Brad Friedel: 'We should have a conveyor belt of talent'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 26, 5:29 p.m.
American Brad Friedel, who owns the record (310) for the most consecutive starts in the English Premier League, will enter his 20th season as a professional goalkeeper when he returns to Tottenham Hotspur later this summer. So how does the 42-year-old spend the offseason? Coaching young American goalkeepers.
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The whistle means stop
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jun. 24, 1:15 a.m.
It's the most basic principle of any game officiated by the use of a whistle: Play stops when the whistle sounds. Players are told to play the whistle and soccer players can be cautioned if they play the ball a second or two after they hear the whistle. So it's particularly frustrating that two refs during televised games in the ...
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Tab Ramos: The former star leading U.S. U-20s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 20, 9:18 p.m.
About four years ago, then-head coach Thomas Rongen brought in a new assistant for the U.S. U-20 national team. The newcomer joined the players during a keepaway game. After practice, as the players were leaving the field, one was overheard saying, "That small coach sure can play."
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U-20s to provide glimpse of future U.S. stars?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 19, 2:09 a.m.
Since the U-20 World Cup was launched in 1977, the biennial tournament has introduced to the world some of soccer's biggest stars.
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Championships put nations' youth programs under scrutiny
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 18, 1:00 a.m.
How much performances at youth national team championships tell us about the state of soccer in a country is debatable, but here's what Harry Redknapp said after England exited the U-21 European Championship in Israel with three straight losses:
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Catching college coaches' eyes at tournament play
Posted by Avi Stopper on Jun. 14, 1:39 a.m.
The opening whistle blows. The ball gets dropped back to you. Your first touch isn't so good and the ball slips away. You scramble to it just before a defender gets there, but you hit it awkwardly and it bends out of bounds. Uh oh.
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The Dreaded Side Ache: Possible Causes and Prevention Methods
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jun. 10, 12:45 a.m.
A side ache (also called side stitch) can be a real pain. It seems to occur most often in runners and cyclists, but I've seen plenty of athletes in team sports that also experience side aches.
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Clint Dempsey's diverse childhood soccer experience
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 7, 3:25 a.m.
Clint Dempsey, the USA's second all-time highest scorer, leads the USA against Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Friday. Dempsey is the subject of the YouthSoccerInsider's latest edition of "When They Were Children."
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