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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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The World's Worst Referee

I was assigned as an assistant referee for a boys U-13, Division 5E game that Sunday morning before the boys U-16, Division 2 game that I would ref on another field that afternoon. I e-mailed the ref to confirm the field and kickoff time and he responded, "That's what Arbiter (the assigning website) says. I will see you Sunday."
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U.S. U-20s, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas still alive in Dallas Cup Super Group

Three American teams, including the U.S. U-20 men's national team, are competing in the Dallas Cup Super Group, which has been won only once by a U.S. team since its inception in 1990.
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Californians and Texans lead new generation of girls national team players

Coach April Kater has gathered 48 players for the first U.S. U-14 girls national team training camp of the year, March 19-26 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Most the players called up were born in 2002. Fourteen are 2003-born.
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Anson Dorrance on the Girls Academy, ECNL and his fears of over-bureaucratic American soccer

We're in the midst of confounding times for women's and girls soccer in the USA. We checked in with Anson Dorrance to get his perspective as a college coach who has for more than three decades been recruiting top youth talent to the University of North Carolina, and who led the USA to victory at the inaugural Women's World Cup ...
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