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New Orleans, Louisiana - Wednesday, December 16, 2015: The USWNT go down 0-1 to China early in the second half during their Victory Tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Abby Wambach joins ESPN as analyst, contributor for multiple platforms

Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has agreed to a multiyear contract to serve as an analyst and contributor to ESPN across various shows and platforms.

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By | May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments |

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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: May 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 during the month of May 2016.

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Dure: Mapping the chaotic youth soccer scene

How far are you willing to go for a competitive youth soccer game? This week Beau Dure goes in-depth to depict the sprawling, chaotic, multi-layered map of select soccer clubs and leagues across the Mid-Atlantic region, where even second- and third-tier teams routinely drive hours for games. It’s can’t-miss reading for all soccer families.

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By | April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Reid: A referee’s observations from the Virginia State Cup

Longtime soccer coach and team manager turned referee David A. Reid wrote an op-ed on his observations from officiating Virginia State Cup matches this weekend.

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By | April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: April 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments to SoccerWire.com for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 during the month of April 2016.

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By | April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

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MLSsoccer.com highlights top 10 Generation adidas Cup performances

MLSsoccer.com, the official site of Major League Soccer, recently publishes a feature article listing the Top 10 MLS Academy performances from the recently completed Generation adidas Cup, an international U-17 tournament which annually features some of the top clubs from around the world.

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By | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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O’Sullivan: Can Players First fix American youth soccer?

‘Changing the Game Project’ founder and longtime coach John O’Sullivan conducted a Q&A with US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne on the organization’s new ‘Players First’ initiative, which they are calling a “branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players.” Read the full transcript along with O’Sullivan’s take on the program.

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By | April 6, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Abby Wambach busted for DUI, earns public mockery from USMNTers

Abby Wambach was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants in Portland, Oregon late Saturday night. The recently-retired USWNT icon took full responsibility for her actions in a Facebook post on Sunday, but has nonetheless been the subject of widespread scorn and condemnation in the wake of the incident, including from two prominent USMNT players.

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By | April 5, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

OTTAWA, Canada - Friday June 26, 2015: The United States of America (USA) defeats The People's Republic of China (China PR) 1-0 in the Quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 at Lansdowne Stadium.

It’s not about the revenue: Shawhan on USSF vs. USWNT

In the wake of the USWNT filing a gender-discrimination complaint with the EEOC, one idea, in particular, has dominated the response from U.S. Soccer and its defenders: revenue. If USMNT bring in more revenue than the USWNT, the argument goes, so it’s only fair they get paid more, too. Columnist Mark Shawhan takes a hard look at this idea.

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By | April 4, 2016 | 10 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Olympic failure another red flag: US players still too green on global scene

Gamesmanship is dyed into the wool of most established soccer cultures, particularly in Latin America. Yet on the field it remains distasteful, even outrageous, to most US and Canadian players and fans – and those two countries’ national teams continue to suffer dearly for that enduring naivete, most recently the U.S. U-23s as their Olympic qualifying dream was crushed by Colombia, writes Charles Boehm.

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By | April 1, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: “Development vs. winning” can be taken to extremes in youth soccer

“Development over winning” is a great philosophy. We’ve seen too many coaches who go to the other extreme, yelling themselves hoarse and refusing to let players figure out the game from different positions and perspectives. Like most philosophies, though, it can be taken to absurd lengths, writes Beau Dure.

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By | March 31, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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RIP Johan Cruyff: Soccer pays tribute to an all-time legend

One of soccer’s all-time greats passed away on Thursday, as Dutch legend Johan Cruyff succumbed to lung cancer at age 68. Tributes have flowed in from media outlets around the world, and deservingly so. Here’s a brief sampling of some of our favorites.

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By | March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Dure: USL coaches insist they’re not just farming for the future

Save the “winning vs. development” talk for youth soccer. USL coaches want to win. That’s the message as North America’s third-tier professional league kicks off its 2016 season this weekend, writes Beau Dure.

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Guest commentary: Will U.S. Soccer’s early-specialization decree trigger unintended consequences?

