Nov 30, 2010

D.C. United Officially name Ben Olsen Head Coach

In an official press release, Ben Olsen Named D.C. United Head Coach, quite possibly the most popular player in United history had the interim tag removed from his title and will now be leading his former team as Head Coach.

The former University of Virginia player (34 goals, 41 assists in 3 years) will now attempt to lead the Black and Red back to the top of the MLS.

While playing for D.C. United Olsen won MLS Rookie of the Year in 1998. He will now have the latest MLS ROY in Andy Najar along with a promising group of home grown talent from the United system.

United fans, players, and management are hoping that as Head Coach Olsen will lead the team to another MLS Cup like he did twice as a player (99, 04).

Nov 29, 2010

No. 9 William & Mary Men Fall to No. 7 SMU, 1-0, in NCAA Third Round

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Dallas, Texas - The No. 9-ranked William and Mary Tribe men’s soccer team fell to the No. 7-ranked SMU Mustangs, 1-0, in the NCAA Third Round on Saturday night. With the loss, the Tribe ends the season with a record of 15-4-3, while SMU advances to play North Carolina next weekend.

In the defeat, senior goalkeeper Andrew McAdams made eight saves, while senior Michael DiNuzzo, senior Jimmy Carroll, junior Nicolas Abrigo, and junior James Lofton all had two shots.

In the first minute, the Tribe fired off the first shot of the match, testing the SMU goalie early. Freshman Roshan Patel cracked a shot from 25 yards out from the left wing that initially the Mustangs’ goalie thought was going to be way wide. The ball knuckled back towards the goal, however, in the wind, just missing to the far right post.

The Tribe would fall behind in the 10th minute when Josie Soto scored the first goal of the match. Soto bent the shot in from the right side, curling it just inside the far right post from 15 yards out. Soto’s seventh score of the season gave the Mustangs’ an early, 1-0 lead.

At the break, SMU would maintain its 1-0 advantage. In the first half, SMU outshot the College, 9-3, getting six shots on goal to the Tribe’s one. Corner kicks in the first 45 minutes were even at 1-1.

In the second half the Tribe’s offense ramped up and the College was able to get a nice opportunity in the 57th minute. After earning a corner kick, Patel sent a nice ball to the back post. The corner found DiNuzzo, who headed the ball towards goal, only to see his attempt sail high of the crossbar.

On the counter attack in the 59th minute, freshman John Ciampa sent a cross into the box, looking for Carroll. The pass had just a little too much pace on it and Carroll just missed connecting from the shadow of the goal.

In the 81st minute, the Tribe came within inches of tying the match. The College was sending most of its men forward on the attack when senior Derek Buckley sent a pass to Lofton. Lofton took control of the pass near the baseline, firing a shot on goal that hit the crossbar, just missing tying the match for the Tribe.

With the shots coming fast and furious, DiNuzzo took a long shot for the Tribe in the 84th minute. After a failed clearance, DiNuzzo took control of the ball on the right side of the box. DiNuzzo blasted a shot on goal, forcing the SMU keeper to make a nice save, preserving the Mustangs’ lead.

With under a minute left, the Tribe made its final attack. McAdams sent goal kick deep into SMU territory. After the ball was knocked around, the ball got past the SMU keeper and Baako was able to blast it in the goal, only to see the score called back on a close offsides goal. With just 25 seconds left, the College was unable to mount another chance and lost to the Mustangs, 1-0.

For the match, SMU outshot the College, 18-10, getting nine shots on goal to the Tribe’s three. Corner kicks were 5-4 in favor of the Mustangs.

With the defeat in the third round of the NCAA tournament, the Tribe’s year comes to an end. The 2010 season was a fantastic one for the College, one that saw W&M win both the CAA regular season and tournament titles. The CAA championship was the seventh in the history of the program.

The Tribe’s 15 wins on the year were the most for the College since the 2002 season and the Green and Gold hosted an NCAA Tournament match for the second time in three years. The Tribe’s advancement to the third round of the NCAA Tournament marked the eighth time that the College had reached the Sweet Sixteen in school history, the first since the 2002 campaign.

Nov 23, 2010

Mark Washo steps down as full-time President and General Manager of Washington Freedom, will remain with club during transition


BOYDS, MD (November 23, 2010) –Washington Freedom announced today that Mark Washo will step down as full time President and General Manager of the team. However, Washo has agreed to continue as a key resource, including ongoing day-to-day GM responsibilities for Freedom during a transition period.

