Makings of a Champion

Makings of a Champion

It was not an easy path, but thorough years of training, honing my soccer skills and total preparation in the soccer recruiting process the first step in achieving my dreams started with my acceptance to the Division I soccer program at University of Virginia.  

During my first few days on campus, I knew that I had to make the most of this unbelievable opportunity. It was going to be a privilege to play for one of the best college soccer programs in the country, and I wasn’t going to waste these next four years. 

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Finishing In Tight Spaces

Finishing In Tight Spaces

Getting a shot off in tight space is dependent upon two primary aspects. First, you have to be able to create space…not a lot of space, but enough space to open up clear striking lanes between defenders. Second, you need to be able to quickly reposition your body (around the ball) into positions of power. Although this might not seem like much, it’s easier said than done.

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Playing in the WPSL

Playing in the WPSL

The WPSL provides a playing opportunity for elite woman soccer players to play, develop and promote Women's Soccer at the highest amateur level in North America. If you are a high school player looking to transition to the college level, a college player wanting to enhance your game over the summer or a recent college grad wanting to keep your playing career going awhile longer, this is the place for you. There are more than 70 teams nationwide.

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2015 Girl's High School All-American Game Roster

2015 Girl's High School All-American Game Roster

Forty of the nation’s elite girl’s high school soccer players from fall playing states will take part in the third Annual High School All-American Game on December 5, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. The players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represent their high school teams during the fall season. These players have achieved many regional and national awards and will attend some of the top universities across the country.

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2015 Boy's High School All-American Game Roster

2015 Boy's High School All-American Game Roster

Forty of the nation’s elite boy’s high school soccer players from fall playing states will take part in the fifth Annual High School All-American Game on December 5, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. The players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represent their high school teams during the fall season. These players have achieved many regional and national awards and will attend some of the top universities across the country.

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Nick Shackelford, The life of a semi-professional soccer player in the United States

Nick Shackelford, The life of a semi-professional soccer player in the United States

Nick Shackelford grew up in Orange, California, where he played for the Irvine Strikers Academy. His youth career included playing three years with the Strikers team that competed in the US Soccer Development Academy, the highest level of youth soccer for boys in the United States. His final year of youth soccer was with the Pateadores Soccer Club out of Mission Viejo. As a Junior, he committed to UC Berkeley. His freshman year at Berkeley, he tore his quad which led to him transferring to St. Louis University. He would end up starting his final three years at St. Louis.

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Why You Should Care About College Soccer

Why You Should Care About College Soccer

More than 75,000 student-athletes play soccer on nearly 3,000 teams at the college level. It is the second largest college sport, trailing only football, in terms of the number of athletes participating annually, making it an integral part of not only soccer in the United States but also college athletics in general. As soccer has grown overall from a fan and media standpoint the attention to college soccer within the college sports community has grown as well. Finding college soccer on TV or online has never been easier with ESPN3, Big Ten Network, SEC Network and PAC-12 being just a few of the broadcasters covering the sport. Additionally, most large schools are now covering all of their games online and on local sports networks.

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Taking Care of Your Body and Mind

Taking Care of Your Body and Mind

It was a bright, sunny day in Colorado with not a cloud in the sky. The perfect weather to train, and what I thought would be the start to a great week. I arrived at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, greeted my teammates, got treatment, put on my training gear, laced up my boots, and walked across the parking lot to the training pitch like I always did. 

We began with a game of 5v2 while the coaches set up the day’s session. The whistle blew, and it was time to start practice. Jogging to begin the warm up was routine, something that didn't require an abundance of energy, usually. 

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MAC Hermann Trophy Winners and the U.S. Women's National Team

MAC Hermann Trophy Winners and the U.S. Women's National Team

Is winning the MAC Hermann trophy an indicator of future greatness in international women’s soccer?

Three former MAC Hermann winners have suited up for the U.S. Women’s National Team during their run to the World Cup Final taking place on Sunday. All three have played valuable minutes for the team including Kelley O’Hara (Stanford ’09), who put the game out of reach on Tuesday evening with a beautiful volley into the back of the net for her first goal with the national team. The other two former winners currently playing with the USWNT have also had an impact. Christen Press (Stanford ’10) has played in four matches and scored the game winner against Australia in group play and midfielder Morgan Brian (Virginia ’13 and ’14), the youngest player on the team, has played in five of the six games including starting the last two. 

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Individual Summer Training Drills - Part 2

Individual Summer Training Drills - Part 2

Summer time for some soccer players is a rest time, for others it’s a time to get better.  For college soccer players, summertime can make the difference between starting in the fall or sitting the bench.  The problem that players have during the summer is numbers; most players do workouts on their own and might struggle to know what to do.  The following exercises will help solve this problem, simple technical work with a ball if done correctly and with the correct amount of effort can make a big impact in the fall.  For the exercises to follow all you will need is a ball and four markers.

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From the War Zone – The Soccer Game That Changed Lives in Afghanistan

From the War Zone – The Soccer Game That Changed Lives in Afghanistan

What happens when very different nations come together to play the world’s favorite game? Jamie Reidy learns about peace-building from a few soccer-loving American service members. - On a morning in December 2004, U.S. Army Major Suzy Mitchem got a strange phone call at her desk in Afghanistan. An eleven-year veteran of the JAG Corps, she was serving as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Combined Joint Task Force 76 at Bagram Airfield, twenty-five miles north of Kabul in the eastern part of the country. On the phone, a representative from the base’s Host Nation Relations’ office told her she would have a visitor late that afternoon.

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High School Players of the Week

High School Players of the Week

Michele Bottari, a senior forward from J.L. Mann High School (Greenville, South Carolina), and Sarah Danielle Hoover, a senior midfielder from Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma), are the TopDrawerSoccer.com High School Players of the Week.

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Headers for Hope and a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Headers for Hope and a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Amplified Soccer has partnered with the Headers For Hope foundation in order to spread the love of soccer, as well as raising awareness for those diagnosed with cancer. Headers For Hope was founded in 2011 for three particular reasons:

  1. To honor every individual who has been diagnosed with cancer
  2. To honor every family member who has held the hand of their loved one being treated for cancer
  3. To honor all friends acting as a support system to someone who has been told the news they have cancer. 
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