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Teen stars sign with MLS clubs

In the wake of Atlanta United, set to begin MLS play in 2017, signing 15-year-old Andrew Carleton, comes news that D.C. United has signed 16-year-old Chris Durkin.

How refs deal with trash-talking

"Look at the scoreboard" and "You got nothing" are two common things that trash-talking players say.

Does American soccer really only work for white kids?

Les Carpenter's article for the London-based Guardian on American youth soccer is headlined: "'It's only working for the white kids': American soccer's diversity problem" -- and it has gotten enough attention that it's worth scrutinizing.

Changing the Canvas: Finding Inspiration Outside of our Beautiful Game

My wife is a developmental psychologist. For two decades she has been studying children and the factors that impact their development and well-being. It's a relatively narrow focal point and if she's not careful it can become repetitious. Whenever she needs to break out of an intellectual rut, she turns to other fields like biology, neurology, physiology and even engineering ...

'Toughest World Cup yet' awaits U.S. U-17 girls

The USA will face Paraguay, Ghana and defending champion Japan in the first round of 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup (Sept. 30-Oct. 21) in Jordan, the first Middle East nation to host a FIFA women's championship.

John Hackworth: India experience provides valuable lessons for U.S. U-17 boys

In its third international tournament of the year, the U.S. U-17 boys national team finished runner-up at the AIFF Youth Cup in India, which will host the 2017 U-17 World Cup for which Coach John Hackworth aims to qualify.

Adding to the alphabet soup of American youth soccer

If your children play soccer in the USA, they may be playing under the umbrella of AYSO, U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S. Club Soccer, SAY Soccer, or the Super Y-League. There's the ECNL and the NPL, sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer, and the Development Academy (USSDA), launched in 2007 by U.S. Soccer, the nation's soccer governing body also known as the ...

Insights on European scouting of U.S. youngsters by 'Arsenal Yankee' Danny Karbassiyoon

Daniel Karbassiyoon jokes that Arsenal kept him from going to college twice. The first time, at age 18, he signed with the English Premier League club, in 2003, despite being courted by top programs in the ACC and Ivy League. The second time came after injuries ended his pro career at 22 and he had returned to his home state ...

Police side with kids in pickup game dispute

My favorite youth soccer story of the spring comes from Birmingham, Alabama, where police officers responded to complaints about kids playing pickup soccer -- by joining the game.

U.S. girls to prep for U-17 World Cup against Swiss U-19s

The U.S. U-17 girls national team, which is preparing for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan (Sept. 30-Oct. 21), will play two games against the Switzerland team that is prepping for July's U-19 European Championship.

The Female Athlete Triad -- Be on the Lookout

I was recently with a friend watching his daughter in a NorCal Premier State Cup soccer game on a beautiful spring afternoon. The girls were skilled players and the game was played at a high level. The players were fit and athletic, and yet I was reminded that female athletes in many sports have unique pressures that can predispose them ...

Ref Watch: Players Taking Dives

I started refereeing in 1978 and for every game that I officiated in the United States for my first decade or so of refereeing -- nearly 2,000 games -- I did not see one player take a dive. Certainly, my ability to detect simulation was not as good as it is today as I now have much more experience.

Christian Pulisic near another milestone

Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Pennsylvania kid who has already played nine Bundesliga games, is one game away from winning his second German youth national championship.

U.S. Soccer goes all out to prep youth teams

This month's U.S. youth national trips include the U-17 boys going to India while the U-20 women are headed to Papua New Guinea.

Parental influence done right -- supportive but not overbearing

For better or worse (almost always for the better) there will be parental influence in coaching and medical recommendations. It's their right, and an involved parent is a very good thing.