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USA clashes with U.S. products in U-17 World Cup qualifying quest

One of the players aiming to prevent the USA from clinching a spot at the 2015 U-17 World Cup when it faces Jamaica on Wednesday is Texan Nathaniel Adamolekun.
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U.S. U-17s fare well in their first big test

The bad news: The USA blew a chance to clinch a spot at the 2015 U-17 World Cup on Sunday. The Americans led Honduras 2-1 when in the 88th minute David Sanchez scored with his shoulder to earn the host of the U-17 Concacaf Championship a 2-2 tie. The good news: The USA will qualify if it beats Jamaica on ...
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Kevin Payne (Q&A, Part 2): Competing groups create dynamism

Longtime MLS executive Kevin Payne served as D.C. United president during its golden years of the 1990s and has also held key positions with U.S. Soccer. Payne became U.S. Club Soccer's CEO in January.
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'Clubs are the building blocks' (Kevin Payne Q&A, Part 1)

Longtime MLS executive Kevin Payne served as D.C. United president during its golden years of the 1990s and has also held key positions with U.S. Soccer. Payne became U.S. Club Soccer's CEO in January. U.S. Club Soccer, which gained U.S. Soccer Federation membership in 2001, has member clubs and leagues in all 50 states, runs national and state cup competitions, ...
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Reffing the Problem Player

You and I, and truly all of humanity, have a wonderful potential to make a difference in the world. All we need to do at first is to get started. Arguably the most significant thing that I ever did was start refereeing when I was 16 years old.
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High School vs. Club: Can this storm be sent out to sea?

This soccer storm, with some collaboration and communication, can be blown out to sea or it could devastate and rock the soccer world.
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Six Reasons Parents Should Not Watch Practice

The idea for this article struck me as I sat in my car after dropping off a carpool of girls to practice last week. I was scheduled to drive the carpool both ways and it made sense to stay at the fields for practice as the fields were 30 minutes from my house.
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Building club affinity: One surefire method to bond members

By Charlie Slagle

Club leaders should always attempt to build club affinity. This can be a difficult chore if the club has multiple teams in a single age bracket. Tension between the families and toward the club of these teams can develop due to the inevitable placing of players.

In addition to running a club with great business practices, club ...
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Tony DiCicco: 'We should be excellent in every position'

Tony DiCicco coached the USA to crowns at the 1996 Olympics, 1999 Women's World Cup and 2008 U-20 World Cup. We spoke to DiCicco about the state of youth soccer in the USA.
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Ref Watch: Player Pass Check Provides Chance to Make a Good First Impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For referees of youth soccer games, that first impression generally comes when checking player passes.
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Tab Ramos Q&A: Qualifying brings invaluable experience

The USA qualified for the U-20 World Cup for the second straight time during the tenure of Coach Tab Ramos, who took over after the USA missed the 2011 U-20 World Cup. We spoke to Ramos, who also serves as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, about the team's performance at the U-20 Concacaf Championship in Jamaica, the progress of players ...
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Tackling Key Challenges in Modern Day Youth Ball

I was part of a panel at the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention: "Youth Soccer in the Real World: Issues faced by a Modern Day Club Director of Coaching."
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Refereeing Restarts Near the Goal

When I watch a soccer game on TV, I "referee" it. Sometimes instant replay confirms that I was correct and sometimes it does not.
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Paul Breitner: USA needs a club culture

Paul Breitner, famous for scoring in two World Cup finals, including in West Germany's 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in 1974, is at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia as brand ambassador for Bayern Munich, the club with which he won five Bundesliga titles and a European Cup. Last year, Bayern Munich opened a New York office and launched a partnership ...
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'Improved coaching is the priority' (Tony Lepore Q&A, Part 2)

In Part 2 of our interview on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore addresses the quest to improve the coaching of elite players in the USA
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