Player of the Year
Casey Nogueira, who wanted so badly to play for North Carolina that she moved from her home in Cedarburg, Wis., to Raleigh to be near the Tar Heels in high school, has backed up her commitment with superb performances in two Women's College Cup finals in three years at UNC.
08' Men's College Awards: Zakuani Makes History
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 1, 7:33 p.m.
Player of the Year
Steve Zakuani, Akron's gift to American soccer, is only the second sophomore to win Soccer America Men's Player of the Year honors after Claudio Reyna, who won the first of back-to-back awards in 1992.
Unlike Reyna, Zakuani was a total unknown when he arrived at Akron in 2007.
World Cup 2010: South Africa Lures Foreign Fans
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 1, 7:29 p.m.
South African organizers are rooting for all the big European powers to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. They will need all the good luck they can get as the countdown for the 2010 finals continues amid a severe economic downturn.
U.S. Soccer: Kids In The National Teams
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 1, 7:24 p.m.
The first national teams most people hear about are the U-17s, who compete in biennial World Cups for boys and girls. But the U.S. Soccer Federation runs U-15 national teams for both genders.
'08 Women's College Champions: Carolina In The Role Of The Spoiler
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 1, 7:13 p.m.
If you believed Anson Dorrance, you'd have thought North Carolina would have had no chance at the 2008 Women's College Cup.
'08 Men's College Champions: Terrapins Cross Finish Line First
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 1, 7:09 p.m.
With three out of the four finalists, the odds were that an ACC team would win the 2008 Men's College Cup.
MLS: What Offseason?
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 1, 7:06 p.m.
Just about any MLS head coach or assistant coach will respond to a question about the offseason succinctly by saying: "What offseason?"
Backline: Coaching Suits Tab Ramos Just Fine
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Former U.S. great creates youth powerhouse club in New Jersey
Youth Beat: Former Pros Flock To Youth Game
Posted by Soccer America on Jan. 1, 6:57 p.m.
The American youth coaching ranks now include more former pro stars than ever thanks to the influx of retired MLS players, opening a new chapter in youth development.
U.S. Women: Pia Sundhage, The Agent of Change
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 1, 6:52 p.m.
Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. women to the Olympic gold medal, has signed a new contract to coach the team through the next Olympics in 2012. The former Swedish international midfielder and WUSA coach arrived a little more than year ago talking about changing the women's game. It's a process that has just begun.
U.S. Men: Help Needed To Handle Heavy Load
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 1, 6:19 p.m.
The men's national team embarks on a very busy 2009 with a lot of players in contention for spots on the 2010 World Cup roster.