Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading

Remember when U.S. men's soccer was so full of hope? You don't? Watch this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRflwe1WXA That ad is so much better than the ads we see for the U.S. women's team today. The field-level ad isn't bad, but so much of it is over-the-top hero worship. If we keep putting the women on pedestals … Continue reading Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading

U.S. coaching education gets better, but …

I had low expectations for the new 11v11 U.S. Soccer grassroots coaching course, and getting up early Sunday morning to drag myself to Springfield didn't help. Neither did the uninformative "Introduction to Grassroots Coaching" that replaced the helpful online F license after only a few years. Five hours later, I wished that U.S. Soccer had … Continue reading U.S. coaching education gets better, but …

More apps (and more women) in the crowded soccer-skills marketplace

From the mailbox today: English Premier League soccer team Manchester City has launched SkillCity, presented by Nexen, a new interactive app that will help develop the talents of young soccer players across the US. The City squad is currently in the United States for its pre-season tour, visiting Houston, Los Angeles and Nashville. SkillCity will … Continue reading More apps (and more women) in the crowded soccer-skills marketplace

Maybe coaches DON’T need a new practice plan for every practice

I’ve got a healthy skepticism of coaches who imply they’d be able to develop the next Messi while few other coaches could handle it. This quote puts it best: But there’s no doubt Brian Kleiban, the subject of RSD podcast guest Mike Woitalla’s latest Q-and-A, has a lot of good things to say about coaching. … Continue reading Maybe coaches DON’T need a new practice plan for every practice