• Schalke's U.S. teens eye first-team promotion
    Missing from the U.S. team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 U-20 World Cup were three American teens who were playing for Schalke 04 in its run to the U-19 Bundesliga semifinals: 19-year-old Haji Wright, and 18-year-old Weston McKennie, who turns 19 in August, and Nick Taitague, who turned 18 last February.
  • Drink up: Hydration tips for summer soccer
    In a previous Youth Soccer Insider we discussed recognizing signs of heat illness. Now we will discuss an even more important strategy -- preventing dehydration and possible heat illness through a good hydration strategy.
  • Tab Ramos is bullish on USA after U-20 World Cup performance and DA progress
    The USA won its group at the 2017 U-20 World Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals, where Coach Tab Ramos' team fell, 2-1, in overtime to the surprise team of the tournament, Venezuela, which won its first four games with shutouts and faces England in the final on Sunday.
  • And the Refs Who Do Care
    Recently, I wrote about the refs who don't care. They are the refs who do as little as humanly possible to survive on the soccer field that day.
  • Heat Illness: How to recognize it in young athletes
    I am often asked this time of year about some strategies for coaches and parents to recognize heat illness, and for some strategies to manage the young athlete. With that in mind let's review some basic principles.
  • The Refs Who Don't Care
    I was appalled as I saw my colleagues officiating. I was to ref the next game at the field and saw the ref, on a warm day on a turf field, wearing a short-sleeve referee shirt and black sweatpants. There was only one assistant referee and he was thankfully wearing black referee shorts but his black socks were pulled down to his ankles (maybe to avoid the "referee tan") and he was also wearing gray running shoes instead of black. Because of their diverse outfits, they did not look like a team. The other touchline was manned by a club ...
  • USA has the momentum at Under-20 World Cup -- but toughest foe awaits
    The 17-year-old Josh Sargent has, for U-20 World Cup quarterfinalist USA, scored with his right foot, his head, his left foot -- and in the 6-0 win over New Zealand, with his thigh.
  • U.S. U-20 star Tyler Adams has been playing up for a long time
    When Tyler Adams showed up for Red Bulls Academy U-13 tryouts, the coaches were quite sure he was ready to play above his age. But they eased him into the older age group.
  • U.S. U-20s enter 'best part of the tournament'
    At the last U-20 World Cup, in 2015, no collegians saw action for the USA. This time around, Coach Tab Ramos has been fielding Cal goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, New Mexico defender Aaron Herrera and Maryland midfielder Eryk Williamson.
  • U.S. U-20s' foe: 'Hard-working' New Zealand team has five U.S. collegians
    The USA aims to reach the quarterfinals in consecutive U-20 World Cups for the first time in history when it faces New Zealand in the round of 16 on Thursday morning (7 a.m. ET FS1, Telemundo En Vivo).
  • Josh Sargent: The pride of soccer-rich St. Louis
    How did 17-year-old American Josh Sargent become one of the soccer world's most exciting young prospects?
  • U.S. Soccer names Girls DA Technical Advisors
    The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, which kicks off its first season in September, has named its first five Technical Advisors, who are charged with developing scouting networks and evaluating and aiding DA clubs in their region.
  • An imperfect but promising start by USA at U-20 World Cup
    Hosted by South Korea, the U-20 World Cup games air in the USA in the middle of the night or very early in the morning. Based on the USA's thrilling opener, fans should find it worth sacrificing sleep -- or at least making sure the DVR is programmed -- to follow the quest of Coach Tab Ramos' team.
  • Venerable Queens club BW Gottschee going strong thanks to Ben Boehm
    It's a Sunday morning in Queens and Ben Boehm is smiling like a man about to spend a day doing what he really enjoys.
  • What's the yardstick for World Cup-bound U.S. U-20s?
    It's difficult to predict how youth World Cups will unfold, because the history of the tournament is not a reliable indicator.