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Who’s accountable as US youth nat’l teams slide into mediocrity?

The U.S. U-20 WNT finished fourth at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Japan in the third-place game after a 2-1 extra-time loss to eventual tournament champions North Korea in the semifinals last week. Not bad, right? Surely it means that U.S. Soccer has righted the ship and put the program on course for future success? Not so much, writes Charles Boehm.

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By | December 6, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

High-profile guests set to present at first Soccer Parenting Summit

Soccer parents throughout the United States will have the chance to learn from a lineup of prominent speakers this week during the first-ever Soccer Parenting Summit, an online event set for December 2-4.

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

Shawhan: US U-20 Women don’t deserve to be in World Cup semis

With a 2-1 victory over Mexico, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team are through to the World Cup semifinals, where they will face North Korea (DPR) Tuesday morning at 1 AM ET (broadcast live on FS1, NBC Universo). That’s one round further than the U.S. made it in the 2014 U-20 World Cup, when they […]

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

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: November 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of November 2016.

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Shawhan: The depressing cynicism of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team

Mark Shawhan watched the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team open their 2016 World Cup campaign with a drab, cynical 0-0 draw against France, and he was less than impressed with the regressive tactics rolled out by coach Michelle French. Is it another sign of a program in stagnation?

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By | November 17, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: October 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of October 2016.

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U.S. U-17 Women crash out of World Cup early – yet again. What now?

Before the start of the 2016 U-17 World Cup, supporters and observers of the U.S. women’s youth national teams were assured repeatedly that this time would be different. Technical director April Heinrichs and senior head coach Jill Ellis have successfully revamped the YNT development pathway, we were told. U-17s coach B.J. Snow assembled a marvelously talented, sophisticated U-17 squad, and should seriously challenge for the World Cup this time. So much for that, writes Mark Shawhan.

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By | October 10, 2016 | 6 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Washington’s “Spirit fam” reaches new high: “We have something special”

GERMANTOWN, Md. – It seemed like a very distant era on Friday night, but just three years ago, the Washington Spirit were the National Women’s Soccer League’s basketcase. The Spirit finished dead last in the league’s inaugural year, winning just three out of 22 games, scoring a mere 16 goals and parting ways with head […]

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By | October 1, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: September 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of September 2016.

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Financial aid for players adds to winning culture at FC Dallas Youth

Among the growing number of clubs nationwide trying to buck the trend of skyrocketing travel soccer expenses is FC Dallas Youth, which has historically shown a willingness to help players cover the cost of being a part of its program. As the club continues to gain more attention for its success on the pitch, its efforts off of the pitch have quietly been one of the driving forces behind the growth of the empire.

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By | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Dure: A Recreational Soccer Manifesto

Every soccer player starts as a recreational player. So rec leagues are important — and complicated, writes Beau Dure. They need to accommodate everyone from future pros to children with special needs. This week Beau offers up a comprehensive approach to making this entry level the most effective it can be.

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

Boehm: U.S. Soccer lacks moral authority to punish Rapinoe’s stance

Megan Rapinoe has courted controversy with her kneeling during the national anthem before this week’s USWNT friendly. But Charles Boehm takes issue with the federation’s clumsy attempt to assert moral authority on this matter, as it attempts to silence the player’s expression.

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By | September 16, 2016 | 11 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

A look at Rush Soccer’s meteoric rise into a youth soccer empire

Developing a successful soccer organization in the United States is never an easy task. Finding the right minds, ideas, and policies to make one work requires time, effort, resources and even some luck. Success is rare and the costs can often be too much. Yet despite all of the obstacles, Rush Soccer has succeeded not only as a prominent local, regional, or even nationally-known club, but in a short span of less than 20 years has experienced an unprecedented rise into one of the world’s most recognizable brands in youth soccer.

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By | August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: August 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 August 2016.

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Girls’ Development Academy member clubs listed by state

TSW: With 17 California clubs, eight Texas clubs and seven more representing Florida, the three states will combine to make up 32 of the 74 total founding members of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The Tri-State area will have nine of the 74 clubs, with five from New York, four from New Jersey and one from Connecticut.

PSW: With 17 California clubs, eight Texas clubs and seven more representing Florida, the three states will combine to make up 32 of the 74 total founding members of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The Potomac area will have four member clubs, including FC Virginia, the Virginia Development Academy, and separate Washington Spirit branches in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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

Guest column: A firsthand view on La Liga Formation Methodology

Amazing. Insightful. Fun. These were just a few of the words uttered by participants during the fourth-ever US Club Soccer La Liga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, held August 3-5 at Elmhurst College near Chicago. More than 75 coaches from 26 clubs participated in the three-day event, bringing the total for the year to more […]

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By | August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments |

Video: Raúl stars in LaLiga Formation Methodology course in Illinois

LaLiga legend Raúl recently took center stage in US Club Soccer’s LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course hosted by Sockers FC in Illinois.

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

Texas Rush coach earns 100th U.S. Paralympic National Team cap

Texas Rush Soccer Club goalkeeper coach Keith “Muck” Johnson gained his 100th USA Paralympic National Team Cap in Holland vs. Ukraine.

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By | August 5, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Dure: Remembering the first women’s soccer Olympic final

The USWNT won the first-ever women’s Olympic soccer tournament 20 years ago this week, defeating China 2-1 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. to earn the first of the program’s four gold medals. Beau Dure was there, and he shares his recollections with SoccerWire.com.

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By | August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Brawl ensues in U.S. U19 Men’s National Team vs. Bahrain match

A match between the U.S. U-19 Men’s National Team and Bahrain at the COTIF Tournament in Spain ended with an ugly incident, as the two sides broke out into a scuffle following a dirty play in the midfield.

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By | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Highlight videos released for US Club Soccer NPL Finals, National Cup

US Club Soccer has released highlight videos from the 2016 NPL Finals and National Cup XV, the organization’s two annual national championship events.

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By | July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

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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