• Backline: Duke's John Kerr Jr. Taps Unique Experiences
    Duke banks on hero of 1986 NCAA title win to guide Blue Devils back to top
  • Youth Nationals: Texans Make History
    The Dallas Texans didn't have to travel far to clean up. They made history when they won four titles at the 2008 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in North Little Rock, Ark. Add to that a rare double by Andromeda and Solar's McGuire Cup title, and North Texas teams finished with a record seven championships.
  • NE Revolution: 'Supah Shalrie'
    Shalrie Joseph is the New England Revolution's leader in its quest to finally win an MLS Cup title. He is the perfect package, combining size, strength, touch and vision, and could be MLS's best player.
  • College Women: Rapinoe Attack is Back
    They arrived at Portland with high expectations, but in four seasons, injuries and illness limited the Rapinoe twins, Megan and Rachael, to playing perhaps 10 games together. After both players were sidelined four games apart last season with knee injuries, their careers reached a low point. But the Rapinoes rebounded with determination and return for their final season. Their goal for the Pilots: "champions or bust."
  • College Men: O'Brian White's Unfinished Business
    College soccer's best player is back.
  • Youth Beat: Refs' Difficult Job Made Harder
    As U.S. Soccer works on improving the nation's refs, their job isn't made any easier by coaches, parents and TV commentators.
  • LA Galaxy: Anatomy of a Meltdown
    The news that both Alexi Lalas and Ruud Gullit had departed the Los Angeles Galaxy in early August came as a surprise, but the underlying problems at MLS's most visible team were an old story.
  • Women's College Preview '08
    FavoriteA-Rod leads USC againAmy Rodriguez and USC women's soccer seemed to be an odd match.The U.S. national team star could have chosen to attend any school in the country but says she picked USC because it was a "school where national championships are made." Football, maybe. But women's soccer had a long history of underachievement on the campus of Troy.Rodriguez loves to be the joker, but that immediately put her at odds with Ali Khosroshahin's no-nonsense coaching style when he arrived from Cal State Fullerton to take over the USC program …
  • Men's College Preview '08
    FavoriteWake Forest learns life lessonsA chance meeting in Santa Filomena, Brazil, located one hour outside of Sao Paulo, underscored the huge difference between American and Brazilian soccer.NCAA Division I champion Wake Forest was in Brazil for a spring tour, and Marcus Tracy, the Demon Deacons' star at the Men's College Cup, befriended a young Brazilian by the name of Iuri.Tracy could have turned pro after his junior year, but he chose to return for his final season at Wake Forest, where he is majoring in economics. A perk was the trip …