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Olympics '08: Argentine Gold

Argentina repeated as Olympic gold-medalist in men's soccer with a narrow win over Nigeria.

The Concacaf Conundrum

The introduction of the Concacaf Champions League taxes the participating MSL teams in 2008. The international schedule only gets worse next year when the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup are added to the mix.

MLS: The Designated Player Experiment

MLS clubs increased their spending on players with the introduction of the Designated Player in 2007. The investment in high-priced players has produced mixed results.

Euro '08: Where Are They Now?

It was six months ago that fans were treated to a scintillating European Championship. Here's a look at how the leading actors of Euro '08 are now faring.

Pia Sundhage: No Ordinary Coach

Pia Sundhage, a guitar-playing, folk song-singing Swede, guided the U.S. women to Olympic gold one year after their World Cup debacle. The feat came despite the absence of four key veterans and an opening-game loss in China.

Year In review: U.S. Players To Watch

The USA will attempt to qualify for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup at Concacaf qualifying next spring in Trinidad. Here's a look at some of the top U-20 prospects - none of whom advanced through the traditional development stage from U-17 residency to the U-20 team.

Backline: Tony Lepore Heads USSF Youth Scouts

Searching for talent and advising elite American youth clubs on player development.

U.S. Soccer: Road Warriors

The USA had its best-ever start to World Cup qualifying thanks to early road victories.

Youth Beat: It's Wonderful To Win, But ...

There's universal agreement that a results-driven approach to youth soccer is a detriment to player development. And although ignoring the scoreline is easier said than done - it's worth the effort.

Year In Review: Best Of MLS

The second year of designated players was also the first year of liberalized rules regarding limits on foreign player. With some teams overloaded by games in different competitions, many MLS teams relied on youngsters to get the job done.