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Whose Game is it Anyway?

We have all met people who have fancied themselves as the big man on campus or the mayor of the town they live in. The type of person who lights up a room just by leaving it.
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Tony Meola: Young players are more sophisticated than ever

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USA hosting the 1994 World Cup -- a good time to check in with Tony Meola, who started every game in goal for the USA as it reached the second round of a World Cup for the first time since 1930.
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Unhappy with your coach? How to respond

Invariably as I talk to players, there are usually complaints surrounding coaches. I'm sure that the players believe the gripes are legitimate.
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Coordinated tryout process would help relieve spring stress

Soccer teams are finally able to get outside to begin their practices in preparation for the spring season. It's a far cry from the indoor space many of us have been confined to for the past few months here in the New York-New Jersey area.
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Latino Inclusion: How far have we come? (Part 1)

Only two decades ago, the United States had never had a Hispanic head coach at any level of its national team program and Latino players were rarely seen in a U.S uniform. In a nation with a large Latino community with deep soccer roots -- competing in a world where Latin-style soccer was the most successful and many would say ...
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Thomas Rongen returns to grassroots

Thomas Rongen has been head coach of four MLS teams, coached the USA at four U-20 World Cups and is featured in a recently released documentary, "Next Goal Wins," about his stint as coach of American Samoa. He has returned to the youth game at the grassroots level with Florida's Treasure Coast Soccer League as Technical Director.
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The Discipline of Being in Position for ARs

In many game situations, I could make a case that the ref's best position varies but there is only one position that works for assistants. During normal play for nearly the entire game, the assistant referee's position is parallel with the second-to-last defender as that is the perfect position for determining offside. The first defender is almost always the goalkeeper.
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Brilliant books for kids: Messi, Ronaldo, USA ... South Africa

Lionel Messi preferred to play with marbles and collect picture cards, seemingly uninterested in the soccer played by his two older brothers and his father on the street in front of their house. Then one day, at age 4, he went outside and asked to join them. They were delighted.
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Top item on to-do list as spring season kicks off

With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order.
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Ref Watch: Are All Games Equally Important?

During the 1990s, I worked as a Senior Art Director at Manhattan ad agency Lowe McAdams. One of my first assignments there was for a pro bono client, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council. Pro bono (meaning "for the public good") work was done on a voluntary basis by Lowe McAdams and other agencies as we received no compensation.
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11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

"I got recruited to coach my kid's soccer team. Any advice?"
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Kekuta Manneh: 'Soccer has just one language' (When They Were Children)

With MLS having just kicked off its 19th season, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, such as the boy from Gambia who moved to Texas to pursue his dream of becoming a pro soccer player.
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DeAndre Yedlin: From ballboy to star (When They Were Children)

With MLS's 19th season kicking off this weekend, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, such as the Seattle kid who now starts on the team for which he used to fetch balls.
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Fagundez's Perfect Playmate; Magee's Early Test with Pros (When They Were Children)

With MLS's 19th season kicking off this weekend, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, starting with a teen sensation and last year's league MVP.
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Making Critical Feedback Positive and Motivating (with Chris Hayden)

As his practice wound down and the FC Dallas U-13 boys sat in a circle stretching under the afternoon Texas sun, Chris Hayden took a minute to help his players put what they'd worked on that day in context.
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