Fuel Soccer Talk: Zlatan on why he’s better than Vela; More US Women’s World Cup; US Youth Soccer announces referees

Zlatan states his case on why he is better than Vela

Carlos Vela has scored 19 goals and passed of 12 assists through 19 league games this year for Los Angeles Football Club. LAFC is in first place in the Western Conference, 11 points better than second-place Seattle. Vela is on track to demolish many of the single-season MLS records. Still, one person doesn’t believe Vela is the best player in the MLS. Just ask him.

Who (and why) is the best player in the MLS? 

United States Youth Soccer’s Influence on the World Cup

The United States Women’s National Team won its second straight World Cup title July 7 with a victory over Netherlands in the championship game in Lyon, France. It cemented the USWNT’s status as the gold standard in women’s soccer, even as Europe — led by teams like the Netherlands — challenges the U.S. team’s dominance.

The World Cup champion team had a heavy influence from US Youth Soccer.

All 23 players on the US Women’s National Team are US Youth Soccer alumni. In addition, 21 of the 23 played US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP). Four players are US Youth Soccer National League alumni:

  • Rose Lavelle – Cincinnati United Premier (Ohio South Youth Soccer Association)
  • Samantha Mewis – Scorpions Elite (Massachussets Youth Soccer Association)
  • Morgan Brian – Ponte Vedra Storm (Florida Youth Soccer Association)
  • Emily Sonnett – NASA Elite (Georgia Youth Soccer Association)

In addition, as youth players, four players won US Youth Soccer National Championships or played on teams that were finalists.

  • Emily Sonnett won a 19U National Championship in 2013.
  • Christen Press won two National Championships (2003, 2005) with Slammers FC (Cal South Youth Soccer Association).
  • Tobin Heath won a National Championship in 2003 with PDA (New Jersey Youth Soccer Association)
  • Megan Rapinoe’s team was a National Championship finalist in 2003.

Check out some of the players who helped kick the US to victory 

104 Referees Chosen for the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships

FRISCO, Texas — US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the 104 referees who, based on their performance at the state and regional level, will be officiating the games at the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kan.

The selection process for referees for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is based on performance throughout the Series. Just as the teams advance from the state to regional to national level, so do the referees.

The United States Soccer Federation is sending referee assessors to Frisco, in addition to several US Youth Soccer assessors. The referees are an integral part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, and they play a key role in its success and advancement to the next level. Being invited to the national level is a great honor for these referees who are dedicated to promoting fair play and furthering their development.

This year, 17 top referees will be returning to work at their second consecutive US Youth Soccer National Championships based on their performance at last year’s tournament.

Referees participating in the 55 US Youth Soccer State Association State Cup events are considered for advancement to participate in one of the four US Youth Soccer Regional Championship events. The top referees from each regional event are then considered for advancement to the National Championships. Once selected to the National Championships, the top referees are identified and invited to return to the event the following year.


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