11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 18, 2:59 p.m.
"I got recruited to coach my kid's soccer team. Any advice?"
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Rising Stars: Busio, Reyna, Gaines and Co., shoot U.S. U-15 boys into Concacaf final
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 17, 6:15 p.m.
The USA outscored its first four foes 15-2 to reach the final of the Concacaf U-15 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. On Saturday, Coach Dave Van Den Bergh's team faces Mexico, a 3-0 semifinal winner over Canada.
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Mission Accomplished: The 10,000th game
Posted by Randy Vogt on Aug. 15, 11:00 p.m.
Some Soccer Americans might recall the name of Dani Braga, the starting goalkeeper when St. John's University won the 1996 NCAA men's soccer national championship. The Red Storm's 4-1 victory over Florida International University had the unusual fact that in the FIU goal was Dani's Syosset High School teammate, Sal Fontana. Both Dani (pronounced like "Donnie") and Sal played in ...
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Think food first: Refueling after training or games
Posted by Dev Mishra on Aug. 11, 2:53 p.m.
Here's another of those subjects that seems to make some people emotional -- why is it important for young athletes to refuel after exercise, when should this happen, and what drink/food is best?
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Scouting network grows for U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 10, 8:24 p.m.
The Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which recently completed its 10th season, ended its inaugural season of 2007-08 with 25 scouts. It enters its 11th year with a network of 125 scouts, who report 12 regional Technical Advisors, the number of which has also increased.
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No punting allowed -- a welcome change to American youth soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 8, 3:21 p.m.
I imagine all coaches must do this: Look back on their early years and consider what we would have done differently. Now I coach older kids, but 12 years ago I was coaching the youngest, and back then we used goalkeepers even for the 6-year-olds. And in the years that followed, from U-8s to U-10s and so on ... perhaps ...
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A coach's life: Daouda Kante of Kansas Rush and how 'respecting kids goes a long way'
Posted by Charley Nordin on Aug. 4, 6:12 p.m.
Upon moving to New York from Mali, Daouda Kante starred for New Jersey high school power St. Benedict's Prep. After college ball at Mercer and FIU, Kante went pro, including three seasons (2002-04) for MLS's New England Revolution. He started in the Revs' runner-up finish to the Los Angeles Galaxy on MLS Cup 2002. Now Technical Director of Kansas Rush ...
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USL provides big boost to young pro prospects
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Aug. 3, 4:36 a.m.
Thirteen years ago, Michael Orozco was one of the most talented young players in Southern California. The Los Angeles Galaxy invited the 18-year-old to training. Though Orozco impressed, he wasn't ready for first team play on a squad full of seasoned veterans that in following year became 2005 MLS champs.
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A coach's life: MLS veteran Eric Quill returns to his Texas youth club and wins another national title
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 28, 6:20 p.m.
Eric Quill played on the U-16 U.S. Youth Soccer 1994 national championship-winning Houston Texans team coached by legendary youth coach Roy Rees. During Quill's nine-year MLS career, his coaches included Bob Gansler and Bob Bradley. After his playing career, Quill returned to his childhood club and this summer guided Texans SC Houston to the 2017 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship ...
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Review your Emergency Action Plan
Posted by Dev Mishra on Jul. 27, 12:49 p.m.
An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written set of systems and processes that are followed if a serious health or environmental condition occurs.
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Beware of referee fatigue
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jul. 24, 11:15 p.m.
Much has been written in the media about player fatigue, whether it's professional teams playing three games in eight days or youth squads playing four or five games in a weekend tournament. And rightly so! But while player fatigue is an obvious issue, what has been overlooked is referee fatigue.
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Galaxy coach Brian Kleiban has the American Messi's back
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 21, 4:30 p.m.
Growing up in Southern California, the son of Argentine parents, Brian Kleiban admired Fernando Redondo, Ariel Ortega, Pablo Aimar, Juan Roman Riquelme and Juan Veron -- creative Argentine players and predecessors to Lionel Messi.
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Tab Ramos on 2017 Development Academy finals and Mexican-American tug of war
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 18, 12:28 a.m.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy concluded its 10th season last weekend, with the Texans SC Houston winning the U-17/18 title and Atlanta United the U-15/16 crown. U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos, also the USA's U-20 national team coach, liked what he saw.
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Efrain Alvarez, age 15, helps shoot Galaxy into U-17/18 Development Academy final
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 15, 5:19 p.m.
Efrain Alvarez, who turned 15 on June 19, sparked the Los Angeles Galaxy's comeback against the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 semifinals. After Seattle took a 2-0 lead into halftime, Alvarez scored in the 71st minute. Ulysses Llanez equalized in the 78th minute and Ethan Zubak scored the overtime winner.
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Texans SC Houston are only non-MLS club at this weekend's Development Academy championships
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 13, 11:57 p.m.
Texans SC Houston, which beat Real So Cal, 2-0, in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 quarterfinals, is the only non-MLS club to reach the semifinals at either age group.
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