Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
What They're Saying
May 22nd, 2009 9:15PM



"The silence was deafening. I felt the sun on my face, brushed a tick off my lower leg, and listened to the highway traffic on I-94. I felt sick to my stomach. I'm actually excited you are doing a story. I won't try to justify anything. I hope if my girls learned anything, it's that everyone is human, everyone makes a mistake. I hope they do not judge me by one act."

-- Mark Abboud, coach of the U-12 Minnesota Thunder Academy. He ordered his players to miss their penalty kicks on purpose so their opponents, the favored U-13 Minnesota Thunder Academy, could win, which happened. Abboud, who has said before the game he would do what he did if the game was decided on penalties, added that if he was reprimanded, "Maybe that's a sign I should try something else after 15 years." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Roster: U.S. U-18 girls gather in Chula Vista    
A 26-player U.S. U-18 women's national team squad, coached by U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April ...
Roster: U.S. U-16 girls national team calls in 24     
Coach Tricia Taliaferro, U.S. Soccer's main scout for the 2000-born girls, will run a 24-player U.S. ...
Roster: U.S. U-17 girls head to camp     
Five months ahead of the qualifying tournament for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup, Coach B.J. ...
Thirty-three Alianza finalists land trial invites    
Thirty-three of the 48 Powerade Sueno Alianza finalists received a total of 116 trial invitations from ...
Germany routs USA at U-19 tourney    
Germany beat the USA, 8-1, in the U-19 division of the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup in Stuttgart ...
Roster: U.S. U-19 women convene for final camp    
The U.S. U-19 women's national team, under Coach Jitka Klimkova, will hold its fourth and final ...
More than 20 states represented by Alianza finalists    
After tryouts in 11 cities across the USA, 48 players from more than 20 states are ...
U.S. U-17 boys split friendlies with Mexico     
The U.S. U-17 national team, during its final training camp before the U-17 World Cup that ...
U.S. U-20 women beat Honduras, 5-0    
Five players scored for the U.S. U-20 women's national team in a 5-0 friendly win at ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 boys start new cycle with 48-player camp    
Forty-eight 2002-born players are in a Sept. 20-27 training camp that marks the start of a ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives