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World Cup-bound U.S. U-17s prep with Czech Republic tourney

For its first gathering since the draw for the 2015 U-17 World Cup, Coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player squad for the U-17 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in the Czech Republic, where the USA faces Russia (Aug. 18), Slovenia (Aug. 19) and Slovakia (Aug. 21) in group play.

Consider the individual when planning practice

It's that time of year in soccer when youth teams are kicking into a new season. The "preseason" phase of training is one of excitement and anticipation, and well established in sports science as a time of increased risk of injury. The result being that a player's excitement for a new season can quickly turn to disappointment.

Why should you care about sports science?

For most, it is accepted that injury in sport is a part of the game; a result of bad luck and a risk an athlete knowingly takes on by playing.

Another U.S. U-17 goes pro as Velela joins Cosmos

Alexis Velela, who signed this week with the NASL's New York Cosmos, is the latest member to go pro from the 20-player U.S. U-17 national team squad that qualified last March for the 2015 U-17 World Cup.

'You can't communicate too much with parents' (Kim Calkins Q&A)

Kim Calkins was appointed Washington Youth Soccer's Technical Director in July. Calkins, who played collegiate ball at the University of Portland and professionally for the Boston Breakers, brings 15 years of youth, high school and collegiate coaching experience to the position.

USA gets 'challenging group' at U-17 World Cup

One goal for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile (Oct. 17-Nov. 8) will be to win a knockout-stage game for the first time since 1999, when the USA finished fourth at biennial tournament with a team that included Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Bealsey.

How Zelalem & Co., are faring since the U-20 World Cup

It's been nearly two months since the USA's quarterfinal run at the 2015 U-20 World Cup. The performance included wins over Myanmar, New Zealand and Colombia. Coach Tab Ramos' team held eventual champion Serbia to a scoreless tie before getting eliminated in a penalty kick shootout.

LA Galaxy adds high school to Academy program

The Los Angeles Galaxy is launching high school education program for its Development Academy players.

U.S. U-18 boys kick off new cycle with Sweden trip

U.S. U-18 boys national team coach Javier Perez has named a 20-player roster for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup Tournament in Sweden, where the USA will face the Faroe Islands on Tuesday, followed by games against Iceland (Aug. 5) and Sweden (Aug. 7), and an Aug. 9 placement game.

Coaches Need to Control Themselves -- Players Mimic Coaches

I have been a referee with the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) for the past three decades and look forward to receiving the 30-Year Service Award at the NYMISOA Awards Dinner on November 9. Also being honored are the most sporting college and junior college coaches in the New York City metro area as voted by our ...

Well-planned campus visits are key to making the right college connection

We're starting to plan college visits for our high school children. They'd like to play soccer. What advance work should they be doing ahead of arriving on a campus?

Massapequa returns McGuire Cup to New York for first time in 59 years

Massapequa Arsenal became the first team from New York to win the McGuire Cup since 1959 when it captured the under-19 boys title at the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a 3-1 win over
three-time champion St. Louis Scott Gallagher


'Coaches in Latino community need support from parents' (Joe Supe Q&A)

Joe Supe, head coach of Southern California's Irvine Valley College's women's team, has spent two decades working to integrate Latino and Latina players into mainstream, competitive soccer. Supe, who started coaching with Southern California Youth Soccer League in 1998, is also a coaching instructor for U.S. Soccer, the NSCAA and Concacaf.

Development Academy honors include best 'style of play'

Unique in postseason awards, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy recognizes teams for best "style of play" in addition to the player and coach of the year honors, among others. The style winners include U-15/16 FC Dallas and U-17/18 Chicago Fire, who won the 2015 national titles.

U.S. Soccer OKs caps for refs

Kudos to the U.S. Soccer Federation, which has announced its approval for referees to wear caps.