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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: December 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of December 2017.

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By | December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: November 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of November 2017.

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By | November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Dougherty: How youth coaches, players and parents can help fix U.S. player development

Longtime soccer coach and SoccerWire.com columnist Joe Dougherty outlines six specific areas of focus that U.S. youth soccer coaches, players and parents need to emphasize in order to help the U.S. Men’s National Team return to relevance in future World Cup cycles.

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By | November 16, 2017 | 2 Comments | Tags:

Hummer: Addiction to GotSoccer stifling youth soccer progress

If you are involved in youth soccer and value team rankings in any way, you are an accomplice in killing the future of our game. For the sake of our children, I’m begging you to quit. Rankings are like an addiction, and in this case, GotSoccer is the drug.

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By | November 7, 2017 | 22 Comments | Tags: ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: October 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 in October 2017.

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By | October 18, 2017 | 1 Comment | Tags:

Hummer: U.S. World Cup miss makes best case yet for Promotion – Relegation need in Major League Soccer

If ever a case was made for finding a better way to teach American players how to compete with everything on the line no matter what level of opponent or circumstance, Tuesday night’s loss by the U.S. Men’s National Team to Trinidad and Tobago was it.

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By | October 11, 2017 | 20 Comments | Tags: , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: September 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 in September 2017.

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By | October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA officials discuss goals for the new league

In a teleconference with members of the media last week, Girls’ DA Director Miriam Hickey, U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, and U.S. Soccer Academy Jared Micklos spoke about this new venture and why the timing was right for creating the Girls’ DA, tens year after the creation of the Boys Development Academy.

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By | September 8, 2017 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

U.S. YNT scouting in DMV heightens with new USSDA Technical Advisor Rob Elliott

U.S. Soccer recently appointed Rob Elliott as Technical Advisor for the Atlantic region of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy on the boys’ side, demonstrating even more of a focus on the talent-rich area for Youth National Team recruiting.  SoccerWire.com spoke with Elliott about his new role.

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Seeing the Light: Coaches from other sports find value in recruiting soccer players

Longtime soccer coach and SoccerWire.com columnist Joe Dougherty explains why the physical and mental skills developed through soccer often help some of the world’s best athletes in their pursuits of other sports. But don’t worry about a sudden rush from the soccer pitch to the gridiron or basketball court. Ultimately, the fact that coaches from other sports make a point of recruiting soccer players is a complement to the Beautiful Game.

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By | September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags:

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: August 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in August 2017.

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Tuli: Bethesda Academy community mourns deportation of Claros brothers

SoccerWire.com contributor Kismet Tuli provided an update on Lizandro Claro, the Bethesda Academy player who was deported to his native El Salvador by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, despite being on track to play college soccer on scholarship in the fall. 

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By | August 8, 2017 | 1 Comment | Tags: ,

NC Courage Academy defender Maggie Pierce discusses transition from ECNL to Girls’ DA

With kickoff of the inaugural U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy season less than a month away, U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team and North Carolina Courage Academy defender Maggie Pierce shared a few thoughts from a player’s perspective on the transition from ECNL and high school soccer to the Girls’ DA model.

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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: July 2017

The SoccerWire.com NCAA Soccer Commitment Tracker is presented by the Jefferson Cup, one of the nation’s top college showcase tournaments. The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in July 2017. +Report a college commitment NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Tracker Class of 2017 | Class of […]

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By | August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags:

Tuli: Bethesda DA U-15/16s’ stellar season ends in nat’l quarterfinals

Bethesda SC’s U-15/16 DA team saw their season end last week with a disappointing 4-1 loss at Atlanta United in the national quarterfinals. But the Maryland side – who built the deepest postseason run of any D.C./Maryland/Virginia DA team and were the only non-MLS team in their age group to reach the knockout stages – can look back with pride on a memorable year.

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By | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: June 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 from June-August 2017.

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By | July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags:

Tuli: Baltimore Armour, Bethesda carry DMV flag with pride at DA playoffs

By Kismet Tuli, Special to SoccerWire.com After strong regular seasons in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Atlantic Division, four D.C./Maryland/Virginia-area teams qualified for the DA playoffs in Westfield, Indiana. After having failed to qualify for the 2016 playoffs altogether, both Baltimore Armour and the Bethesda Academy sent their U15/16 and U17/18 sides to Grand Park […]

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By | June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Dougherty: Doing the Right Thing in a World of the Professional Foul

There are certain moments in a youth soccer coach’s life when you can make a significant difference in a young person’s life, the kind of difference that the youngster will look back upon years later and realize it significantly affected her life. Unfortunately, coaches are not given a script in advance to know when that moment will arrive.

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Dougherty: Everything You Need to Be Prepared for Soccer Camp

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s soccer camp season. With the spring season over, youth players get a few weeks of rest before heading off for five or six days of resident soccer camp. These camps are a great opportunity to learn new skills, tactics, and to meet players from different areas and perhaps gain a long-lasting friendship or two. If a player prepares for soccer camp properly, it can be a remarkably rewarding experience. But poor preparation can lead to a miserable week.

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By | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Blank: NCAA recruiting dead period gives coaches much-needed break

Longtime University of Georgia women’s soccer coach and best-selling author Dan Blank gives his take on the new women’s soccer recruiting ‘dead period’ implemented by the NCAA, disallowing recruiting during the window of December 15 – January 5 on an annual basis going forward.

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By | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Dougherty: Bringing the Playground to Game Day

Arrive early at just about any U17 boys team practice, and you’ll see a handful of kids goofing off in front of the net, trying crazy bicycle kicks, bending shots from impossible angles, and juggling the ball with each other before attempting shots one would never see in a game. On Saturday, Mario Mandzukic of Italian Series A side Juventus netted one of those straight-from-the-training-ground goals — and during the Champions League final, arguably the most important club game in the world. Mandzukic’s bicycle kick goal will certainly be considered one of the greatest in Champions League Final history, and deservedly so. It provides the combination of team chemistry and individual brilliance that are necessary for a goal to be given such an honor. The goal provides a number of lessons for young players and coaches.

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Mastroeni, Arena & American soccer’s cult of coaching insecurity

As most readers will know, the United States has never won a World Cup in men’s international soccer, at any age level. Nor has the program ever occupied first place in the FIFA World Rankings, having topped out at its all-time best position of No. 4 back in 2006 – and FIFA has changed the […]

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By | June 2, 2017 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Dougherty: Unlucky? No, you simply messed up.

SoccerWire.com columnist and longtime youth coach Joe Dougherty discusses the importance of honest and instructive feedback from coaches to players, and why “bad luck” on the field is most often attributable to poor technique.

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By | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: March-May 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 from March-May 2017.

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By | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Dougherty: High school coaches, don’t forget to write a Thank You card

Columnist Joe Dougherty draws on his three decades of coaching youth soccer to provide a straightforward perspective on the share of the elite player development workload between club coaches and high school coaches.

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By | May 22, 2017 | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,

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