In Lakewood Ranch, Fla., with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the Nike international Friendlies, midfielder Josh Perez took a break to speak with ussoccer.com about playing for the Youth National Team, what he enjoys about the game, and reveals a not-so-hidden talent.
U.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach was named one of three finalists for the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award. Wambach became the second U.S. WNT member to win the award last year, after Mia Hamm.
Steve Swanson, who coached the USA to the championship at the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, will hold his first training camp as the new head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team when the squad comes together for a camp from Dec. 14-21 in Sunrise, Fla.
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called 24 players to a training camp running from Dec. 14-21 in Sunrise, Fla. that will serve as the final preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.
The 11th edition of the Nike International Friendlies kicks off Monday afternoon at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster to face Brazil, England and Portugal from Dec. 9-15. All six matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. Live updates will also be provided on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
In the modern era, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has the best FIFA World Cup winning percentage (.500, 1-1-2) and lowest goals against average (1.15) among the USA goalkeepers since the start of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Across the Academy highlights the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and its clubs and players, as well as alumni and youth national team activity. Across the Academy will be available for the duration of the 2013-14 season.
Four Development Academy Select rosters – two at the U-15/16 age group (1998-99) and two at the U-17/18 level (1996-97) have been named to compete against each other on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the 2013 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.