Coaches and players from around New England gathered around their selected devices and reveled in a fantastic World Cup this summer.
Drama and intrigue coursed through every game. The tournament offered a compelling mix of great goals, notable incidents and stunning results.
While locals did not have much in the way of New England ties to celebrate in this tournament, they did possess a series of instructive moments from the pinnacle of the game. Every World Cup creates an instructive snapshot of the game in its current form and highlights the trends present at the highest levels.
As local teams report back for their fall seasons and France finally winds down its celebrations, the takeaways from a compelling tournament are still fresh. Here are a few lessons worth implementing as a new campaign starts and the quest for success commences in earned.