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U.S. Women: All In A Day's Work

They don't want to talk about it, but the U.S. women's national team has been unbeaten since Coach Greg Ryan took charge in early 2005. The secret? Practice and more practice. Ryan has insisted the player do hundreds of repetitions, and the work has paid off at both the ends of the field.

Sixteen years after she and ...


Youth Beat: U.S. Soccer Development Academy

The U.S. Soccer Federation has integrated the country's top youth clubs into the national team program.

This fall marks the launch of a youth league in which every game will be an audition for the national team program.

By creating the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, for U-16 and U-18 boys, the Federation is in effect cutting out the ...


MLS's Latin American Connection

A splash of millionaire-salaried players under the Designated Player rule may not be the most important factor in the efforts of MLS teams to upgrade their quality. A stream of South Americans has changed
the talent level and flavor this season.

League officials are adamantly repeating that the 2007 season is about far more than David Beckham and ...


Julie Foudy Finds Another Forum

Hall of Famer has taken to new roles as ESPN sports reporter and first-time mother.

She's co-hosting MLS games, she's working on ESPN programs such as "Outside the Lines" and during the Women's World Cup in September she'll be in the Bristol studios as well as China. She's on the air, everywhere.

It's Julie Foudy, who else? She ...


Wambach Seeks Redemption

Abby Wambach blames herself for the loss to Germany in the semifinals of the 2003 Women's World Cup. She's also quick to point out she missed her penalty kick in the only U.S. setback of the last two and a half years, a shootout loss to Germany at the 2006 Algarve Cup. No player has a greater incentive to win ...

The Soccer Life: Soccer Smoothes the Path

Soccer helped cure homesickness and eased the challenge of adjusting to a new land for a group of young stars we met at this summer's adidas ESP scouting and development camp for the nation's top teen players.

Enzo Martinez (Rock Hill, S.C.)

When Uruguay played Australia for a spot in the 2006 World Cup, ...