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John Hackworth: 'Josh Sargent faces incredible challenge'

Not since Freddy Adu in 2003 has an American player entered the biennial U-17 World Cup under the kind of spotlight that will shine on Josh Sargent.
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Meet the USA's U-17 World Cup players

The USA did poorly at the last U-17 World Cup, failing to reach the second round in 2015, but that team included: Christian Pulisic, now already Bundesliga star, Tyler Adams, a New York Red Bulls starter, and Haji Wright, who's playing in the German second division. Based on that track record, some of the boys headed to India to represent ...
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Long-serving Tab Ramos renews with U.S. Soccer

Hall of Famer Tab Ramos, who was one of the USA's longest-serving players, is becoming one of the national team's longest-serving coaches. Ramos has agreed to continue as U-20 men's national coach, a position he's held since November 2013, and as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, which he became in October 2011.
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U.S. U-19 women sweep in China; U-16 girls split with Germany; U-17 boys get final pre-World Cup look

A tournament win in China for the U.S. U-19 national included the second meeting in history between female national teams of Iran and the USA. The first came when the U.S. U-16 girls beat Iran, 6-0, at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy in April of 2016. ... The U.S. U-16 girls beat their German counterparts, 4-0, in Lower Saxony ...
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Combining Dutch, Spanish and American style, Dave van den Bergh leads U.S. U-15 boys

U.S. U-15 boys national team coach Dave van den Bergh grew up playing in Ajax Amsterdam's youth program, a teammate of future Dutch national team stars Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf.
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England youth on the rise: The FA's Matt Crocker on how it happened and hopes for the future

England may be home to the world's richest league, but that hasn't translated into national team success. It has not won a major title since its only World Cup win, on home soil in 1966, and has gotten past the quarterfinals only once, in 1990. But this year, the England's youth national teams have had a remarkable run.
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The College Process: Be Prepared, Proactive and Persistent

No two children are alike and their dreams are as unique as their goals. As high school students across the nation center another grade, many will begin the exciting -- and at times overwhelming -- process of preparing for college.
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How youth soccer has changed in the past four decades

Having officiated my 10,000th game on August 8 gave me a chance to reflect on the many changes that have occurred on the American youth soccer landscape since when I took up the whistle in 1978 and was a youth player in the 1970's. Here are some of them:
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A new era for girls soccer: Development Academy kicks off in competition with ECNL.

The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy -- with 69 clubs, 276 teams and more than 6,000 players -- kicks off this weekend, a decade after U.S. Soccer launched the Boys Development Academy.
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