Written by Will Parchman

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“Rafe asks him, could the king’s freedom be obtained, sir, with more economy of means? Less bloodshed?

Look, he says: once you have exhausted the process of negotiation and compromise, one you have fixed on the destruction of an enemy, that destruction must be swift and it must be perfect. Before you even glance in his direction, you should have his name on a warrant, the ports blocked, his wife and friends bought, his heir under your protection, his money in your strong room and his dog running to your whistle. Before he wakes in the morning, you should have the axe in your hand.”

-Hilary Mantel’s ‘Bring Up The Bodies’

I imagine this scene tinged with hues of this kind of kingly power normalized by the midwestern airspace that owned it. Like decrees issued from a man who’d ruled long enough to know his power was complete. Jason Kreis. Who’d question? And yet this man emblematic of Salt Lake City is putting down is crimson scarf for big lights, big money. We nod. And the Salt Lake shrugged and wondered who’d question? We love him. He is going because we made him. And yet who can we elevate in his stead?

Cassar. Of course it was Cassar.

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Written by Travis Clark

Remember the name Sebastian Saucedo.

The Real Salt Lake Academy player has graced these pages before, scoring goals for the U.S. U18 Men’s National Team, and is one of the best players in his age group.

The prodigious forward was at it again as “Bofo” netted this long-range golazo against FC Dallas in Friday night action at the Generation adidas Cup.

Not bad for a 17-year-old.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

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The U.S. U20 MNT is into the final of the prestigious Dallas Cup after defeating Fluminense 3-2 in extra time on Friday night.

It’s been a coming out show for Rubio Rubin, as the former U.S. U17 MNTer scored two more times in the victory. The Oregonian native and now Utrecht prospect, continues to show his skills in and around the penalty area, and he’ll look to come up big once again on Sunday. Ben Spencer prodded home the second goal, heading a set piece into the back of the net.

Via Soccer Over There, here are the U.S. goals from Friday night in GIF form, with the other two coming at you after the jump.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The sixth episode of U.S. Soccer’s “Road to the Roster” podcast dropped on Friday (listen here), and it featured an interesting segment involving a few YNT tidbits from Jurgen Klinsmann. He discusses the foundation of the U21 team, how he prefers to bridge the gap between the youth system and the senior team and how he approached coaching the recent U18 camp.

One thing you’ll notice: Klinsmann still loves the European soccer model. He mentions it as a paragon of development when he talks about the U21 cycle, which, fair enough. One thing, though: he lumps in South America. The CONMEBOL South American Youth Championship is a U20 tournament. CONCACAF has one of those. As far as I can tell, CONMEBOL’s youth championship has never been a U21 tourney. So take that for what it’s worth.

Here’s the transcript of Klinsmann’s bit on the YNT:

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Written by Will Parchman

The U17s drew a Sarajevo select side 1-1 on April 4 in the second game of its journey at the Josip Katalinski Tournament in Sarajevo. The U.S. eventually routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-1 to win the tournament, its third tourney championship in its last three tries.

So while the 1-1 draw was perhaps not the most illustrious moment of the team’s week, the team goal that led to FC Dallas academy man Alex Zendejas’s equalizer in the 71st minute will drop your jaw.

Zendejas opens the movement with an inlet pass to Haji Wright, who flicks back to Zendejas, who threads through for Christian Pulisic before steaming through a pair of defenders to receive the second-touch pass that springs him open for the one-on-one. Three players, nine touches, 35 yards, one goal.

The hallmarks here are speed, fluidity and purpose of movement. No surprise then that this side has done such good work in international competition lately. That sequence remind you of a younger version of… anything else, perhaps?

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Written by Will Parchman

It’s here.

You’ve wondered for the entirety of your existence when a plucky upstart would come to challenge soccer’s old, boring method of simply kicking a ball around a field WITH ABSOLUTELY NO CONTACT. And you’ve almost certainly wondered when the game’s lack of neoprene, full-body contact and utter chaos would finally skewer its place atop the heap. That day, my friends, is here. This is Bubble Soccer. And you’ve got a front row seat for the revolution.

Bubble Soccer allows players to… you know what? I’m not even going to describe it. Just watch the video. And then visit this page for details. They advertise this for corporate events. “Bill, you just broke Bob from accounting’s neck.” “…” In other words, the website won’t make it any less weird.

 

 

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Written by Will Parchman

As you may have heard, Atlanta is MLS’s 22nd franchise. What happened to Miami (did Miami die?) is anyone’s guess, but here we are. The cornerstone of the south now plunges intrepidly into waters that may drown it. Wait and see time.

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Written by Will Parchman

Talk about a rivalry game.

The U18s faced off against their Mexico counterparts in Carson, Calif. last week, and the teams staged a memorable encounter that Mexico ultimately won 4-3. Now we have highlights to bring you. Jorge Ruiz, Sebastian Elney and Sebastian Saucedo scored for the U.S., but Mexico won a 95th-minute penalty when David Chavez knocked down a sure goal with his hands.

Mexico converted and the rest is history. The keeper in that series of events? None other than Jonathan Klinsmann.

 

 

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Written by Will Parchman

The Bavarian SC U13s are currently in Spain training at Real Madrid’s complex through the adidas ITP program. That includes pre-arranged games like this one against Cobeja, a club out of Toledo.

Cobeja led 3-0 until Bavarian SC (which is based in Milwaukee, Wis.) mounted a furious comeback that ended when keeper Tom Deslongchamps biked (!!) in the tying goal in the final minute. How often do you see a keeper score in that situation? One out of 100? 500? And then to score on a bike? Money. The kings of Wisconsin.

 

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