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Study: Goalkeepers dive right when pressure's on
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New research by psychologists at the University of Amsterdam suggests that goalkeepers are biased to dive to the right during penalty-kick shootouts. The study found that during penalty shootouts, goalies will dive to the right side 71 percent of the time when their team is down, but not when they're tied or ahead. (In those cases, goalies dive almost equally to the left and to the right). More

Klinsmann wants players to take charge
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New U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he will rely heavily on a core group of veterans to transform the Americans into World Cup contenders. "We want [our leaders] to become examples and lead in terms of how they communicate and their body language and how they help younger players coming into the program," Klinsmann said. He hopes the core group can show younger players how to become "full professionals," who show complete dedication. More

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NSCAA's Curry coaching US men's goalkeepers in Mexico friendly
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Mike Curry, chairman of the NSCAA's Diversity Committee, has been selected to serve as the goalkeeper coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for its friendly against Mexico. An NSCAA member since 1995, Curry has been a leader in the NSCAA's diversity efforts for the past decade, developing and teaching a diversity training course tailored to the unique needs of the association. More

Off the Pitch Episode 9: Horst Wein, The Development of Soccer Intelligence
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Off the Pitch Episode Nine comes from the 2007 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis and features Horst Wein discussing The Development of Soccer Intelligence on the Field. Wein has an extensive background in coaching, having worked with teams such as FC Barcelona, Villareal C.F., Inter Milan, FC Pachuca, Schalke 04, TSG 1899 Hoffenhein and the Spanish, English and Mexican FA. More

Louisville, Notre Dame claim top spots in NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason Rankings
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The University of Louisville and the University of Notre Dame are the nation's No. 1 men's and women's teams, respectively, with the release of the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason National Rankings. More

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Coaching philosophy: Teaching skills that count off the field
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Since 2009, Maurice Boylan has been the assistant coach for the McDaniel College women's soccer team in Westminster, Md. He is also a coach for the Baltimore FC and Baltimore Bays SC. Boylan shared his philosophy on working with young athletes and it revolves around building skills that will transfer to everyday life. More

Klinsmann brings in diverse group of assistants
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You really couldn't ask for a more diverse group of assistants for Juergen Klinsmann for his first game in charge of the U.S. national team — two U.S. National Hall of Famers, two men who worked with him in Germany and a goalie coach better known for his work in corporate America — and he plans on working with others before settling on his future staff. Here are the five coaches who will work with him for the USA-Mexico game. More

Illinois creates goal safety law
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed legislation aimed at preventing movable soccer goals from tipping over and causing death or injury. Zach's Law requires "any organization that sets up, moves or stores a movable soccer goal to follow all applicable guidelines for anchoring, securing and counterweighting (the) goal." In October 2003, 6-year-old Zach Tran died of head injuries suffered when an 18-foot-by-6-foot, 186-pound soccer goal toppled and struck him from behind. More

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Massachusetts soccer coach retires as one of nation's winningest
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In 39 years of coaching, Lenny Emmons has become the third-winningest coach in Massachusetts history. "We had one of the more consistent programs because of the expectations we had every year," said Emmons. More

Epilepsy didn't stop joy of soccer, just delayed It
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Fifteen-year-old Spenser Jaye knows all about playing a bad hand well. Only weeks after the high of scoring a tying goal at a 2008 tournament, Spenser's parents found their daughter on the kitchen floor in a full grand mal seizure. So began a three-year odyssey that just culminated in her return to Surf Cup XXXI as a guest player on the Minnesota Dakota Rampage U16 Gold team. More

2-time NSCAA All-America earns shot with soccer Aztecs
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Former Wheaton College women's soccer All-America Alessia Viscomi was a member of the Boston Aztecs team that reached the semifinals at the Women's Premier Soccer League championships in Lisle, Ill. The team serves as the reserve squad for the Boston Breakers, the local Women's Professional Soccer franchise. More

Special-needs kids score at AC Premier Kickers Club camp
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Each summer, sports camps give children a chance to make friends, learn a sport and get some exercise. The same is true of the Willoughby AC Premier Kickers Club camp in Willoughby, Ohio, which offers children with various developmental disabilities a chance to learn the sport of soccer, just like the other kids. The camp was the brainchild of Mindy Bakos, a Mentor, Ohio, mother who wanted to give her developmentally disabled son the opportunity to play. More

Will US soccer ever produce a Pele?
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Following a series of uninspiring matches capped by a come-from-ahead loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final, the United States' men's national soccer team clearly needed a coaching change. Buh-bye, Bob Bradley. Hello, Juergen Klinsmann. Question is, will the charismatic German — a longtime object of hardcore American soccer fan ardor — cure the numbing, nice-try middlingness that long has defined Team USA's play? More
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