Financial and cultural barriers exist for Black and Latino soccer players
Every day in parks and fields across the U.S., economically advantaged kids, mostly White, are playing soccer for elite clubs. Their parents drive them hundreds of miles to tournaments to be scouted by college and pro scouts; they hire coaches and trainers and, by senior year, pay thousands of dollars and have their athlete profile pushed out to hundreds of D1 coaches.
But the same opportunities don't exist for young Black and Latino boys and girls. Financial and cultural barriers exist, not to mention the general disinterest coaches have to scout in some communities. Transportation, work challenges, and responsibilities limit access and opportunity that most White kids don't have to shoulder.