• Three 14-year-olds picked for U.S. quest to reach U-17 Women's World Cup
    Seven Californians were named by Coach B.J. Snow to the USA's 20-player roster for the 2016 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship in Grenada, March 3-13, that will determine the region's three qualifiers for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan Sept. 30-Oct. 21.
  • Reffing in foreign languages: Even a few words can make a difference
    Unfortunately, English is the only language that I speak fluently. Immigration from Spanish-speaking countries has grown rapidly and many of these families play soccer. So I was confronted with the prospect of refereeing players, sometimes two whole teams, who communicated with one another in Spanish and sometimes dissented in Spanish, realizing that I did not know most of what they were saying.
  • U.S. Soccer's slate of coaches on boys side almost complete
    Shaun Tsakiris, previously U.S. Soccer Development Academy coach at Northern California club De Anza Force, has been named head coach of the U.S. U-16 boys national team.
  • FC Dallas makes quarterfinal run at Copa Chivas
    Founded in 1994, the Copa Chivas in Guadalajara is one of the world's premier youth tournaments. U.S. teams invited to past editions include the U.S. U-18 national team, Chivas USA, the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas, which this year -- in its third straight appearance -- became the first U.S. team to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Wilmer Cabrera on closing gaps, kids loving MLS and Bradenton
    Wilmer Cabrera, a member of Colombia's 1990 and 1998 World Cup squads, moved to the USA in 2003 after a 20-year pro career. After coaching Long Island youth teams and at Queens club BW Gottschee, Cabrera became the U.S. U-17 boys national team coach, overseeing the team's residency program in Bradenton, Florida, and guiding the USA to second-round appearances at the 2009 and 2011 U-17 World Cups. He served as Colorado Rapids assistant coach in 2012-13 and Chivas USA head coach in 2014. Last month he was hired by the Houston Dynamo to coach its new USL affiliate team, Grande ...
  • U.S. U-17 boys open new Residency Program with 32 players
    The 32 players attending the U.S. U-17 boys national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, for the cycle leading to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India hail from 18 states.
  • Sebastian Dremmler on Bayern Munich's formula for success, its U.S. venture and breaking into the first team
    In 2014, Bayern Munich opened a New York office and forged a partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS), which oversees clubs in 15 U.S. states. Sebastian Dremmler has served as head coach of Bayern Munich youth teams and oversees the club's U.S. venture.
  • Dennis te Kloese on Mexican success and the USA's challenges
    Dennis te Kloese, the Mexican soccer federation's director of youth national teams, served as Chivas USA's director of soccer in 2005-08. The Dutchman, who first moved to Mexico in 2003 to become Chivas Guadalajara's scouting director, was also Tigres UANL's academy director in 2008-2011. Currently in his second stint with Mexican federation, we spoke with Kloese about the success of Mexico's U-17 program.
  • NSCAA's Lynn Berling-Manuel: 'Coaches are a powerful community'
    In 1977, Lynn Berling-Manuel, as a young editor with Soccer America Magazine, went to cover the annual NSCAA Coaches Convention held that January in San Francisco. She went not knowing what to expect, but came out changed.
  • How refs could learn from Wall Street
    I've never worked on Wall Street although I would love to ring the bell starting the workday at one of the stock exchanges in the future. Many people have a negative view of Wall Street but there are a couple of important things that Soccer Americans, especially those who are referees, could learn:
  • Jeff Baicher on U-17 residency, the foreign option and competing with MLS clubs
    We spoke with the De Anza Force's director of coaching Jeff Baicher about U.S. Soccer maintaining the Bradenton Residency program, despite the dramatic changes in the American soccer landscape since its launch in 1999, and the foreign option for young Americans.
  • Brad Friedel prepared well for coaching career
    Less than a year after ending his 23-year professional career, goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been named head coach of the U.S. U-19 men's national team.
  • John Hackworth on why the USA needs its U-17 Residency Program
    The U.S. Soccer Federation launched the U-17 boys Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, in January 1999. In October of that year, the USA, with a team that included Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman, finished fourth at the 1999 U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. The USA has not won a knockout-stage game at the biennial U-17 World Cup since 1999.