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Is the USA producing a new generation of stars?

In an in-depth piece on U.S. Soccer player development by Jeff Carlisle, we hear from former MLS star and current ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman; U.S. U-20 men's coach and U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Advisor Tab Ramos; former U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen; former U.S. U-15 coach and U.S. Soccer scout Hugo Perez; and Oscar Pareja, coach of FC Dallas, ...

U.S. Development Academy players who return to high school ball

U.S. Soccer Development Academy players aren't allowed to play high school soccer, but Jon Kerr reports on three Chicago area players, including two already committed to colleges, who are leaving their Academy teams to play senior year high school ball. The article brings up the arguments from both sides of the high school vs. club battle over young talent.

Germany U-17s seek glory to make up for disappointing year

The U-17 World Cup is Germany's fifth major youth tournament this year, reports Uli Hesse, but as of yet, none of the teams managed to claim a title. Should Germany lift the trophy, it would be a historic triumph. No German team has ever won the World Cup at this level. In 2007 (when the team featured Toni Kroos) and ...

Klinsmann's Technical Director duties have become more ceremonial?'s Grant Wahl writes that multiple sources say that Jurgen Klinsmann's duties as U.S. Soccer Technical Director "have become more ceremonial than before." That over the past, U.S. Soccer's chief commercial director Jay Berhalter has started taking over a lot of the day-to-day technical director duties. A U.S. Soccer spokesperson said: "Any perception that there's a power struggle is simply ...

Soccer Without Borders aims for global change

Columnist Ann Killion reports on how Soccer Without Borders, founded in Oakland, Calif., in 2006, uses the sport to aid young immigrants, including Aseel Mohammad, a refugee from war-torn Afghanistan, and Dennis Escalante, who came as an unaccompanied minor from El Salvador to escape gang violence. "I don't know how to tell to pass me the ball," Aseel said. "So ...

Soccer 'Homecoming' as a Missouri School Board Cuts Football

Students and families at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School are looking forward to homecoming, the highlight of the autumn school calendar for decades. But for the first time, the centerpiece event will be soccer, not football.

Breaking down the high costs of youth soccer

How much does it cost children to play competitive youth ball in the USA? MONEY's Paul Keegan and Kate Santichen used a California family with four soccer-playing boys as a case study. The parents dug out their receipts. They were fully aware of only about half of their out-of-pocket costs -- the club's $8,100-per-year team-membership fees that show up on ...

U.S. Soccer on youth club compensation dispute

Liviu Bird, who's been covering the quest of American youth clubs to receive compensation via FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) for their players who go on to pro careers, got hold of U.S. Soccer's written responses to questions submitted by Senator Maria Cantwell (D., Washington) on the federation's lack of adherence to RSTP. The questions ...

Das Reboot: How German soccer rose from the ashes

An excerpt from "Das Reboot," Raphael Honigstein's book on the revival of German soccer that led to its 2014 World Cup win, reveals the influence of Dietrich Weise "an early prototype of the modern trainer. Not a dictatorial patriarch, more like a sensitive teacher, willing to listen to key players before coming to a decision."

Report: Ben Lederman leaving Barcelona for U.S. U-17 residency reports that 15-year-old Californian Ben Lederman, who joined Barcelona's youth program in 2011 but has been banned from competitive play for the last year because of Barcelona violating FIFA's ban on the international transfer of minors, is joining the U.S. U-17 national team residency in Bradenton, Fla. Lederman was one of 10 Barcelona youth players cited as irregular signings ...

Young American Lederman in limbo at Barcelona

Sam Borden checks in with the family of 15-year-old California product Ben Lederman, who joined Barcelona in 2011 but for the last year has been banned from playing in games for Barcelona's youth teams because of FIFA's enforcement of its ban on the transfer of minors across international borders. "It is killing him," said Ben's father, Danny Lederman. "And as ...

A case against the birth-year registration switch

Skye Eddy Bruce lists possible adverse effects of U.S. Soccer's mandate to change the birth-year registration from an August-July format to January-December. "What are Madison or Michael's parents going to think when they are told their child can't play with 52% their First Grade classmates, but instead, their 6-year-old First Grader, because of their late birthday, has to play on ...

Jimmy Obleda: 'Big academy clubs fish by net'

Tim Froh speaks with Fullerton Rangers coach and club director Jimmy Obleda about American youth clubs' not being compensated for players who end up going pro. "I can tell you, our club, for the number of players that have gone on to play at the professional level, with the money we would make from those players getting compensated back, we ...

U.S. Soccer to meet with youth clubs on compensation issue

Liviu Bird, who in June broke the story on youth club Crossfire Premier's quest to receive from Tottenham Hotspur a portion of the transfer fee for DeAndre Yedlin that instead went to MLS, reports that U.S. Soccer has called a meeting in Chicago on Oct. 16 with American youth clubs that are frustrated about being denied the training compensation and ...

Real Madrid Opens Up Three-Point La Liga Lead

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga on Sunday with a comfortable 3-0 win against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a towering header from a corner in the 11th minute. Four minutes after the break, Ronaldo set up the second for Brazil international Marcelo, who curled in an unstoppable right-footed shot into ...