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Toronto kid helps U.S. U-17s beat Canada

The U.S. U-17 boys national team hosted Canada for two friendlies in Fort Lauderdale and won each game, 3-1. Ayo Akinola, who was born in Michigan and grew up in Ontario, Canada, scored twice in the second U.S. victory.
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What makes a player push through adversity?

He was this player of mine who wasn't particularly talented. In fact, he barely made the team his freshman year. He played a total of 21 minutes that season. When most of the squad got varsity letters, he got a certificate of participation.
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Road-trip games for a fun journey

Whether your child plays select or recreation soccer, chances are good that in the next six months you'll travel at least 300 miles to a tournament. It's not only becoming more and more acceptable for any team to travel, but it has also become expected.
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Benefits of heading ban are clear to see

I have now refereed and watched several games since the elimination of heading for children 10 and under - and have compared them to my notes and memories of games at the same level when heading was still allowed.
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Historic game against Iran awaits U.S. U-16 girls

The U.S. U-16 girls national team, at the 1st International Women's Tournament of Gradisca in Italy April 19-29, will play Iran, marking the first U.S. women's national team game at any age level against a Middle East nation.
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Is FIFA protecting or impeding Mexican-American players?

Mexican clubs heavily scouting the USA for Mexican-American talent has been one of the greatest developments in U.S. soccer history.
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Galaxy kid scores four and assists twice for U.S. U-15s on Argentina trip

Efrain Alvarez, who turns 14 in June, was the star as the U.S. U-15 national team went unbeaten on its trip to Argentina.
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Mallory Pugh: The teen star's amazing rise and how it all started

There were some early signs that Mallory Pugh really, really loved soccer.
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Choosing a club: Key factors to consider

Over the years parents continue to ask, "How do you choose the right soccer club?" While the answer may seem as simple as picking a club or organization that is close to home and that's financially feasible based on your family's situation, the fact is that the decision-making can be much more complicated.
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Rocco Amoroso: An Appreciation

I might have officiated thousands of soccer games but wonder if I would have quit abruptly when I was starting out, like too many other refs, if not for Rocco Amoroso and the Sportsmanship Program he created.
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Is specialization the big culprit? It's not so simple

In recent years there has been a growing discussion on youth sport injuries which I applaud wholeheartedly as it is a part of all of our jobs in youth sport to make sure the safety of children is a primary focus. It is also our job to view the growing number of overuse injuries from all angles to determine all ...
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Landon Donovan: 'A 10-year-old doesn't need to be heading a soccer ball'

Landon Donovan, the greatest player the USA has ever produced, recently appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" and was asked about heading in youth soccer.
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Florida kid George Acosta leads U.S. U-17 boys to triumph in France

The U.S. U-17 boys national team beat host France, 3-2, to win 44th International Montaigu Tournament. George Acosta, who scored twice in final, also scored twice in the USA's 4-0 win over Russia and in its 2-2 tie with England.
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Tony DiCicco on the high school ban, coaching education and the future of girls soccer

Tony DiCicco, who coached the U.S. women to the 1996 Olympic gold medal, the 1999 Women's World Cup title and the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup crown, spoke with us about the changing landscape of girls soccer in the USA. The U.S. Soccer Federation is launching a Girls Development Academy in 2017.
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For rising sophomores, summer is time to jump start college search

With summer coming soon -- the good news, students and student-athletes will be going on vacation getting a much needed break from school and other activities. Others will spend the summer working, and some will be attending summer school or taking online-college courses to stay on track or get ahead.
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