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ussoccer.com Unveils "CoachCast," Latest Podcast Series Devoted to Coaching Tactics


CoachCasts to Break Down Coaching Decisions and Analyze Matches;
First Installments Analyze the U-17 MNT’s Performance in Peru

CHICAGO, Ill. (September 23, 2005) – A new podcast series is now available at ussoccer.com, devoted exclusively to coaching tactics and decisions. “CoachCast,” as it is known, will involve a detailed analysis of national team matches from the coaches’ perspective for those who wish to know exactly how coaches at the highest level break down games, analyze opponents and react to game-changing situations.

“This new series is something we are going to do at every level of our national teams, to help give coaches a window into how our National Staff prepare and adjust from half-to-half and from game-to-game," said Bob Jenkins, U.S. Soccer's Director of Coaching Education and Youth Development. "These productions allow coaches the chance to listen to how we deal with things from travel delays, game-to-game tactics, motivation, injuries and team goals.

“The attention to detail and specifics addressed by our coaches is something that has never been available before, and I believe it will be an extremely beneficial tool to all coaches looking to expand their knowledge while at the same time gain a greater insight into how we are preparing our youth players for the international game.”

The first two CoachCasts break down the USA’s two opening games in the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 with U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach John Hackworth and Assistant Coach Keith Fulk. In the case of Hackworth, the two installments are obviously focused on the things that went right (in light of the team’s two wins in the tournament thus far), but the U-17 coach also addresses the goalkeeping mistakes and other issues that have led to goals in both games.

CoachCasts will provide listeners with an objective view of the match as seen by our coaches in order to give coaches in the U.S. Soccer community a truly analytical look at the good, the bad and the ugly in preparing a team at the highest levels of international soccer. Coaches will address the keys that allow a team to be successful, as well as the errors that can affect the outcome of a game.

In discussing the choppy win against North Korea, Hackworth and Fulk addressed how they went about preparing the team for their first match of the World Championship with very little knowledge of their opponent. The coaches also addressed their substitution decisions and what key points they chose to communicate to the players at halftime of a 2-1 win.

There were also plenty of discussion points after the U-17’s solid win against Italy that qualified the squad for the quarterfinals. Included in the CoachCast are concerns the coaches had in dealing with the big Italian forwards as well as changes to the lineup that faced North Korea. The coaches discussed how they, as a coaching staff, and the team reacted to having a one-man advantage after an Italian striker was sent off with a red card in the 60th minute. They also address the reaction to the Italian goal and how the game changed after that incident, as well as what the team is doing to focus on the match against Ivory Coast without looking ahead to the quarterfinals.

While CoachCasts may not appeal to every fan looking for more basic information about the game, they are an excellent tool for coaches to learn more about the technical aspect of a specific match and the coaches’ thought process at the national team level. To listen to the latest CoachCasts, click here or visit the “Coaches” section of ussoccer.com

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