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71 minutes | Feb 19, 2016
PODCAST: ECNL President Christian Lavers on ECNL and expected launch of new U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy
In episode five of Soccer Wireless, host Chris Hummer and Sr. Writer Charles Boehm dig in deep with ECNL President Christian Lavers on expected plans for U.S. Soccer to launch a Girls Development Academy in the mold of what has been in existence for boys in the USA for nearly a decade.
48 minutes | Feb 12, 2016
PODCAST: Dan Blank on Five Myths of Signing Day and the State of College Soccer Recruiting
This episode of Soccer Wireless featured best selling author and 24-year veteran college soccer coach Dan Blank talking about the biggest myths surrounding National Letter of Intent "Signing Day" and other trends and tips surrounding the college soccer recruiting process that precedes signing day for a large majority of players, their parents, and the college coaches themselves.
34 minutes | Feb 5, 2016
PODCAST: Beau Dure on the chaos caused by USSF’s youth soccer age group mandates
In this edition of SoccerWireless, featured columnist here on SoccerWire.com and best selling soccer author Beau Dure joins host Chris Hummer to run down the major issues facing all levels of youth soccer in the United States in the ongoing saga surrounding the recent age group change mandates.
52 minutes | Feb 2, 2016
PODCAST: U.S. Soccer’s Girls Development Academy Plans and Issues to Consider
No topic is hotter right now on the top levels of girls youth soccer these days than the news that U.S. Soccer will launch a new nationwide Development Academy league to mirror what has been in place for boys for nearly a decade. Join Charles Boehm, Quinn Casteel, and Chris Hummer as they catch you up on all the news and potential impact on the coming major shift in girls youth soccer at the tip of the player development pyramid.
17 minutes | Jan 29, 2016
PODCAST: Details on the SoccerWire.com Best-11 Players from December
SoccerWire.com Editor Quinn Casteel and Soccer Wireless host Chris Hummer provide all the details on 11 of the top youth soccer player performances from the Month of December 2015, as determined by SoccerWire.com readers after nearly 12,000 votes were cast.
30 minutes | Jan 25, 2016
PODCAST: Mallory Pugh staying at UCLA, plus Amandine Henry to Portland, Australia NWSL rumors
In our first episode of the newly re-branded podcast series on SoccerWire.com, our editor Charles Boehm and host Chris Hummer discuss the shocking news that 17-year-old Mallory Pugh will stick to her commitment to play soccer at UCLA instead of turning pro as was widely reported. After SoccerWire.com broke the news during last week's NWSL draft that U.S. Soccer was prepared to sign Pugh to a professional contract straight out of high school, Pugh's father insisted to the Denver Post that the starlet never spoke with her presumed NWSL destination team Portland Thorns about going pro, and will instead be honoring her commitment to play at UCLA this fall. Given the number of sources close to the situation that confirmed Pugh's intention to turn pro, her apparent decision to stay with UCLA caught many people off-guard. Did U.S. Soccer -- who'd created new allocation rules for the league just before Portland traded with Boston to attain the top spot in the allocation order that would give them right of first refusal on Pugh -- move so quickly to get her, only to be stymied at the 11th hour? Or was it part of a bigger picture that might also include French star Amandine Henry? SUBSCRIBE | Soccer Wireless Directory on iTunes Related Articles + U.S. Soccer set to sign 17-year-old talent Mallory Push, allocate to NWSL's Portland Thorns + Mallory Pugh’s father says she will pass on pro contract, attend UCLA as planned +
30 minutes | Dec 22, 2015
PODCAST: US Club Soccer’s Kevin Payne talks player development
US Club Soccer has made big waves in its relatively short existence, and since Kevin Payne was named CEO in January 2015, the organization has continued to build new initiatives and carve out its own identity on a crowded, chaotic youth soccer scene. From the new “Players First” development infrastructure concept to its increasingly neck-and-neck competitiveness with the much older and larger US Youth Soccer, US Club is staying busy and Payne has certainly made his presence felt over the past year. +READ: SoccerWire Q&A: Kevin Payne on US Club Soccer’s new “Players First” program Payne was kind enough to chat in depth with SoccerWire.com's Charles Boehm recently, discussing a range of topics from Players First to US Club Soccer's growing partnership with Spain's La Liga and the wider state of youth development in the United States and Canada. Even as the current system grows larger and more professionalized, the search for the United States' first truly world-class player remains elusive. Are U.S. Soccer's Bradenton Residency Program and the Development Academy actually improving the level of play? Is the nation's diversity being reflected in youth national teams and top youth club teams? With his long experience in important roles in the U.S. Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer and beyond, Payne brings a worthy perspective that those in the youth game may appreciate. “We're producing more competent players than we have in the past, but I don't see us producing special players. I don't see us producing a lot of players with personality – though I think some academies do,” said Payne. +READ: US Club Soccer officials meet with La Liga in Madrid “There's a big problem in this country, that youth coaches see their mission as to win the game. And in many cases it's easier to do that at the youth level by trying to get all your players conform to a certain way of playing.” Check out the latest edition of The SoccerWire Show to hear this conversation, and chip in your own thoughts and reactions in the comments section below. SUBSCRIBE |
