FC Dallas reaches both Development Academy finals
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 15, 2:30 p.m.
FC Dallas, which leads MLS clubs in Homegrown signings, continues to impress at the youth level. Both FC Dallas' U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams have reached the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy finals, which take place on Saturday in Carson, California.
Top ECNL honor goes to Southern California's Slammers FC
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 13, 10:55 p.m.
Slammers FC was named ECNL "Overall Club Champion" for the 2015-16 season. The Newport Beach, California-based club won 2016 ECNL national titles at U-15 and U-18 divisions and its teams reached the quarterfinals in four of the five ECNL age group national championships and the semifinals in three.
So far, 53 clubs join Girls Development Academy
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 11, 3:34 p.m.
U.S. Soccer, which on June 30 announced the first 25 clubs that will play in the inaugural Girls Development Academy season of 2017-18, last weekend named another 28 participants, and has indicated that more clubs will be announced in the near future.
Do's And Don'ts of Supplements for Young Athletes
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jul. 8, 2:22 p.m.
Last week I wrote about painkillers and how to use them occasionally, as well as some cautions. This week I'd like to follow that up with a brief discussion about supplements commonly used by young athletes
The cases for and against compensating youth clubs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 7, 8:12 p.m.
When Manchester United paid a transfer fee of $10 million to Bayern Munich to acquire 30-year-old Bastian Schweinsteiger in 2015, a small German club named TSV 1860 Rosenheim received $42,000.
Collegian makes case for U.S. U-20 men's national team
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 6, 2:40 p.m.
The only collegians on the USA's 2015 U-20 World Cup roster were two backup goalkeepers. And en route to its quarterfinal finish, the USA for the first time in 14 U-20 World Cup appearances, dating back to 1981, fielded a starting lineup without any field players who ever played college ball.
Girls Development Academy taking shape: First 25 clubs accepted
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 1, 1:43 a.m.
Twenty-five clubs have been accepted so far by U.S. Soccer to compete in the Girls U.S. Soccer Development Academy, whose inaugural season kicks off in fall of 2017. U.S. Soccer has not specified how many clubs will take part in the 2017-18 season, during which teams will compete in U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups, but the Girls DA is ...
Is it OK to take pain medicine in order to continue playing?
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jun. 29, 4:00 p.m.
Several factors cause athletes of all levels to continue to play through pain: the warrior mentality, shame from showing weakness and letting others down, pressure from teammates and coaches, and the threat, imagined or real, of lost playing time
California clubs shine at Development Academy playoffs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 28, 6:34 p.m.
FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake-Arizona were the only clubs to qualify for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy quarterfinals in both age groups. Five of the clubs that reached the knockout stage hail from California -- LA Galaxy, Real So Cal, FC Golden State, Sacramento Republic and Nomads SC.
Tips for attending a college ID camp
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 24, 4:15 p.m.
With summer being a popular time for young players to attend College ID camps, we've asked Jim Millinder, women's head coach at the University of San Francisco, to offer some advice for players.
Gottschee and FC Dallas take No. 1 seeds into Development Academy playoffs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 20, 4:16 p.m.
FC Dallas and BW Gottschee of Queens, New York, are the No. 1 seeds in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions, respectively, of the 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs.
Teen stars sign with MLS clubs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 14, 5:03 p.m.
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
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jun. 13, 2:42 p.m.
"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?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 7, 8:09 p.m.
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
Posted by Chris Apple on Jun. 1, 12:53 p.m.
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 ...