Real Colorado's Sophia Smith gets her goal fix with U.S. U-18s and U-20s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 9, 4:15 p.m.
Sophia Smith, the 16-year-old who's been on a scoring tear for U.S. youth teams, hails from the same youth club as Mallory Pugh. So comparisons are tempting.
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Tab Ramos: We want these U-20s to play first-team pro ball
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 8, 9:23 p.m.
After guiding the USA to the Concacaf U-20 Championship title, Tab Ramos will coach at his third U-20 World Cup, marking his 10th world championship as a U.S. player or coach.
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A promising generation -- the U.S. 2017 U-20s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 6, 8:11 p.m.
America's biggest teenage star couldn't get time off work to be part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last weekend. The 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, in Borussia Dortmund's 6-2 win on Saturday over Bayer Leverkusen in front 79,100, scored his fifth Bundesliga goal and made his fifth assist.
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USA stamps U-20 World Cup ticket; now aims for Concacaf crown
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 4, 1:37 p.m.
The U.S. U-20 national team faces Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship final on Sunday, but the main goal has already been achieved. Coach Tab Ramos' team qualified for the 2017 U-20 World Cup by beating El Salvador, 2-1, on Friday.
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Injury prevention warmup programs work: Use One!
Posted by Dev Mishra on Mar. 3, 2:37 p.m.
I'm a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I've previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions ...
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Tab Ramos on U-20 win: 'We gave them very little if anything at all'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 28, 2:37 a.m.
Mexico entered the qualifying tournament for the 2017 U-20 World Cup having won the last three Concacaf U-20 Championship titles, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and hadn't lost a game in the competition since 2009. The last time the USA had beaten Mexico in a competitive U-20 game was in 1986, when the Americans qualified for the 1987 U-20 World ...
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Tab Ramos' team on roll heading into Mexico U-20 clash; Women's youth head coaches out
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 25, 2:16 p.m.
Tab Ramos' quest to become the first coach to qualify the USA for three straight U-20 World Cups comes down to games against Mexico on Monday and El Salvador on Friday at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Costa Rica.
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Five 'brothers' from RSL-AZ boost U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 23, 10:45 p.m.
Asked to explain his club's remarkable achievement, delivering five players to the U.S. U-20 national team, the first thing mentioned by Real Salt Lake-Arizona director Martin Vasquez was what the players did without coaches.
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Tab Ramos: 'The boys are starting to figure it out'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 22, 1:02 a.m.
"We know the important part of the tournament is how you end and not how you start," Coach Tab Ramos said after his team's second game of U-20 World Cup qualifying, a 4-1 win over Haiti on Tuesday.
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USA already behind the eight-ball in U-20 World Cup qualifying
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 20, 2:42 a.m.
The USA's quest to qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup is in danger just one game into the Concacaf Championship.
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Tab Ramos on keeper Jonathan Klinsmann, captain Erik Palmer-Brown and the U-20 World Cup qualifying quest
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 16, 9:54 p.m.
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).
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Girls DA Director Miriam Hickey: Federation is best suited to support clubs and coaches
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 16, 3:40 p.m.
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.
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Anson Dorrance on Girls DA vs. ECNL -- and why the focus should be on the youngest ages
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 15, 7:11 p.m.
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.
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James Bunce: 'Players all develop at different times'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 14, 3:11 p.m.
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.
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Meet Tab Ramos' 20 players for U-20 World Cup qualifying
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 10, 6:33 p.m.
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 ...
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