FUEL Soccer: Meet Young Gio; Juventus scores a TD; Lesson Plan

Talkin’ soccer with Terry at the water cool! 

Last month, U.S. SOCCER released the roster for the upcoming camp at Lakewood Ranch, Fla., that will feature the U-20, U-19, and U-17 national teams. It is an important camp in particular for the U-20 and U-17 teams who are in World Cup years.
The U-17 team is coached by acting manager Dave Van den Bergh who called up 28 players to this camp ahead of the U-17 CONCACAF Championships which will also serve as World Cup qualifying for the region. ASN has learned that that tournament will likely begin in April in Florida.
Among the standouts on the U-17 roster is Giovanni Reyna, one of several young players making a name for himself. I mean he already has his own Adidas video ad – so you know he’s gotta be special.
The 16-year-old prospect is a product of the New York City FC academy and the son of former U.S. national team captain and NYCFC director of football operations Claudio Reyna, Giovanni helped lead NYCFC to the U-18/U-19 Development Academy championship in July. Prior to that he had emerged as the top prospect on the U.S. U-15 national team.
Gio is an intelligent player with great athleticism and recently moved to Germany, where he’s expected to join Borussia Dortmund soon.

This video offers a glimpse at why Reyna is so highly regarded.

What other young American players are you excited to see play? 

Juventus Football Club scores a touchdown with American football!

Juventus Football Club had some fun last week with American football and Sunday’s Super Bowl. The club, founded in 1897, is the most successful team in Italy, with a rich history of winning and hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. A trio of Juventus players took to the field to try their hand at #SBLIII-inspired challenge. Who finished on top? Check out the video – yeah, they should stick to European Football!!

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What other name should Americans use for football so we can get rid of soccer and call soccer football – like it should be!!

Lesson Plan from Ian Barker: “No right or wrong … just provoking discussion pieces”

Ian Barker, Director of Coaching Education Products & Programs at United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA), gives options for throw-ins while deep in the opponent’s end of the pitch. Barker is responsible for development and distribution of United Soccer Coaches’ education products and programs and has had the opportunity to partner with top leagues, associations, and brands around the world to create products/programs which enhance knowledge and love of soccer/football and build the brand recognition and respect of the United Soccer Coaches organization.
Make sure you follow him on Twitter: @IBarkerSoccer

What is your favorite set piece?  

LET’S TALK: 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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