this together. We can do commentary and break stuff down. I think this would be kind of good change of pace. This is enjoyable. I know that
Quincy Amarikwa (41:23):
Quincy Amarikwa (41:25):
We're all down for the MSL and we're tuned in and dialed in that also doesn't mean that we can't have some fun and enjoy some time together guys. John asks, what are your thoughts on FC Dallas pulling out of the Orlando tournament? I think it's necessary. Considering the whole point of it is supposed to be like an impenetrable bubble. Right. And I think above anything and everything safety has to come first for the players and the staff and the individuals at the tournament. And yeah, I think, I think from what I've heard and the, and the information available some, some players had arrived with, with COVID.
Quincy Amarikwa (42:16):
So, you know,
Quincy Amarikwa (42:20):
By the time, yeah, I think at that point in time, then multiple players ended up having it. And because of that I think the league had to then remove them from the tournament. Yo, speak of speak the man's name and, and he comes no context. Dylan joined in yo brother fury in here. My bad, like I said, you could see on the screen, we we've been, we've been working on this partnership with the player's coalition and getting everything organized for the protest for the black players for change. So I have been running around at a million miles an hour. I'm trying to delegate and elevate things. So hopefully we'll get you here going on the Twitch account. I think at the very least, we just need to get you into our Slack channel so we can communicate more regularly. And then get you log in details to the Twitch account. PG sports that hashtag Quincy bubble. Yo, what up Paul welcome. Let's see, Chris, Chris Floyd soccer said, hello. Hello. How you doing? Paul said, did you start #MLSisBlack. I don't know. You guys might want to go and check the very first post on the hashtag and, and see where it started.
Quincy Amarikwa (43:46):
Could you drop a link and have people watch on two tabs? Like now
Quincy Amarikwa (43:51):
Quincy Amarikwa (43:51):
I'm not sure you could drop a link and have people watch on two tabs, but what, I'm not sure. I'm not sure. I don't know from reading that right. We need to do one, we one for a stream I'm down, I'm down. Like I think with now that now that, you know, we had the protest, the black players for change is there. We've kinda got the, we've done the partnership with the players coalition. We, we got things together with the MLSP. I think the next step is really getting that taken care of with the MLS. Yeah, getting all of that taken care of with the MLS. So I foresee having a much more time here. That's a good through bowl. Much more time here in the coming weeks and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more fun stuff. Like, so for instance, like us doing the live, watching the game together and answering questions. I like this. This is this is, this is nice.
Quincy Amarikwa (45:00):
Let's see soccer dad for life. Welcome to the show, the stream trough. Now I'm in your head, emojis loving that. Yo that's what I'm saying. What was dope is yo the MSL made it, lemme sell, made it you see the top of, see the top of Earl's hat at the tournament. A we made it yo shout out my DC United, my DC United fam. You seen Chris Adoi in there. O'neill Kevin, Don Pines, Bill Hamid. Zach love that. Love that, love that. And I was crazy when when Earl called me for that I happened to be wearing my DC United, my DC United kit. So look at that. Perfect timing. There's love in that live, let's see. POBA jr. With the I'm in your head emojis. Let's see. Okay. John had asked John Hollinger had asked, what are your thoughts on MLS players being traded on the fly without warning Rooney talked about it in his episode with you, but can you talk about it from your experience when being traded?
Quincy Amarikwa (46:26):
Okay. Okay. So what are you traded or your teammates? So the, how things happen in MLS as of right now, a mass majority of the times is most players are not aware of then being traded. I would assume big name players are kind of in, on that process. But for the most part, I don't think most players don't have a no trade clause in their contracts. Those aren't, those aren't commonplace as of right now. Mainly cause I just don't think players have had enough leverage to have those types of things in their contracts. And then the big, big name players are paid such a large amount of money that if they, if they aren't performing or doing well, most clubs aren't trading for them cause they don't want the salary the salary cap hit. So with that in mind, it's, it's pretty much a it's pretty much at any point in time at any day, you can just get a phone call from your general manager, your coach.
