FUEL Soccer Talk: Spring College Program; USWNT Mic’d Up; Passing (perfectly) to space

Making a pitch for some soccer chat!

Field set for U.S. Soccer’s Spring College Program

The Virginia Tech men’s soccer team will be one of the participants in the 2019 edition of U.S. Soccer’s Spring College Program. And the Hokies are thrilled.
“It’s fantastic to have been invited to the Spring Soccer Program and be able to partner with U.S. Soccer this year as we prepare for the 2019 fall season,” said VTU head coach Mike Brizendine said. “What will excite the team, my staff and the fans will be the quality of competition that we will be able to test ourselves against. We will need these tough games for both our returning players and new faces as we continue to develop and approach next season.”
The program features rules in accordance with U.S. Soccer Development Academy standards, with seven substitutions being available, with no re-entry into the game. The games also provide an additional opportunity for U.S. Soccer scouts to identify potential U.S. Olympic and National Team players and expand the player pool. Wake Forest, Pittsburgh along with second-year participants Clemson, Duke, Georgetown, North Carolina and Virginia also will participate.
The Spring College Program features two divisions, with the Hokies slotted in the North Division with Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgetown. Each school will play each division opponent once with a classic scoring system, three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. Each team will make the playoffs and matchup with their counterpart in the opposite division who earned the same seed. Wake Forest will host one one-day event with all playoff games on April 13, signaling the conclusion of the program. The finale of the Spring College Program which will feature four games at Spry Stadium in Winston Salem, North Carolina on the campus of Wake Forest on April 13.

Does participating in tournaments like this help give teams a leg up on the competition?

Behind the scenes with U.S . Women’s National Team

U.S. Soccer released a new Mic’d Up feature video from the U.S. Women’s National Team’s training camp last month. The feature takes fans behind the scenes through the perspectives of defender Crystal Dunn, midfielder Julie Ertz and forward Megan Rapinoe. The USA has spent their first camp of 2019 in Portugal, as they prepared for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

What is your favorite part of this excellent video?

What a great pass: Video worth a thousand words

How do you teach players to make a pass like this – sending it to space instead of a player’s foot?

 OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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