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Champions: U.S. U-15 girls perfect in Orlando; U-18 boys lift Czech crown

The USA outscored seven opponents 49-0 and won the Concacaf U-15 Girls Championship with a 2-0 win over Canada in the final after a 5-0 win Costa Rica in the semifinals in Orlando, Florida.

Reffing in Russia: Remembering History, 25 Years Later

For a long time, I looked positively at the Soviet military cap and Moscow police cap I had received as gifts. Now, I'm not so sure.

How about some hot sauce with that leg cramp?

I'm pretty sure anyone who's ever played a sport has had a muscle cramp at some point. Maybe the calf, foot, hamstring, or even the "side ache," which is most likely a cramp in the diaphragm muscle.

U.S. Soccer names final 22 clubs to Girls Development Academy for total of 74

U.S. Soccer has accepted an additional 22 clubs to the Girls Development Academy, which will kick off in fall of 2017 with 74 clubs fielding teams in U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 competition

U.S. U-20s down New York Cosmos and Red Bulls II

The U.S. U-20 men's national team, during a 10-day training camp in New Jersey, beat the NASL's New York Cosmos, 2-0, and the USL's New York Red Bulls II, 4-3.

Q&A: U.S. U-20 coach Michelle French on country vs. college conflict

Thirteen of the USA's 18-woman squad at the Olympic Games in Rio played in a U-20 Women's World Cup, as did 15 members of the USA's 2015 Women's World Cup-winning team. We spoke with U.S. U-20 coach Michelle French.

Bahrain eliminates U.S. U-19 men in game marred by brawl

The U.S. U-19 men's national team, after having upset host Spain, was eliminated from the Sub-20 l'Acudia COTIF tournament with a 3-1 loss to Bahrain in a game that ended with a brawl.

Cal South clubs claim four US Youth Soccer national titles

South California clubs won a pair of US Youth Soccer national titles last weekend in both boys and girls competitions, including FC Golden State's lifting of the McGuire Cup, the U-19 boys competition that is the nation's oldest youth trophy, dating back to 1935.

USA beats Spain at U-20 tournament in Valencia

The U.S. U-19 men's national team upset host Spain, 1-0, at the Sub-20 l'Acudia COTIF tournament thanks to a free-kick goal by Brandon Vazquez, a Southern Californian product who joined Tijuana Xolos' youth program before playing for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup.

Refs: Use your head and wear a cap

I schedule a full check-up with my dermatologist every six months. When I was there last, this past May, she said to me, "I saw one of my patients with all this sun damage to his face. He's a soccer referee like you. I asked him why he does not wear a cap and he said that he's not allowed ...

Taking the ice bath plunge for muscle soreness -- helpful or not?

I've noticed for a long time now that adult endurance athletes will often jump into an ice bath after a race or particularly strenuous training session. This practice is common in the triathlon and endurance running community. Like many things touted by elite adult athletes, the youth sports community seems to be giving this a try as well.

Development Academy award winners in good company

In the wake of the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, which concluded last weekend with FC Dallas winning both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 national titles, U.S. Soccer has announced the DA year-end awards.

Most of 2015 U-17 alums already with pro clubs

The USA may have disappointed at the 2015 U-17 World Cup last October when Coach Richie Williams' U.S. team was the first since 2001 to exit in the first round, and a 5-1 loss host Chile marked its worst loss at the U-17 World Cup in group play since falling, 4-0, to Oman in 1997. But the rate at which ...

Think food first: Refueling after training or games

Here's another of those subjects that seems to make some people emotional -- why is it important for young athletes to refuel after exercise, when should this happen, and what drink/food is best?

FC Dallas makes Development Academy history, but focus remains on long-term

FC Dallas won 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy titles at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions, becoming the first club to win both age groups in the same year.