FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/13: US Youth Soccer Vet in World Cup, NYC FC Highlights, and Carpool Tips for Parents

Today we’re talking about another US Youth Soccer veteran player who’s leading her team to the Women’s World Cup, some NYC FC highlights, and tips for carpooling players and parents.

Happy Tuesday! We’re moving right along through the week, we’ve compiled some great articles for you today.

1. Former US Youth Soccer Goalkeeper Nicole McClure Helps Lead Jamaica to the Women’s World Cup (ENYSoccer)

Former US Youth Soccer player Nicole McClure has led Jamaica to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

The score was knotted at 2-2 in the 120th minute when Nicole was brought on for the shootout. Nicole saved 2 penalty kicks from Panama while Jamaica converted all four of their shots to send the Reggae Girlz to the Women’s World Cup.

McClure grew up playing in the Long Island Junior Soccer League with the Auburndale Strikers and the East Meadow Shooting Stars. She also was part of the Olympic Development Program.

“After playing and studying at the University of Hawaii and the University of South Florida, Nicole has traveled around the world as a professional soccer player.”

Nicole flew back to play with her current club team in Sweden. When she walked in the locker room, her teammates surprised her with a cake with the Jamaican flag, congratulating her and celebrating with Bob Marley music.

Who is your pick to win the Women’s World Cup?

2. Miguel Almirón Kicks an Absolute Strike on his Free Kick (ATLUTD)

Miguel Almirón puts Atlanta United up 2-0 against NYC FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs. 

3. Four Essential Tips in Finding and Coordinating Carpools (Skyline Soccer)

One cannot have soccer without carpooling. It is a great way for a parent to save valuable time and money by coordinating with other parents to transport children to practices. 

“If you are interested in carpooling, you should immediately start working on coordination at the start of the season. This is when you’ll be meeting many of the other parents for the first time, and it’s a great opportunity to ask them about carpooling.”

Here are some valuable tips when it comes to coordinating carpooling.

  1. Be Flexible – The more willing you are to help with the carpool schedule, the more likely other parents will join the network and assist in the carpooling coordination.
  2. Volunteer to Carpool First – Some parents can be hesitant when it comes to carpooling. By being the first to volunteer, it will ease the other parents and might make them volunteer next.
  3. Make Safety a Priority – All parents want the best for their children. Safety first, ensure other parents that the safety of the children will be your priority.
  4. Select a Carpool Coordinator – If a parent is willing to coordinate all carpools, this could streamline the process and make more efficient for all parents.
“However you find your carpool, it’s important that you are always respectful and responsible once you’ve joined.”

Carpooling has been ingrained in American soccer culture. It can save valuable time for all parents involved and it helps the parents of the team to get to know one another.

What tips do you have when it comes to carpooling?