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Fuel Soccer Talk: Dawn Scott was a difference-maker for Team USA; U.S. U-16 Boys’ NT has comeback skills; Liverpool goes heavy on the sunscreen

Great Scott: A new Dawn for U.S. High Performance Coach

Every team or program or school has a few “behind the scenes” people who are true difference makers. These folks rarely grab headlines or step into the spotlight but they are as valuable as any other part of the engine that keeps a successful team running.

For club soccer, it could be a parent who coordinates rides for all the players to and from a game or a practice or a tournament. In high school, it could be the JV coach who stays after his/her practice to work with the varsity goalkeepers while the head coach focuses on the field players. College programs have several of these folks – trainers, nutritionists, academic counselors, etc.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team also has a pitch full of difference makers. At the top of the list is Dawn Scott, the High Performance Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the past nine years. Scott is stepping down to return home and take a position with the England Football Association.

A native of Newcastle, England, this will be Scott’s second time holding a position with the England FA. After her first stint, Scott joined U.S. Soccer in 2011 under former head coach Pia Sundhage, and eventually stayed part of the USWNT’s coaching staff under both Tom Sermanni and Jill Ellis.

“Dawn is an incredibly hard worker who did a world class job helping prepare our players physically, helping them recover from injuries and helping them reach their highest levels on the field,” said U.S. Women’s National Team General Manager Kate Markgraf. “We say goodbye to her with a tremendous amount of gratitude and respect. She cares deeply about the players and the program and her important contribution to a unique part of our history will always be appreciated and never forgotten.”

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Comeback Kids: U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team wins 3-2

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team claimed the 2019 Nike International Friendlies title with a 3-2 comeback victory over Turkey on Match Day Three at the Premier Sports Campus.

Dante Sealy scored twice within an 18-minute span in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and boost the Americans (2-0-1; 7 pts). Sealy connected from range in the 54th and 73rd minutes on the final day of the competition.

The Netherlands (1-0-2; 5pts), which met the U.S. U-17 side (1-1-1; 4pts) in the second game of the doubleheader, came up short in its bid to win the tournament after a 2-2 draw with the older American side. Turkey (0-3-0; 0pts) finished the competition in last place.

It was the second time the Americans were forced to rally in the second-half points during their tournament run. In their 3-3 draw with the Netherlands in the competition’s opener on Thursday, Nov. 14, the Red, White and Blue tallied twice in stoppage time to earn a crucial point.

Below is an excellent highlight package from the win. It’s a great look at some of our future soccer stars. You can also watch the entire match against the Netherlands HERE 

Inside Training: Behind-the-scenes from Liverpool FC’s first day in the US

Since we are on YouTube (when are we not on YouTube) here is a cool video package of Liverpool FC practicing at Notre Dame. There is a great lesson for kids and parents at the beginning – don’t skimp on the sunscreen. ENJOY!!!