Written by Will Parchman

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Jersey nerd? College soccer fan? Member of society? Then you’ll appreciate this.

Kevin Ives (@AUPPL over on Twitter) recently mocked up a round of professionally inspired soccer jerseys for a few of the major conferences. This is a compilation of those excellent designs (the PSG-inspired KU home uni is particularly nice, but that Michigan State offering wins the day). Have a glimpse at his mock-ups on the Big 12, SEC and Big 10 below. He promises ACC concepts soon. Can’t wait.

Here you’ll find the SEC gallery. The Big 12 gallery is here, while you can head over to scope out the Big 10 gallery here.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Jersey nerd? College soccer fan? Member of society? Then you’ll appreciate this.

Kevin Ives (@AUPPL over on Twitter) recently mocked up a round of professionally inspired soccer jerseys for a few of the major conferences. This is a compilation of those excellent designs (the PSG-inspired KU home uni is particularly nice, but that Michigan State offering wins the day). Have a glimpse at his mock-ups on the Big 12, SEC and Big 10 below. He promises ACC concepts soon. Can’t wait.

Here you’ll find the Big 12 gallery. The SEC gallery is here, while you can head over to scope out the Big 10 gallery here.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Jersey nerd? College soccer fan? Member of society? Then you’ll appreciate this.

Kevin Ives (@AUPPL over on Twitter) recently mocked up a round of professionally inspired soccer jerseys for a few of the major conferences. This is a compilation of those excellent designs (the PSG-inspired KU home uni is particularly nice, but that Michigan State offering wins the day). Have a glimpse at his mock-ups on the Big XI, SEC and Big 10 below. He promises ACC concepts soon. Can’t wait.

If you’re after individual sites, the Big 12 gallery is here, you can head over to scope out the Big 10 gallery here and the SEC gallery is standalone here.

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Ed note: This is the second in a three-part series from Valparaiso midfielder Zev Taublieb on his journey from college to play soccer at the U23 level. You can read part one here.

Playing with the second group was often demoralizing.

I knew this was going to be my position when I arrived, but that didn’t stop my agony. I wanted to play. I wanted to help the team. I wanted to be a real difference maker. How could I do any of that if I wasn’t playing? I thought about quitting. I don’t like to admit it crossed my mind, but it did. I had been invited to play for the Des Moines Menace earlier that year after performing well for them in last year’s PDL season. I thought about asking that coach if I could return. I thought about going home and seeing my family who I had not seen in months. I missed my girlfriend and thought about visiting her.

As these thoughts went through my mind I said to myself, “I made a commitment and I plan to keep it.”

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Written by Will Parchman

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On Monday, Four Four Two released an article examining the German developmental revolution. It’s an excellent piece of popular history. In particular, it looked at its peculiarities and why it can’t truly be replicated anywhere else. At least not easily. The German model is the envy of the world at present, but as recently as 12 years ago it was viewed to be in turmoil by those within its inner sanctum.

As Americans, how do we look at the developmental castle the Germans built for themselves? Some of the brickwork FFT laid down is worth examining in more depth through an American prism.

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Written by Travis Clark

To commemorate the club’s first visit to the United States this week, Arsenal (which plays a friendly against the club’s former great Thierry Henry and his current New York Red Bulls) elected to see which one of their players could do the best impression of a New York accent.

Spoiler alert: they’re all terrible. Also, why is the intro the Star Spangled Banner? Everything about this is just a bit off. Which is why you should watch it.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

After last weekend’s 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids, things are looking a bit brighter in the Pacific Northwest for the Portland Timbers.

It’s safe to say that 2014 hasn’t unfolded the way Caleb Porter of the rest of the Timbers fan base would’ve liked, but Friday night’s game served up a pair of great goals for the home side — there was a fantastic volley from Diego Valeri, which was nominated for one of the MLS Goals of the Week, and an amazing team goal scored by Maximilliano Urruti.

But the other goal from Portland is this pundit’s favorite goal from the weekend. A well-crafted, ten pass move that Urruti turned in past Clint Irwin is the pick of the two.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

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Readers of TopDrawerSoccer.com would already know that Tommy Thompson is regarded as one of the top prospects in MLS and the youth national team pool

Signed by the San Jose Earthquakes after one season at Indiana, Thompson’s season has been hampered with injury. Having recently returned to full fitness, the Earthquakes shipped him off on loan to Sacramento in USL Pro, where he’s had the odd chance or two over the past few weeks to show what he can do at the pro level.

Last week, Thompson returned to the U.S. youth national team fold, where he started twice, scored a goal against Bermuda in a 4-0 romp, helping the U.S. U20 MNT to win the NTC Invitational.

If you’re wondering what it is that makes him such an exciting talent, it’s moments like this one against Australia that truly stand out, as the goalkeeper is all that stands between him and a wonderful solo goal:

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Written by Travis Clark

In the second game of the 2014 NTC Invitational, the U.S. U20 MNT made light work of Bermuda on Wednesday night, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, en route to a 4-0 win for Tab Ramos’ side.

Andrija Novakovich, Tommy Thompson, Zach Pfeffer and an own goal accounted for the scoring, which you can now see for yourself in the packaged highlight reel above.

After the jump, hear from Ramos along with Thompson and defender Caleb Smith.

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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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