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Training from active methodology: 1xGK

When we talk about a 1x1 action in a football match, referring to a goalkeeper versus opposing player duel, we have a clear mindset regarding this situation. We envisage a player running with the ball towards the rival goal without any other opposition to beat than the goalkeeper, and with time available before defensive help arrives. Traditionally we trained the 1xGk (one against the goalkeeper) through closed exercises of players running with the ball, beating the opposition and completing. However, we now want to expand this situation concept to also include scenarios of shots from middle and close range, without the need for there having been any running with the ball and beating opponents for the situation to be considered as a 1xGk. Because placing limits would not do justice to a sport so rich in variety, randomness and variability. In the modern game such situations are the defensive scenario with the least percentage of occurrences in competition. Bearing this in mind, should we train less for this? Or, is its level of defensive risk still so relevant that it becomes an essential content for our workouts?

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Report: Seattle Sounders F.C.

Out of the running for the play-offs in September, the Emerald team fought back to end up winning their first MLS title. A title they won following a vibrant final against Toronto, with goalkeeper Frei as the great hero with an outstanding save.

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Exercise of the month: Individual exercise for the improvement of defensive transitions

In an area of 50x40 meters. Front players are positioned in possession of the ball, they come out running with the ball and shoot from the front (lateralized), then depending on the outcome of the shot, if they score their task ends there, if not they have to quickly move to the area nearest to the ball that had been shot. The player in the wide area tries to move at full speed until they reach the small goal and score, in this way avoiding the action of the defender. The defender on his part tries to prevent this progression to create a situation of 1x1.

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Goalkeeper: Methodology for the training of the goalkeeper

Conclusions after exchange of views with Pilar Sainz de Baranda, Isidre Ramón Madir plus various comments from authors like Lillo, Yague, Wein, Blázquez, Cardenas Castillo, Artist, Moreno del Castillo and Fradua, LM Ruiz y…...

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Tactic: Looking for goal with the midfielder

We exclusively discover how Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough FC works in a typical week. All the members of the technical staff participate, devoting up to 60 hours of work in preparation for every game, with an average of 8-9 hours per day. Karanka's mentality in relation to teamwork, is linked to his ability to adapt to changes brought about through modernization in football. As well as his constant development and evolution through training.The explosion of tiki-taka thanks to European, global and national successes, especially the example of Barcelona FC, made a more technical and spectacular football more fashionable in recent seasons, based on the dribble and pass, with the rediscovery of players not too physically strong, but excellent in the technical side and called to be the key players in teams that use this "new" approach that relies more on the ball and the short pass, and much less a in direct and physical football.

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Tactic: Tactical analysis of Seattle Sounders F.C.

The team led by Brian Schmetzer was proclaimed MLS champion, for the first time in their history, beating Toronto FC from the penalty spot in the Grand Final of the 2016 MLS. After a lacklustre play-off phase by both teams, Toronto and Seattle Sounders looked to win the title for the first time. Seattle Sounders had never won a first division league title in the United States, until last December 10 they managed to lift the MLS trophy.

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Jill Ellis Names U.S. WNT Roster for 2nd Annual SheBelieves Cup

Jill Ellis has named her roster for next week?s SheBelieves Cup and there are some surprises. The most eye-catching inclusion is 16 year old Brianna Pinto. By Peter Nolan

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New York Red Bulls Soap Opera Ends With Curtis Departure

The Ali Curtis, New York Red Bulls Soap Opera finally reached its expected conclusion today with Curtis leaving the organization in a "mutually agreed' upon decision. By Peter Nolan

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U.S Back on Track with 4-1 Win over Haiti in U20 WCQ

With a their backs to wall Tuesday evening in San Jose, Costa Rica the U.S. MNT U20 squad earned a desperately needed win over Haiti without looking particularly good, despite the scoreline. By Peter Nolan

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U.S. Move One Step Closer to U20 World Cup With Over St. Kitts and Nevis

As expected, the U.S. U20 side took care of business Friday evening in Costa Rica, beating CONCACAF minnows St. Kitts and Nevis. By Peter Nolan

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Jesse Marsch Ducks McCarty and Curtis Controversies

Harrison, N.J. - "I'm not going to answer any questions about Ali or Dax," Jesse Marsch said not making for a very promising start to New York Red Bulls. By Peter Nolan

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Carli Lloyd Joins European Exodus

The exodous continues today with the announcement that Carli Lloyd has inked a deal with Manchester City Women's Football Club joining fellow U.S. WNT stars. By Peter Nolan