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Going Back to the Future

"Back to the Future 1" is my favorite movie of all time. Movie critic Roger Ebert even compared the movie to another classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," as the film shows the power of one individual to make a difference in the world.

Collapse against Croatia doesn't bode well for USA at U-17 World Cup

It's difficult to imagine the USA going far at the U-17 World Cup based on their second-half performance on Tuesday against Croatia, which overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit for a 2-2 final score that flattered the Americans. But, despite opening with a 2-0 loss to Nigeria, the USA has a clear path to the second round -- beating host Chile ...

Defending champ Nigeria spoils U.S. start at U-17 World Cup

There's a chance that the USA faced the strongest team, based on history and Saturday's performance, at the U-17 World Cup when it fell, 2-0, to Nigeria in the Group A opener in Santiago, Chile.

U.S. Soccer Development Academy expands to five age groups, adding U-12 and U-13 divisions

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is undergoing a second major expansion since its founding in 2007, when clubs competed in the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.

USA's goal at the U-17 World Cup should be first knockout-stage win since 1999

The USA begins its 2015 U-17 World Cup campaign in Chile on Saturday when it faces defending champion Nigeria. The USA's best performance in its 14 previous appearances at the biennial tournament came in 1999, with a fourth-place finish. That was also the last time the USA won a game in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Another USA-Mexico thriller -- in Germany

The next generation of the U.S. U-20 team, 1997-born players, finished play in the U-19 division of Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup tying Mexico (3-3) and Scotland (2-2) after getting routed, 8-1, in their opener against host Germany.

U.S. U-19s shake off shell shock and tie Scotland

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, which opened play at the Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup on Tuesday with an 8-1 loss to host Germany, tied Scotland, 2-2, on Friday.

Keys to picking the right club for your child

When you're traveling, do you go to a local motel or a name-brand place? Do you like the restaurant with the famous chef, or do you try to find something off the beaten track? And what does it mean to you to buy local?

USA suffers major rout against Germany at U-19 men's tourney

While seven of the graduates of the last cycle of the U.S. U-20 men's national team, which reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U-20 World Cup in June, have helped the U.S. U-23 national team to within a win of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the new cycle of U-20s has had an inauspicious start.

Say it carefully, quickly and clearly: Getting your players' attention

How do you get a rambunctious group of young players to pay attention?

Heel pain known as 'Sever's disease' frequently affects young athletes

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints in young athletes. This generally occurs during the early portion of the growth phase around 8-10 years old, and can recur toward the end of growth (14-16 years old).

Meet the 21 U.S. U-17 World Cup players

The 21-player roster U.S. coach Richie Williams named for the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile Oct. 17-Nov. 8 includes 19 of the players who comprised the USA's 20-player roster at U-17 Concacaf Championship where the USA finished third to earn one of the region's four spots at the World Cup.

U.S. under-19 women open fourth camp Saturday

The U.S. U-19 women's national team, under Coach Jitka Klimkova, will hold its fourth and final training camp of the year Oct. 3-10 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

Mexico names two U.S. products to its U-17 World Cup squad

The deadline to name rosters for the 2015 U-17 World Cup that kicks off Oct. 17 in Chile isn't until Oct. 5, but Concacaf champion Mexico has already named its 21-player squad. Included are two U.S. products, Northern Californian outside back Edwin Lara (who moved to Pachuca in 2014) and goalkeeper Abraham Romero, a Southern Californian who plays for the ...

Remembering Dettmar Cramer reminds us: It's all about the ball

The legendary German coach Dettmar Cramer once joked he felt sorry for the ball when he watched soccer by players with poor technique.