Graham Zusi has long made fitness a big part of his daily routine
Graham Zusi is a well-known name in American soccer.
Zusi entered the 2019 season with 298 competitive appearances for the club, second-most all-time, and ranked second in Kansas City history with 77 assists in all competitions. He has made 55 appearances for the US National team, and was a part of the squad that traveled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
Fitness has long been a big part of his life and has been one of the reasons for his incredible success. In fact, he’s built a career on cardio. As an undergrad at the University of Maryland, from 2005 to 2008, Zusi frequently topped the charts on agility drills and “beep tests”—soccer’s insidiously demanding fitness institution that requires players to shuttle between cones at ever-quickening intervals.
“I’ve made fitness my top priority from early on,” he says. “I take great pride in being one of the fittest guys on the team. When you can take that factor out of the game and you don’t have to worry about it, then you can worry about other things on the field—the soccer aspect of the game.”
US Youth Soccer, TiPEVO launch soccer club directory
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in America and the leader in youth soccer, and data-solutions company, TiPEVO announced the launch of the new, official US Youth Soccer Club Directory.
- The US Youth Soccer Club Directory is a centralized online platform to discover information on US Youth Soccer’s clubs.
- The directory’s unique ability to integrate verified, independent, crowd-sourced reviews brings a whole new dimension to the youth soccer landscape.
- The platform also includes a safe communication tool between parents and clubs
- A new consumer engagement benefit which generates leads for youth soccer clubs.
The goal was simple. Make it easier for parents to research youth soccer clubs and make informed decisions. “Why should it be easier to research a hotel or restaurant then your kid’s youth sports program,” asked Dan Conte, CEO of TiPEVO and its visionary founder.
With 3 million kids participating in US Youth Soccer’s programs across the country, the organization’s leadership partnered with TiPEVO in August 2019 to harness the power of their technology and provide improved access, understanding, and clarity for their Member State Associations and more than 6,000 member clubs.
“With today’s launch of the all new US Youth Soccer Directory, leveraging TiPEVO technology, USYS has raised the bar for all other youth sports to follow,” said Andrew R. Hiatt, Interim CEO of US Youth Soccer. “The access, communication tools and opportunities for member clubs, States Associations and families to connect and share aligns perfectly with our mission of making soccer the preeminent youth sport in the United States. We are now delivering true value by providing players and parents an online outlet through which they can make smarter decisions about their sports experience.”
Video Lesson: Delivering the ball with power AND accuracy
Simply Soccer presents an excellent video on how to shoot a soccer ball with both power and accuracy from far away – at least 18 yards away from goal. “This is an incredibly important skill to develop because it will allow you to score more goals or take more chances which will in the end, help you and more importantly, your team.”
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