Girls vs. Boys: U.S. Soccer's Development Academy dilemma
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 5, 3:46 p.m.
Generalizing about genders is a precarious venture, especially when one side is making assumptions about the other. But I'll go out on a limb: Girls care more about playing high school soccer than boys do.
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France routs USA at U-19 tourney
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 4, 9:29 p.m.
After opening the Copa del Atlantico tournament in the Canary Islands with a 1-0 loss to Spain, the U.S. U-19 men's national team (1998s) fell, 5-0, to France.
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U.S. Soccer Development Academy adds 56 clubs for U-12 division
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 3, 5:18 p.m.
Fifty-six clubs will join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the U-12 level, which the DA will launch for the 2016-17 season. They join 78 existing Academy members that field teams for U-12 competition for a total of 134 clubs.
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Birth-year registration: The transition is upon us
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 1, 10:07 p.m.
Will my child be changing teams? Will she be playing "up" if she stays with her current team? Will he move to what had been the "younger" team? Will my 12th grader even have a club team during her senior year of high school?
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Three 14-year-olds picked for U.S. quest to reach U-17 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 28, 7:01 p.m.
Seven Californians were named by Coach B.J. Snow to the USA's 20-player roster for the 2016 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship in Grenada, March 3-13, that will determine the region's three qualifiers for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan Sept. 30-Oct. 21.
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Reffing in foreign languages: Even a few words can make a difference
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jan. 27, 10:31 a.m.
Unfortunately, English is the only language that I speak fluently. Immigration from Spanish-speaking countries has grown rapidly and many of these families play soccer. So I was confronted with the prospect of refereeing players, sometimes two whole teams, who communicated with one another in Spanish and sometimes dissented in Spanish, realizing that I did not know most of what they ...
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U.S. Soccer's slate of coaches on boys side almost complete
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 25, 7:29 p.m.
Shaun Tsakiris, previously U.S. Soccer Development Academy coach at Northern California club De Anza Force, has been named head coach of the U.S. U-16 boys national team.
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FC Dallas makes quarterfinal run at Copa Chivas
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 22, 4:24 a.m.
Founded in 1994, the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara is one of the world's premier youth tournaments. U.S. teams invited to past editions include the U.S. U-18 national team, Chivas USA, the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas, which this year -- in its third straight appearance -- became the first U.S. team to advance to the knockout stage.
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Wilmer Cabrera on closing gaps, kids loving MLS and Bradenton
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 19, 1:58 a.m.
Wilmer Cabrera, a member of Colombia's 1990 and 1998 World Cup squads, moved to the USA in 2003 after a 20-year pro career. After coaching Long Island youth teams and at Queens club BW Gottschee, Cabrera became the U.S. U-17 boys national team coach, overseeing the team's residency program in Bradenton, Florida, and guiding the USA to second-round appearances at ...
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U.S. U-17 boys open new Residency Program with 32 players
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 15, 5:07 p.m.
The 32 players attending the U.S. U-17 boys national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, for the cycle leading to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India hail from 18 states.
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Sebastian Dremmler on Bayern Munich's formula for success, its U.S. venture and breaking into the first team
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 14, 12:20 p.m.
In 2014, Bayern Munich opened a New York office and forged a partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS), which oversees clubs in 15 U.S. states. Sebastian Dremmler has served as head coach of Bayern Munich youth teams and oversees the club's U.S. venture.
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Dennis te Kloese on Mexican success and the USA's challenges
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 12, 12:27 p.m.
Dennis te Kloese, the Mexican soccer federation's director of youth national teams, served as Chivas USA's director of soccer in 2005-08. The Dutchman, who first moved to Mexico in 2003 to become Chivas Guadalajara's scouting director, was also Tigres UANL's academy director in 2008-2011. Currently in his second stint with Mexican federation, we spoke with Kloese about the success of ...
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NSCAA's Lynn Berling-Manuel: 'Coaches are a powerful community'
Posted by Olivia Ruiz, Mike Woitalla on Jan. 11, 9:05 p.m.
In 1977, Lynn Berling-Manuel, as a young editor with Soccer America Magazine, went to cover the annual NSCAA Coaches Convention held that January in San Francisco. She went not knowing what to expect, but came out changed.
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How refs could learn from Wall Street
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jan. 8, 1:41 p.m.
I've never worked on Wall Street although I would love to ring the bell starting the workday at one of the stock exchanges in the future. Many people have a negative view of Wall Street but there are a couple of important things that Soccer Americans, especially those who are referees, could learn:
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Jeff Baicher on U-17 residency, the foreign option and competing with MLS clubs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 7, 2:02 p.m.
We spoke with the De Anza Force's director of coaching Jeff Baicher about U.S. Soccer maintaining the Bradenton Residency program, despite the dramatic changes in the American soccer landscape since its launch in 1999, and the foreign option for young Americans.
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