U.S. Soccer’s new Girls Developmental Academy will mandate that players will not be allowed to play other sports or in other competitions, just like the boys version does. Guest columnist Skye Eddy Bruce wonders what athletic qualities will the young athletes affected by the DA soccer-only mandate have five to 10 years from now, when they are entering the college and professional ranks as a result of their non-participation in other sports?

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By | March 18, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Jeff Cup 2016: Everton FC Westchester Dreamers dominate boys U-18 play

Professional teams generally aren’t supposed to be allowed to play in youth soccer tournaments. While not technically violating amateur status rules that keep them from doing so, here at the Jefferson Cup, Everton FC Westchester Dreamers are totally in a class of their own in decision making, technical ability and creativity. Not bad for a team that doesn’t even practice together.

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By | March 12, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Dure: No full-time travel before age 12? Momentum is growing

Should the whole concept of “travel soccer” be limited to kids at U-12 and older? It’s what some smart development experts have long suggested, and Beau Dure makes a strong case for the idea on his latest SoccerWire column.

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By | March 11, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Dure: Ditching high-school soccer is a questionable decision

Eyeing U.S. Soccer’s latest repudiation of high-school soccer, Beau Dure asks: Is “development” so important that we have to take kids away from the camaraderie of high school and make their parents spend 10 months a year driving them somewhere else to play?

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By | March 3, 2016 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Guest columnist: Kris Ward on abusive youth coaches and how to steer your kid clear of them

Guest columnist Kris Ward shares an ugly tale of abuse and vitriol experienced on the sidelines of a recent youth match, and ponders how players and parents can keep clear of foul-mouthed, manipulative coaches.

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By | February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Dure: Is U.S. Soccer trying to fix what isn’t broken?

SoccerWire.com Featured Columnist Beau Dure says the laissez-faire, deregulated youth soccer model is in tatters, and applauds new involvement and leadership by the U.S. Soccer Federation. But he’s also feels many of the issues the federation has chosen are curious, to put it mildly.

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By | February 23, 2016 | 18 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

San Antonio, TX - December 10, 2015:  The USWNT defeated Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 during the Victory Tour at the Alamodome.

Test passed: Reborn USWNT show excellence in evolution as they solve rugged Canada

The new-look U.S. Women’s National Team met the first real challenge of their new era on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in South Texas, and conquered it with class and sophistication. By facing, solving and then confidently vanquishing a spirited challenge from a motivated Canada side in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying final, a USWNT full of youth and savvy showed a refreshing new approach to the game.

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By | February 21, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Border brawl: U.S., Canada women set for another “bloodbath” as rivalry resumes in CONCACAF Oly final

The 2016 CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying tournament has reached its climax, and it’s been nearly 100 percent “chalk” to date: Regional bullies the U.S. and Canada have swept away the minnows and booked their places at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Now these old adversaries will meet in the tournament final on Sunday, in the latest installment of a bitter rivalry that somehow still flies under the radar, even in some hard-core soccer circles.

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By | February 20, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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USWNT: Cerebral youngsters Brian, Horan take control of world champions’ midfield on Olympic road to Rio

The likes of Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan continue to dominate the U.S. Women’s National Team’s promotional materials and media coverage – with ample justification. Yet in the meantime, head coach Jill Ellis has quietly entrusted two of her team’s most pivotal roles to two of the youngest players on the roster. Charles Boehm investigates the rise of the Morgan Brian-Lindsey Horan partnership.

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By | February 19, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

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Dure: Why do kids play? Birth-year mandate heats up argument

Beau Dure explores the notions of “club-centric”, “team-centric” and “player-centric” approaches to youth soccer, and how the new U.S. Soccer mandates will affect those prominent and conflicting philosophies.

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By | February 8, 2016 | 6 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Five ways to develop more creative players needed for future U.S. Men’s National Team success

Guest columnist and well respected coach John Dingle thinks the U.S. Men’s National Team has made tremendous progress in recent decades, but says the current popular methods designed to teach the creativity needed to truly compete on a world class level are not working. In this column he details the five biggest problems – and proposes the solutions – to turn the tide.

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By | February 1, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

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