Washo leaves Freedom to join Playbook Management International as its Managing Partner Playbook Management International (PMI) is a full-service sports and entertainment agency, founded by former FC Dallas and Pizza Hut Park General Manager, Michael Hitchcock. In his new role, Washo will be able to tap into the many resources of his new agency to support Women’s Professional Soccer and other sports teams in ticket sales, sponsorship and other revenue generating opportunities.

Washo stated: “It is with a heavy heart that I am stepping down as full time President and GM of the Washington Freedom. I would like to thank John and Maureen Hendricks for providing me with an exciting two years as President of the Washington Freedom. I would also like to thank Freedom fans, sponsors, staff and players for their ongoing passion and commitment supporting Women’s Professional Soccer. While I will be stepping down from full time responsibilities at an exciting time for WPS, I am committed to remaining as much a resource for Freedom as they want or need in my new capacity with PMI. I will also always be an advocate and supporter of Women’s Professional Soccer.”

About Washington Freedom: Washington Freedom is a charter member of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). WPS is the premier women's soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women's professional sports are measured. The Inaugural Season kicked off in March 2009 and currently has six teams committed for the 2011 season, with the Chicago franchise pending. Committed teams are based in Boston, New Jersey/New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Western NY and Washington, D.C. Freedom plays its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD. For more information visit:

Top 10 Offseason Priorities for Washington Freedom w/ GM Mark Washo


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The 2010 campaign marked the dawn of a new era in VCU Men's Soccer.  After just one season at the helm, Head Coach Dave Giffard's rebuilding efforts have already paid huge dividends.  He guided the Rams to their first winning season since 2007 and a trip to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time in three years.  Now let's take a look back at how it happened…

FASA Hotspur PDL & FASA Impact W-League Announce Open Tryouts

Super 20 Men & Women's teams will have tryouts as well.  W-League / Super 20 girls 12:00 - 2:00PM -- PDL / Super 20 boys, 2:00 - 4:00PM.  Click Here to go to PDL page for more information.  Click Here to go to W-League Page for more information.  Click Here for Impact Super 20 Girls tryouts information/details 

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Premier Development League (PDL) - Fredericksburg Hotspur

The top U23 men’s league in North America, the USL Premier Development League (PDL) features 68 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away. The PDL provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping stone for top professionals now playing around the world.  Click Here to go to USL's PDL webpage.

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W-League  - Fredericksburg Impact 

The first and longest-standing women’s league in North America, the W-League is USL’s highest level of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. The 2010 USL W-League campaign features 29 teams in three regional conferences playing 10 or 12 regular season matches. In addition to featuring international and professional stars, elite amateur players have the opportunity to compete on amateur teams in the league while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans across North America.

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Nov 22, 2010

William And Mary Moves On To The Next Round

Nov. 21, 2010

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. - The #9-ranked William and Mary Tribe men’s soccer earned its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen on Sunday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field, advancing past the UMBC Retrievers in a penalty kick shootout. The Tribe’s mark on the season moves to 15-3-3 as the match officially goes in the record book as a tie.

With the victory, the College advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2002 season. The match with UMBC was the third in Tribe NCAA Tournament history that was decided by penalty kicks, with the College advancing all three times.

Senior Andrew McAdams was the star of the match for the College, making two saves, including a critical stop on a UMBC penalty kick in the second half. Senior Nathaniel Baako led the Green and Gold with four shots, getting two on goal.

In a first half that saw the Tribe hold the bulk of possession, the Tribe was able to out-shoot the Retrievers, but neither team would be able to get a score in the first 45 minutes. In the first frame, the Tribe took seven shots, getting four on-goal, while UMBC fired six shots but the Retrievers were unable to get any of their looks on frame.

In the 10th minute, the Tribe got its first good look at goal when on the attack, senior Alan Koger possessed the ball on the left side of the box. Koger cracked a shot from 16 yards towards the far post, only to see the UMBC goalie make a sprawling save.

Less than four minutes later, the College came inches away from tallying the match’s first score. On the attack, senior Michael DiNuzzo sent a ball in to the box from the right wing. The pass found Baako, who flicked the ball backwards toward goal. The UMBC keeper once again made a nice save, pushing the ball just high of the crossbar and out of bounds.

