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Home >Youth Soccer Reporter > Wednesday, July 23, 2008
One of the most intriguing U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships kick off Wednesday in North Little Rock, Ark. The finals feature four defending champions, three teams with MLS ties, two Dallas girls powerhouses with a Texas-sized rivalry and a Minnesota boarding school aiming for a unique soccer-ice hockey double. Read the whole story
[COACHING SPOTLIGHT] Tab Ramos, one of the most decorated players in U.S. soccer history, makes his debut at the National Championships as the head coach of the U-14 NJSA Gunners boys team. Read the whole story
[INTERVIEW] The 2008 Olympics will mark U.S. Soccer goalkeeper coach Tim Mulqueen's fourth world championship, following last year's U-20 World Cup and two U-17 World Cups. Mulqueen, perhaps best known for training Tim Howard from age 12 through the pros, also coached keepers such as Tony Meola during MLS stints ... Read the whole story
The Kansas City Wizards Juniors have attracted many of the top of Kansas City's players for the MLS club's academy program. One of the area's top rising seniors is Christian Duke. Soccer America profiles him in the first of a series on rising stars in MLS youth programs. Read the whole story
[PLAYER OF THE WEEK] James Rogers, one of the youngest players in the tournament, scored seven goals and helped Real Salt Lake win the SUM U-17 Cup, the second annual youth competition for MLS teams. Read the whole story
[AWARDS] Chris Agorsor of the Baltimore Bays and Soony Saad from Michigan powerhouse Vardar were named the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Players of the Year in the U/17-18 and U-15/16 age groups, respectively. Rafa Moran of U-17/18 runner-up LAFC was named U/17-18 Coach of the Year, while former MLS star ... Read the whole story
The former treasurer of a Washington soccer league was arrested on charges of stealing roughly $72,000, according to court documents, and is accused of writing checks to herself and making ATM withdrawals at a casino. Read the whole story
Plays begins Wednesday morning in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships at the Burns Park Soccer Complex in North Little Rock, Ark. For all the finalists and complete schedules ... Read the whole story


The club-high school conflict

Should players be forced to miss out on the prep experience of playing with their schoolmates? Is the club scene so much better that it should become the exclusive soccer experience of rising stars? Let us know what you think ... ...More

What They're Saying

"The players and parents understand what we are trying to do, and they know we will spend at least half of each practice going over the basics. There are better players and better athletes playing soccer now, but the comfort level on the ball is still not where it should be." -- Former U.S. star Tab Ramos, whose U-14 NJSA Gunners are 172-21-23 in three years going into the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. (U.S. Youth Soccer) ...More



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