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Home >Youth Soccer Reporter > Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
On the eve of the all-important qualifying for the 2009 Under-17 World Cup, three players have entered the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., including the first player to join from a foreign club, Cristian Flores of Mexico's Monterrey. Also back in camp is star Carlos Martinez, three months ... Read the whole story
The U.S. under-17 national team kicked off play at the La Serena Cup in La Serena, Chile, with a 2-0 win over the host team on Sunday and a 1-0 win over Peru on Tuesday. Read the whole story
Four FC Dallas players -- Josh Lambo, Brek Shea, Anthony Wallace and recent draft pick Peri Marosevic -- were among 26 players named by Coach Thomas Rongen to attend the final camp in preparation for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will take place March 6-15 in Trinidad & Tobago. Read the whole story
Taylor Hafling had a strong showing in goal leading his under-17 club team, Javanon, to a second-place finish at Disney's Soccer Showcase. He stopped three of the penalty kicks he faced in the tournament, including one in the final against Chelsea. His performance earned him a spot on the Disney's ... Read the whole story
SPARQ testing is increasingly used as a tool to evaluate a player's athleticism, in particular in soccer. Gavin Robertson of FC Milwaukee and George Fradenburg of Birmingham (Ala.) United) rated the highest in testing done at the Development Academy's recent Winter Showcase. For the top 10 players in the U-17/18 ... Read the whole story
Cal South was the big winner at the Region IV ODP Championships in Phoenix, taking  six titles. Three of the Cal South ODP teams will now travel to Frisco, TX for the 2009 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships from March 19-22, 2009. Read the whole story


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"The Olympic Games are for youth. We should play them with the youngsters. Although the limit of 23 years gives us a better quality of football, it is bad to keep adding up to three players above this limit. It's illogical. We're going to abolish that." -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter, endorsing a plan to limit the 2010 Olympic men's soccer tournament to players 20 years old and younger, with no exemptions allowed for overage players. (Los Angeles Times) ...More


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