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What's the yardstick for World Cup-bound U.S. U-20s?

It's difficult to predict how youth World Cups will unfold, because the history of the tournament is not a reliable indicator.
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American teens fall short in U-19 Bundesliga title quest

Schalke 04, with its trio of U.S. teens Haji Wright, Nick Taitague and Weston McKennie, looked well poised to reach the U-19 Bundesliga final after winning the first leg of its semifinal series with Bayern Munich, 3-1, in Munich. But on Tuesday, Bayern rebounded with a 4-2 second-leg win, sending the game to a penalty kick tiebreaker that Schalke lost, ...
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The road to recovery: How to overcome the fear of re-injury

As a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, one of my primary tasks with an athlete recovering from surgery or injury is to make sure the patient gets the best possible outcome. Traditionally, from the orthopedic surgeon's viewpoint that means achieving things like full range of motion, normal strength, and joint stability.
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Tab Ramos looks for improved offense at U-20 World Cup

For the first time in history, the USA will arrive at the U-20 World Cup as Concacaf champion, having beaten defending champ Mexico, 1-0, en route to the regional final, in which it prevailed over Honduras in PKs after a scoreless tie.
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The Rise of Georgia -- young Atlanta United players making international impact

In the months before helping the USA qualify for the 2017 U-17 World Cup, striker Andrew Carleton and Christopher Goslin played their soccer with men. Both had signed Homegrown contracts with MLS's Atlanta United last year and left the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, to train under Coach Tata Martino.
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Two big tests await U.S. U-17 boys

A strong case can be made that the USA's qualifying campaign for the 2017 U-17 World Cup was its most impressive appearance ever of the 18 Concacaf U-17 Championships it's played in. The only blemish for Coach John Hackworth's team, after five straight wins, was the penalty-kick shootout loss to Mexico in the final after a 1-1 tie.
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USA faces Mexico in Concacaf U-17 final with chance for first-ever U-17 and U-20 sweep.

In March, the Tab Ramos-coached USA won the Concacaf U-20 Championship. On Sunday, the USA has a chance to take the regional U-17 title for the first ever USA sweep of the two competitions when Coach John Hackworth's team faces Mexico in the final in Panama.
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Captain Sargent leads remarkable U.S. U-17 run

In its four games, so far, in U-17 World Cup qualifying, the USA trailed only once, after giving up a sixth-minute goal against Mexico. Twenty minute later, U.S. captain Josh Sargent scored the most impressive, and perhaps the most important, of his five goals.
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USA youth teams are on a roll

The USA's U-15 boys national team and U-17 girls both lifted tournament crowns in Italy while the U-17 boys have gotten off to a perfect start in U-17 W
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Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It's very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and perhaps put an injured player back in the game before he or she is really ready. The emphasis on the sideline should always ...
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'Great feeling' for U.S. U-17s after win over Mexico

Last August, the U.S. U-17 boys lost in Mexico City, 6-3, to Mexico in the 2016 Torneo de Naciones after a being tied, 2-2, until the 55th minute mark.
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Great start for U.S. U-17s -- Mexico awaits

Two years ago, in qualifying play for the 2015 U-17 World Cup, the USA, then coached by Richie Williams, faced Jamaica twice. In group play, the Americans lost to the Reggae Boyz, 1-0.
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U.S. Soccer names new women's youth national team coaches -- Kacey White and Keri Sarver

Kacey White, former Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Director of Coaching, is the new U.S. U-16 girls national team coach. Keri Sarver, Director of Coaching of the Internationals SC in Ohio for the last seven years, has been hired as the new U.S. U-19 women's national team coach. Both played pro ball after their college careers and White made 18 ...
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Will we see the next Pulisic? Meet the U.S. boys aiming for the U-17 World Cup

Will the Concacaf U-17 Championship reveal the next Christian Pulisic?
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Dallas becomes second U.S. team to win Dallas Cup Super Group

FC Dallas beat Mexico's Monterrey, 2-1, in the final to become only the second team to win the Dallas Cup U-19 Super Group since its inception in 1990.
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