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Teenagers Labeled As Future Usmnt Stars

Teenagers Labeled As Future Usmnt Stars

Teenagers Labeled As Future Usmnt Stars

The future stars of the United States middle-distance running program may be just a few years old. Clean-cut but fired-up, they aren’t the picture that many would have expected on a USA team. Do they have a shot to make it to the Olympics?A comprehensive analysis of talent in Major League Soccer has proven that teenage players are more successful than often thought. The six players in the article are just a few of the many young talents in MLS.

Year

The 24-year-old has now parlayed that into his first forays with the U.S. men's national team. Last Sunday Williamson made his international debut, helping the U.S. to close out a 1-0 victory over Haiti in the Gold Cup. He followed that up with his first start in a 6-1 win against Martinique, showing well in midfield and adding an assist on Miles Robinson's goal.

Then his career hit a wall. A trade for his Homegrown rights from D.C. United to Portland in 2018 was expected to provide an opening to take the next step in his career. Instead, Williamson found himself stuck with Portland's reserve team. A loan spell that same year with Santa Clara in Portugal was hoped to provide some additional playing time, but resulted in him playing nary a minute in six months. Upon his return to Portland, his prospects didn't improve all that much. While he was handed a smattering of first-team minutes, he largely remained outside the reckoning. (Source: www.espn.com)

National

Overshadowed at Schalke by Weston McKennie's breakthrough, Taitague is widely regarded in American soccer circles as one of the most technically skilled prospects to ever emerge from the U.S. An attacking midfielder by trade, Taitague still has to make his breakthrough as a pro, but the 19-year-old has spent time training with Schalke's first team and has the skill set to be a national team regular if he can stay healthy.

Sargent skyrocketed onto the U.S. national team radar in 2017 by shining at the U-20 World Cup, impressing at the U-17 World Cup as well. He officially turned pro in February, when he signed a professional contract with Werder Bremen after turning 18. A quick, strong and technical forward with a nose for goal, Sargent still has plenty to prove, but if he can hit the ground running in Germany like Christian Pulisic did, he could be the next American teenager on the fast track to Bundesliga success. (Source: www.goal.com)

Set

The study’s researchers looked at 143 undergraduates randomly assigned to two groups. The first set was asked to limit Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to ten minutes per platform per day, while the second was asked to continue to use their social media as usual for three weeks. The limited group showed significant reductions in loneliness and depression during those three weeks over the group that continued using social media.

Although the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions that target these processes is strong, the challenge is to identify and reach the families that need them. Gonzales used the ecological transactional framework, shown in Figure 5-2, to illustrate the array of influences that affect adolescents. She explained that the family plays a central role in negotiating these influences and has the potential to help protect the adolescent or the reverse. Families vary, for example, in the extent to which they encourage and support education, monitor and manage peer activities, and so forth. Different neighborhoods present different sets of risks and require different strategies. (Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

Play

An eighth-grader at Central Junior High, Jaylon—who plays running back, receiver and defensive back—drew national attention when he caught five passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the East team to a victory at the NFL's 8th Grade All-American Game in Canton, Ohio, in August. Last year, Jaylon rushed for 1,546 yards and 21 TDs for his youth football team, the East St. Louis Jr. Flyers. (A broken collarbone has limited his workload this season.

The legend of the 5'8", 163-pound corner infielder who hits towering home runs is already growing. Playing for the Green Wave travel team last summer, Elijia went deep 18 times in just 58 at bats; at the USSSA Global World Series he hit five homers in 14 at bats. The seventh-grader at Central Middle School comes from a long line of athletic luminaries. Elijia's great-great-uncle Lem Barney was an NFL Hall of Fame cornerback; his grandfather Milton Barney Sr. played wide receiver for the Falcons; and his father, Jeffery Barney, was an all-conference shortstop at Grambling State. (Source: www.si.com)

Come

The old blocky logo has been replaced by new, sleeker typography. There is experimentation with repurposed materials. (Coming soon: suits constructed entirely out of recycled water bottles.) There are also ultra-breathable suits, fitting for dinner as much as the office, and elevated athleisure pieces reminiscent of 1990s street wear with a sophisticated twist. Punchy ad campaigns feature the model Hailey Bieber, the rapper Future, K-pop stars and TikTok influencers. Oh, and there will be a Hugo Boss-sponsored TikTok dance challenge, just like the viral 2020 dance Renegade.

There are still some classic Hugo Boss elements amid these new clothes: European tailoring, preppy, billowy button-downs. (Mr. Grieder does not want to alienate the brand’s existing customers, who may find the new look somewhat startling.) But there are some forward-looking elements too. One standout comes from the Boss line, in the form of an oversize long-sleeve button-down-and-shorts set, available in an on-trend burnt orange. And women’s lounge shorts have the voluminous proportions of basketball shorts, flirting with androgyny. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Early

As part of the Peer Relations Project, researchers investigated the hypothesis that peer victimization may be reduced in schools that are racially and ethnically diverse, because there is more likely to be a balance of power among groups in those circumstances, by working with schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. They classified the diversity of 99 classrooms in 11 middle schools using the Simpson Index (a tool used by sociologists, demographers, and ethologists to measure the relative representation of different groups). The results indicated that students do indeed feel less vulnerable in diverse schools, Graham explained. More specifically, the researchers found that as diversity increased, all students (not just members of minority groups) were less likely to feel victimized, perceived their school as safer, felt less lonely, and had greater self-esteem. In Graham’s view, the results suggest that diversity may buffer some of the normative challenges of early adolescence.

Looking across these sorts of studies, Leventhal noted that even with controls for child and family background characteristics and other factors, there is significant evidence for a connection between socioeconomic status and risk behavior. Living in an affluent neighborhood where the residents are college-educated professionals is associated with advantages for adolescents’ academic achievement, although more so for adolescent boys than for girls. Living in a neighborhood with low socioeconomic status confers risks to adolescents in terms of a host of behavioral, social, and emotional problems. Living in a poor neighborhood also places adolescents at risk for early childbearing and related sexual risk behaviors. In short, there is something about living in a poor neighborhood that places adolescents at risk for engaging in a wide range of risk behaviors. (Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

 

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