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Another USA-Mexico thriller -- in Germany

The next generation of the U.S. U-20 team, 1997-born players, finished play in the U-19 division of Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup tying Mexico (3-3) and Scotland (2-2) after getting routed, 8-1, in their opener against host Germany.

U.S. U-19s shake off shell shock and tie Scotland

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, which opened play at the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup on Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to host Germany, tied Scotland, 2-2, on Friday.

Keys to picking the right club for your child

When you're traveling, do you go to a local motel or a name-brand place? Do you like the restaurant with the famous chef, or do you try to find something off the beaten track? And what does it mean to you to buy local?

USA suffers major rout against Germany at U-19 men's tourney

While seven of the graduates of the last cycle of the U.S. U-20 men's national team, which reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup in June, have helped the U.S. U-23 national team to within a win of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the new cycle of U-20s has had an inauspicious start.

Say it carefully, quickly and clearly: Getting your players' attention

How do you get a rambunctious group of young players to pay attention?

Heel pain known as 'Sever's disease' frequently affects young athletes

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints in young athletes. This generally occurs during the early portion of the growth phase around 8-10 years old, and can recur toward the end of growth (14-16 years old).

Meet the 21 U.S. U-17 World Cup players

The 21-player roster U.S. coach Richie Williams named for the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile Oct. 17-Nov. 8 includes 19 of the players who comprised the USA's 20-player roster at U-17 Concacaf Championship where the USA finished third to earn one of the region's four spots at the World Cup.

U.S. under-19 women open fourth camp Saturday

The U.S. U-19 women's national team, under Coach Jitka Klimkova, will hold its fourth and final training camp of the year Oct. 3-10 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

Mexico names two U.S. products to its U-17 World Cup squad

The deadline to name rosters for the 2015 U-17 World Cup that kicks off Oct. 17 in Chile isn't until Oct. 5, but Concacaf champion Mexico has already named its 21-player squad. Included are two U.S. products, Northern Californian outside back Edwin Lara (who moved to Pachuca in 2014) and goalkeeper Abraham Romero, a Southern Californian who plays for the ...

Remembering Dettmar Cramer reminds us: It's all about the ball

The legendary German coach Dettmar Cramer once joked he felt sorry for the ball when he watched soccer by players with poor technique.

Treating the common 'growing pain' known as Osgood-Schlatter syndrome

Over the summer a lot of kids came through the office to get "tuned up" for summer activities. Typically we're dealing with a number of nagging overuse injuries, and one extremely common type is pain in the front of the knee.

Now What Do We Do? Transitioning to small-sided games and birth-year registration

Being a former club and state director of coaching, I dreamed of this day! As did many who are in leadership positions in American youth soccer.

Two U.S. U-17s score in Europe as squad prepares for World Cup

For the U.S. U-17 national team's last gathering before the U-17 World Cup in Chile in October, U.S. coach Richie Williams has named a 24-player roster for a Mexico City training camp that includes games against fellow qualifier Mexico on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25.

The fall season's underway. Is your first-aid kit in order?

With the fall season underway, you've made sure your team's first-aid kit is in order, right?

Kevin Hartman: 'Player growth has to be timed properly'

Kevin Hartman, an MLS goalkeeper from 1997 to 2013, holds the MLS record for most games played at 416. The 41-year-old, whose playing career included two MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles, is the Technical Director of the IMG Academy.