Fuel Soccer Talk: Youth Soccer Month is here; Record crowd in Philadelphia for USWNT; Another big signing for Inter Miami

US Youth Soccer kicks off Youth Soccer Month

In September 2019, the National Youth Soccer Month campaign celebrates its 17th year of educating the public about the joys, rewards and benefits of playing youth soccer, and offers a variety of resources to get involved. We hope that visitors to this site will join us in September and all year as we reach out to soccer enthusiasts throughout the United States with our messages about youth soccer and the many advantages of the sport.

We hope that you will choose a unique way to celebrate soccer in September and spread the message about your positive experiences. On this website you will find ideas and materials to use for your celebration and increase public awareness of the many benefits of playing youth soccer.

Goals of Youth Soccer Month
  • Raise awareness of Youth Soccer and the benefits of playing the game.
  • Emphasize soccer as the number one youth participation sport in America and a leading contributor to the healthy lifestyle of millions of American families
  • Bring kids and families of all ages and all abilities together for fun, friendship and fitness.
  • Highlight the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs.


Philly sets all-time attendance record for a USWNT friendly

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Women’s National Team continued its 2019 Victory Tour presented by Allstate with a dominating 4-0 win against Portugal last week before a record crowd of 49,504 thunderous fans at Lincoln Financial Field. The impressive crowd set the all-time attendance record for a USWNT friendly and witnessed Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and Allie Long score to power the USA to victory.

The USA bossed the match from the opening whistle, amassing more than 60 percent possession on 500-plus passes, while out-shooting the visitors 18-4. In just the fourth minute of play the U.S. took the lead when Heath converted a Christen Press cross. Eight minutes later Heath thought she had a second courtesy of the club teammate Lindsey Horan, but her heel-flick goal was ruled out for offside.

Next on the Schedule: The USWNT continues the Victory Tour with a rematch against Portugal in Minneapolis-St. Paul at Allianz Field on Sept. 3 (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2).

Report: Inter Miami to sign Argentine Exequiel Palacios

Inter Miami have already signed three highly-rated young players from South America, and the 2020 MLS expansion club are reportedly not done yet. According to TNT Sports LA, Miami are set for their biggest splash yet, signing highly-rated Argentine midfielder Exequiel Palacios from River Plate. Palacios was set to join Real Madrid this summer, though a deal fell through and he was also linked with Arsenal.

A 20-year-old central midfielder, Palacios already has two appearances for the Argentine national team and has played 59 games for River Plate. He is among the highest-rated prospects in his country.

Inter have already signed Matias PellegriniJulian Carranza and Christian Makoun as they prepare for their first MLS season.

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