Great start for U.S. U-17s -- Mexico awaits
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 24, 12:43 a.m.
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
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 21, 8:29 p.m.
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
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 18, 8:26 p.m.
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
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 17, 2:36 a.m.
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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Hey Coach, set a good example: Use and share sunscreen
Posted by Dev Mishra on Apr. 13, 1:20 p.m.
In several published studies it's been shown that only about 20% of outdoor sport athletes routinely use proper sunscreen for daytime practices and games.
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New coaching slate for U.S. women's age-group program taking shape
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 9, 8:52 p.m.
Jitka Klimkova is the new head coach of the U.S. U-20 women's national team, replacing Michelle French, and Mark Carr has been named head coach of the U.S. U-17 girls national team, replacing B.J. Snow. U.S. Soccer says it will also announce its 2017 coaches for the U-14, U-15 and U-16 girls national teams and U-18 and U-19 women's national ...
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How FIFA rules hurt immigrant children in the USA
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 7, 2:02 p.m.
There are children in the USA who aren't allowed to play in their local soccer league because FIFA, based in Switzerland, isn't satisfied with their documentation.
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Reffing corner kicks: Don't ignore the grabbing and holding
Posted by Randy Vogt on Apr. 6, 12:57 a.m.
Soccer's last rule, Law 17, is on corner kicks. The corner kick must be placed inside the corner area (formerly called "corner arc") nearest to the point the ball crossed the goal line. Which is interesting as the goal kick can be kicked from either side of the goal area, no matter which side of the goal that the ball ...
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Tab Ramos holds London audition for U-20 World Cup spots
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 4, 1:01 a.m.
Nineteen players who weren't part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last month are part of Coach Tab Ramos' April 3-10 training camp in London, England, in preparation for the 2017 U-20 World Cup that kicks off in late May.
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Lawsuit by youth clubs against MLS Players Union dismissed
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 30, 5:49 p.m.
A lawsuit against the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) that was part of American youth clubs' quest to receive compensation for their former players who go pro was dismissed by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
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The teenager's challenge: Sleep well, play well
Posted by Dev Mishra on Mar. 29, 3:24 p.m.
I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.
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American teens see first-team action in Germany
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 24, 5:20 p.m.
The international break created opportunities for three U.S. teenagers to see friendly game action with their Bundesliga clubs. Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague made their first-team debuts at Schalke 04 in a 3-1 loss to second division Hannover while McKinze Gaines saw first-team action for VfL Wolfsburg in a 1-1 tie with second division Arminia Bielefeld.
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Anybody remember street soccer? Jorge Villafana does
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 23, 7:00 p.m.
In the age of academies, pre-academies, soccer classes for 18-month-olds and curricula demanding coaches precisely plan practices for 6-year-olds, you don't hear much talk about free play and street soccer anymore.
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How refs spot off-the-ball fouls
Posted by Randy Vogt on Mar. 22, 3:20 p.m.
You can never relax while driving and the same is true when officiating a soccer game. Years ago, I heard many officials say, "I'm just a linesman," and a new crop of officials say "I'm just an assistant referee" when given an assignment not in the middle. Although the term for that official might have changed, unfortunately the attitude of ...
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John Ellinger on U-17 residency: 'I don't think it was ever intended to be there forever'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 20, 10:30 p.m.
In January 1999, the U.S. Soccer Federation created the U-17 national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. The first class of 20 players included Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu and Bobby Convey. Their coach was John Ellinger, who reflects on the impending end of the program.
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