• Californian Jonathan Gonzalez reflects on his remarkable rise to teen star in Mexico
    The 18-year-old Californian helped Monterrey finish Liga MX runner-up and win the Mexican Cup -- and was named to the Liga MX Best XI.
  • UCLA's Amanda Cromwell on women in soccer, the new youth landscape, and role models Tony DiCicco and Lauren Gregg
    Amanda Cromwell, a biology major who graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992, had aimed to go the medical school, and took her MCAT exam while playing for the USA during the qualifying tournament for the 1995 Women's World Cup. But Cromwell ended up playing for the USA through 1998, and pro ball through 2003 while having embarked on a coaching career that led to her current position as head coach of UCLA.
  • Terry Fisher on why pro/rel in an integrated league structure is essential at the youth level
    The CEO and Executive Director of Washington Youth Soccer wants U.S. Soccer to restructure youth competition.
  • Jan Osborne on Werner Fricker and Sunil Gulati, national teams in 1980s and '90s and barnstorming Project-40 team
    Jan Osborne, currently a consultant to MLS, became the U.S. Soccer National Teams Administrator in the 1980s, when players were paid a $5 per diem.
  • Paulo Wanchope on 'secret' to Costa Rican success, why kids should play multiple sports, and USA's qualifying failure
    Perhaps the most intriguing U.S. rival is Costa Rica, which is heading to the World Cup once again, while the USA is not.
  • Brazil star Sissi on coaching American girls, appearing in Chelsea Clinton's new book, and what's impressive about U.S. youth soccer
    Former Brazil star Sissi, one of the 13 women featured in Chelsea Clinton's upcoming book, "She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History," coaches girls soccer and is Technical Director at Walnut Creek SC.
  • U.S. Soccer Foundation CEO Ed Foster-Simeon on building mini-pitches and what they can do for kids at risk and under-served communities
    He grew up in Brooklyn playing basketball, and since becoming CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in 2008 Ed Foster-Simeon has championed the cause of bringing soccer to the inner cities of America. A new U.S. Soccer Foundation field-building program, ‘It’s Everyone's Game,’ recently launched to build 50 small play areas -- 10 per year for five years -- per city in municipalities across the United States. The “mini-pitches” are installed on playgrounds and in schoolyards and parks. They are made of an acrylic surface and cost $60,000. The playing field includes permanent, small-sized goals.
  • FOX Sports' Rob Stone on the Russia World Cup, working MLS in the 1990s, his fear of saying no, and drinking a hot dog smoothie
    Anchoring FOX Sports' "World Cup Today" from Moscow's Red Square will mark the fifth men's World Cup covered by Rob Stone.