Photo: Earl Gardner
Author’s note: The focus of Thursday news roundups going forward will be youth soccer and development. If you want to send anything to me on that topic, whether it’s announcing a soccer tournament or something else, send me an email at mrjtrott (at) gmail dot com.
Jim Curtin gave his weekly press conference. The Union are winning the possession battle with 50.3% of it on the season.
Kevin Kinkead covers Union practice and news. Some of the practice lineups indicate possible shakeups for Saturday. Richie Marquez and Haris Medjunanin speak on the state of Union.
Local and youth
Want to spend some time reading US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives? One highlight is that in order to foster the skill and mindset of playing out of the back, in 7v7 matches which happen for 8-10 year old children, there is a fall back line which the opposing team must retreat to when the goalkeeper gets possession. Another, a recurring theme in American youth soccer, is that there is too much emphasis on winning and not enough on how the game is played.
Support the young ones by playing footgolf this Sunday. Beer is included.
Reading United is building their squad.
Seattle Sounders use data to build their squad.
Highlight of the day
This solid header from Monaco’s Radamel Falcao:
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 19, 2017