December has been an exciting month to be an American soccer fan. AYSO alum Landon Donovan ended his career on top by leading 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 a lead in the 52nd minute. Just these two alumni confirm that great soccer really does start in AYSO.
On the same weekend as MLS Cup, 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.
"We got the toughest countries in all of the pots," AYSO alum Alex Morgan said on Fox Sports 1. "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, encourage parents and players in your Region to tune into the games. The more young soccer players watch the beautiful game, the better soccer players they will become.
“Players who don’t regularly watch professional (or higher level) soccer are indeed missing a vital learning opportunity,” said AYSO's Player Development and Technical Advisor Scott Snyder. “By watching, 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."