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U.S. Wins U-20 Women’s World Cup

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The United States U-20 Women's National Team won their record third U-20 Women's World Cup on Saturday, defeating Germany 1-0 in Tokyo, Japan.

The U.S. and defending champions Germany had each won two U-20 Women's World Cup titles in the five previous tournaments since the competition began in 2002.

Eclipse Select Alumni Report: Downers Grove's Dees blanks UNC

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Eclipse Select Soccer Club Communications

CHICAGO -- Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Portland junior goalkeeper Erin Dees (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) started off the 2012 campaign in stellar fashion as the Pilots defeated the fourth-ranked University of North Carolina, 1-0, on Friday, Aug.

Kickers Draw UNC 1-1 in Pro-Am Challange

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Richmond Kickers News Release:
RICHMOND, VA – (Saturday, March 17, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers battled the NCAA Champions University of North Carolina to a 1-1 draw Saturday in front of a capacity crowd in the third annual Pro-Am Challenge at Ukrop Park. The visiting Tar Heels took an early lead on an Alex Walters tally in the 34th minute before Kickers forward Matthew Delicâte brought the scoreline level immediately after the second half restart.

11 Facts from USA-Venezuela

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The U.S. players had a lot to celebrate Saturday night
  1. Ricardo Clark's game-winner in the 97th minute marks the latest goal scored in the second half by the United States in team history.
  2. Jurgen Klinsmann has collected back-to-back victories for the first time since becoming head coach last summer, following the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov.

UNC NCAA champs, Re-Entry Draft pt. 2, Indies sign Chalupny, more news

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NCAA College Cup

University of North Carolina defeated UNC Charlotte 1–0 on Sunday to win the College Cup. Ben Spea's goal was a cracker.

Soccer America's Paul Gardner has an interesting take on the final.

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UNC's win prompted a funny Twitter exchange that began with a tweet from UNC product Sheanon Williams:

Williams: "Want to congratulate @UNCmenssoccer.

Immediate Reaction: Union Beat DC United 3-2 In A "WOW" Game

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The Philadelphia Union jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the back on Sebastien Le Toux's two first half goals. The Frenchman put the team on his back - a reference to a Youtube video about Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings - for the first 15 minutes of the match, then proceeded to be dangerous for the rest of the game.

Fire's refurbished defense meshes

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Fire rookie defender Jalil Anibaba -- ISI PhotosThe Chicago Fire defense went through a complete makeover following last season, with a new scheme and a new cast of characters.

Veteran Cory Gibbs, Josip Mikulic and rookie Jalil Anibaba are the projected defensive starters from left to right within this year's new three-back system.

College Soccer

SBI College Preview: UNC's Lopez takes starring role for defending champions

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By AVI CREDITOR

With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of North Carolina.

Making History with U.S. College Soccer

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Just a week after Stanford University captured the women's soccer title, four teams gather in Hoover, Ala., for the College Cup to decide the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Champion for 2011. Today, top-seeded University of North Carolina will meet the UCLA in one semifinal, while UNC-Charlotte will square off against Creighton in the other.

Duke & Stanford set for Sunday’s NCAA Soccer Championship

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After pounding ACC tournament champion Florida State 3-0 on Friday night in the first semifinal of the College Cup, Stanford has a chance to play once again for the national title. The Cardinal advanced to soccer's version of the Final Four by completing its third straight unbeaten season, a feat that parallels the great University of North Carolina teams with Mia Hamm in the early 1990s.

SBI College Spotlight: Healthy Schuler has UNC rolling, pro scouts taking notice

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

For all the success enjoyed by the University of North Carolina last season, there was one player who found it hard to enjoy.

Redshirt junior forward Billy Schuler was one of the most potent attacking threats the Tar Heels possessed during his first two years in Chapel Hill and was set to be a focal point last season.

Duke women attempt to climb out of UNC's shadow

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Graham Hays of ESPN writes of the great rivalry in women's soccer between Duke University and the University of North Carolina, which is led by two of the finest coaches in the United States in Anson Dorrance of UNC and Robbie Church at Duke.


If you don't know what you're looking for, the soccer practice field is easy to miss as you drive along the far edge of Duke's campus.

NCAA Preview: Bolowich ready to turn Creighton into national powerhouse

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After spending nearly a quarter of a century with the University of North Carolina, Elmar Bolowich longed for a new challenge.

He found that challenge this past spring in the form of Creighton University, a solid soccer program that was looking to make the jump to proverbial powerhouse after a 13-5-2 season that ended with a heart-breaking penalty kick loss to SMU in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

New York Red Bulls

Tactics Talk: Would Michael Farfan in Freddy Adu’s Role Improve the Offense?

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As I touched upon in an article on Saturday, Freddy Adu has not lived up to his role as a playmaking winger enough this year. A few games, specifically his pre-second yellow card play against the New York Red Bulls, have shown that he has the mindset and ability to properly adjust to the role he thrust himself into this offseason, but Adu has disappointed routinely out of a high spot in the Philadelphia Union's offense.

MLS West Notes: Jimenez makes most of chances, Kreis sick of losing and more

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By ADAM SERRANO

Hector Jimenez has been living life under the radar in his rookie season, but when the midfielder from the University of California has had his chance to see action, he's grabbed a hold of it. Â

Jimenez was instrumental in the Galaxy's 2-1 victory over Morelia in the CONCACAF Champions League, helping to create the winning goal.

