The unique tale of U.S. goalkeeper William Yarbrough

By Michelle Kaufman

At first glance, you'd never think William Yarbrough speaks perfect Spanish. But then he tells you his story, and it makes perfect sense... Here is a link to my story, and below are interviews in both languages...the US plays Cuba in Havana Friday at 4 p.m.

Watch interviews of Yarbrough in perfect English and perfect Spanish:

On his upbringing in Mexico but playing for the United States:

On whether he wanted to play for Mexico or the United States:

On the languages he spoke growing up:

On the opportunity presented by being called into this camp:

On how he's continued to improve as a goalkeeper:


Acerca de su convocatoria a la Selección Nacional:

Acerca de la oportunidad de representar a EE.UU. en un Mundial:

Acerca de la calificación y la competencia en el Hexagonal:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Good news: The United States can win a road game in qualifying.

But it wasn't easy. It took a Ricardo Clark goal in the 62nd minute for the Americans to down Trinidad & Tobago 1-0. Now, they essentially need one point in the final two matches in ensure their sixth straight World Cup berth.

Why? They stand alone in first place of the final round hex after a low-scoring night.

A Rudis Corrales goal in stoppage time Costa Rica 1-0 and kept El Salvador's faint hopes alive, while Mexico used a PK to down Honduras by the same score.

New standings: USA 16 points, Mexico 15, Honduras 13, Costa Rica 12, El Salvador 8, Trinidad & Tobago 5.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Team D.A. Soccer Camp Redux

We're all about helping out our friends at Total Futbol, so when college buddy and local sports radio host Damon Amendolara needed an extra set of hands at his free soccer camp Saturday, you know we were there.

Great event, even with the monsoon that blew through.

Miami FC showed up in a big way, with current and past players Walter Ramirez, Reinier Alcantara, Nicky Torres, Danny Vasquez and Eric Vasquez dropping some knowledge on the two dozen or so kiddos at Rooftop Soccer in Brickell.

Special kudos to D.A. and FC PR dude Ignacio Rodriguez for pulling it all together.

Here are some pics from the event.






Thursday, June 11, 2009

WQAM'S 'D.A.' hosting free summer camp

We're all about helping out our friends at Total Futbol, and there's no bigger friend than Damon Amendolara of WQAM-560 AM.

D.A.'s hosting a free, one-day soccer camp on July 25, in partnership with Miami FC and Brickell Soccer Rooftop.

Complete information about the event is available at, but here are a few of the highlights:

It's for kids, ages 6-14, held on the Brickell Rooftop fields. Anyone who signs up their son/daughter by the end of the day, they get two free tickets to a Miami FC game of their choice. Email here to register.

Oh yeah, and I'm going to be a "Special Guest Counselor." Dunno if that's an incentive or not...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Many parents choosing camps over vacations

Cruises or camps?

For many soccer moms and dads across South Florida, the choice is clear: Their limited disposable income is going to their kids' athletic development, at the expense of costly vacations.

A survey of several of the area's biggest soccer camps show that, despite one of the worst economic climates in the past seven decades, enrollment in local soccer camps remains strong.

Want more?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009