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PODCAST: Discussing Jurgen Klinsmann’s role as USSF technical director with special guest Wendy Thomas

On this week’s episode of The SoccerWire Show, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm are joined by special guest Wendy Thomas. Thomas, an attorney by trade who also writes about soccer for American Soccer Now and Corner of the Galaxy, recently wrote an informative piece about Jurgen Klinsmann’s dual roles as USMNT head coach and USSF technical director. Thomas laid out all the changes that have been made by the fed since Klinsmann first entered the technical director role in 2013.

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By | October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

ICYMI: SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm talks MLS, youth development on Soccer Morning

SoccerWire.com editor and senior writer Charles Boehm made a guest appearance on the early edition of the daily soccer talk show Soccer Morning on Wednesday, chatting about the conclusion of the 2015 MLS season and the current state of the U.S. youth national team system.

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By | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

PODCAST: The SoccerWire Show breaks down U.S. U-17s with special guest Travis Clark

Two games into the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team are behind the 8-ball, facing a must-win against host nation Chile in their final group-stage game to have any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds. So our NEW podcast, the Soccer Wire Show, batted around some of our staff’s observations and concerns about the U-17s with help from special guest Travis Clark of TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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Heard On The Wire: Sifting through NWSL scuttlebutt from Championship week in PDX

What lies ahead for NWSL this winter? SoccerWire.com spoke to many knowledgeable people in Portland before and after the league’s championship game on Thursday; here’s a few of the interesting tidbits we were able to glean.

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By | October 5, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PODCAST: MLS 24 under 24 Analysis – Part 1

In part one of a two part podcast, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm kick off the very first SoccerWire podcast by discussing the MLS 24 Under 24 list and what the current list implies about the state of player development in the U.S. [powerpress]

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

Resentment, conspiracy theories simmer as youth soccer bodies push birth-year change

A sizeable chunk of American soccer leaders and opinion-makers have gathered in the nation’s capital this week, thanks to the USMNT’s friendly vs. Peru, and a decidedly wonky topic loomed large for many from the youth soccer community: the U.S. Soccer Federation’s recently-announced changes to the organization of birth-year age groups.

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By | September 4, 2015 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Participation trophies: Our staff’s reactions to the James Harrison controversy

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison sparked heated debate last week when he took to Instagram to share his disgust with the sports participation trophies given to his two young sons. Is North American youth soccer suffering under a “trophy for nothing” culture? Here are a few of our staff’s observations.

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By | August 18, 2015 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Ali Krieger interview on local TV offers in-depth 20 minutes on wide range of topics

Local and International soccer star Ali Krieger joined WJLA 7’s Alex Parker on Toyota SportsTalk on Tuesday to talk about the U.S. World Cup win, her amazing career, and her current team, the Washington Spirit.

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

Five ways to get your soccer organization in the news and on social media

Anyone who’s been paying any attention to the youth soccer landscape over the past five years should know that things are changing very fast. Now more than ever, soccer clubs, leagues, and tournaments need to be going WAY beyond just having a website and posting administrative data!

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By | July 30, 2015 | 1 Comment |

Watch: President Obama congratulates USWNT after World Cup win

The White House has released a rare look into a presidential phone call to a winning sports team with the release of the following video record of his Monday morning wake-up call to the U.S. Women’s National Team following their historic World Cup win over Japan on Sunday.

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By | July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

San Francisco Parks Dept. votes in favor or unstructured play over soccer field permits

Back in August there was a conflict over use of a small sided soccer field at the Mission Playground in San Francisco. It was not unlike what probably happens all over the country these days as soccer has become more popular than ever with youth and adults. But then YouTube got involved…

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By | October 17, 2014 | 3 Comments | Tags: ,

Bayern Munich newcomer Xabi Alonso sets record with 204 touches in a game

Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso set a new Bundesliga record Saturday after touching the ball 204 times in his team’s 2-0 win over Cologne. That works out to having a touch on the ball once every 30 seconds over the course of the game, a truly astonishing stat.