In the second half, the Tribe would again out shot the Retrievers, 6-4, but it would be a save that would be the story of the half.

In the 66th minute, UMBC would be awarded a penalty kick after a foul was called on the Tribe in the 18-yard box. UMBC”s Levi Houapeu, the America East Player of the Year, would be the one to take the kick. Houapeu fired on goal to his right, but McAdams was there to making a diving save. The ball came right back to the foot of Houapeu, however, but his second attempt sailed high of the crossbar and out of danger.

After surviving the penalty kick, the College went on the offensive looking for the breakthrough. For the remainder of the second half, the Tribe would take four shots, getting two of those attempts on goal. The Retrievers would not get a shot off for the rest of the half.

At the end of 90 minutes, the score remained 0-0 and the Tribe would head to overtime for the third time in its past four matches. In the first overtime period, neither team would get a real good look for the match winner, with W&M taking one shot and the Retrievers taking none. The game would head to a second overtime, still tied, 0-0.

The second overtime would see considerably more action, as the Tribe had two shots to UMBC’s one. Baako had the College’s best look at a winner in the 109th minute, but his shot on frame would be saved by the Retrievers’ goalie. With the game still scoreless at 0-0, the match would head to a penalty kick shootout.

In the first round of the shootout, both players would make their attempts, putting the shootout score at 1-1. In the second round, however, McAdams would make the save of his career, again denying Houapeu on his shot. Houapeu again tried to go to his left, but McAdams was there to make the diving stop. After Ben Anderson made his attempt, the College held a 2-1 lead after two rounds.

In the following two rounds, both team would make their attempts. Converting for the Tribe was freshman Roshan Patel as well as senior Michael DiNuzzo. Heading into the fifth round of the shootout, the Tribe held a 4-3 advantage.

UMBC’s John Waraksa stepped up to take the fifth shot for the Retrievers, attempting to tie the shootout and force the Tribe to make its final attempt. Waraksa tried to beat McAdams high, but he put too much into the shot and it sailed high of the crossbar, advancing the Tribe to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Nov 19, 2010

Jeff Bradley of ESPN: Keeping Score

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Check out this ESPN interveiw by Jeff Bradley with Mike Ammann, founder of local goalkeeper trianing company 247gk and Virginia Online Soccer News sponsor. (my daughter also trains with Mikes company)

Keeping score

by Jeff Bradley of ESPN

Hard to believe 10 years have passed since I witnessed perhaps the bravest goalkeeping performance in MLS history. Mike Ammann of the MetroStars, just 45 days after having his lungs punctured by the studs of a reckless Mamadou Diallo, came back to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals (back when it was best of three).

See the entire interview with Mike Ammann HERE

Virginia Falls To Old Dominion, 1-0, in NCAA Tournament First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s soccer team was defeated, 1-0, by Old Dominion in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium. ODU’s Alex Vaughan scored the game-winner in the 63rd minute to lift the Monarchs to victory.

Virginia, the 2009 NCAA Champion, ends its season with an overall record of 11-6-3. With the win, Old Dominion improves to 10-6-2 and advances to the second round to face Penn State on Sunday (Nov. 21).

“We played hard and deserved better tonight,” UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. “Give ODU credit, their goal was well taken. But up until the last minute I thought we were going to score. The shot Will Bates had that the goalkeeper got a finger on and grabbed off the line. The header T.J. Cyrus puts just wide. When those things happen, it just isn't your day. Last year, we got those breaks. But this still hurts. We lose just two seniors, but everyone else returns. In the spring we will get back to training and turn our focus to next year and winning more championships.”

Virginia out-shot the Monarchs, 7-1, in the first half but did not manage to score and the match remained scoreless until halftime.

In the second half, Vaughan one-timed a pass from Chris Harmon and finished under the crossbar to give ODU the 1-0 lead.

The Cavaliers spent the rest of the half looking for the equalizer, but ODU held on for the victory. Sophomore forward Will Bates (Chester, Va.) had a shot saved by ODU goalkeeper Evan Newton with less than three minutes left in the game.

For the game, Virginia out-shot Old Dominion, 18-8, and held a 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.

In goal for Virginia, senior Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished with two saves.

In goal for Old Dominion, Newton had four saves in the shutout.

