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Dure: Will U.S. Soccer find opportunity in Yedlin training compensation crisis?






The issue of training compensation for U.S. youth clubs that produce professional players has rocketed back into the soccer community’s consciousness with this week’s news of Crossfire Premier






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By | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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USWNT: Young technician Morgan Brian carries hopes for a better Women’s World Cup future – and present






With the U.S. Women’s National Team clinging to old ways and the rest of the women’s soccer world advancing rapidly, it’s easy to get gloomy about the future as the 2015 Women’s World Cup unfolds. But it appears that one important beacon of hope will step back into the starting 11 in Friday night’s quarterfinal showdown with China.






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By | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers defend Women’s World Cup, call out sportswriter Andy Benoit [Video]






On Wednesday night, Saturday Night Live (SNL) alums Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited for their popular “Weekend Update” segment “Really!?!” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The comedic duo takes on Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit after his remarks that the Women’s World Cup, along with all women’s sports, is not worth watching.






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Dure: Can U.S. Women ditch “Whack it to Wambach” style?






The biggest question of the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup run may not be their lack of fluidity thus far, but their ability to adapt to new tactics and situations both now and in the future, says Beau Dure.






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By | June 25, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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MLS and the Two Solitudes: “Rivalry Week” with a side of Canadian history






Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact meet Wednesday in one of Major League Soccer’s featured “Rivalry Week” matches. But this is more than just a meeting of rival soccer teams, it’s a clash of two Canadian cities, and entire cultures, who have been antagonists for centuries, as guest columnist Elizabeth Cotignola writes.






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By | June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dougherty: USWNT no longer the world’s best






Count me among the growing number of people who are concerned about the apparent regression in the tactics displayed by the U.S. Women’s National Team during the World Cup now underway. And the list is long.






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Is your child a late bloomer? 5 tips for overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in youth sports






Youth sports coaching and parenting expert John O Sullivan tackles the issue of “late bloomers” in youth sports, and why overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” often produces the best athletes later in life.






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By | June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Dougherty: Women’s World Cup preview and predictions

Columnist Joe Dougherty previews and makes predictions the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.






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By | June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

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A bully’s worst nightmare is you: How to shut down bullying in youth sports






Columnist Joe Dougherty guides coaches, parents and players on effective ways to help stop bullying within a youth soccer team.






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By | May 19, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

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Richmond United, Bethesda SC, Maryland United U-14 ECNL sides thrive at South Carolina showcase






Potomac area ECNL teams enjoyed a successful weekend amid challenging competition at the U-13 and U-14 ECNL Showcase at the MESA Complex in Greer, South Carolina over the weekend. Bethesda SC, Richmond United, Maryland United and McLean U-14 sides went a combined 6-2-4.






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By | May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dougherty: Random thoughts during a D.C. United game at RFK Stadium






Joe Dougherty recently attended a D.C. United match at RFK Stadium, a venue finally in its twilight years as the franchise awaits the construction of a new stadium at Buzzard Point. In his newest blog post, Dougherty chronicles a night at the fading RFK Stadium from his walk through the parking lot to watching the action on the field and in the stands.






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By | May 8, 2015 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Four reasons why ‘Adultification’ of youth sports is hurting kids






“Changing the Game Project” founder John O’Sullivan explains four specific ways “Adultification” manifests itself in youth sports: The push to become “elite” at younger ages, over and under-emphasis on winning, the discouragement of enjoyment and treating youth sports as a means to an end.






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Hummer: Best way to keep soccer parents quiet while maximizing player development






What if young players could learn and develop without parents and coaches arguing a referee’s calls? U9-U10 players experienced that at this past weekend’s CCL ScrimmageFest, and SoccerWire.com Executive Editor Chris Hummer explains why this referee-less environment is the most conducive to player development.






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By | April 28, 2015 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The Good Fight: My favorite victory in the battle against entitlement






Entitlement seems to have become a permanent feature of modern college athletics, writes SoccerWire guest columnist Dan Blank. But an unassuming U of Georgia women’s soccer player named Jenna Buckley changed his entire outlook on the matter.






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COLUMN: Scored a goal? Great, now go thank your teammate…






To celebrate the collective and ignore the individual beauty and creativity of soccer is wrong. But so is focusing only on the individual accomplishment and forgetting the teamwork that was necessary to getting the goal, writes Joe Dougherty in his latest column.






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By | April 24, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Hummer: ‘Club-centric’ is more than a buzzword – and the proof is on the field






Amid the game’s decades of explosive growth here, plenty of youth leagues (and tournaments) have had it pretty easy, especially on the girls’ side. But a multi-year groundswell of frustration is cresting in the form of the “club-centric” movement, a development-oriented approach which continues to challenge incumbent organizations in an increasingly competitive youth soccer environment, writes SoccerWire.com Executive Editor Chris Hummer.






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Invasion 2015: Two English soccer matches feature on US network TV Saturday






For two decades Sports Illustrated has run a segment dubbed “This week’s sign of the Apocalypse,” and for the dwindling ranks of “old-fashioned Americans” bred to be fearful and dismissive of soccer, that concept got a little more serious over the weekend. Their disbelieving eyes were exposed to not one, but two foreign professional soccer matches simultaneously broadcast on competing major U.S. TV networks.






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By | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Maureen Hendricks Field the perfect home for Washington Spirit






On the eve of the Washington Spirit’s 2015 NWSL home opener against league champion FC Kansas City, columnist Joe Dougherty examines why the Maryland SoccerPlex’s Maureen Hendricks Field provides the Spirit with an ideal home field advantage.






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By | April 17, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

O’Sullivan: What youth sports can learn from video games






Youth sports coaching and parenting expert John O’Sullivan explains why some kids would rather play video games than sports, and outlines ways to apply the same benefits that draw children to video games in order to get them back into sports.






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By | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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NPR’s Frank Deford says “Americans don’t care about Major League Soccer”






NPR sports commentator Frank Deford struck a nerve with the American soccer community on Wednesday morning with the release of a piece entitled “Americans Don’t Care About Major League Soccer”.






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By | April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Dougherty: Over-coached college basketball can’t measure up to The Beautiful Game






Columnist Joe Dougherty compares the role of coaches on the sideline in soccer to college basketball, and explains why he will take the free-flowing nature of “The Beautiful Game” over the stop-and-go, often over-coached game of basketball every time.






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By | April 7, 2015 | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,

Dougherty: Doing the right thing, even when it hurts






Integrity. Character. Personal development. Youth coaches of every sport claim they teach these things to the kids they coach. And many of them do. But not all, says SoccerWire columnist Joe Dougherty.






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By | March 20, 2015 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Canceling a youth soccer tournament is no easy decision






Columnist Joe Dougherty spoke with Arlington SA Tournaments & Events Director Jerry Ellison to provide an inside look at what tournament directors go through when bad weather hits and it’s ‘decision time’ leading up to an event.






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By | March 5, 2015 | 14 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Open letter by Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch






Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch penned a preseason letter to the fans on the state of the team, the NWSL and some upcoming programs.






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2015 id2 National Selection International Tour: Video Journal #1






The first edition of US Club Soccer’s id2 NSIT video journal introduces the traveling party as they gather for a brief domestic camp in Houston, scrimmage against Texas Rush, and then dip below the equator to Buenos Aires.






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