Is it OK to take pain medicine in order to continue playing?
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jun. 29, 4:00 p.m.
Several factors cause athletes of all levels to continue to play through pain: the warrior mentality, shame from showing weakness and letting others down, pressure from teammates and coaches, and the threat, imagined or real, of lost playing time
California clubs shine at Development Academy playoffs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 28, 6:34 p.m.
FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake-Arizona were the only clubs to qualify for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy quarterfinals in both age groups. Five of the clubs that reached the knockout stage hail from California -- LA Galaxy, Real So Cal, FC Golden State, Sacramento Republic and Nomads SC.
Tips for attending a college ID camp
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 24, 4:15 p.m.
With summer being a popular time for young players to attend College ID camps, we've asked Jim Millinder, women's head coach at the University of San Francisco, to offer some advice for players.
Gottschee and FC Dallas take No. 1 seeds into Development Academy playoffs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 20, 4:16 p.m.
FC Dallas and BW Gottschee of Queens, New York, are the No. 1 seeds in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions, respectively, of the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs.
Teen stars sign with MLS clubs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 14, 5:03 p.m.
In the wake of Atlanta United, set to begin MLS play in 2017, signing 15-year-old Andrew Carleton, comes news that D.C. United has signed 16-year-old Chris Durkin.
How refs deal with trash-talking
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jun. 13, 2:42 p.m.
"Look at the scoreboard" and "You got nothing" are two common things that trash-talking players say.
Does American soccer really only work for white kids?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 7, 8:09 p.m.
Les Carpenter's article for the London-based Guardian on American youth soccer is headlined: "'It's only working for the white kids': American soccer's diversity problem" -- and it has gotten enough attention that it's worth scrutinizing.
Changing the Canvas: Finding Inspiration Outside of our Beautiful Game
Posted by Chris Apple on Jun. 1, 12:53 p.m.
My wife is a developmental psychologist. For two decades she has been studying children and the factors that impact their development and well-being. It's a relatively narrow focal point and if she's not careful it can become repetitious. Whenever she needs to break out of an intellectual rut, she turns to other fields like biology, neurology, physiology and even engineering ...
'Toughest World Cup yet' awaits U.S. U-17 girls
Posted by Paul Kennedy, Mike Woitalla on May. 31, 7:23 p.m.
The USA will face Paraguay, Ghana and defending champion Japan in the first round of 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup (Sept. 30-Oct. 21) in Jordan, the first Middle East nation to host a FIFA women's championship.
John Hackworth: India experience provides valuable lessons for U.S. U-17 boys
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 27, 9:44 p.m.
In its third international tournament of the year, the U.S. U-17 boys national team finished runner-up at the AIFF Youth Cup in India, which will host the 2017 U-17 World Cup for which Coach John Hackworth aims to qualify.
Adding to the alphabet soup of American youth soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 27, 5:13 a.m.
If your children play soccer in the USA, they may be playing under the umbrella of AYSO, U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S. Club Soccer, SAY Soccer, or the Super Y-League. There's the ECNL and the NPL, sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer, and the Development Academy (USSDA), launched in 2007 by U.S. Soccer, the nation's soccer governing body also known as the ...
Insights on European scouting of U.S. youngsters by 'Arsenal Yankee' Danny Karbassiyoon
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 25, 1:54 p.m.
Daniel Karbassiyoon jokes that Arsenal kept him from going to college twice. The first time, at age 18, he signed with the English Premier League club, in 2003, despite being courted by top programs in the ACC and Ivy League. The second time came after injuries ended his pro career at 22 and he had returned to his home state ...
Police side with kids in pickup game dispute
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 23, 5:13 p.m.
My favorite youth soccer story of the spring comes from Birmingham, Alabama, where police officers responded to complaints about kids playing pickup soccer -- by joining the game.
U.S. girls to prep for U-17 World Cup against Swiss U-19s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 22, 1:27 p.m.
The U.S. U-17 girls national team, which is preparing for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan (Sept. 30-Oct. 21), will play two games against the Switzerland team that is prepping for July's U-19 European Championship.
The Female Athlete Triad -- Be on the Lookout
Posted by Dev Mishra on May. 19, 7:55 a.m.
I was recently with a friend watching his daughter in a NorCal Premier State Cup soccer game on a beautiful spring afternoon. The girls were skilled players and the game was played at a high level. The players were fit and athletic, and yet I was reminded that female athletes in many sports have unique pressures that can predispose them ...