Written by Travis Clark

Ready for more World Cup action?

The Under 20 Women’s World Cup kicks off on August 5 in Canada, with the United States set to compete in a tough Group B against China, Brazil and Germany. Head coach Michelle French named the 21-player roster for next month, which the USSF packaged into the above video clip.

Here are the roster details if you want to skip the video.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Semifinal action is on tap for Thursday afternoon in the Development Academy, as four U16 and four U18 teams prepare to duke it out in the final four in Carson, California.

Bethesda-Olney, Montreal Impact, PDA and FC Dallas comprise the U18 squads, while Real Salt Lake-AZ, Strikers FC, LA Galaxy and Chicago Magic are the U16 sides. TopDrawerSoccer.com will have coverage up on Friday recapping the action, while you can check out the video preview from USSF, or listen to last week’s TDS Podcast, where we preview and pick the final field.

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Written by Travis Clark

So the 2014 MLS All Star team was announced on Wednesday night.

A First XI gleaned from a Fan Vote, the results were less than surprising. It might as be called the “U.S. World Cup squad plus Donovan, Henry and Martins,” because that was the result, as you can see from the video above. That shouldn’t come as a shock, as the exercise of having fans choose an all star team turns it into a popularity contest. Perhaps the only surprise is that no Timbers were selected. Donovan’s form has been nowhere close to deserving of an All Star label.

The 91st Minute expressed its sentiments on the All Star game back in May, though the prospect of facing Bayern Munich is just a tad more alluring now that so many players are World Cup champions (however, the majority of those winners probably won’t make the trip to North America). Regardless, it will be interesting to see which players will round out the roster.

2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI:

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)

Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

 

 

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Written by Travis Clark

The past year and a half has been something of a renaissance for Benny Feilhaber, who has reinvented himself nicely as one of the best players on Sporting KC, and a reliable midfield option in the middle of the park.

Wednesday saw the former (and future?) U.S. MNT player score this nice golazo against the Columbus Crew, which secured a 2-1 win on the road for the reigning MLS Cup champs.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Well this just has everything. Chicago Fire’s Mike Magee, MLS and KICK TV team up to give us a spoof of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We got cameos from Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Thierry Henry, Omar Gonzalez and many many more. Watch, laugh and be entertained.


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Written by Will Parchman

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The league’s Homegrown initiative has expanded in lockstep with the growth of the Development Academy’s viability as a producer of pro-level talent. But which teams tend to use it better than others? And how is each MLS team approaching the rule as a whole? Let’s find out.

I went on a relatively exhaustive journey through all 19 MLS side’s Homegrown histories to extrapolate the nutrient rich developmental soil each side’s been tilling – or not, based on past practices. You’ll notice, for instance, that no team’s had more Homegrown players play more minutes than D.C. United. And San Jose’s number is just a shade behind. Just a shade.

A couple notes. The players marked inactive are no longer in the league, and a few players moved to different clubs within MLS after signing initial Homegrown deals (Tristan Bowen, Josue Soto, etc). I’ve counted all of those players’ minutes with their home club – provided they moved within MLS – to give their developer credit for pushing along a pro player, regardless of where those minutes were counted (though most all played the entirety of their careers with their home clubs). This also only applies to players who signed Homegrown contracts, and these minutes numbers are up to date as of July 16.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

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Written by Travis Clark

The U.S. U20 Men’s National Team got off to the right start at the NTC Invitation on Monday, beating Chile 2-1.

Goals from Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer provided the offense as Tab Ramos’ side topped the South Americans in the first of a three-game tournament out in Carson, California.

See what those three had to say about the game, along with Novakovich’s goal.

 

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2014 World Cup Best XI

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The 2014 World Cup is officially in the books.

Germany’s 1-0 win in Rio ended the latest campaign, lauded by many as one of the best tournaments in recent memories, thanks in large part to an action-packed group stage.

The Germans were worthy winners, hands down the best team on a game-by-game basis during the month long tournament.

Here is TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI from the the 2014 World Cup:

GK Manuel Neuer, Germany: The heroics of Costa Rican Keylor Navas caught a lot of headlines, although his run came to the end in the quarterfinals. That opened the door for Neuer, often in the discussion for the impossible to label “best goalkeeper in the world” tag. Neuer helped pave the way to Germany’s triumph, and while he may not have had much to do in Sunday’s final, he was immense throughout.

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Written by Travis Clark

I miss it already. ESPN put together this video looking back at the best moments during the last month in Brazil.

 

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