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Teen star Mallory Pugh has her own unique style

At age 16, Mallory Pugh started all four U.S. games at the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup. So it's little surprise that Pugh, as a high school junior, was named 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Between this year's U-20 national team camps - she's eligible for the 2016 U-20 World Cup - Pugh managed to ...


The 'Relative Age Effect' -- a Response from U.S. Soccer

In his 2008 book "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of the relative age effect (RAE). He used Canadian hockey to demonstrate a bias in youth sports toward players born near the age cutoff date.

Richie Williams on teens turning pro, Bradenton, plus lessons from U-17 qualifying

The USA earned a spot at the 2015 World Cup with a penalty-kick shootout at win over Jamaica on March 15, leaving Coach Richie Williams with seven months to fine-tune his team for the World Cup that kick off Oct. 17 in Chile. We spoke with Williams about preparing a team whose squad is split between players in residency in ...

Wenger chimes in on Zelalem; Ramos names Hyndman U-20 captain

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has hinted that 18-year-old Gedion Zelalem, who was recently named to the USA's U-20 World Cup roster, may be loaned out next season.

How to Develop Refs

When teaching a person how to play golf, if you put the ball on the tee 300 yards from the hole and asked the newbie to swing, most likely he or she would become frustrated very quickly. Instead, you place the ball a yard from the hole. Once the new golfer can consistently putt the ball in the hole, confidence ...

USA gets its Arsenal kid

As U.S. coach Tab Ramos had hoped, FIFA cleared Arsenal's German-born Gedion Zelalem to play for the USA in time to include the 18-year-old on the U.S. roster for the U-20 World Cup that kicks off in New Zealand May 30.