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October 2015

What is the Purpose of Youth Tournaments?

Over the past few months, pessimism permeated all levels of US Soccer and turned in to a referendum on Jurgen Klinsmann, Technical Director. The senior team crashed out of the Gold Cup and lost to Mexico in the Confed Cup playoff, the U17 team exited the World Cup at the group stage, and the U23 team tripped up against Honduras at home, jeopardizing an Olympic berth.

However, as recently as June, the senior team beat Holland and Germany away, and the U20s reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the best performance at that level since 2007. So, not all is lost? How much do youth tournaments really matter?

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Goal of the Week: Eddie Johnson v. Jamaica, November 2004

Eddie Johnson exploded on the scene in 2004.

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Goal of the Week: Earnie Stewart v. Honduras, March 2001

After the historic highs of Dos a Cero, the US traveled to Honduras for their first away qualifier of the Hex.  Earnie Stewart captained a US side plagued by injuries, and joined Clint Mathis, Chris Armas, and Tony Sanneh in midfield.

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Why Club Strength Matters More Than League Strength for National Team Selection

One of the more esoteric aspects of US Soccer fandom is tracking the progress of players outside of MLS.  While it’s easier than ever to watch established US National Team members play in England or Germany, hundreds of Americans play in various leagues globally. Determining the level of competition of each league is often a subjective exercise, measured by player movement and subsequent performance, reputation, and stereotypes.

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