• 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.
  • Efrain Alvarez, age 15, helps shoot Galaxy into U-17/18 Development Academy final
    Efrain Alvarez, who turned 15 on June 19, sparked the Los Angeles Galaxy's comeback against the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 semifinals. After Seattle took a 2-0 lead into halftime, Alvarez scored in the 71st minute. Ulysses Llanez equalized in the 78th minute and Ethan Zubak scored the overtime winner.
  • Texans SC Houston are only non-MLS club at this weekend's Development Academy championships
    Texans SC Houston, which beat Real So Cal, 2-0, in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 quarterfinals, is the only non-MLS club to reach the semifinals at either age group.
  • The Road to 10,000 Games (Part 2): How I'll commemorate the milestone game
    In my last article, I wrote about some highs and lows in officiating thousands of soccer games. My game count is now above 9,950 so if I continue my current pace, barring a tragedy or serious injury, I would officiate my 10,000th game in the next couple of months.
  • USA to face host India, Ghana and Colombia at U-17 World Cup
    The USA was drawn into Group A for the boys 2017 U-17 World Cup and will open against host India (Oct. 6) before facing Ghana (Oct. 9) and Colombia (Oct. 12) in first-round play.
  • The Road to 10,000 Games
    It has been said that a referee never has a home game. But this is negative thinking and I have officiated thousands of soccer games so, on fields that I have officiated a good deal, I could be more familiar with them and the surroundings than the home team. Plus, I often see a friendly face on the field or on the touchline so, for me, more and more games seem like home games. Only four times in 2016 did I officiate at a field I had never been to and only four times so far this year.
  • A coach's life: Phil Savitz, NSCAA High School Coach of the Year, South Carolina legend, big Bruce Arena fan
    Phil Savitz has coached boys high school soccer for 37 years and serves as the Girls Co-Director of Soccer at South Carolina United, which he joined 11 years ago upon its inception. Savitiz's high school teams have won than 700 games and have won a record 15 4A State Championships.
  • Development Academy: Only FC Dallas has a chance to return to final four
    Only one team that reached the semifinals of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship in 2016 has a chance to return 2017 semifinals.
  • Take care of the mighty hamstring
    We're learning more and more about the importance of the hamstrings in injury prevention and overall athletic performance. Orthopedic surgeons have long been taught that the hamstrings are the "friend" of the ACL.
  • Tennessee SC's Ronnie Woodard: 'Start teaching and stop yelling'
    Last year marked the first time a club from Tennessee won a U.S. Youth Soccer national championship. Coached by Ronnie Woodard, Tennessee SC's U-18 girls lifted the Francis J. Kelly Cup and Woodard was named the 2016 NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
  • Hugo Arellano is latest player from 2015 U.S. U-17 squad to make first division debut
    Hugo Arellano, the USA's captain at the 2015 U-17 World Cup who signed a Homegrown contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January of 2017 via the LA Galaxy II, made his MLS debut last weekend. The 19-year-old played the full 90 while filling in for suspended central defender Jelle Van Damme.
  • The Ghana Connection continues: Osman is national boys player of the year
    For the third time in six years, the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year is a Ghana product who came to the USA via the Right to Dream Academy, which seeks opportunities abroad for promising young talent from West Africa.