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Scoring Summary
ODU Alex Vaughan 4 (Chris Harmon) 63'

Shots: UVa 18, ODU 8
Corner Kicks: UVa 8, ODU 2
Saves: UVa 2 (Restrepo 2), ODU 4 (Newton 4)
Offsides: UVa 1, ODU 0

Attendance: 923

2010 NCAA Men's Bracket DI

247gk Interview w/UVa Goalkeeper - Diego Restrepo

Nov 18, 2010

Joe-Max Moore talks MLS, college soccer, concussions, and Xowii

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Recently Virginia Online Soccer News contributor Chris Wimmer was given the opportunity to speak with former U.S. national team forward Joe-Max Moore.

Joe-Max Moore was a member of three world cup teams and two Olympic squads. While a member of the USMNT he compiled 100 caps (10th) and 24 goals (4th behind only Donovan, Wynalda, and McBride). Moore played in the MLS for the New England Revolution as well as overseas for teams in Germany and England (Everton 99-02).

Until 2004 Moore held the Revolution record for assists and points.

On November 11, 2010

Chris Wimmer: What do you see the future of U.S. soccer looking like following the 2010 World Cup? USWNT/USMNT

Joe-Max Moore: on USWNT – I do not follow the women’s game very closely but feel that they will play well against Italy in their upcoming matches and qualify for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Their seems to be a bigger focus on soccer from other countries which may be resulting in the higher quality of competition for the USWNT.

On USMNT – I feel that the 2002 national team did well and had its best opportunity to do something special.

Wimmer: Who do you see being the next top striker for the USMNT?

Joe-Max: In the past Eric Wynalda was good for the U.S. Now, I can’t point to one player. Jozy Altidor is young and should be coming into his prime by now but has not seemed to reach his potential. Striker is a very hard position to play especially at that level.

Wimmer: How important is it for the USMNT players to get experience overseas as opposed to MLS?

Joe-Max: Being able to play at the top-level is every player’s goal. There is a big advantage getting to play in Europe as long as players are able to get playing time. MLS is getting better and is a good step for players coming out of college.

Wimmer: How far away is MLS from becoming an Elite League?

Joe-Max: The atmosphere in MLS is not at the same level as the European leagues. The quality of play is getting there but there is a lack of speed in the MLS game. The league still needs money, more TV sponsors, and maybe more European talent.

Wimmer: Should U.S. players go to college programs or professional acadamies?

Joe-Max: I feel the college experience is important. There is a good chance that players will not succeed at the next level. However, current NCAA rules do limit the development of players.

Wimmer: What does your former MLS team, New England Revolution, need to do to be successful again?

Joe-Max: They have had a lot of player turnover. In the past they have done well finding top young talent. They need to do this to find success and compete for a championship.

Wimmer: With the recent concussion related issuse of Taylor Twellman, Josh Gross, and Alecko Eskandarian what can the MLS do to respond?

Joe-Max: Unlike the changes the NFL has made, there is not much you can change in the game. They are not going to pad the posts, and you can’t prevent players challenging for the ball. Each incident should be treated on an individual basis.

Wimmer: What do you spend most of your time doing now that you are away from soccer?

Joe-Max: For the past year I have been a part of a booming home based business called Xowii. I have been able to create an incredible side income for my family. In tough economies like this one home based businesses actually do well. Robert Kiyosaki said in his recent book, The Business of the 21st Century that now is the best time to start a business. Xowii is the fastest growing MLM business.

Wimmer: Does your soccer past help you to make connections?

Joe-Max: Yes somewhat, but what helps more is being able to say I was part of World Cup and Olympic teams. It shows people I know what it takes to be successful.

Thank you to Joe-Max Moore for his valuable time.


This interview can also be found on The Soccer Guys Online:

Q & A with Diego Restrepo (247GK & UVA)

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Recently, Mike Ammann (former MLS goalkeeper and founder of 247GK) had the opportunity to interview University of Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.

Mike Ammann: What club did you play for growing up?
Diego Restrepo: I played for multiple clubs but my best experiences were with West Kendall from Miami.

Mike: Who has been your biggest influence in soccer?
Diego: My biggest influence would have to be my family, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be living the life that I have right now.

Mike: When did you start playing in goal?
Diego: I was always a field player but at the age of 14, the starting goalkeeper of my team got hurt and we didn’t have a back up goalkeeper so I decided to step in for him and since that day my whole soccer experience has changed.

