Offside Decisions: Defender's Deliberate Play vs. a Deflection
Posted by Randy Vogt on Dec. 7, 3:24 p.m.
Flushing, Queens is home to U.S. Open tennis and Citi Field, where the New York Mets play. It also has a huge Asian-American population. So when a junior college coach asked me to meet him at a restaurant in Flushing over a year ago, I checked to make sure that his team was not on my schedule (it was not) ...
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Big U.S. U-17 wins a 'snapshot of good signs of progress'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 5, 2:10 p.m.
During three games over five days last week at the Nike International Friendlies in Florida, Coach John Hackworth's team impressed in every area of the field. His U.S. U-17 boys scored 15 goals combined against Portugal, Turkey and Brazil and conceded only two goals -- a terrific three-game run by the team that is preparing for the U-17 Concacaf Championship ...
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Stunning win by U.S. U-17 boys: 7-1 over Portugal
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 1, 8:58 p.m.
The Nike International Friendlies tournament, launched in 2001 for the U.S. U-17 boys national team, has long provided early glimpses of future stars. In 2008, a 16-year-old Neymar played for the Brazil team that in Lancaster, California beat a U.S. team that included Juan Agudelo. Coutinho, the current Liverpool star, scored twice in Brazil's 3-0 win.
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North Koreans deliver a beating to USA at U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 29, 4:48 p.m.
Not all of the North Koreans' play against the USA in their 2-1 semifinal win at the U-20 Women's World Cup was admirable. Three key U.S. attackers, Ally Watt, Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez, needed examination for possible head injuries following Korean fouls.
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USA faces nemesis North Korea at U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 27, 9:22 p.m.
Two years ago in Canada, the U-20 Women's World Cup ended in disappointment when Coach Michelle French's team fell to North Korea on a penalty-kick tiebreaker after a 1-1 tie in the quarterfinals.
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Fair play pays off for USA at U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 21, 7:52 p.m.
The USA did not receive a single yellow card in its three Group C games at the U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, which is why Coach Michelle French's team will face Mexico in the quarterfinals on Friday instead of defending champion Germany.
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High School vs. Club: Three questions for Brandon Silva
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 18, 2:37 p.m.
The bashing of high school soccer reached new heights with the U.S. Soccer Federation launching a Development Academy for girls (in 2017) and technical director April Heinrichs recently stating that high school ball is "not a player development environment. In fact, it develops bad habits and complacency."
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USA takes step toward quarterfinals of U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 17, 8:14 p.m.
After opening with a scoreless tie against France, the USA beat New Zealand, 3-1, to take the Group C lead at the U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
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Stalemate start for USA at U-20 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 14, 7:31 p.m.
The USA, facing what is likely its strongest Group C opponent, opened the U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea by tying France, 0-0.
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U.S. U-20 women vie for world championship in Papua New Guinea
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 12, 10:26 p.m.
Will the third time be a charm for the U.S. women's national team program in 2016?
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Might another U.S. teen soon debut in the Bundesliga?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 11, 1:58 p.m.
It was last January when Christian Pulisic, now a regular in Borussia Dortmund's starting lineup, made his Bundesliga debut at age 17. If we soon see another U.S. teen play in Germany's top tier, it may be Texan McKinze Gaines, who signed with VfL Wolfsburg upon turning 18 last March.
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Back to Barcelona and returned from Ajax: Tale of two U.S. teen stars
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 8, 1:32 p.m.
The desire of American youngsters to join foreign clubs and the clubs courting U.S. teens has steadily increased over the years - even before the success of Pennsylvanian Christian Pulisic, who debuted for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga at age 17
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April Heinrichs on Under-17 World Cup, Development Academy vs. ECNL and high school options
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 3, 7:23 p.m.
April Heinrichs, World Cup winner as a player in 1991 and Olympic gold medal-winning coach in 2004, was named Women's Technical Director in January 2011. We spoke to Heinrichs about the USA's failure to reach the second round of the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup, the 2017 launch of the Girls Development Academy that has ignited a turf war with ...
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Study reveals new information on heading's impact on the brain
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 2, 7:26 p.m.
U.S. Soccer may soon no longer be the world's only federation that implements bans and limitations on heading at the youngest ages.
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The build-out line: A wonderful idea that needs an 'into play' tweak
Posted by Randy Vogt on Oct. 31, 2:41 p.m.
For U-9 and U-10 games, I really like the build-out line, placed equidistant between the penalty area line and the halfway line, and the fact that keepers can no longer punt or drop-kick the ball.
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