I just returned from 2+ weeks of travel to New Zealand and Samoa. I was traveling in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer. We packed a ton of work into a short amount of time and besides the fifteen-hour flight to and from Auckland there was quite a bit of travel within the travel.Read More
Great leaders in the game and beyond are the ones committed to three simple habits. Though simple, these habits are difficult for most aspiring leaders. They require us to set aside our egos, subjugate what we want for the sake of the team, and need our constant vigilance. These habits also reinforce the nine ideals necessary to build an Unrivaled team culture and develop Unbreakable athletes.Read More
We’ve put together resources to help you not only make it through the season but have your best season yet.
As you will read throughout this issue, you must be able to balance getting in extra fitness sessions, which is very important, and resting, also very important. Ultimately, you must know your body and your fitness levels and be able to make the right decisions with your time and body. The only person that you have to blame for not taking the necessary steps to be at peak fitness levels is yourself.Read More
As you will read throughout the upcoming August issue, you must be able to balance getting in extra fitness sessions, which is very important, (as covered in John De Witt’s article, “Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season”) and resting, also very important, (“Taking Care of Your Body and Mind” by Ross LaBauex and the “How Does Sleep Loss Influence Your Performance”). Ultimately, you must know your body and your fitness levels and be able to make the right decisions with your time and body. The only person that you have to blame for not taking the necessary steps to be at peak fitness levels is yourself.Read More
Salvador “Junior” Villegas, born in 2001, is a rising star in the Butte United Soccer Club in Northern California and plays in the NorCal Premier Soccer League, part of US Club Soccer. Villegas has caught the eye of not only the state program but also nationally having been invited to participate in state and national elite player programs for his age group.Read More
At some point, everyone loses a big game, has a serious injury, gets cut from a squad or does not make the starting team. That’s okay! What isn’t okay, is not taking the risk to continue to pursue the dream. It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up!
The story of Crystal Dunn is an interesting one. It’s not interesting in the way that so many other athletes’ stories are; a story of conquering their lifelong dream of making it to the pros or stories of overcoming all odds to achieve an unthinkable athletic feat. Dunn’s story is interesting because it’s just the opposite, success and glory would come early and often for Dunn with little disappointment or adversity.Read More
“Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t bet against yourself. And take risk. NASA has this phrase that they like, ‘Failure is not an option.’ But failure has to be an option. In art and exploration, failure has to be an option. Because it is a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks … In whatever you are doing, failure is an option. But fear is not.” – James CameronRead More
Gillian Campbell, 16 year old Midfielder from Lewisville, TX, plays for FC Dallas Soccer Club. She has been playing the game since she was four years old and has big goals for her future playing career. We asked her questions about her individual training habits and what she's looking forward to most at the camp this June 12-14 in Powder Springs, GA. Here are her answers.Read More