• Backline: ESPN's Derek Rae blazes new trail
    Pond-hopping Rae helps blaze new trail for ESPN
  • UEFA Champions League: Fox Soccer's hot property
    Fox Soccer Channel, now in its 13th year, is only one of many properties Fox is using to showcase European Champions League programming.
  • Youth Beat: Getting the most out of the best U-17s
    For a decade now, U.S. Soccer has put the nation's top young boy players into its U-17 Residency Program. For the last two years, they have been mentored by Colombian World Cup veteran Wilmer Cabrera, who takes them to the U-17 world championship in October.
  • Women's Professional Soccer: A mixed bag
    Foreign players impressed and Sky Blue FC pulled off an amazing playoff run to lift the title, but low-scoring and modest crowds also featured in Year 1 of the women's league.
  • MLS: Frantic summer transfers
    MLS teams may not have spent wildly on the summer transfer market, but they sure dealt wildly.
  • Youth: 2009 girls top 40 clubs
    For the third time, the Dallas Texans are first in Soccer America's girls rankings.
  • Youth: 2009 boys top 40 clubs
    For the second year in a row, the Baltimore Bays are No. 1 in Soccer America's boys rankings.
  • MLS: Rookie bar is raised
    It's been an excellent year for rookies in MLS. Expansion has meant increased opportunities for young players. With smaller rosters, most teams demand more from their college products then they've done in the past.
  • U.S. Soccer: World Cup Qualification within sight
    Mired in mediocrity, the USA nevertheless pushed to the brink of qualification for the 2010 World Cup when it posted critical wins over Hexagonal minnows El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago. Yet questions of selection, confidence and leadership persist.