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US National Team Includes Sons of Immigrants

Posted: June 15, 2014 at 12:35 am   /   US System, World Cup

The U.S. national soccer team plays its first World Cup game on Monday against Ghana. For a country where immigration reform is a such a hot button issue, it’s interesting to note that a number of the team members have parents who immigrated to the U.S. Jozy Altidore was born in New Jersey to parents who came to […]

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Jacobson Discusses HIgh School vs. Academies

Posted: December 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm   /   Development, UrbanStreetSoccer, US System

Martin Jacobson is likely the most renowned high school soccer coach in the USA as his success with inner-city New York kids, at a school dubbed “Horror High” by the tabloids, has been well-documented by media outlets, including CBS’s “60 Minutes.” At the West Side school that has no soccer field of its own, Jacobson guided […]

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MLS reaches a Crossroads in Youth Development

Posted: July 30, 2013 at 10:11 am   /   US System

Another good article about the US System……………………………………. Many young prospects are finding playing time hard to come by, while the league continues to search for answers. Major League Soccer’s player development system has made big strides over the past half-decade, but much of that good work is currently in danger of being undermined. There is […]

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Development Academies vs. High School Soccer

Posted: July 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm   /   US System

Interesting article about the US System………………….. February, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced it would move from a seven-month to a 10-month season starting in September. The move seemed like a natural progression to accelerate the development of youth players, but it was met with great controversy since it forced top players to choose between […]

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The U.S. Needs More Futsal

Posted: July 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm   /   Development, US System

This isn’t new news as we see from this good article from 2008.  But what will it take for the U.S. to get with the program……………. Several weeks ago, Tom Dunmore of Pitch Invasion wrote about his trip to a Major Indoor Soccer League game in this piece for Chicago Sports Weekly, highlighting the curious combination of the world’s […]

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Racial divide driving a wedge into soccer’s grassroots

Posted: July 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm   /   Race, US System

Has much changed since Steven Wells wrote this article?  Some will say “a lot”, others will say “some”, but we clearly know, Not Enough………….. Boston’s Pop Warner “urban suburban” American football league collapsed earlier this month. Parents of the suburban 7-14-year-olds said that the urban kids played too rough. And urban playing fields were “unsafe”. And […]

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U.S. Knocked out of World Cup by Ghana Again

Posted: June 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm   /   Africa, The Buzz, US System

ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana on Thursday night at Kayseri. The American U20s were outscored 9-3 in the tournament, opening with a 4-1 loss to Spain and then coming from behind to tie France […]

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