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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.

Colorado emerges as girls soccer hotbed

Seeing several players from the same state on a U.S. national team roster isn't surprising when they hail from California, which has the nation's largest population, nearly 40 million, and year-round soccer-playing weather. But Colorado?

The case for compensating youth clubs -- a lawyer's view (Cory Roth Q&A)

Non-MLS American youth clubs are pushing hard to have access to training compensation and solidarity payments, which are paid according to FIFA regulations in other nations to amateur youth clubs and academies associated with professional clubs when their players make it to the pros, and deliver even larger sums if those players switch clubs on transfer fees. U.S. Soccer has ...

'Little tips lead to more confidence' (Q&A with McGuire Cup-winning coach Tobias Bischof)

In July, Massapequa Arsenal became the first New York team since 1959 to win the McGuire Cup, the U-19 boys national championship that launched in 1935. Massapequa Arsenal coach Tobias Bischof, who is also a Massapequa SC director and the associate head coach of the Hofstra University women's team, spoke with us about his coaching philosophy, the differences between coaching ...

Zidane the Younger gets a shutout as U.S. U-17s tie France

The World Cup-bound U.S. U-17 boys national team played fellow qualifier France, which featured Zinedine Zidane's son Luca Zidane in goal, to a scoreless tie en route to finishing runner-up at the Limoges Tournament in France.

FC Dallas sets a Homegrown record

FC Dallas set a record when it started five Homegrown players in its 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew last Sunday.