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Swansea signs Sweden defender Martin Olsson 
EPL last-place team Swansea City signed 28-year-old left back Martin Olsson, who has played who has played 40 times for ...
Leicester coach Ranieri pulls for Chelsea 
Claudio Ranieri, whose Leicester City that he guided to a surprise EPL title last season but languishes in 15th place, ...
Soccer on TV 
On Tuesday Ghana plays Uganda in the African Cup of Nations, and the Italian Cup, Portuguese Cup and FA Cup ...
MLS Moves: Fire spends big to acquire newlywed McCarty 
Whether they like it or not, players are inextricably attached to numbers, and in the case of Dax McCarty, he ...
What They're Saying: Jack Warner 
"He believes football is of course like Nescafe -- quick fix. He doesn’t know that in football there is no ...
Bruce Arena: 'There's no reason we can't qualify'
by Paul Kennedy on Monday, Jan 16, 2017 3:31 AM EST
Photo No one knows January camp better than Bruce Arena. He's quick to point out that this is not his second, but third time around with the national team. If you include the U.S. U-23 camp ahead of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he's had 10 camps in January. The previous two times, Arena had other coaching responsibilities when he took the job. In 2017, Arena doesn't have to worry about anything else besides the task at hand -- get the USA out of its hole in the Hexagonal.  
NWSL's Jeff Plush: 'We can't be complacent' 
The NWSL will enter the 2017 season with a new team (relocated from Western New York) and new owner (Steve ...
NWSL: Fletcher will retire after nine pro seasons 
Kendall Fletcher, one of the best defenders in U.S. women's pro soccer since its relaunch in 2009, will be leaving ...
Report: Alex Morgan says women want deal by March 1 
Alex Morgan, who debuted on Saturday for new French club Lyon before returning to the U.S. women's national team camp ...
MLS Rosters: Who's in and who's out for 2017 
Patrice Bernier, who captained the Montreal Impact to the Eastern Conference final, has signed a new one-year contract with the ...
Record unbeaten streak over, Real Madrid turns attention to brutal schedule 
Just how hard has it been to beat Real Madrid? Its unbeaten streak in all competitions ended at 40 games ...
Flick steps down as German federation's sports director 
Hansi Flick, Germany national team coach Joachim Loew's assistant from 2006 to 2014 when Germany won the World Cup, stepped ...
What They're Saying: Marseille fans 
"Drogba, stop saying you love OM. You earn in a month what we'll never have in one life. Stop being ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena 
"We'll figure it out one day. If we can put a guy on the moon, I'm gonna tell you we ...
Van Gaal announces retirement from coaching 
Louis van Gaal, who won the Champions League with Ajax and league titles at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ and an ...
Youth Soccer Reporter:
Mike Woitalla

Roster: U.S. U-16 girls hold first 2017 camp
Coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, all but one born in 2002, for the first U.S. U-16 girls ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Ridge Mahoney

MLS expansion teams address their needs directly
The first SuperDraft of the expansion teams United is in the books. Minnesota went for a striker, Atlanta picked a ...
College Soccer Reporter

NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division III
Richland sophomore Mikkel Rohde and Diablo Valley sophomore Katie McLaughlin were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior College Division III Men's ...
Youth Soccer Insider:
Randy Vogt

Should new refs be identified -- like in driver's ed?
There are hundreds of soccer referee certification clinics held across the United States every year. Sadly, most refs passing these ...
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Clearance: an ugly play, a useless stat
For some time now I have been wondering about the soccer term "clearance." A term, admittedly, that I have been hearing, and using for decades without giving it much thought.

"We'll figure it out one day. If we can put a guy on the moon, I'm gonna tell you we can win a World Cup. It's down the road."

-- U.S. men's national team coach Bruce Arena, speaking at the NSCAA Convention with his fellow coaching colleague, former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid. (Four Four Two)