• Why so few women referees?
    In her Youth Soccer Insider column on Aug. 15, Sarah Weld laments the lack of women coaches and refs in youth soccer. It's an oddity that I've noticed and am concerned about as well.
  • Brad Rothenberg: 'Latino talent critically important to U.S. future'
    Since Brad Rothenberg co-founded Alianza de Futbol in 2004, the program's tournaments and tryouts in U.S. Hispanic communities have become a magnet for Mexicans clubs scouting U.S.-bred talent. We spoke to Rothenberg about the integration of Hispanics into mainstream American soccer and the challenges faced by young Latino players in the USA.
  • Mexican clubs cast net over U.S. talent
    Jose Nino's hopes of attending a four-year college hit a roadblock. The $11,000 from Pell and Cal Grants the 18-year-old is eligible for doesn't cover all the college costs.
  • A ref's recollection: Watching history unfold in Moscow
    In the thousands of games I have officiated, none were more memorable than a series of games exactly 20 years ago in Moscow during August 1991 in the closing days of the Soviet Union.
  • Precocious pros; Lack-of-height advantage(?); Reyna on 'players first'
    A player who still needs a ride to practice from his parents scored his first Major League Soccer goal earlier this month.
  • Wanted: Women coaches and refs
    I spent much of the last month watching soccer -- women's soccer, that is. The Women's World Cup, held every four years since it began a mere 20 years ago, is a young thing compared to its male sibling, the men's World Cup, which started in 1930. Yet this year's riveting three-week competition spotlighted women's soccer more than ever, inspiring girls everywhere to kick start their dribbling.
  • Can Klinsmann make a grass-roots impact?
    Before Jurgen Klinsmann's debut as U.S. coach against Mexico, ESPN's Julie Foudy asked him, "How would you define success over the next three years?"
  • Klinsmann's Early Years - Running free with the ball
    Juergen Klinsmann, the new USA coach, played in his first organized soccer game shortly before his 9th birthday, in Gingen, a German village with a population of 400.