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Project Commits $3 Million to Build 50 Soccer Fields in New York

Posted: July 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm   /   Development

New York City FC, Adidas and the U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that they will build 50 junior-sized soccer fields in NYC over the next 5 years.  Looks like a good step and well overdue.  Lets hope they actually follow through.  Sounds alot like the urban field building initiative the Foundation launched several years ago with […]

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What’s Wrong with American Soccer Development

Posted: April 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm   /   Development

Interesting take: Editor’s note: This story appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Howler. IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT that you are an octopus. Your sinewy tentacles are extended before you into the jet-black deep, your movement clearly directed in a general heading, but there is something awkward about your progress. Each tentacle operates entirely on its own, […]

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The Embarrassing Lack Of Diversity In U.S. Women’s Soccer

Posted: July 15, 2015 at 2:14 am   /   Culture, Development

Why America’s soccer is so wealthy, suburban, and white. On Friday, the heroes of the U.S. Women’s National Team will get a parade in New York City to celebrate their amazing World Cup victory over Japan—a major milestone for women’s sports and for U.S. soccer in general. But as stars like Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, […]

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After Theater in Brazil, Soccer’s Calloused Cousin Takes the Stage

Posted: September 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm   /   Development, The Buzz

Another interesting piece by William Rhoden……….. NFL training camps open this week. With that summer ritual, the eagerly awaited heathen season is upon us. N.F.L. football is back. For casual soccer fans, the World Cup was an intriguing spaceholder. Great theater. In fact, soccer offers much better theater than the N.F.L. Broadway on the pitch. […]

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Henry: Kids shouldn’t copy Messi and Ronaldo

Posted: August 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm   /   Development, The Buzz

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry thinks Germany forward Thomas Muller is the perfect role model in modern football. Muller was one of the stars of this summer’s World Cup as Joachim Low’s side lifted the trophy in Brazil having overcome Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final. Henry, now with the New York Red Bulls, is […]

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Bradford Jamieson IV living the Dream

Posted: July 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm   /   Development, The Buzz

Sitting on the bench at StubHub Center, Bradford Jamieson IV had a flashback to when he was a kid, perched in the stands at a Galaxy game. As the confetti of a Galaxy victory fell, he stood trying to snag the falling pieces of paper, like a dog trying to catch snowflakes. He told himself […]

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How Germany Became the 2014 World Cup Champs

Posted: July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm   /   Development, World Cup

In June of 2000 Germany finished dead last in its group at the European Championship. They scored one goal in three games, losing to Portugal 3-0 in their final match. “At the turn of the millennium German football stared disaster in the face – it completely lacked a professional foundation,” the writers of a 2011 report from […]

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Hanson Boakai youngest player to play a NASL game

Posted: June 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm   /   Development

EDMONTON – When FC Edmonton’s Hanson Boakai began his month-long stint with a professional soccer team in Germany, his training debut felt more like a cringe-worthy first day of high school. He wasn’t sure where to go when he first walked into the change room at Fortuna Duesseldorf, a second division team. “I was so […]

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The Problem of Soccer in the US

Posted: May 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm   /   Development

Lackeys of Youth Soccer, That ‘Arrogant’ Sport By SHARON VAN EPPS The edict from my daughter’s soccer team manager arrived Monday morning: A state cup match had been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in Vancouver, Wash., a two-and-a-half hour drive from our home in Seattle. Families were expected to travel and check into a hotel Saturday […]

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Pele talks about US youth soccer

Posted: April 21, 2014 at 10:31 am   /   Development

Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the […]

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