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ECNL all-stars’ England trip breaks new ground for elite girls’ soccer

With three convincing wins by a combined 18-3 margin over three top non-professional teams on their trip to England earlier this month, the 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour made a big impression both at home and abroad. NSW Executive Editor Chris Hummer also made the trans-Atlantic trip, and here he explains why the experience was such a revelation for the young league.

Commentary Aug 24, 2011

Club pass’ only one step in larger reform of U.S. youth system

This week U.S. Youth Soccer introduced the ‘club pass’ for member clubs who compete in the annual National Championship Series. PSW Executive Editor Chris Hummer explores this move in the context of larger developments within the nation's elite youth soccer scene.

Commentary Aug 04, 2011

Mario Balotelli’s idiocy proves Roberto Mancini’s brilliance [updated: Whistle?]

Have you ever coached or played with a gifted player who was so damn cocky they destroyed team chemistry, cost the team games and angered others, all while failing to take any of the blame themselves? Mario Balotelli is just such an idiot, says PSW's Chris Hummer.

Commentary Jul 25, 2011