Written by Will Parchman

The Brad Friedel era for the U19 MNT arrived with more pomp than one might expect for an age group that didn’t exist in the U.S. YNT chain just a few months ago. This was Friedel, after all, the man who’d played 400,000 matches in the EPL, gotten his coaching badges while ensconced in England and learned from the Tottenham Hotspur academy that’s produced… a lot of good players.

Well, the U19s’ first official tournament… well… it did not go well.

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Written by Will Parchman

Giovinco spent the 2015 season putting MLS to the torch. After scoring 22 goals and providing 16 assists in the regular season, he became the first player in MLS history to lead the league in both goals and assists in a single season. TFC didn’t win a playoff game because TFC things, but Giovinco…

So we’re all expecting a pretty raucous encore, and it would appear Giovinco is ready to provide one.

This beautiful curler came in a preseason game, so we acknowledge that off the bat, but have you seen many preseason games? We’ll take this, stuff it in out pocket and move jauntily on our way this fine Monday, please and thank you.

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Written by Will Parchman

We’ve shown you what it’s like to go behind the curtain of one of the top residencies in Real Salt Lake’s Casa Grande, Ariz. operation. We’ve shown you what a group of Bay Area teens go through in a day to train for the San Jose Earthquakes academy.

Now it’s college’s turn.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Signing Day is here. That means colleges across the nation are finalizing (or at least taking steps to finalizing) their 2016 recruiting classes for the fall. As the nation’s biggest commits come down the pipe this week, we’ll have a running photo gallery of all the biggest moments right here on The 91st. Don’t miss a thing, and be sure to keep checking back as we continue to update.

If you’d like to submit a photo of a commit signing his or her NLI, shoot us an email at editor@topdrawersoccer.com. Happy signing.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Should we knight Jamie Vardy now? I’m American and have no literal or figurative power to knight Jamie Vardy, but I’m thinking I’ll do it anyway. It might be with a french fry. We’ll see.

The point is that Leicester City just. keeps. winning. And Vardy just. keeps. scoring.

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Written by Will Parchman

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When Xi Jinping ascended to the Chinese presidency in 2012, he essentially became the nation’s first soccer president. He almost immediately issued mandates for the national soccer initiative, establishing soccer programming in thousands of schools and setting an eventual baseline that included winning a World Cup.

It looked funky as hell at the time, and there’s no guarantee this makes this national team any better. But at least on a club level, things are crystallizing at a rate few thought possible. China is stepping into a decisively prominent role in global soccer, and no one is quite sure what it means yet.

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Written by Will Parchman

This is just silly good.

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Pulisic

Readers of this space will surely know the name of Christian Pulisic already.

But if by same chance you didn’t, the 17-year-old from Hershey, PA is now a name on the lips of most U.S. Soccer fans after he made his Bundesliga debut on Saturday for Borussia Dortmund.

Named in the 18 for the second straight match of the second half of the Bundesliga season (called the Rückrunde), Pulisic came off the bench as a substitute in the 68th minute. While he didn’t produce any magical moments, Pulisic’s debut was solid, as he didn’t look out of place during his 20 minutes on the field.

In case you missed the game (a 2-0 win for Dortmund), check out a video of Pulisic’s touches below. He also did an English interview with Bundesliga TV after the game.

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There are a lot of watershed days for TDS throughout the course of an average year. World Cups. College Cups. Gatorade cups (we run combines, dont’cha know).

Few days, if any, are bigger than National Signing Day. And it’s nearly here.

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Written by Will Parchman

pearce

Google ‘Stuart Pearce psycho.’

I’ll wait.

….

Sufficiently terrified yet?

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