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== National Soccer Wire - January 26, 2011 == (vol. 2, iss. 4)
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> U.S. Women’s National team wins Four Nations with 2-0 win over China
> Marta acquired by newest WPS franchise Western New York Flash
> Seven new players capped in U.S. Men’s 2011 debut draw with Chile
> LA Galaxy sign forward Juan Pablo Angel to multi-year deal
> USL Pro releases post season format for 2011
> NSW Video of the Week: Adidas ad follows Messi’s path to Ballon d’Or
> Coping with and preventing injuries from too many youth soccer games

Around The Net: US WNT, Four Nations Tournament, Oguchi Onyewu, US U17 MNT, NY Red Bulls, Thierry Henry, MLS power rankings, Julio Cesar, SKC, Timbers, Darlington Nagbe, LA Blues, USSF Development Academy, approaching coaches, Clyde Watson interview, When was the last time you analyzed a team like this?, free online concussion course, Michelle Obama health and fitness campaign, Lionel Messi, US Indoor, Teal Bunbury goal call (video), Clint Dempsey goals (video), MLS referee Mark Geiger interview (video), Ronaldinho can score from behind the goal now (video), South Korea misses penalties (video), Andy Gray fired over sexist remarks (video)

Soccer on TV: Sampdoria v Milan, Sevilla v Real Madrid, Birmingham v West Ham, Liverpool v Fulham, Barcelona v Almeria, Napoli v Inter, Corinthians v Tolima, Alianza Lima v Jaguares, Liverpool v Gremio, Juventus v Roma, Chile v Venezuela, Porteno v Deportivo, Peru v Uruguay, Bolivar v Union Espanola, Ecuador v Bolivia, Estudiantes Tecos v Guadalajara, Southampton v Man Utd, Lazio v Fiorentina, Torquay v Crawley, Catania v Milan, Queretaro v Necaxa, Tigres v Toluca, Pachuca v Cruz Azul, Atlas v America, Atlante v Puebla, Everton v Chelsea, Birmingham v Coventry, Stevenage v Reading, Brescia v Chievo, Arsenal v Huddlesfield, Inter v Palermo, Notts County v Man City, Fulham v Tottenham, Unam v Monterrey, Monarcas v San Luis, Juventus v Udinese, Monaco v Marseille

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Tournaments: Richmond Kickers Invitational: February 26-27, Manhattan Soccer Club (NY) Kick-off Classic, March 4-6, 2011, 2011 Chesterfield Ice Breaker - March 5-6, 2011 PWSI Icebreaker – March 19-20 (u9-u12 Boys) & March 26-27 (u9-u19 Girls and u13-u19 Boys), MYS Proudly Announces Inaugural McLean Premier Soccer Tournament, Freestate Spring Breakout Capitol Cup 2011: Boys March 19-20; Girls March 26-27, Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament March 19-20, 2011 Liberty Cup Invitaional (26-27 March), Richmond Kickers Colonial Cup: May 28-29

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> U.S. Women’s National team wins Four Nations with 2-0 win over China
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated host China PR 2-0 to win the 2011 Four Nations Tournament while getting a first half score from midfielder Carli Lloyd and a second half goal from forward Amy Rodriguez.
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> Marta acquired by newest WPS franchise Western New York Flash
The Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced on Tuesday that they have acquired the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta. The Flash has taken over Marta’s third year of her contract from the now-defunct FC Gold Pride.
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> Seven new players capped in U.S. Men’s 2011 debut draw with Chile
The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2011 with a 1-1 draw against Chile in front of 18,580 fans this evening at The Home Depot Center. The U.S., which started a very young and inexperienced squad, came from behind to earn the draw.
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> LA Galaxy sign forward Juan Pablo Angel to multi-year deal
The LA Galaxy has signed forward Juan Pablo Angel to a multi-year contract. The 35-year-old Colombian was selected by the Galaxy in the first round (5th overall) of Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Process last month after spending the previous four seasons with the New York Red Bulls. Angel will become the third Designated Player on the Galaxy’s roster, joining David Beckham and Landon Donovan.
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> USL Pro releases post season format for 2011
United Soccer Leagues unveiled the postseason format for the 2011 USL PRO season Monday. The format, approved by a vote of the USL PRO Board of Governors, will see eight clubs advancing to the postseason in 2011. USL released the divisional alignment and schedule for USL PRO last week, with the 180-game regular season opening on Saturday, April 2.
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> NSW Video of the Week: Adidas ad follows Messi’s path to Ballon d’Or
Adidas put together an ad to celebrate Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi’s second straight year winning the prestigious award. The Spanish language ad (includes English subtitles) demonstrates just how difficult it is to get to be number one in the world, how many millions he had to beat out, and the obstacles he had to overcome.
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> Coping with and preventing injuries from too many youth soccer games
The turf war between youth organizations ensures an endless fountain of championships and the tournament industry has made playing three to four games in one weekend a common part of youth soccer. Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla asked Dr. Dev K. Mishra what coaches can do when their teams are faced with game overload.
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---- US National Teams ----

The U.S. Women’s National Team lost its first game of the year and opening match of the Four Nations Tournament 2-1 to Sweden, and then rebounded to defeat northern rivals Canada 2-1 in their second match. In their third match, they won the tournament (story above) by beating China while Canada downed Sweden.

