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    U.S. Soccer announces U-12 Development Academy expansion; will it matter?
    The U.S. Soccer Federation, in a Monday press release heralding an "unprecedented commitment to development of world-class players and coaches," announced the addition of an Under-12 age group to its Development Academy program. But will the addition of another, younger, age group solve some of the challenges facing youth development in the U.S.?
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    Stanford, MLS, Europe? What’s next for surprise USMNTer Jordan Morris?
    Stanford forward Jordan Morris is widely hailed as the top prospect in NCAA men's soccer, and already made history as one of U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann's surprise callups after the World Cup. But where does the Seattle Sounders academy product belong? Tim Froh takes a look.
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    Young Mexican-American talents, Liga MX and the new soccer reality
    Pull back the curtain on elite U.S. youth soccer and you'll discover a complex cadre of Mexican scouts, agents and profiteers, all intent on poaching the best and brightest young Mexican-American and Latino talents from their American clubs. Tim Froh takes a look at the benefits, and pitfalls, in front of these players and their families.
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    LA Galaxy go all in on youth movement with signing of 15-year-old GK Eric Lopez
    On Monday, the LA Galaxy announced that it had signed 15-year-old goalkeeping prospect Eric Lopez to a contract with its reserve team, LA Galaxy II, making him the youngest player to ever sign with a USL PRO franchise. The move both confirms the Galaxy's ambitions for its academy and invites yet more questions about the opaque roster rules now governing player movement between USL and MLS.
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    The future of the MLS rookie experience (part 4 of 4)
    At the beginning of this season, the Columbus Crew’s Aaron Schoenfeld was buried deep on the club’s bench and his stock was sinking fast. “He couldn’t get traction, he couldn’t get game time in preseason, so he was behind,” said Crew head ...
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    The dark side of the MLS rookie experience (part 3 of 4)
    Coming out of the nurturing confines of college ball and tossed straight into the cutthroat world of professional sports, many rookies struggle to adapt, receiving little more than scant opportunities to prove themselves. If it’s not the daily grind of ...
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    The MLS rookie experience: Learning on the job (part 2 of 4)
    One of the toughest challenges for any young soccer player is making it into the starting 11. For some players, making the 18-man roster is an achievement in its own right. Consider that in the past two years, rookie players drafted by the Portland Timbers hav...
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    The MLS rookie experience: From college to the pros (part 1 of 4)
    At the MLS SuperDraft, there are two classes of players. First, there are the players who have already signed their professional contracts and who know that they’ll be taken early in the draft. For them, the draft is a celebration of a lifetime of accomp...
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    Something special: D3 trailblazer Richie Marquez climbs path from USL Pro to MLS
    Richie Marquez was watching January’s MLS SuperDraft with his University of Redlands teammates when, too nervous to keep watching, he got up to cook something in the kitchen. That’s when he heard the whoops and cheers from the other room. Marquez...
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    NWSL: Breaking down 2014 attendance numbers, part II – a chat with Mark Washo
    Survival mode. Women’s professional soccer in the United States rarely seems to emerge from a constant survival mode setting. This mindset is understandable, considering no league has made it past three years of operations. Sarah Gehrke continues her analysis of the NWSL's attendance picture after year two by discussing what's worked for the Washington Spirit with Mark Washo, the club's CMO.

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