NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

Stop what you're doing and read the excellent SocTakes analysis of turnover in the NPSL. ... Are you back? OK. If you've followed lower division soccer over the years, you know this isn't a recent phenomenon. Go back and look up the names in the old A-League on Wikipedia, where some kind soul listed each … Continue reading NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

Who goes from Academy to USL?

Three coincidental bits of reading today (for two of them, thanks to Jason Davis for mentioning them on today's show): At The Athletic, Will Parchman ranks all 23 MLS-affiliated academies. At SoccerWire, Charles Boehm has news of a new D.C. United partnership and a nice pyramid graphic showing players progressing from these partner clubs to … Continue reading Who goes from Academy to USL?

U.S. Soccer coaching education: One foot forward, one foot firmly stuck in the mud

U.S. Soccer just unveiled its new grassroots coaching modules for 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11, making it much easier for parent coaches to learn what they need to know for working with players who will go on to become elite players, travel players, adult rec players, youth coaches and fans. It's an important -- ... What? … Continue reading U.S. Soccer coaching education: One foot forward, one foot firmly stuck in the mud

Does firing Jim Gabarra really help the wayward Washington Spirit?

When the WUSA went away, Jim Gabarra stayed. He coached a mix of kids and pros who were hanging around D.C., still wearing the name Washington Freedom. He lugged ball bags around the Maryland SoccerPlex. Along with longtime D.C.-area youth coach Clyde Watson, he worked with local youth clubs to create something of a club … Continue reading Does firing Jim Gabarra really help the wayward Washington Spirit?