Last weekend was an exciting time to be an American soccer fan. AYSO alum Landon Donovan ended his career as a six-time MLS Cup Champion and led the LA Galaxy to a 2-1 victory against the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup. AYSO alum Gyasi Zardes also made a huge impact giving the Galaxy the lead in the 52nd minute. Just these two alumni confirm that great soccer really does start in AYSO.
One day earlier, on Saturday, Dec. 6, the U.S. Women’s National Team was drawn into the FIFA Women’s World Cup “group of death” and will face powerhouses Sweden, Australia and Nigeria in Group D. Your families will be able to tune into all of the World Cup action on FOX Sports 1 starting June 6, 2015.
AYSO is the Exclusive Youth Soccer Partner of FOX Sports.
"We got the toughest countries in all of the pots," AYSO alum Alex Morgan said on Fox Sports 1 after the draw. "So it's definitely the group of death. You can't count out any team."
With all of the exciting soccer coming up in the next year, consider tuning into professional games with your family. This gives you the opportunity to spend more quality time with your kids and also become true students of the game. The more your kids watch the beautiful game, the better soccer players they will become.
“Players and parents who don’t regularly watch professional (or higher level) soccer are indeed missing a vital learning opportunity,” said Scott Snyder, AYSO's Player Development and Technical Advisor. “By watching then pausing and slowing down these games, players can see what professionals would do in key situations. Watching the game can help our players truly become fans and ultimately, students of the game."