American defender Oguchi Onyewu made his debut for the Dutch club Twente in a 5-0 league win over Heracles Almelo last week.

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team is now set for a seven-day training camp in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Jan. 25-Feb. 3 that will be a precursor to the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championship.


---- US Professional ----

New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry began his first pre-season camp with the MLS side this week, and even trained with Arsenal in London recently in an effort to hit the ground running this year in New Jersey.

MLS Preseason power rankings have been released as training camps open across the country, with the Los Angeles Galaxy at the top of the list.

Brazilian center back and former Real Madrid, Benfica and Olympiakos defender Júlio César is training with Sporting Kansas City with an eye towards a contract.

Akron coach Caleb Porter says the Portland Timbers have acquired the best he’s seen as a college coach in Darlington Nagbe.

The new Los Angeles Blues of USL PRO team signed three forwards and a defender, bringing its total signed players to eight as they prepare for the March pre-season training camp.


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An update on news from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

U.S. Youth Soccer looks at the best way to approach a child’s coach and how to do it in a productive way that doesn’t put the child in the middle, or cause the parent/coach relationship to become strained.


---- Coaching ----

The 2010 USYS Region I Girls Competitive Youth Soccer Coach of the Year Clyde Watson (McLean, Va.) talks about his successes, influences and what he promises every incoming player that joins his team (video).

When was the last time you analyzed a team like this?: When more U.S. Soccer pundits (and even coaches) can analyze games and teams in this manner on a regular basis, things will start to turn in regards to our stance in the world we call soccer, but the rest call football. For now, “soccer” spoken in other countries comes off as an example of our naivete of the true nuances and sophistication within the world’s game. But when the coaches, journalists, and astute fans can watch a game and analyze them to this level, the football world will finally show our “soccer” a sign of respect.


---- Health and Fitness ----

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released a free online course through there website: Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know.

First Lady Michelle Obama is collaborating with Wal-Mart is the latest step in a campaign for health and fitness that has included planting gardens, playing soccer and hula-hooping on the White House lawn.


---- Miscellaneous ----

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was punished with a fine and a booking Tuesday for dedicating a goal to his mother on her birthday. After scoring a penalty in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Racing Santander, the Argentina forward lifted his jersey in front a television camera to reveal an undershirt with the words “Happy birthday, mami!” written across it.

US Indoor, which was formerly the United States Indoor Sports Association, has just launched their new website.


---- Videos ----

The Soccer Wires found a couple of great video clips and produced some of our own over the past week. Check out the Black Eyed Peas inspired goal call from Teal Bunbury’s goal in USA v Chile, Clint Dempsey’s deft touch and turn for Fulham to earn a PK (which he converted), and our short interview from MLS referee Mark Geiger at the Virginia Youth Soccer workshop.

Ronaldinho can score from behind the goal now: Ronaldinho has scored from just about every spot on the pitch. That’s all boring to him. That’s old. So now, he’s scoring from behind the goal. During a Flamengo training session as he prepares for his first season with the club, Ronaldinho casually fires shots at a goal that’s in front of him and facing away from him. Casual, of course, is a relative term, because though Dinho is just goofing around, he’s still bending these shots with enough spin on them to bounce back toward the net.

South Korea missed all three of their penalties in a shootout to let Japan advance to play Australia in the Asian Cup final.

Andy Gray fired over sexist remarks: Sky Sports pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys had a sexist little conversation about women in football and the match’s female assistant referee, Sian Massey. To their ignorant misfortune, their microphones were on the whole time.  This got them both suspended, but Gray was fired when this video from December appeared, where Gray harasses colleague Charlotte Jackson in the studio by jokingly asking her to tuck in the front of his shirt. As you can see in the video, she didn’t find it funny.


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=== Tournaments ===

> Richmond Kickers Invitational: February 26-27
Don’t pay $1,000 for a tournament when your team can play three meaningful matches on quality fields, against top competition for half the price! For just $430, the Richmond Kickers Invitational provides the perfect player development weekend. Your schedule is hand-picked by our technical staff to provide three competitive games. Register at RichmondKickers.com for this exclusive event that provides unbeatable value and will help your team prepare for the season!

