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USA already behind the eight-ball in U-20 World Cup qualifying

The USA's quest to qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup is in danger just one game into the Concacaf Championship.

Tab Ramos on keeper Jonathan Klinsmann, captain Erik Palmer-Brown and the U-20 World Cup qualifying quest

Tab Ramos, who played for the USA in the 1983 U-20 World Cup, now aims to coach the USA in a third straight U-20 World Cup. The quest to qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea begins on Saturday, when the USA opens against Panama at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Costa Rica (Feb. 17-March 5).

Girls DA Director Miriam Hickey: Federation is best suited to support clubs and coaches

Miriam Hickey has been named Director of the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, that which off its first season in August. Hickey, most recently Director of Coaching at the Troy Soccer Club in Michigan, is a FIFA Women's Instructor who helped develop FIFA's girls and women's master's program.

Anson Dorrance on Girls DA vs. ECNL -- and why the focus should be on the youngest ages

We asked Anson Dorrance for his views on the strife between U.S. Soccer and the ECNL, and what he would like to see happen in American youth soccer.

James Bunce: 'Players all develop at different times'

When James Bunce headed Southampton FC's youth program, its ranks included Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, now an Arsenal and England midfielder. Oxlade-Chamberlain's development became an example of the importance of considering a player's rate of physical development instead of simply evaluating his talent against other players of the same age.

Meet Tab Ramos' 20 players for U-20 World Cup qualifying

The USA's quest to qualify for a third straight U-20 World Cup begins Feb. 18 against Panama, the first of three first-round opponents at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Costa Rica from which four teams will qualify for the World Cup in South Korea May 20-June 11. Coach Tab Ramos' 20-player roster for the qualifying tournament, at which also faces ...

Ankle Sprain: When can I play again?

There's never a good time to be injured. As we come up to the end of many winter sports, players often have their eyes on championships or important tournaments. When an injury happens one of the most important questions the young athlete wants to know is "when can I play again?"

Boys Development Academy adds 165 new teams

The Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) will enter the 2017-18 season with 17 new clubs and 165 additional teams, bringing the total to 165 clubs and 620 teams. Teams have been added to each of the five age groups while a single-age U-15 division has been added for the 2017-18 season. The Boys DA launched in 2007 with 64 ...

U-17 stars leave residency for MLS; Four newcomers head to Bradenton

By the time Christian Pulisic played for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, he had already left the Bradenton Residency to join Borussia Dortmund's youth program. A few other players had also left for Mexican and European clubs. And Luca de la Torre had joined Fulham instead of going to residency.

Jozy Altidore still having lots of 'serious fun'

Jozy Altidore made his 100th appearance for the USA last Sunday, becoming, at age 27, the second youngest player to reach that milestone after Landon Donovan, who was 26 when he got his 100th cap. We spoke with Altidore about his youth soccer days, important qualities he believes coaches need at all levels, and his off-field ventures.

USA in home stretch toward U-20 World Cup qualifying tourney

At the U-20 Concacaf Championship in Costa Rica Feb. 17-March 5, Tab Ramos aims to become the first coach to lead the USA to three straight U-20 World Cups. He'll name his 20-player roster for the qualifying tournament following a Jan. 31-Feb. 10 training camp in Orlando, Florida, to which he has invited 24 players.

Ref friendlies as if they count in the standings

Friendly games can take many forms. It could be a preseason game, a match played for charity or the alumni game of a college or high school. College soccer has many friendly games on its schedule, such as the spring games as well as preseason games played before the regular season in the fall. It's no surprise that these college ...

Not using referees is part of Schalke 04's acclaimed youth program

Schalke 04's youth program, currently home to three U.S. youth national team players -- Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague -- is among the world's most successful at graduating players to the highest levels.

Meet 16-year-old Brianna Pinto, called into U.S. national team

In October, Brianna Pinto started all three games for the USA at the U-17 Women's World Cup. In January, she was invited to the U-23 women's national team camp, where she impressed such that Coach Jill Ellis invited the midfielder to join the full national team's camp under way now in in Carson, California. Pinto turns 17 in May.

Should new refs be identified -- like in driver's ed?

There are hundreds of soccer referee certification clinics held across the United States every year. Sadly, most refs passing these courses do not last two years with verbal abuse by the adults in youth soccer being the No. 1 reason for quitting.