Quincy Amarikwa (47:28):
And they say like, Hey, you're for, you know, whoever. And usually it's pretty straight. It's pretty straightforward in the sense of like, Hey, we traded you their team admin will be getting back to you. Oh, you gotta get across that to this man. He tried to shoot that their team admin will be in contact with you within a couple of hours to, to let you know. And then usually within a couple hours, a team admin, probably someone you don't know, you've never spoken to you before. Let's, you know, like, Hey, congratulations, welcome. We signed, you know what I mean? We traded for you a coach, the coach wants you to fly out the next available flight. And that would be, you know, tomorrow at four in the afternoon. Cause we want you to make, you know, your physical that evening and make training the night, the day after that.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:14):
So it's pretty it's, it's, it's usually like, Hey, it's not a, are you okay with this? You know what, you know, what's your family situation. Can you afford this? Like where are you at mentally? There's there's no real regard from that. It's just, Hey, you've been traded. This is where you're going. And like, we need you out here in a day or two or so my phone's starting to get low on battery. So we've got about 10 minutes here before the episode's over, we hit the hour Mark. But I think I've been traded so many times, right? Because once you get traded once, then, then you're seen as someone who has trade value amongst the league. And once you're seen as someone who has trade value, your name is always included in conversations. When my general managers and technical directors are having conversations about getting a deal done.
Quincy Amarikwa (49:10):
So it's very much like, Oh, what if we throw him in on the deal? Or so, so once you've seen, you're seen as it's positive and negative, right? So it's positive because it means, you know, your name is included in conversations. So you'll have other opportunities, but it's negative because sometimes organizations aren't looking at you as someone for the longterm, they're looking at you as someone in the short term to fix an immediate problem or need that they have while they then work on getting a longterm solution. So that's why I said it's, it's positive and negative. Positive, short term, I'd say negative longterm, because then you can't really build any longterm like roots anywhere.
Quincy Amarikwa (49:56):
Quincy Amarikwa (49:58):
But, but I've, I've learned a lot from the process, I think because of being traded and as, as much as I have, and more importantly, the mentality I have when I approach it, I'm able to get maximum value out of eating traded. So like it's a new city, it's a new market, it's a new opportunity to learn new people. It's a, it's a, it's a way to try new ideas or learn from the mistakes that you made at the last organization that you were at or or better understand if the things that you're doing are valuable and needed and important. So I think many players struggle with it though. Because it isn't easy. It really isn't easy. It's, it's a lot of work and it's a lot of expectation. It's a lot of it's. Yeah. It's a lot of you're on your own and figure it out. And if it doesn't work, you're blamed for it not working, but that's, you know, that's life that's as it is, but you guys know we don't make excuses here.
Quincy Amarikwa (51:01):
Paul said, how about a 24 hour IG live? I'd be down. If, if Instagram, Instagram allowed it to go for 24 hours, I'd be down to do like one full, like one day stream. Benson. I mean, if you're going to watch if you're going to Twitch stream a game and can't live stream the game for copyright reasons, you could leave it link so we could watch on one time unless you on the other. Gotcha. No, I appreciate that BIM. That's what I was, I was thinking with that relation to Instagram and I was like, what do you mean tabs? I think would be cool to listen to things that a pro pays attention to while watching the game. That's actually a really cool idea. I like that. And I'm going to do that with I'm going to do that with with an MLS his back game, at least one we'll do at least one maybe multiple for these games, from watching the stream and we can do that. So I can, you guys can ask questions about what I'm paying attention to and why, and we could break down games that way. That's a good idea. I like that one. I'm trying to think if you guys haven't joined your preferred soccer team membership make sure you do that or go to my website and join my email list, my personal email list. Cause that's where I'll probably give you guys an update as to do in the stream so you can get information on that.
Quincy Amarikwa (52:20):
Quincy Amarikwa (52:22):
PG sports, ask if an MLS team calls you right now, would you go to the bubble? Yeah, of course. I'm ready to go. You guys, that's what I'm telling you guys. Mans has been training out here in in Bakersfield, whether that's as that's as good of weather that I could, that I could be in to prepare for Orlando heat. I mean, you can't match that humidity, but I'm ready to go. And I definitely know some teams are struggling at the forward position. Cause a lot of, a lot of guys definitely did not prepare well for this. They were, they were not thinking that there's going to be a tournament or they didn't think they needed to do much to be ready for it. But you know, not all, not all not all Fords in this league got the MSL mindset. You know what I mean?