30 minutes | Nov 6, 2015
PODCAST: Discussing Mexico’s youth successes with special guest Jon Arnold
While Mexico's U-17 Men's National Team lost a heartbreaking semifinal 4-2 to Nigeria on Thursday, the Mexicans' performance at this year's U-17 World Cup in Chile still must feel like a triumph. This year's success comes just two years after an appearance in the final against Nigeria, and four years after defeating Uruguay 2-0 in a final played on home soil. +READ: Nigeria rolls past Mexico 4-2, reaches second straight U-17 World Cup Final On this week's episode of The SoccerWire Show, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm chat with Goal.com's Jon Arnold, an expert on Mexican soccer and CONCACAF, about Mexico's most recent youth national team successes, player development in Liga MX, and about the recent switch of defender Edwin Lara and goalkeeper Abraham Romero from the U.S. youth national teams to Mexico's. Are there lessons here for the U.S. to learn, or is Mexico's success at this level singular to its soccer culture? And what does success at the youth level even mean, anyway? +READ: Commentary: U.S. U-17s’ World Cup failure should signal end of Richie Williams era Thanks as always for tuning in! Please share your feedback in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you. SUBSCRIBE | Soccer Wireless Directory on iTunes
40 minutes | Oct 29, 2015
PODCAST: Discussing Jurgen Klinsmann’s role as USSF technical director with special guest Wendy Thomas
After a spate of disappointing results for the U.S. Men's National Team, U.S. U-23 Men's National Team and U.S. U-17 Men's National Team, many fans have begun questioning the decision makers in the U.S. Soccer Federation and have been left wondering just who, exactly, is in charge there? Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is surely responsible for his side's recent stumbles, but is it fair to blame him for recent youth national team results in his role as technical director? And just what does a technical director do, anyway? +READ: PODCAST: The SoccerWire Show breaks down U.S. U-17s with special guest Travis Clark On this week's episode of The SoccerWire Show, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm are joined by special guest Wendy Thomas. Thomas, an attorney by trade who also writes about soccer for American Soccer Now and Corner of the Galaxy, recently wrote an informative piece about Klinsmann's dual roles as head coach and technical director. Thomas laid out all the changes that have been made by USSF since Klinsmann first entered the technical director role in 2013. On today's show, we explore Klinsmann's role and we ask whether all of these changes were really Klinsmann's decisions to make. Thanks for tuning in! Share your feedback in the comments section below. SUBSCRIBE | Soccer Wireless Directory on iTunes
31 minutes | Oct 22, 2015
PODCAST: The SoccerWire Show breaks down U.S. U-17s with special guest Travis Clark
Two games into the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team are behind the 8-ball, facing a must-win against host nation Chile in their final group-stage game to have any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds. There's still hope. But is it realistic? +READ: U.S. U-17s still alive, but just barely after 2-2 World Cup draw with Croatia A humbling 1-0 loss to Nigeria and a skin-of-their-teeth 2-2 draw with Croatia have raised major questions about this talented group's true quality, their preparation levels and above all, their coach, longtime U-17s boss Richie Williams. So it seemed like an ideal time for our NEW podcast, the Soccer Wire Show, to bat around some of our staff's observations and concerns about the U-17s and the environment that groomed them. +CHECK OUT more of SoccerWire's U.S. U-17 Men's National Team coverage here Tim Froh and Charles Boehm are very honored to be joined in this conversation by special guest Travis Clark of TopDrawerSoccer.com, a SoccerWire alum widely rated as one of the top youth soccer journalists in North America. Is this latest international tournament disappointment just another case of subpar U.S. players, or is there something more at work? We try to dig a bit deeper in this week's half-hour show. +WATCH: SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm talks MLS, youth development on Soccer Morning Thanks for tuning in! Share your feedback in the comments section below. SUBSCRIBE | Soccer Wireless Directory on iTunes
33 minutes | Oct 1, 2015
PODCAST: MLS 24 under 24 Analysis – Part 1
In part one of a two part podcast, hosts Tim Froh and Charles Boehm kick off the very first SoccerWire podcast by discussing the MLS 24 Under 24 list and what the current list implies about the state of player development in the U.S.
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