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Don't waste time at practice, let them play!

When former U.S. World Cup captain and Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna was U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, he made what I thought was a crucial point about youth coaching: Don't waste time.

Californian helps Mexico beat USA in Concacaf U-15 Championship final

Los Angeles Galaxy academy star Efrain Alvarez, who earlier this month signed a USL contract with Galaxy II, set up Mexico's first goal in a 2-0 win over the USA in the Concacaf U-15 Championship final.

11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

"I got recruited to coach my kid's soccer team. Any advice?"

Rising Stars: Busio, Reyna, Gaines and Co., shoot U.S. U-15 boys into Concacaf final

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.

Mission Accomplished: The 10,000th game

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 ...

Think food first: Refueling after training or games

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?

Scouting network grows for U.S. Soccer Development Academy

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.

No punting allowed -- a welcome change to American youth soccer

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 ...

A coach's life: Daouda Kante of Kansas Rush and how 'respecting kids goes a long way'

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 ...

USL provides big boost to young pro prospects

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.

A coach's life: MLS veteran Eric Quill returns to his Texas youth club and wins another national title

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 ...

Review your Emergency Action Plan

An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written set of systems and processes that are followed if a serious health or environmental condition occurs.

Beware of referee fatigue

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.

Galaxy coach Brian Kleiban has the American Messi's back

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.

Tab Ramos on 2017 Development Academy finals and Mexican-American tug of war

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.