Soccer America's Interview Archive from the Extraordinary Year of 2020

We reached out to a diverse group of voices from the myriad levels of soccer in 2020 as the game encountered unprecedented challenges and issues.

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Sam Okpodu
On the joys of coaching at various levels and creating opportunities for Black players and coaches

Josh Wolff
On launching Austin FC with former World Cup teammate Claudio Reyna, and the influence of Bob Bradley and Gregg Berhalter

Amanda Vandervort
On women's pro soccer worldwide: the strides, setbacks and FIFPro's call to action

Brian Wiese
Georgetown national championship coach on college soccer's uncharted waters for pro hopefuls and high school recruits

Paul Ratcliffe
Stanford's national championship coach on training his champions during COVID, video recruiting, and the remarkable Catarina Macario

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Jeff Agoos
The MLS vice president who starred on the field during soccer's rise in the USA

Ian Barker
On United Soccer Coaches' evolving courses: diversity, 'soft skills,' and the benefits of virtual classrooms

Sofia Huerta and Martin Vasquez
Perspectives on the dual-national dilemma

Bo Oshoniyi
On the Ivy League soccer shutdown's impact on players and coaches

Kate Markgraf
On USWNT decision-making, the NWSL, ECNL vs. Girls Academy, and U.S. stars moving abroad

John Harkes
On a Year of Fear, Anxiety and Triumph -- and American soccer's great strides

Gyasi Zardes
On thriving in Columbus: The Berhalter boost, Caleb Porter's guidance, and a happy family

Landon Donovan
On the lessons gained as a rookie coach in a uniquely difficult year

Skip Gilbert
US Youth Soccer's new era: The ambitious goal of making young players part of the fabric of the game for life

Dominic Kinnear
On two decades of coaching in MLS and the path that led him

Dr. George Chiampas
On indoor soccer safety during the pandemic

G Guerrieri
On Texas A&M's unique season, COVID's impact on recruiting, and post-DA youth soccer

Lyle Yorks
On the rise of young U.S. talent, the modern player market, and Caden Clark's unique attributes

Brianna Pinto
On Next Gen United's unprecedented campaign for U.S. Soccer's Athletes Council

Laura Harvey
On her Midlands soccer upbringing, taking charge of the U.S. U-20s, and working with college coaches

Gregg Berhalter
On tracking the expanding player pool, MLS running a youth league, and reflecting on his own playing career abroad

Anthony Hudson
On national team coaching during a pandemic and promising signs from his U-20s

Lisa Lavelle
College-bound student-athletes: COVID-19's impact, sports eligibility changes, and the 'test optional' trend

David Richardson
Longtime Chicago youth coach on the 21st-century role of a coach, the MLS Next model and its next big challenge

Derek Armstrong
The continual importance of a youth soccer pioneer

Rose Shoen
Unique coach started coaching boys as a teen, now runs the Sacramento club she founded

Chris Klein, Dennis te Kloese, Kevin Hartman
LA Galaxy bosses are bullish on academy reboot and determined to keep its products in MLS

Pellegrino Matarazzo
American coach making history in Germany

Lorne Donaldson
On MLS Next uncertainty, ECNL Girls supremacy, and high school conflicts

Ray Reid
On committing to diversifying the college coaching ranks

Rick Flores
Former Marine Corps drill instructor on mentoring coaches in New Mexico

Jason Kutney
Expanded ECNL Boys into a new era: the COVID impact, MLS Next, sensible travel and high school cooperation

Todd Saldana
On the LAFC academy's measured approach, respecting youth clubs, and his mentor Sigi Schmid

Kim Crabbe
1980s star is dedicated to grassroots outreach: 'It's so important, for so many kids'

John Ellinger
On U.S. youth soccer progress since the 1999ers, the DA's big impact, and high school ball

Brian Tompkins
On athletes fighting for social justice: 'I have more than hope. I have expectations'

Bob Bradley
On the meaning of 'we' and why Utah owner Dell Loy Hansen is wrong

Chris Wondolowski
The remarkable empathy and insight of pro athletes

Tiffany Weimer
On valuing the player's voice, inspiring more women to get into coaching, and her off-the-field outlets

Oscar Pareja
On his Orlando start, MLS vs. Liga MX, and U.S. youth soccer

Curt Onalfo, Bryan Scales, Marco Koolman
New England youth soccer requires safety strategy for pandemic that doesn't respect borders

Gregg Berhalter
On Pulisic, Adams, and impending transfers

Sasho Cirovski
Hopes for spring college soccer, players' key questions, and activism in sports

Adrian Solca
On steering Texas power Solar SC through the youth game's major changes

Melizabeth Santos
Mask-maker to frontline workers, combines passion for sewing and soccer

Don Garber
MLS commissioner on play returning to home markets and with fans in the stands -- and why return at all?

