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Morning Read: The Long, Slow Education of Luis Gil

The creative teenage midfielder talks about his development as a player, while the United States moves up in the world rankings, and Sacha Klejstan does it again.
BY Noah Davis Posted
November 07, 2012
4:28 AM
  • Real Salt Lake are taking their time developing young midfield star Luis GIl. And that's just fine with the kid.

    “I’m still only 18. I still have a lot ahead of me and a lot of work to do. Right now, I’m just trying to be the best player I can be. Obviously, it’s a good thing to be compared to Landon Donovan, but I’m just trying to be the best player I can be right now," he told Sports Talk Florida.

  • Speaking of Luis Gil and RSL, they play Thursday night, but there are three MLS playoff matches tonight. Create your own Starting XI for each one.

  • Amobi Okugo, who will be watching MLS playoffs from home, thinks the Seattle Sounders are the pick: "I think they finally made the right adjustments to get over the hump and win the championship. Coach Sigi Schmid has the team playing wonderful soccer and I believe their experience from past failure in the playoffs and this year’s U.S. Open Cup will help them overcome adversity this go around."

  • Sacha Kljestan and Jermaine Jones went the full 90 in their team's respective Champions League matches on Tuesday. Jones, predictably, earned a yellow card, while Kljestan, predictably, picked up an assist. Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjælland go Wednesday afternoon against Juventus.

  • Terrence Boyd: always ready.

  • The United States moves up to 27th in the world rankings, sandwiched between Norway and Mali. Mexico also jumps five spots, to 14.
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