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By | September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

An alternative to our youth soccer development structure – more free play

Every once in a while, some of the comments on our original articles and blog posts will be so good, that they deserve to be their own article. Today is one of those days! Enjoy this blog comment turned original post by reader Kirk Cypel in response to Dr. Wendy LeBolt’s take on our recent interview with Julie Foudy.

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By | September 24, 2014 | 14 Comments | Tags: , ,

The business, and politics, of US Youth Soccer regional tournaments

The comments are still rolling in on our expertly reported piece about former Region I Director Bob Palmeiro’s resignation (and some of the reasons behind it). Must of the discussion directly addresses the oddity at which the nation’s biggest US Youth Soccer region chooses field venues for its championship finals, and justly so….

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By | August 25, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Opinion: Why on earth is USWNT playing friendlies during NWSL playoffs?

Has something trickled into the water supply at Soccer House? Forgive us for being so forward, but some of the decisions — at least when it comes to the women’s game — coming out of the stately Chicago mansion that houses the offices of the U.S. Soccer Federation have us wondering if a few of the inhabitants have lost their minds

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By | August 19, 2014 | 12 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Money, Merritt, Morgan and the NWSL playoffs

Just how important are Alex Morgan and the Portland Thorns to the NWSL’s financial outlook? The monetary implications of the league’s lycra-tight playoff race are the subject of the debut post on SoccerWire’s brand-new, behind-the-scenes blog, Heard On the Wire.

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By | August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Coaches from Libya visit for cultural awareness through soccer exchange program

A group of soccer coaches and players from Libya are on a cultural awareness visit to the United States through a Department of State (DOS) sponsored two-week exchange program. The coaches were in Maryland yesterday, and their next stop is Washington, DC.

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By | September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Father of Revs’ goalkeeper Matt Reis in critical condition after Boston Marathon bombings

The father-in-law of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, John Odom, is reported in critical condition from the injuries he sustained after the bombings that took place near the finish line at Monday’s Boston Marathon. The girlfriend of Revs’ defender Chris Tierney was also injured in the bombings.

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By | April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Robbie Rogers discusses coming out, contemplates return to soccer

Robbie Rogers, a University of Maryland alum and former U.S. Men’s National Team member, is speaking out after announcing that he is gay and was retiring from professional soccer. Rogers is contemplating returning to the game.

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By | April 15, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags:

New signings for Richmond Kickers coming

The names haven’t been unveiled, but Richmond Kickers coach Leigh Cowlishaw, who hinted after his team’s opening 0-0 tie with Pittsburgh last Saturday of a couple of player signings, has apparently made the move.

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By | April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sustainable soccer? The Soccket is a powerful game changer

Harvard isn’t generally known for its soccer, but the Soccket might change that. And, more importantly, it can serve a powerful and purposeful need in the developing world.

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By | March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

The Committed: Filling out the lists

Help update our list of players on clubs in D.C., Virginia and Maryland who have committed to play college soccer in the fall.

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By | February 22, 2013 | 1 Comment | Tags:

The rapid rise of the Richmond Kickers’ Katie Cousins

Katie Cousins has made a rapid rise through the ranks of girls’ youth soccer, to the point where she has been named to the roster for the U.S. Under-20 women’s national team’s trip to the 12 Nations Tournament from Mar. 1-12 in La Manga, Spain.

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Planning commission hearing set for proposed NASL’s Virginia Cavalry home

A proposed stadium that would house both minor league baseball and the NASL’s Virginia Cavalry will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday and has raised a number of objections.

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By | February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Nine-year old Sebastian Conlon hopes to play in Europe one day

Reston, Va. resident and Great Falls Soccer Club player Sebastian Conlon, 9, spent last summer training in England and has been invited to attend a private tryout at iFDA Youth Academy in Manchester this summer. Conlon has been accepted into the New York Red Bulls U10 pre-academy RDS soccer program.

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By | February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,