> Manhattan Soccer Club (NY) Kick-off Classic, March 4-6, 2011
Join top teams from the region to get ready for the spring season in New York City. Play on Synthetic turf fields, including the 16 state-of-the-art fields at Randall’s Island. U8-U10 Girls play all games Saturday March 5, and Boys Sunday March 6th. U10s may choose a 2-day format. U11-U17 boys and girls play 3 guaranteed 60-minute games over 2 days minimum. Platinum rated by Got-soccer (The top teams in REGION 1 attend every year). Non-premier brackets as well! Watch your kids play, and enjoy NYC in the Spring! Tournament Director: Jason Kahan at jasonjkahan@gmail.com. Apply now here or at Manhattansc.org

> 2011 Chesterfield Ice Breaker - March 5-6, 2011
The Chesterfield Icebreaker will hold its 18th event March 5-6, 2011. The Icebreaker attracts both Premier and Classic level teams from both Region 1 and Region 2; U9-U19 boys and girls. All games are played on quality fields in Richmond, Virginia; guaranteed three game minimum. Discounts to clubs that send multiple teams, and guaranteed no game conflicts for coaches with multiple teams. College coaches from the region will be in attendance. Please visit our website.

> 2011 PWSI Icebreaker – March 19-20 (u9-u12 Boys) & March 26-27 (u9-u19 Girls and u13-u19 Boys)
Prince William Soccer is pleased to invite all travel select teams to the 2011 Icebreaker Tournament in support of the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program. The Icebreaker is the largest preseason tournament on the East Coast. Teams will play on quality fields (15 bermuda grass fields and seven synthetic turf fields) in Northern Virginia. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three matches (2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday). Finals will be played on early Sunday afternoon. College coaches from around the region will be in attendance. Please visit our website.

> MYS Proudly Announces Inaugural McLean Premier Soccer Tournament
McLean Youth Soccer, Inc. and adidas are pleased to announce the Inaugural McLean Premier Soccer Tournament to be held over three weekends in 2011. Girls U9-U14 play will be held March 20-21, 2011. Boys U9-U14 play will be March 26-27, 2011. Boys and Girls U15-U19 will play Labor Day Weekend. For more information or to register, please visit our website or contact Tournament Director Markus Rodlauer.

> Freestate Spring Breakout Capitol Cup 2011: Boys March 19-20; Girls March 26-27
Freestate Soccer Alliance would like to invite you to a fantastic weekend of soccer competition in the Bowie-Annapolis area in Maryland. Only 30 minutes from Washington DC. The event is open to all competitive and classic club teams ages u9-u19. Clubs who send multiple teams will be eligible to an entry fee discount. Team entry fee between $525-700. Please visit our website for more information and application.

> Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament March 19-20
Beach FC and the City of Virginia Beach invite your club/teams to attend the Virginia Beach Spring Classic Soccer Tournament scheduled for March 19-20, 2011. Virginia Beach is home to some of the finest beachfront on the Eastern seaboard, the Virginia Aquarium, and much more. The tournament will be played in Virginia Beach which includes the 20-field soccer complex. Please inquire about discounts for club and multiple teams. Early acceptance is offered for those teams requiring travel arrangements. Click here for more info!

> 2011 Liberty Cup Invitaional (26-27 March)
The FPYC 2011 Liberty Cup Tournament (26-27 March) will be a great pre-season warm-up for all U9 to U18 boys and girls travel teams in the spring 2011 season. Liberty Cup features include:
- Four games for all teams: Two preliminary games (Saturday, one Sunday morning; either a Championship or Consolation game Sunday afternoon)
- Any age group canceled by weather or field conditions will receive a full refund
- Nearly all games on artificial turf fields at Fairfax City and County parks
Application fee is $625 for U9-11, $675 for U12, and $695 for U13-U18. Teams must complete the on-line application and mail application fee payment by 18 February 2011. Please send any questions to the Tournament Director, David Shade, at davidm@dmshade3.com or visit our website.

> Richmond Kickers Colonial Cup: May 28-29
The Richmond Kickers 14th Annual Colonial Cup is a fantastic season-end event for both travel teams and top level recreation clubs, to be held over Memorial Day Weekend in Richmond, VA. With two of the best privately owned soccer complexes on the East Coast, including Ukrop Park and Hensley Park, Colonial Cup is committed to providing top quality fields for competition. Plus, don’t miss the Richmond Kickers Pro game Saturday night! Register now at RichmondKickers.com.