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13 years later, Frank Lampard adresses 9/11 ‘incident’, plans to visit Memorial

In a hotel in London’s Heathrow Airport on September 11, 2001, New York City FC’s new signing Frank Lampard also was involved in an incident that was the elephant in the press conference during his introduction at Brooklyn Bridge Park, until the more mature Englishman addressed it head on.

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By | July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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RIP: Dan Borislow, the strange angel of Women’s Professional Soccer (1961-2014)

Anyone who’s navigated enough twists and turns in either the world of professional sports or American soccer eventually discovers that the personalities involved tend to be complex, and true heroes are few and far between. Dan Borislow was no hero, and he was certainly complex…

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By | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dougherty: Ann Coulter, you have it wrong

There are many things that may indicate national moral decay – evening cable television programs, Internet pornography, Washington politics, to name a few. But soccer certainly isn’t one of them.

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By | July 1, 2014 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Youth Coaches: How to keep from raising the next Luis Suarez

Youth coaches, it is not our responsibility how a player enters our team or program, but it is most definitely our responsibility what kind of person a player is when he or she leaves.

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By | June 26, 2014 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Is USA-Ghana game evidence of a soccer tipping point?

As the seconds ticked down toward kickoff before the Ghana vs. USA Group G match Monday evening, excitement was palpable across a nation where for too long, the perception has been that soccer isn’t that interesting, instead representing “that thing you drop your daughter off at and leave,” as comedian John Oliver memorably put it a few weeks ago.

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By | June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Five life lessons the World Cup can teach your kids

One of the things I love about the World Cup is it can bring families, and entire communities, together watching a month long soccer tournament. I cannot wait to watch these games with my children, my friends, and their children. I can’t wait because this is not only a glorious sporting moment; this next month will be one teachable moment after another. Right up through the final on July 13, I will be looking for opportunities to teach my children the following five things…

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By | June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , ,

O’Sullivan: The mindset of high performers

John O’Sullivan is an expert in sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. His newest blog post explains how some children simply need a change in mindset in order to unlock their true potential.

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By | June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

NWSL couple Lianne Sanderson, Joanna Lohman featured in People magazine

Boston Breakers duo Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson are prominently featured in People magazine’s new feature story about sexuality in professional sports this week, contributing to the conversation sparked by Michael Sam recently making history as the first-ever openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

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By | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Best advice for soccer parents: Keep quiet on the ride home

John O’Sullivan says one of the least favorite moments in youth sports for the child is the ride home after the game! In this piece, the best selling author explains why and urges parents they’ll do far more good for their young athlete by keeping quiet at that crucial time when emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent.

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By | May 6, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

O’Sullivan: The race to nowhere in youth sports

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the […]

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By | April 2, 2014 | 8 Comments | Tags: , , ,

The massive importance of free play

The best athletes PLAY sports. They don’t work them, they play them. Soccerwire.com featured columnist John O’Sullivan looks at the role of play in the training and advancement of aspiring young athletes.

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By | March 14, 2014 | 3 Comments | Tags: , ,

Hall of Famer Len Oliver speaks up for D.C. United stadium: “We will all benefit”

Len Oliver is an icon of American soccer, a lifelong servant of the game via his many distinguished contributions as a player, coach, administrator, referee, thinker and writer. This week he is speaking out in support of D.C. city mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to build a $150 million soccer-specific stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. in partnership with MLS club D.C. United. Oliver wrote a letter to members of the D.C. city council and has kindly made his message available to the wider public.

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By | March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Bitter political history lingers in Romania’s Eternal Derby between Steaua, Dinamo

It certainly won’t get much love in American soccer media, but Steaua Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest’s meeting on Saturday is huge. As with most games around the globe, and certainly ones in Eastern Europe, the history and politics behind the clash cannot be separated from what happens on the field.

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By | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The Fourth Path: Rethinking early player development in the United States

When it comes to the development of young soccer players in the United States, many parents and coaches come to that proverbial fork in the road, and are unsure what path to take. Best selling author and SoccerWire.com columnist John O’Sullivan says we need to blaze our own trail at that fork, we need a “Fourth Path” to how players are developed in the USA.

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By | February 24, 2014 | 29 Comments | Tags: , ,

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Euro 2016 qualifying draw set for Sunday; France involved despite automatic bid

The UEFA European Championship competes with the FIFA World Cup to be the best national team tournament around these days. An expanded, 24-team field will compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy in the namesake’s home nation of France in two summers. The journey to the final tournament begins on Sunday, as UEFA draws the nine qualification groups.

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By | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

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A look back at the 2013 Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer season

The 2013 season was a historic one for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer program, as the Hokies earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to their first-ever NCAA College Cup. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Kelly had the following players’ perspective published on Hokiesports.com and gave us permission to reprint it on SoccerWire.com for your enjoyment.

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By | February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

A former player’s personal reflection on James Ritchie’s time as coach of Kitsap Pumas

When local fans think about the Kitsap Pumas, they think of James Ritchie. That makes the head coach’s departure to the Oklahoma City Energy of USL Pro that much more unthinkable.

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By | February 14, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , ,

When should my child specialize in one sport?

The pressure to have your child specialize in a single sport at a young age has never been stronger. Soccerwire.com featured columnist John O’Sullivan examines a different healthier path that produces better athletes.

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By | February 4, 2014 | 12 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Chalk Talk: Valencia’s defensive discipline stymies Barcelona at Camp Nou

A steadfast and defensively committed Valencia yanked FC Barcelona off the top of the table on Saturday with a 3-2 away win. Lionel Messi’s first league goal of the calendar year wasn’t enough to earn a point, and he missed a chance in stoppage time to pull Barça back even.

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By | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Much praise, three D.C.-area clubs mentioned in Daily Mail story on Gedion Zelalem

Arsenal teenager Gedion Zelalem, who spent part of his childhood in Maryland, made headlines with his first-team debut on Friday in the F.A. Cup. What followed was a flurry of stories announcing that manager Arsène Wenger would sign the 17-year-old to his first professional contract.

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By | January 27, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Organized Chaos: The key to Brazil’s soccer success, Part 2

NWSL player Kika Toulouse returns to SoccerWire with another thoughtful passage inspired by observations from the futsal courts of Brazil during her offseason stint in Cotia, São Paulo.

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By | January 24, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Part 2: Should we teach gamesmanship in youth soccer?

SoccerWire.com’s John O’Sullivan continues his discussion about the presence of gamesmanship in youth soccer, and asks himself — and the coaching community at large — if there is any legitimate place for teaching these “dark arts” to our young talents.

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By | January 23, 2014 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Should we teach gamesmanship in youth soccer?

Gamesmanship is rife at many levels of soccer, leading John O’Sullivan to pose the question: “What should we be teaching our young players about these situations where breaking the rules can led to great success and minimal punishment for the offender?”

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By | January 9, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , ,

Chalk Talk: How defensive pressure changes a goalkeeper’s positioning

Soccerwire.com’s Liviu Bird analyzes the tactics of how defensive pressure changes a goalkeeper’s positioning.

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By | January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Five thoughts that will change your youth soccer experience for the better

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But […]

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