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FUEL Soccer Talk: Weah scores!; MLS grades are in; US Youth Soccer girls back on pitch

Top of the Monday morning to you soccer (football) fans!!!

USA striker Tim Weah scores in debut with Celtic

That didn’t take long. Tim Weah, the young and dynamic U.S. striker and son of former AC Milan star George Weah, scored a goal his first time on the pitch in his debut for Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Weah, who is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, came on in the 69th minute and scored a goal in the 83rd. “It’s really a dream come true,” Weah told the BBC.

Weah is one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s most exciting prospects. The 18-year-old provides a creative spark on the wing for the USA and is simply a “dynamic attacking talent.”

Here is a great piece on Tim produced by USA Soccer.

Main photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports!
Where does Weah rank as far as young American soccer talents?

And the grades are in: Breaking down the recent 2019 MLS SuperDraft!

In the spirit of Mel Kiper, what would a draft be without a report card? MLS Soccer.com contributor Travis Clark does an excellent job breaking down the recent 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Clark gives his “snap judgment” on each team.
At the head of the class are the San Jose Earthquakes and expansion FC Cincinnati – both receiving the only A+ grades.
On San Jose: “Two of the best attacking players in college soccer in 2018 were picked up by the Earthquakes in Siad Haji (No. 2) and Sergio Rivas (No. 26). While both have developing to do, few teams matched their draft-day haul in terms of bringing in upside. Mamadi Camara scored some sensational goals in Division II for Simon Fraser and is a handful physically.”
On FC Cincinnati: “It was a strong day for the expansion team, which made headlines by bringing in five picks from the Philadelphia Union and also going out to get LAFC’s first-round pick. Not only did FC Cincinnati recoup some of that allocation in a trade with the Red Bulls, they made their younger roster and deeper. Frankie Amaya has plenty to prove but adds an attacking edge to central midfield. Logan Gdula boosts their right back depth and looks nearly-pro ready. Toss in Tommy McCabe, a young central midfielder that has experience with the U.S. Under-17 national team, and if one of Jimmy Hague or Ben Lundt can slot in at goalkeeper, and it’s a very good day for the new franchise.”

For the full report card: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/01/11/2019-mls-superdraft-grades

What grade would you give your favorite team and how could they have improved their result? 

2018-19 US Youth Soccer NL Girls Back in Action

The 2018-19 US Youth Soccer National League season resumed play Saturday, as half of the girls teams in the 15U through 19U age groups competed at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. In addition to the National League matches, 22 US Youth Soccer National League Conference teams are competing in showcase games at the event.
The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the national team, collegiate and professional levels. In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top finishers from each division will earn a ticket to the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, making each match valuable to the teams’ fate as it could make or break their chance at competing for the National Championship.
The battle for positioning in the standings remains close, and there is still little clarity at the top of most of the divisions. After Saturday’s action in Florida, the top two teams in 14 of the 18 divisions in the 15U-19U girls age groups playing in Florida are separated by three point or less.

What skills can you work on to improve your game to help your team win “meaningful matches?”

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