I’m sure you read that title and thought, “Who?” “What?”
Well, meet Max and Zack Goldman, brothers and the new Directors of Operations for The Pali Blues. For those unfamiliar, the Pali Blues are a top semi-pro women’s soccer team and the two-time defending Champions of the USL W-League. They also have perhaps the best supporter’s group unknown to many (that should be known), the Tony Danza Army.
Now, this may not seem like earth shattering news or the typical fair for TSG, but let me tell you why it is:
• The brothers are passionate about soccer
The aforementioned Tony Danza Army was their handiwork. They identified with soccer at the grassroots level and supported it, almost inordinately so, at that level.
• They’re in their 20’s
Max is 24 and Zach, 21…..and they’ve been chosen because of not only their passion, but their willingness to get involved and responsibility. That and…
• They’re smart. Like, real smart.
I’ve been fortunate enough, by luck, to sit next to Max on a plane and regularly converse (as much) with both via Twitter and email. I have rarely met–anywhere–sharper minds that combine a knowledge for the history of the game, the tactics and the intricacy of the business side.
Oh, you needed a big finish? You’re waiting for the punchline?
Readers of TSG, ladies and gentlemen, two, smart, early 20’s professionals, passionate about soccer at the most basic (and the cheapest of levels) have signed on to guide the operations of a soccer club.
I believe you’re looking–here–at future soccer executives on a much, much grander scale and they’ve begun their apprenticeship. When they ascend the ranks, just remember they got their education at the right place and for the right reasons.