Fuel Soccer Talk: Clarence Goodson looks back at his club days; Fitness with a splash; Pac-12 dominate women’s soccer

Goodson’s road to success started with club soccer

Clarence Goodson played professional soccer from 2004-2016 for FC Dallas, IK Start (Norway), Brondby (Denmark), San Jose Earthquakes and the US Men’s National Team. He was a regular contributor to the US national team since earning his first cap in 2008 until his most recent appearance in 2014. He had 46 caps with the USMNT.

During part of his soccer career Goodson served as a team Captain for Brondby, a MLSPA Team Representative for the San Jose Earthquakes and as an Executive Board member for the US Men’s National Team. Goodson now serves as a Player Relations Consultant for the MLSPA. His role includes supporting and advocating for the player pool on a wide variety of issues.

Goodson played club soccer for the Braddock Road Warhawks, which captured the Virginia State Club title three consecutive years (1997-99) as well as the 1999 U-17 national championship.

“We really had a heck of a team,” he said. “We had six or seven guys who went on to become professional soccer players and four or five who played in the MLS. We had a really good coach who taught us to stop being children and how to play as a team at an elite level. And those years with them looking back are some of the most enjoyable years of my life, both on and off the field.

“I’ve done a lot and have had some great success as a professional player but I think back to those times as some of the most enjoyable I’ve had on the soccer field. I still talk to almost every one of those guys almost on a weekly basis. With texting and forums and things like that we are able to keep in contact and are friends for life. Like I said, they were some of the most enjoyable times I’ve had playing soccer.”

Fitness training: Finding time to get your swim on

Swimming is one of the best workouts for any athlete. It’s especially beneficial for soccer players. It allows you to train without putting pressure on your legs and knees – giving them a much needed break.

Swimming also is arguably the discipline that most of us struggle with committing to on a regular basis. Not only is it often difficult to actually find the time to get into the pool, but once we cross that bridge, unless it is with a club or a group of friends, finding the motivation to then swim any sort of structured session can be draining to say the least.

Here is a video from Global Triathlon Network that shows three ‘must do’ weekly workouts to help take the thinking out of the equation.

2019 DI women’s soccer semifinal matchups set

The 2019 DI women’s soccer semifinal matchups are set. The Dec. 6 semifinals will include Stanford, UCLA, Washington State and North Carolina. Stanford and UCLA will face each other on one side of the bracket, with Washington State and North Carolina battling on the other side.

The games on Dec. 6 begin with the first match starting at 7 p.m. ET and the second match starting at 9:30 p.m.

The Pac 12 came within one goal of securing all four spots.

UCLA was the most impressive in a dominating 4-0 win over  defending College Cup champion Florida State. The Bruins apparently didn’t mind playing in front of the FSU home crowd. They were impressive from the opening kick to the final whistle and the 4-0 final easily could have been 8-0.

Top-seeded North Carolina defeated second-ranked USC 3-2. UNC freshman Maycee Bell’s header sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four.

Make a point to watch these upcoming games. It’s soccer at a very high level with an NCAA title on the line.

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