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February 20, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
What's the path that took Kadir Burton, a 15-year-old freshman at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, to soccer fields in Nicaragua and Colombia? You might say it began on the 52 bus, with a transfer to the 65, eventually getting Burton from his school in West Philadelphia to Main Street in Manayunk, to the Starfinder soccer facility, where Burton plays three afternoons a week. That was just the start of the journey last month. The U.S. State Department had helped set up an exchange program for countries that try to use soccer as a tool for social development.
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February 10, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday mornings in Camden, dozens of kids haul themselves out of bed and lace up their cleats to run drills and kick soccer balls toward goal nets. Bleary-eyed parents line the bleachers, sometimes with younger siblings in tow, as they sip coffee and watch. The routine is not new for members of the Camden Youth Soccer Club, which has been coaching local players on weekends for more than a decade. But last month, the league moved indoors for the first time, setting up shop in the pristine gymnasium of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, the city's new community building on Harrison Avenue.
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February 6, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Union opened its own high school in September 2013 on the campus of YSC Sports in Wayne, fans with high hopes for the team's future wondered how long it would take for the program to develop pro prospects. It looks like the answer might be "not very. " Less than 2 years after the school launched, Union manager Jim Curtin judged some of the school's players to be worth bringing along with the big club on its preseason training trip to Clearwater, Fla. So far, according to Curtin, the kids - in particular a trio of 17-year-olds - are holding their own. Leading the way so far has been 17-year-old Derrick Amaimpong, a 6-3 defensive midfielder who was born in Ghana.
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January 18, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week, in the same Convention Center space that houses the Philadelphia Flower Show each March, Soccer Nation has taken over. Stroll down one row, the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club will try to lure your club to its International Showcase. Buy some MetaSox if you're interested in serious foot protection. The Voice of America MetroPark of Butler County, Ohio, wants your team for its 2015 College Showcase. Adorn your uniforms with Athletic Heat Transfer Graphics. Laundry Loops keeps the uni sorted as it washes and dries.
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December 12, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
The South Jersey soccer season has come to a close, which means it is time for our annual All-South Jersey girls' soccer team. Here is the team as selected by The Inquirer's Chris Melchiorre. Paige Bergman, midfield, Triton In her senior season, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey girls' soccer again showed why she was one of region's best overall athletes and most highly rated soccer players. Featuring one of the strongest and most accurate legs in New Jersey, Bergman netted 34 goals this season from the midfield position, giving her 88 for her career - not bad for a player who is a defender by trade.
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December 10, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Washington Township's Lou Vilotti was named to the all-American boys' team and Eastern's Amirah Ali was named to the all-American girls' team announced Monday by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America. Vilotti and Ali will be recognized, with the other All-Americans Jan. 17 at the 2015 NSCAA Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. rallysports@philly.com
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November 30, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
PLAYER OF THE YEAR / MIDFIELDER Evan Vare CENTRAL BUCKS EAST Not many players were more consistently dangerous or clutch than the Patriots junior was all season, as Vare ratcheted up his game to become one of the most dynamic offensive presences in all of District 1. He scored 28 goals and added six assists in 24 games for C.B. East, as the Patriots claimed the Suburban One League Continental Conference and District 1 Class AAA titles...
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November 30, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dave Donahue saw Luke Petela in eighth grade and knew he had a natural. Donahue, Haddon Township's cross-country coach, saw the way Petela moved, his posture, and the way he carried himself inside a perfect running physique. There was only one problem. Petela was a soccer player. He did run in winter and spring track and, after Petela had more success on the track than on the pitch and his teammates encouraged him to join cross-country, Donahue finally had him on his team.
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November 25, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After 80 minutes of lopsided soccer, one question lingered: How did only four shots get past Haddon Township goalie Kieran Burns? In Sunday's Group 1 state title game, the Haddon Township boys' soccer team met a speedy, aggressive, technically sound Harrison team that it could not contain. The Blue Tide pummeled Haddon Township in a 4-0 victory on the turf at Kean University. But for Burns, the team's sophomore keeper, the game was a clear indication of the bright future awaiting the burgeoning star, who allowed four goals but saved 12 shots in an acrobatic, gutsy performance.
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