Author Mike

Mike Slatton is a 2nd generation American youth soccer coach since 1984, and the son of one of the nation's first female licensed youth soccer coaches (Anita Slatton, 1979). He's also a professional soccer scout, a player since 1977, and the father of three adult and teenage children who all play or have played the game. "My job as a youth soccer coach is to develop detail oriented problem solvers who can react quickly under pressure. This relates to life - not just soccer."

Mike Slatton's Blog Drogba changes outcome of World Cup game vs japan
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Japan was leading Ivory Coast 1 – 0 into the second half of last night’s World Cup game, and for all practical purposes, it looked like they would win. Their passing was crisp and opportunities were coming. The Orange were having trouble just getting the ball on frame. Then Didier Drogba came into the game

Mike Slatton's Blog Brazil 2014 World Cup Squad
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Assembling the best team of individuals available to create the best team possible is more like assembling a baking recipe than it is a puzzle. There is no one right answer, but there is certainly a best possible combination. To get to there though, coaches must consider every player individually, and look at their relationships with other players on the team first.

Soccer Careers Major League Soccer doesn't want promotion and relegation.
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Major League Soccer is now starting to follow the same pattern as the NFL, drafting college players and promoting their colleges & universities, thereby feeding the educational machine, strengthening the evil NCAA and creating a professional soccer athlete clearing house to draw cheap labor from.

Athlete Performance
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The goalkeeper is the Field General for their team. They are last line of defense and the first line of offense, and are only as good as their defense. Understanding the basic principals of the position will make it easier to stop shots, restart the offense and contribute to your team’s success.

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