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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

The 1 Soccer Policy that Cripples the National Team all the way to 9 Year Olds

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US Soccer not creating a true soccer pyramid with promotion & relegation. That’s it! You want youth development on par with the rest of the world? You want our top flight pro teams at the level with the best in the world? You want the National Team to consistently be a legit World Cup contender? […]

Who Else Wants to Win?

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Yeah, that’s what I thought. Winning fucking matters! And don’t you ever forget it. The only question (AND IT’S A CRITICAL ONE) really revolves around context. Under what circumstances has winning occurred? What were the pros/cons considering short, medium, and long term objectives? But, whatever your answers … on the whole, winning matters. Chronic losers […]

Soccer Development or Player Development? Start Getting it Straight

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Time to recalibrate! We’re not interested in player development here, we’re interested in soccer development. While related, they are not the same. 1) Player Development This is not the end all, be all, of this country’s issues. As conventionally discussed, and comparatively speaking, it’s irrelevant. It’s just a tiny speck of what’s going on. If […]

The “Possession Movement” Has Finally Hit American Shores: How Prepared Are You?

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There is a movement towards possession-based soccer in our country – and it’s about time. The possession-based game, in one manifestation or another, has dominated global football for decades. But unfortunately it has taken an extreme interpretation and execution of possession, in Barcelona/Spain, to awaken us in the United States. As a result, the word […]