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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: July 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 during the month of July 2016.

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Dure: Survey says status quo in youth soccer isn’t satisfactory

Soccer leagues are proliferating like milkweed in the mid-Atlantic. Are they meeting unserved needs, or just getting in each other’s way? To find out, Beau Dure asked 102 local coaches, technical directors and club administrators a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions.

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By | July 15, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dure: Defending NWSL champs FC Kansas City down, but not out

FC Kansas City is in eighth place in the NWSL standings, with just two wins and 10 points to show from 11 games. But count out the two-time defending champions at your own peril, writes Beau Dure after watching them play the Washington Spirit over the weekend.

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Video: Top plays from the USSDA Playoffs, U-13/14 Showcase

See below for some of the most impressive highlights from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs and U-13/14 Showcase, held June 20-26 in Frisco, TX.

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By | June 28, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Which youth clubs produce the most U.S. Girls National Team players?

With U.S. Soccer’s expanded Youth National Team programming over the past couple of years, more players than ever are getting the chance to represent the United States at the international level. Find out which clubs have produced the most U.S. Youth Women’s National Team players since the start of 2015.

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By | June 27, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: U.S. men might not get any better. Deal with it

In the wake of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Argentina, it’s clear the U.S. men’s program is nowhere near World Cup champion level. So what can we do about it? Not much, says Beau Dure.

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By | June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Do poor kids make better pro soccer players? Well, it’s complicated

The USMNT’s humbling 4-0 loss to Argentina on Tuesday has sparked another round of teeth-gnashing and reality-checking across the U.S. soccer community, and even in the general sports media news cycle as well – and with good reason. Does the key to success lie in the increased cultivation of players from poor backgrounds? Charles Boehm takes a look at the argument.

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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: June 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 during the month of June 2016.

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Washington Spirit, Orlando Pride came together for more than soccer

The 5,750 fans in attendance at Saturday’s match between the Washington Spirit and the Orlando Pride saw more than just a soccer game. They saw an emotional and powerful display of community.

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By | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

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USMNT vs. Argentina a crossroads for U.S. Soccer’s Klinsmann experiment

When the U.S. Men’s National Team faces off with Lionel Messi and mighty Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinal in Houston on Tuesday night, many of the quandaries, controversies and complexities of Jurgen Klinsmann’s time in charge of the program will swirl into a knot – one likely to settle in the pit of nearly every U.S. fan’s stomach.

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

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Boehm: Youth soccer players should study the TV this summer

Euros, Copa America, even MLS and NWSL: Every soccer-playing child in North America should have their eyes glued to the smorgasboard of top-level soccer flickering across our entertainment devices this summer, says Charles Boehm.

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By | June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Dure: Are pro coaches really better than parents?

It’s been said that soccer coaches get better when they become parents. Beau Dure wonders: Are professional coaches, with no kids on the team and often no kids back at home, really an improvement over parent coaches?

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By | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Which USSDA clubs have the most U.S. Youth National Team players?

With U.S. Soccer’s expanded Youth National Team programming over the past couple of years, more players than ever are getting the chance to represent the United States at the international level. On the boys side, U.S. Youth National Team rosters have been composed primarily of players representing Development Academy clubs, with several Major League Soccer Academies producing more national talent than any others.

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By | June 9, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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NCAA Men’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: June 2016

The following players have announced their NCAA men’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 during the month of June 2016.

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By | June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: Coaches need to get a grip on goal-kick fever

We’ve seen it in Under-9 and U-10 games, over and over: Goal kicks are all too often the opposition’s best chance to score. Beau Dure investigates this recurring bugaboo and its disastrous effects on player development.

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By | May 27, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Eden Hazard showed his kid no mercy: Can soccer parents learn from him?

You may have seen the viral video of Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard and his 3-year-old son that’s making the rounds this week. It got us thinking here at SoccerWire: What might the typical North American soccer parent think of an elite professional like Hazard taking a no-coddling approach to his wee lad’s earliest exposure to the beautiful game?

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By | May 20, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , ,

Dure: Simple advice for dealing with youth soccer tryout season

Let’s not kid ourselves and pretend: Tryouts stink, says Beau Dure. Reducing children to numbers and putting them in artificial playing environments is not a fun thing to do. But there are some useful things the adults in this situation can keep in mind.

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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, 2018 and 2019 during the month of May 2016.

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Dure: Rained out? Use TV and YouTube to teach the game

When spring rains soak our youth soccer playing fields, we give thanks for artificial turf. Where turf isn’t available, we’re running out of ideas. How many toe taps can a kid do in the basement? But there’s one thing youth players can do to keep learning the game. It’s a crazy idea, but it works for some people: Watch a soccer game, writes Beau Dure.

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By | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Hall of Fame shame? Briana Scurry snub sparks doubts on voting process

The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2016 class of inductees was announced Thursday, and for the third year running, one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. soccer history – men’s, women’s or otherwise – finds herself on the outside looking in. Why has this honor eluded Briana Scurry? Charles Boehm investigates.

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By | May 6, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Letter to the Editor: True ‘Sports-Mom-Ship’

Arlington Soccer Association parent Wendy Green penned a Letter to the Editor after another mother from an opposing team floored her with an unexpected gesture of kindness, passing along a video of her daughter scoring an exceptional goal in a Virginia State Cup quarterfinal match.

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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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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: , ,

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