Beyond the Book

With more than 150 interviews conducted throughout 2019 and 2020, we gathered far more material, about far more people, than could fit in one book. We will use this space, focusing on the earliest members of the National Team, to shine more light on the life lessons they shared.

Book Excerpt — Concussions: Are the Rewards Worth the Risks?

April 29, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
Soccer-related concussions altered the course of Whitney Klein's life. Now a high school senior, she says it was worth it.

Sexual Abuse By Coaches: How To Stop it Before it Starts

April 23, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
While most coaches can be trusted with our children, parents should always approach the coach-player relationship with proper protocols in place to avoid the potential for sexual abuse.

National Teamer: My Story of Sexual Abuse

April 21, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
Issuing a stern warning to parents everywhere, U.S. Women's National Team pioneer Cindy Gordon reveals years of abuse at the hands of her youth soccer coach.

Pioneers: Pam Baughman-Cornell, an Outdoor Life Well Lived

April 18, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
Meet Pam Baughman-Cornell, who helped bring her hometown college, George Mason University, to national prominence in women's soccer

Carli Lloyd: Still Proving It, 300 Games Later

April 12, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
Reinvention and dedication have kept Carli Lloyd on the National Team for 300 games. To make this summer's Olympic team, however, she'll need to keep proving herself.

Pioneers: Gretchen Zigante, the First Full-Time Professional Women's Soccer Player

April 3, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
Gretchen Zigante's claim to fame: She was America's first full-time professional women's soccer player.

Should My Daughter Play Up? The Question Never Goes Away

April 3, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
To play on age, or “up” with girls a year older? That is the question that has dogged my daughter and our family ever since U.S. Soccer’s controversial 2016 mandate that young American soccer players be grouped by their birth year rather than their school year. By then my daughter had already been playing soccer […]

Pioneers: Stacey Enos, the National Team's First Tar Heel

March 25, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
INTRODUCING: Stacey Enos COLLEGE: The University of North Carolina PLAYGROUND PASSION: With no youth soccer or school teams to play for, Stacey started her athletic life on the softball field with girls and on the playgrounds with boys playing pickup soccer games. By age 14, Stacey found her way to Frisch’s, a soccer club team […]

Pioneers: Ruth Harker, The Goaltender With a Heart of Gold

March 16, 2021 | written by Paul Tukey
INTRODUCING: Ruth Harker COLLEGE: University of Missouri-St. Louis PAYING HER WAY: Though her brother was supported in his desire to play sports growing up in the Bridgeton Terrace neighborhood long since taken over by airport expansion in St. Louis, Ruth was encouraged to be a cheerleader. She wanted no part of it. “I was Forrest […]
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