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Remembering Kirk Urso

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It has been less than two days since the death of Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso at the age of 22 and the American soccer community is still coming to grips with the passing of a young player who garnered so much respect and admiration in a relatively short amount of time.

The recurring themes that emerge from people discussing Urso was his friendly and happy personality off the field and his determination and work ethic on the field.

Eddie Robinson Announces Retirement, Joins Front Office

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Four time MLS Cup champion defender Eddie Robinson, one of the last remaining original Dynamo, announced his from professional soccer today. Robinson came with the team in 2006 when they moved from San Jose and was a key part of the team's two championships. Injuries have limited Robinson the last couple seasons, but his retirement from the game does not mean we'll be seeing any less of E-Rob around Houston.

Dorrance provides leadership lessons in business and sport

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Who knows more about success than University of North Carolina women's coach Anson Dorrance. A resume that includes 20 NCAA championships in 28 years, a winning percentage of over 93 percent of the team's games and 20 National Players of the Year tend to speak for itself.


Success in sport is often emulated in the business world, and Karl Moore of Forbes Magazine wrote a great article outlining lessons that can be learned from the blueprint of Dorrance.

Major League Soccer

Crew midfielder Urso has died

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Major League Soccer arose on Sunday morning to devastating news after the Columbus Crew announced that rookie midfielder Kirk Urso had passed away. He was 22.

The Crew issued a statement saying only that Urso had died, and that the cause of death was still being determined.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Alex Dixon

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The impact of Homegrown Players in MLS has been gradual but significant, and last week the Houston Dynamo saw the frst major contribution from one of their own homegrown players as Alex Dixon stepped up and delivered a clutch game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake.

Dixon's goal, arguably the biggest goal of the past week, earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

One on One with Michael Harrington

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Michael Harrington has had some impressive moments in his young career. The standout defender for Sporting Kansas City is young and dynamic, but has shown himself to be very qualified since he began his Major League Soccer career back in 2007.

Harrington's story though dates back, like so many professionals, to a hard working family supporting his youth travels and endeavors.

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Anson Dorrance, un técnico legendario

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Quienes amamos el futbol sabemos que son pocos los casos de directores técnicos que han logrado mantenerse por muchos años en un mismo equipo. Son escasas las escuadras que apuestan por un proyecto a largo plazo, con objetivos bien establecidos, pero hoy les voy a escribir sobre un hombre admirable y exitoso, aunque quizá algunos de ustedes ya lo conozcan.

Mia Hamm, Most Prolific Female Score Of All Time

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In her soccer career, Mia Hamm became the most prolific scorer the sport has ever seen. That is saying a lot for a woman who began life with a club foot and corrective shoes. Hamm began playing soccer at a young age and made the United States National Team at the age of 15. She is the youngest ever to make the squad.

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Report: Schuler bound for Hammarby

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Another young American attacking talent appears to be taking his game overseas.

According to a report out of Sweden, University of North Carolina forward Billy Schuler will sign with top-flight club Hammarby -- the team coached by former U.

A Coach Trades Up by Going to a 'Midmajor'

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Perhaps only in the nonrevenue-producing universe of collegiate men's soccer would Creighton University, a small Jesuit college in Nebraska, be considered a more desirable destination than the University of North Carolina.

But that is essentially what the highly regarded Elmar Bolowich said when he stunned the soccer community last February with his decision to leave Chapel Hill after 22 years as coach and with the Tar Heels building toward a potential second N.

The Rest

Former Chicago Fire PDL midfielder Kirk Urso passes away at 22

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All of us at Hot Time in Old Town were saddened to hear that former Chicago Fire PDL and Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso passed away last night at the age of 22.

Urso was born in nearby Lombard, Ill. and played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. He spent the 2010 PDL season playing for the Fire Premier (PDL) side.

Dr. NCAA Title

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Dr. Bass Got Gator Glory

Of all the doctors that have traveled with the U.S. Women's National Teams over the the years, Dr. Danielle Bass is unique.

Why?

Well, she is the first team doc to have won an NCAA title in women's soccer.

As a junior at the University of Florida in 1998, she was a member of the Gator team that defeated the University of North Carolina, 1-0, on a free-kick goal from 1999 U.

Rowe signs Generation adidas deal with MLS

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With the 2012 MLS Draft just two weeks away, the 2012 MLS Generation adidas class took a step closer to being completed after the signing of the highest-rated unsigned underclassman.

UCLA playmaker Kelyn Rowe has signed a Generation adidas deal, sources told SBI on Wednesday. Rowe is the fifth player to sign a Generation adidas deal, joining Andrew Wenger, Darren Mattocks, UCLA teammate Chandler Hoffman and Sam Garza.

Congrats to Kling - The College Graduate

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On the USA's day off from training on Friday, U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg spent several hours at the The Home Depot Center offices taking the final exam of her college career. The test was proctored by U.S. GM Tim Ryder, and Kling made short work of the Business Analytical Applications exam. Not.

Zach Loyd reminds us that premature specialization in youth soccer is unwise

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Zach Loyd (right) is the latest example of how claims of need for specialization at young age are wrongheaded.

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I recently read a Q&A on Zach Loyd, the FC Dallas defender who just made a successful U.