Quincy Amarikwa (53:09):
You know what I mean? But like I've said and been saying I'm still a free agent for some reason, weird, or maybe it's not weird, you know, been denying stuff for a long time. All, all it takes is one chance, one opportunity. And I don't think, I don't think it would be, I don't think it would be a bad decision to bring me in. That's all I'm saying, but I guess it's more so asking what other people think, what do you guys think? You think a team should sign me? If so, why do you think a team should sign me?
Quincy Amarikwa (53:55):
A soccer dad for life as a, where do you stay once in a new city at the clubs, facility or hotels? I'm assuming you mean like when we travel for games, travel for games there you stay at like the, the hotels that they've broker deals with over the years. So it has to be a certain level of hotel cause that's what was negotiated in CBA with the, with the union or sorry with the player's association, we used to be the union, but we've rebranded as the player's association. So that's usually where you stay and then if you're being traded it's similar, but you're usually like in a longer term place, like a Homewood suites type of type of deal until you're able to get your own, your own like lease and a apartment or, or home a soccer dad said not to get off subject, but are there videos of you as a youth player?
Quincy Amarikwa (54:50):
You 12, 13? That's my son's age group. So would like to watch if we did, they're probably really bad home videos because my dad was horrible, horrible at recording games. As soon as anything was serious was going to happen. He was always like watching. So I'm sure there's a little bit, but not a whole lot. I'd need to reach out to him and ask if he's got anything. But I do have some old teammates and friends like Stuart Campbell was one of my own teammates. His dad would record games. I think he had said he has a couple of, couple of games from my youth, my youth playing days. So I'll reach out to him or you guys reach out to him and ask him if he's got him, if he can find him.
Quincy Amarikwa (55:41):
Ooh PG sports ass. Did, did you talk to D C after last season to bring you back? I did speak to them. You have your end of the year, you have your end of the year meetings and then, and then sometimes you have additional meetings after that. They did not. Yeah, they were not at the time. They were not open and wanting to bring me back. Yeah. Makes you think of the conversations you had. They're interesting conversations, but they came to the conclusion that they were not interested in bringing me back that's at the time. So like I said, guys times can change. So you don't, you're not out. You don't want to be out here burning bridges. You want to you know, understand how and why people make the decisions that they do accept the decisions that they make and then prepare for your next opportunity.
Quincy Amarikwa (56:39):
But when people make mistakes, sometimes they sometimes they own up to them and they realize the mistake that they made, they apologize and they, they put place a plan to move past and move forward. But also many people double down on, on them, not making mistake, which just creates further issues and problems for them in the future. But everybody's on their own journey and path and has their own lessons to learn and experience to have. So we're just here riding the MSL wave together, everybody. But I got two minutes. I got two minutes here. A team should sign to team should sign you to be the leader of the team. I'll be down. Just, I guess just need the team to see me as a leader.
Quincy Amarikwa (57:32):
Quincy Amarikwa (57:33):
A pub would junior said, I think they should. You might you have a lot to offer. Thank you very much. Soccer. Dad said Chicago fire should sign you reasons because it's close for us to go and watch you play and love that. Got one minute here left guys. I appreciate that. Ben said, if you got signed, you wouldn't be able to get all this excellent content out to us. Yes, I would. We were doing the show every Thursday, 6:00 PM. PST 9:00 PM. EST heat, no matter what, we'd make this work.
Quincy Amarikwa (58:02):
Quincy Amarikwa (58:05):
Well you made a big impact with DC. Look at the picture. A you guys know that you guys, Hey, I love that. I love the guys at DC of the, my teammates here were awesome. And I was happy as happy to see them and especially see them shout me out before the protests was. So it was dope. J pro skillset, ed 11 should sign. You tell him to call me. But yes, everybody, we got 25 seconds left here before they kicked me off. I really appreciate everybody joining in. This was a, this was a fun episode. I'm glad we got a chance to kind of just relax, talk a little bit, see how everybody's doing. I am looking forward to seeing everybody here next week. Next Thursday, we will figure out some things to do here on the lives with the Twitch stream. So make sure you sign on to my email list.