Episode 16 – Dr. Boss

We recorded a new episode on Friday. Due to circumstances, I was unable to edit it right away, but I finally have and it is available now. (mp3 version: )

We had a special guest for part of it, in forward Tiffany Weimer.  Ruth and I have been big Tiffany Weimer fans for a long time (Ruth more so than I, probably), and it was really great to have her on.  There was a lot more of the conversation that got cut out, hopefully we can get to those bits on a later episode.

Now, a word from Coach Tony DiCicco

I was looking for some old research materials this morning and came across Tony DiCicco’s in-depth recap of the US U-20s 2008 campaign, in which they won gold at the World Cup in Chile. The 100+ page report opens with this really great reminder:

However, we cannot confuse our success in 2008 with “everything is right with USA girls’ and women’s soccer.” […] the fact is we are losing ground in the women’s game worldwide.

Emphasis his, not mine. This recap came right after the US won gold at the Olympics and at the U-20 level, and the U-17 won silver in their inaugural tournament.

I have a love-hate relationship with this document. I am not a fan of DiCicco and I don’t like how he handles players, but I don’t think that makes his overall assessment wrong. I really do appreciate how he broke everything down in this document and gave a frank assessment of the team over the course of the year that he had them.

Youth national teams round-up for early July.

This Men’s World Cup Final is both boring and endless, so I am sweeping through today’s links. US Soccer likes to hoard the women’s YNT news.

U-17 News

  • I love the Nordic Cup, but I’m used to having one at the U-23 level. This year, the US U-17s are competing in one, using a very different team from the one that went to qualifiers.
  • They opened with a 6-0 win over the Netherlands, including an own goal and a penalty kick.
  • Then they were 3-0 over Denmark.
  • They closed the group 2-1 over Norway.
  • A 2-0 win over Germany secured the championship. I cannot express how disappointed I am that the US won’t be competing in September.

U-23 News

  • As with most women’s soccer, it’s easier to find these results anywhere but US Soccer. But the U-23s, without a Nordic Cup for the second year in a row, are in England for a Four Nations tournament.
  • They opened 3-0 over England.
  • They dropped 2-1 to Norway, essentially off an own-goal by Lauren Fowlkes. She was subbed out soon after that. I’m sure only two other people will find this amusing. The next game is against Sweden on Monday.

U-20 Women’s World Cup News

  • Germany’s Marozsan injured her ankle and is questionable for the opening match, which is already sold out. I think the Germany-France game is sold out as well.
  • New Zealand is prepping for Sweden, and I psyched myself up for that last night…
  • …starting with this video, then a bunch from their U-17 days. I know. That’s a lot. There are more, but I doubt anyone finds that as cool as I do.
  • Then there’s this video from the US team. It has a lot of my favorite keeper and Doctor Quon.
  • Unfortunately, the US U-20s currently have to share the blog with the full national team, and the tagging system is not that convenient. Could the seniors please hurry up thrashing Sweden so we can get back to the important things in life?