U.S. World Cup veteran John Doyle chose the youth game over coaching in MLS.
When John Doyle looks at youth soccer today and his own experience as a kid, the differences he sees are profound.
"Girls commit to college programs when they're sophomores in high school!" says Doyle, the Director of Coaching of Mustang Soccer in Northern California. ...
Chicago Fire Set for Second Decade
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 1, 7:49 p.m.
The arrival of flamboyant Mexican attacker Cuauhtemoc Blanco is just one of several major changes for the Chicago Fire, the expansion champion of 1998 that has yet to bag a second league title.
At a team golf outing two days after a crucial 1-0 victory over Columbus lifted Chicago into the playoff tier, Fire officials and players finally found ...
European Market Frenzy
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Oct. 1, 7:48 p.m.
Spending on the European summer transfer market reached $2 billion in 2007. What's behind the spending boom? And who spent wisely and who spent foolishly?
Spending on the European summer transfer market - the two-month window during which European teams stock up on players for the new season - reached $2 billion in 2007.
Two forces are behind ...
Brazil's New Look
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 1, 7:46 p.m.
The selection of former captain Carlos Dunga as coach of Brazil came as a surprise to many, but a stunning upset of Argentina in the Copa America final has secured his position as he readies the team for the start of World Cup qualifying.
During his career as a player, many observers regarded Carlos Dunga as the antithesis of ...
How Barcelona Spawns Stars
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 1, 7:36 p.m.
Barcelona can buy any player it wants, but maintains an ambitious and successful youth program.
There's a large crowd of people in the plaza area surrounding Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium, many of them are wearing jerseys with Ronaldinho, Messi and Eto'o on the back. But there's no game today.
It's a Thursday afternoon, the team is in ...
U.S. Backline: Up For Grabs
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 1, 7:35 p.m.
After winning the Gold Cup, the U.S. conceded 13 goals while losing five straight games in the Copa America and against Sweden and Brazil in friendlies. Yet the defeats did serve the purposes of Coach Bob Bradley, who is testing veterans as well as young players to upgrade the backline.
Defending is about far more than defenders, especially in ...
Reevaluating the Residency Program
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 1, 7:29 p.m.
In light of poor results at this year's U-17 World Cup, the launch of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and MLS's move into the youth arena, it's time to reassess U.S. Soccer's 9-year-old Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.
The preparation process for the USA's first appearance at the U-17 World Cup, in 1985, didn't much resemble the current setup. ...
Beez Faces New Frontier
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Oct. 1, 7:24 p.m.
DaMarcus Beasley has left England for Scotland, where his blazing speed and two-way play may be the right fit for legendary club Glasgow Rangers.
There's a goatee where was once the clean jawline of his teens, and a thick silver chain and "7" encircles his neck rather than the gold version(s) he sometimes favors, but otherwise, DaMarcus Beasley looks ...