U.S. Soccer Bans Headers For Players Under 11 To Resolve Concussion Lawsuit

The United States Soccer Federation has taken a major step in an attempt to reduce concussions among youth soccer players, adopting a policy that bans players under 11 from heading the ball and reducing headers in practice for 11 to 13 year olds, the New York Times reports. The new rules—which also include changes to… »11/10/15 12:31am11/10/15 12:31am


Mexico Beat The USMNT Because They're A Better Team

As we sift through the rubble of last night’s 3-2 Mexico victory over the USMNT, Jürgen Klinsmann finds himself squarely in the spotlight. The high stakes one-off is a disappointing setback for the program, and an occasion to soberly evaluate the course that Klinsmann has charted for it. The U.S. will miss out on the… »10/11/15 12:37pm10/11/15 12:37pm

U.S. Soccer Loses To Honduras, Gets Into Big Shoving Match

Honduras beat the USA U-23s 2-0 in the semifinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament today. The United States played without creativity, and resorted to medieval soccer, just kind of hacking it up to their taller players for most of the second half. The frustration built up after Jordan Morris had an goal unfairly… »10/10/15 5:24pm10/10/15 5:24pm

Jerramy Stevens Arrested For DUI; Hope Solo Suspended By U.S. Soccer

Yesterday TMZ broke the news that former Seahawks and Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested in Los Angeles early Monday morning for DUI. Hope Solo—the U.S. Soccer goalkeeper and Stevens's wife—was also in the car, and TMZ says she and Stevens were belligerent with police (emphasis theirs): »1/21/15 8:41pm1/21/15 8:41pm

How U.S. Soccer Ensures The Fort Lauderdale Strikers Never Get A Chance

Last year, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers were purchased by a Brazilian consortium looking to turn the team into a "global powerhouse." Some of their bandied-about strategies for ginning up fan interest include drone-delivered concessions at the stadium, piggy backing off the club's history from the NASL's heyday to… »1/16/15 11:23am1/16/15 11:23am

Who Will Develop The First Great American Soccer Star?

For as far as soccer—the official Sport Of The Future on these shores for decades now—has come in America, we still haven't hit upon a sustainable youth development model to cultivate all levels of professional talent, from squad-fillers to superstars. This leaves interested parties at home and abroad arguing over… »12/17/14 10:56am12/17/14 10:56am

This Might Be The Oldest Surviving American Soccer Footage

If you're interesting in the long, under-celebrated history of American soccer, I can't recommend enough the uploads from Youtube user "soccermavn." There are old ads, footage of NASL's glory days, and even video of the short-lived United Soccer Association. (Update: He apparently got lots of these tapes from Dave… »12/18/12 4:10pm12/18/12 4:10pm

Jurgen Klinsmann Doesn't Think The United States Will Win A World Cup Anytime Soon

New U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann sat down on Sunday for his "first private interview" with SI's Grant Wahl the other day. The heavens shook. Stigmata were touched. Then Wahl began asking several of the standard questions new American soccer coaches always get asked. The most standard of them came at the… »8/08/11 2:05pm8/08/11 2:05pm

American Brutalizes Canada With Sensational Goal In Jamaica

Nathan Smith, defender from California, robbed Canada of its desire to compete and live on Sunday when he scored this incredible goal during extra time of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The goal broke the 450-minute shutout streak of Canadian keeper Maxime Crepeau, who still has a cool… »2/28/11 1:15pm2/28/11 1:15pm