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Home >Youth Soccer Reporter > Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
[AEGEAN CUP] Less than six months into its new cycle, the new U.S. under-17 national team is on quite a run. After crushing England and Brazil to win the Nike International Friendlies in December, Richie Williams' U-17s beat host Turkey, 2-1, on Saturday to win the Mercedes Benz Aegean Cup. Read the whole story
[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] The 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP girls national training camp begins Monday at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. More than 200 players in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 age groups have been invited. Read the whole story
[USA UNDER-20 WOMEN: Reaction] Despite finishing the tournament without two of its biggest stars, U.S. international Lindsey Horan (recalled by French club Paris St. Germain) and Makenzy Doniak (out with a broken hand), the USA won its fourth Concacaf Under-20 Women's Championship, capturing all five games by a margin of ... Read the whole story
[U.S. SOCCER] The U.S. Soccer Federation plans to spend $13.8 million on player development in the next fiscal year. Read the whole story
[ENGLAND] Andries Jonker, the assistant coach of German club Wolfsburg, will take charge of Arsenal's youth development program next summer. The Dutchman had previously spent seven years developing and implementing youth coaching reforms with the Dutch federation (KNVB). Read the whole story
[ENGLAND] Gedion Zelalem, a product of the Olney Boys & Girls Club program in Maryland, made his debut for Arsenal, two days before his 17th birthday, in the Gunners' 4-0 win over Coventry City in the English FA Cup match on Friday. Read the whole story

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The Kansas City area is experiencing a soccer boom. Developers have proposed a $230 million sports complex and entertainment village with a dozen soccer fields as well as restaurants, apartments and hotel in Lee's Summit. Read the whole story

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