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'Swimming in cash' makes youth clubs vulnerable

The last time we reported about embezzlement at a youth soccer club or league, the figures were $40,000 and $15,000. Now comes news from Boston Globe Magazine of an alleged $195,000 rip-off at the Framingham United Soccer Club, which serves 1,200 children between the ages of 5 and 18.

College impact on national team program fading fast

The USA made history on Tuesday when for the first time it won its first two games at a U-20 World Cup. Coach Tab Ramos' team, in its 4-0 win over New Zealand, also marked the first time the USA started a lineup of field players at a U-20 World Cup who never played college soccer .

Big win for U.S. U-20s is only a start

It was, no doubt, a big victory for the USA. The Americans outshot host New Zealand, 30-11, in a 4-0 victory that clinched a spot in the knockout stage of the U-20 World Cup.

The dumbest way to insult a referee

The ref calls a foul. The halfwit coach of the kid who committed it yells, "It's OK, Timmy! You didn't do anything wrong!" -- believing he's cleverly circumventing the dissent rule because he's not screaming directly at the ref.

Scouting for the next Messi at the U-20 World Cup

There's a long list of players who gave notice at the U-20 World Cup before becoming household names.

USA forced to make late U-20 World Cup roster change

Five days before the USA faces Myanmar in its U-20 World Cup opener in New Zealand, Coach Tab Ramos has been forced to replace midfielder Russell Canouse, who captained the USA during qualifying play.

Teen star Mallory Pugh has her own unique style

At age 16, Mallory Pugh started all four U.S. games at the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup. So it's little surprise that Pugh, as a high school junior, was named 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Between this year's U-20 national team camps - she's eligible for the 2016 U-20 World Cup - Pugh managed to ...


The 'Relative Age Effect' -- a Response from U.S. Soccer

In his 2008 book "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of the relative age effect (RAE). He used Canadian hockey to demonstrate a bias in youth sports toward players born near the age cutoff date.

Richie Williams on teens turning pro, Bradenton, plus lessons from U-17 qualifying

The USA earned a spot at the 2015 World Cup with a penalty-kick shootout at win over Jamaica on March 15, leaving Coach Richie Williams with seven months to fine-tune his team for the World Cup that kick off Oct. 17 in Chile. We spoke with Williams about preparing a team whose squad is split between players in residency in ...

Wenger chimes in on Zelalem; Ramos names Hyndman U-20 captain

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has hinted that 18-year-old Gedion Zelalem, who was recently named to the USA's U-20 World Cup roster, may be loaned out next season.

How to Develop Refs

When teaching a person how to play golf, if you put the ball on the tee 300 yards from the hole and asked the newbie to swing, most likely he or she would become frustrated very quickly. Instead, you place the ball a yard from the hole. Once the new golfer can consistently putt the ball in the hole, confidence ...

USA gets its Arsenal kid

As U.S. coach Tab Ramos had hoped, FIFA cleared Arsenal's German-born Gedion Zelalem to play for the USA in time to include the 18-year-old on the U.S. roster for the U-20 World Cup that kicks off in New Zealand May 30.