How NOT to Coach Playing out of the Back

Soccer Playing out from the back

It’s like everywhere I look in American soccer media, and to quite an extent, the English as well, the advice being thrown around on player development is the worst thing you can follow. The inspiration for this article came from Twitter via a coach posting the following activity he runs (& recommends). I saw the […]

[Video] Chivas USA vs San Jose Earthquakes U13/14

U14 Chivas USA academy - 3four3

The US Soccer Development Academy held a showcase for its Western region academies at the Stubhub center a couple weekends ago. Here’s a full length match between two MLS teams. I think it’s important to make more matches like these available. That way the country can start better gauging what the team & player standard […]

Introducing San Francisco City FC – a Supporter Owned Club

SF City Cover

Hello everyone! I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of the 3four3 community over the past few years. Back in 2011, Gary was kind enough to post what amounted to my first piece of published soccer writing. That first article launched my illustrious career as an obscure soccer blogger and podcaster. These days, I’m […]

What Coaches Can Learn from Louis van Gaal’s Recent Statement

Louis van Gaal

Newly appointed Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal, recently stated it’ll take him at least 3 months to get his team to start executing the way he wants to play. 3 months! And he’s got a whole staff behind him working around the clock. 3 months! And he’s got all international level players. 3 months! And the […]

World Cup Thoughts relevant to American Soccer – My Straight Talk

World Cup 2014 United States Statistics

The bottom line 1. We won 1 out of 4 games. 2. We were inferior in 3 out of 4. Yes, you heard right … IN·FE·RI·OR. Ghana, Germany, Belgium. Yes, we won the game vs Ghana, but we were inferior – that’s football. Don’t understand that? Sorry. The Portugal game? We were on par. Jurgen […]

6 Points that Improve Top Level Talent Assessment through Video

Player Qualities

The Bottom Line Capture the ‘WOW factor’ with a short video (the shorter the better) to peak interest In-person talent assessment is hard enough, so your video(s) need to kick ass! Video must be good quality, or your audience will leave after 5 seconds In a long-form video, try to capture all 4 player properties […]

[Video] Setting The Standard for U13 Possession Soccer in America

U13 Chivas USA

We’ve shown you what the current standard for U11s looks like. And we’ve demonstrated how this translated to the global stage with competitions against the best academies in the world. We’ve also shown you what it looks like at U12. Now we present what it can look like at U13. Enjoy and study the crap […]

A Primer on MLS Structure Every Aspiring Change Agent Should Bookmark

supreme court

We have requested a plethora of information, including financials, that PRO and MLS have refused to provide, instead demanding we take their pleas of poverty at face value. – Lukas Middlebrook, Attorney for Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) It’s a fascinating state of affairs when a snarky Deadpsin article is treated as a threat to […]