Lance Reich
On the progress of U.S. youth clubs' quest for Training Compensation and Solidarity payments

Fred Lipka
On MLS's youth mission: 'We won't run the league from an Ivory Tower'

Ian Harkes
On success in his ancestral home, Scottish Premiership promotion, and support from his soccer family

Julio Serrano
Leading Latino coaches group unified in response to COVID that has hit its members especially hard

Kyra Carusa
Californian's unique career path: Stanford champ, Georgetown star, Ireland debut and promotion in Denmark

Sarah Pickens
U.S. Soccer Foundation's work more important than ever as pandemic widens disparities between kids with access to soccer

Dr. George Chiampas
Returning to play safely in a pandemic requires a collective effort

Bruce Murray
Italia '90: the highs, the lows and the bizarre

Dean Koski
Longtime Division I head coach  on canceled fall sports: 'We can run and hide, or we can adapt'

Gerson Perez
On Silicon Valley SA's new path, coaching during COVID, and learning from Bora

John Harkes
Italia '90 inspired us to dream bigger

Mike Lynch
College soccer makes American system the optimal model

Tab Ramos
Italia '90 players had relentless desire to overachieve

Amir Lowery
On his bid for Congress, his work for the MLS Players Association, and his D.C. inner city youth program

Peter Vermes
The USA's Italia '90 team created 'Hey, we can do this' attitude

Lesle Gallimore
The Girls Academy will listen to players

Chris Henderson
The USA's Italia '90 youngster recalls the profound World Cup impact

Ed Garza
The former mayor who changed San Antonio's youth soccer landscape

Mike Noonan, Michael Singleton, Geoff Wheeler
The new era of college recruiting: COVID changes the process for coaches and players

Steve Gans
On youth soccer's Wild West and the need for safeguards

Bryane Heaberlin
American goalkeeper on playing in Germany's Frauen-Bundesliga amid the pandemic

Todd Heil, Alan Merrick
College club soccer provides well-balanced option for competitive players -- plus management experience

Nicole Hercules
Leading Black Coaches' Advocacy Group amid strife and hope

Tony Sanneh
An extraordinary post-playing career: 'I knew I had to give back'

Kevin Crow
Pro star and Olympian in 1980s, on his youth club homecoming and new academy landscape

Jon Denholtz
America Scores delivers wide range of virtual Soccer Summits for coaches of all levels

Ed Foster-Simeon
'Soccer is a powerful vehicle for social change'

Naomi Girma
On prepping for postponed U-20 World Cup, virtual team-building, and falling in love with soccer with a free-play start

Tab Ramos
On visions for the new MLS youth league, the DA's pros and cons, and coaching licenses

Brian Kuk
East Coast's CCL is well-poised for new era of American youth soccer thanks to club-centric, high school-friendly approach

Teddy Chronopoulos
On choosing ECNL Boys, continuing a relationship with MLS clubs, and the benefits of high school soccer

Claudio Reyna
On his son Gio in the Bundesliga, America's youth soccer future, and the Austin FC project

Jon Bradley
A coach's world upended: finding support and hope amid COVID-19 tragedy and disruption

Amanda Vandervort
On advocating for women worldwide, the COVID-19 impact, and FIFPRO's new report on the women's pro game

Dr. George Chiampas
On planning for soccer's return and U.S. Soccer's new resources to tackle mental health issues

Rick Derella
The new youth landscape: 'We're all in this together so we have to figure it out'

Rocky Delgadillo
On Central Los Angeles club LAUFA's future without the Development Academy

Sasho Cirovski
On the looming uncertainties for Division I men's soccer, the options going forward and the football factor

Ronny Blaschke
Soccer in Propaganda, War and Revolution: On the wretched relation between sport and politics -- and a hopeful path forward

Skip Gilbert
USYS CEO's advice for all youth clubs: 'Stay connected with your parents, be transparent, be honest and be sincere'

Bernie James
On the DA's collapse: 'To just abandon everyone creates panic and problems for everyone involved'

Christian Lavers
On the prospects of ECNL-MLS synergy and working with new U.S. Soccer leadership

Todd Durbin
On MLS launching new development league in wake of DA's demise

Joe Barone
New Yorker on life in Italy and running a Serie A club amid COVID-19

Peter Wilt
Fans must be included in the process of steering soccer through a huge unknown

Jonathan Collura
Bugeaters FC owner: It's a time for clubs to partner up, focus on being a community hub, and help those in need

Dr. Bob Contiguglia
Former U.S. Soccer presidentgauges the pandemic's impact and recalls past challenges faced by the USSF

Lisa Lavelle
Navigating the college choice process during COVID-19's interruption

Tanner Tessmann
FC Dallas teen: An American talent set to blossom when MLS returns

Anson Dorrance
On Cindy Parlow Cone's elevation to U.S. Soccer president and the reconstruction of a 'gutted organization'

Christian Lavers
ECNL president on clubs leaving the Girls DA, how U.S. Soccer should serve the youth game, and movement on the boys side

Gonzalo Segares
New U.S. U-15 boss on his path from Costa Rica to the USA, and shifting from pro player to youth coach

Dan Courtemanche
On MLS Year 25 and fans, players, clubs and media inspiring soccer culture in the USA

Rafael Amaya, Dynio Honrubia
Rio Grande Valley's young talent trove is finally provided with a pathway

Ryan Hollingshead
Veteran expects FC Dallas' maturing youth movement to pay dividends in 2020

Anthony Hudson
New U.S. U-20 coach on being the son of a superstar dad, his own playing career, and the importance of caring

Tab Ramos
Houston's new boss connects with Rio Grande Valley FC and Dynamo Academy program

Seth Taylor
On child vs. player development, parenting perils, and athletes' anxiety

Skip Gilbert
New US Youth Soccer CEO on his soccer roots, the USSF's 'huge responsibility,' and working with MLS

Dax McCarty
MLS newcomer Nashville arrives with veteran experience and quest for excellence

Darlington Nagbe
On coming home to Ohio, reuniting with Caleb Porter, and not playing for the USA

Lalas Abubakar
On MLS's growing appeal to Ghanaians, feeling comfortable in Colorado, and welcoming Auston Trusty

Marcelo Palomino
Texan teen playmaker aims to break through with Tab Ramos-led Houston Dynamo

Julio Serrano
On advocating for Latino coaches in the USA

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