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Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: Mirror reflection 0

Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: Mirror reflection

You could see it coming! Now that we can step back and take in their road to their latest star, Germany’s fourth World Cup win was always in the cards. The Germans played championship caliber defense throughout, buoyed by the play of Golden Glove winner as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. The Germans allowed… Read More »

Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: The Final Count 0

Allen’s Blog – Connecting Coaches to the Best: The Final Count

• Tim Howard’s 16 saves on 39 Belgium shots is clearly the statistical takeaway from the MNT 2-1 loss. Howard also added three punches to his efforts to go with 11 passes received. Every young goalkeeper should have this highlight reel as a go to. • The Belgians earned 19 corner kicks during the round… Read More »

Connecting Coaches to the Best: Optimism 0

Connecting Coaches to the Best: Optimism

The day of the 2014 World Cup finals draw, I sent a text to a very good friend to say I liked Group H for the U.S. He replied with a terse “WHAT!?” I clarified, “I like group H for the USMNT.” He said, “Why? I don’t get it.” My optimism was founded on familiarity…. Read More »

Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Mindset 0

Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Mindset

The definition of ‘mindset’ according to the World English Dictionary: “The ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter.” During the build-up to any major tournament, especially one like the FIFA World Cup Finals this summer in Brazil, almost every fan, pundit, analyst… Read More »

Connecting Coaches to the Best: Fueling for Performance 0

Connecting Coaches to the Best: Fueling for Performance

With the U.S. Men’s national team pre-World Cup camp opening at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California this week, the attention shifts to the work at hand, preparing the 23 players that will represent the U.S. in Brazil this summer. Any successful coach and organization knows that the preparation involved to get the best out… Read More »

US SOCCER — U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Tom Sermanni 0

US SOCCER — U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Tom Sermanni

In this video clip, ussoccer.com hears from Pia Sundhage’s successor, Tom Sermanni, after his announcement as head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team.  Sermanni talks about his goals for the job, what drew him to the USA and how he plans to build on the success the team has had over the years.  Kwik… Read More »