Mike: Who were your top 3 college choices?
Diego: Maryland, South Florida, Santa Clara

Mike: Are there any schools or fans that you get intimidated to play against?
Diego: Personally I don’t think I get intimidated, it’s always fun to have people cheer against you and I feel like I feed of their energy and it helps to elevate my game. Some tough crowds that I have played against would have to be Akron, UConn and Maryland.

Mike: What is your ultimate goal in soccer?
Diego: First become a professional and be the best that I can be, but ultimately be able to represent my country at the International level.

Mike: Who is your favorite goalkeeper current and past?
Diego: My favorite goalkeeper would have to be Oscar Cordoba. During his prime he was considered one of the best in the world. He also from Colombia where I was raised, so I have a lot of respect for him and love the way he plays.

Mike: What league is your favorite?
Diego: My favorite league would have to be LA LIGA. Spanish soccer is so enjoyable to watch, it’s amazing the way they play so quickly and accurately, I personally enjoy watching Barcelona play.

Mike: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Diego: Key West, it’s close to home and there is always beautiful weather and pretty good beaches.

Mike: You own a team and money is no object, what 11 players do you sign to start for you?
Diego: Oscar Cordoba as my GK, Roberto Carlos , Lucio, Ivan Corodoba, Dani Alves, Essien, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerrard, Robben, Drogba, Messi

Mike: What do you like to do away from soccer?
Diego: Enjoy hanging out with my friends and playing PS3.

Mike: If you weren’t a soccer player, what would you do?
Diego: To be honest I wouldn’t know what I would be doing, probably nothing very productive, soccer it’s my life.

Mike: Do you have a hidden talent?
Diego: Unfortunately no.

Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you. Appreciate it.
Mike Ammann

Nov 16, 2010

WPS Officially announces teams for 2011 Season

In an official press release this afternoon, the Women's Professional Soccer League announced the list of teams that will be competing in 2011.

Thankfully, the Washington Freedom made the cut.

See officail WPS statement below:

Teams Confirmed for 2011 WPS Season
Free Agency Formally Opens at Midnight
Western New York Franchise Able to Select Players from Unprotected List

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16, 2010) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) will play its 2011 WPS Season with teams in Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, and Western New York following those teams satisfying the league’s reserve funding requirement. The Chicago Red Stars continue to seek investors to secure a place in the league’s 2011 season as a seventh team and have been granted until December 15 to do so.

“While it is disappointing to the league and its many enthusiastic fans, players, and partners that FC Gold Pride did not find the level of support it aimed for in its market, the continuing WPS teams have fully committed to the 2011 WPS season,” said WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas. “These past few weeks have been critical to ensuring the long-term health of the league, and we are pleased to be moving forward today with these six committed teams for the 2011 Season. We are hopeful that Chicago will also join those teams for 2011. We are looking forward to a great summer of WPS soccer next year with those teams in light of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which will give fans around the world the opportunity to see the exciting play of many WPS players on the sport’s biggest stage.”

Free agency officially opens at 12:01am ET on Wednesday, November 17 with players from FC Gold Pride now all becoming free agents. An overview of the season schedule, league calendar, 2011 WPS Playoff format and the 2011 WPS Draft will be announced in December.

“The history of sports has shown that in the early years of any league, teams come and go,” said Eileraas. “We are moving forward to start planning for 2011. We’ll have a terrific season next year with at least six committed teams and will continue to have the best soccer talent in the world playing throughout the spring and summer, culminating with an exciting WPS Playoffs like we’ve had the past two years.”

“Over the past few months, we have made tough decisions to create a more efficient and sustainable business,” said Thomas Hofstetter, member of the WPS Board of Governors and President, Sky Blue FC. “These changes have enabled us to build a solid foundation for growth over the coming years.”

Also on Tuesday, in lieu of the formal Expansion Draft, the Western New York franchise will have one day to claim up to six unprotected players from the Expansion Draft list announced by WPS on October 20. Upon approval of the selected players in accordance with the previous draft mechanics determined by the league, WNY will announce their picks in a separate release later this week. The players will be selected and approved prior to the opening of free agency.

Upcoming Soccer Coaching Courses in Virginia (NSCAA/VYSA)

Top Ten Soccer Movies

My Quick list of the ten best Soccer Movies.


#6 - Kicking It

The story of six homeless soccer players as they set off for Cape Town, South Africa to play in the Homeless World Cup. Narated by Colin Farrell.

#7 - The Art of Soccer with John Cleese

John Cleese and Tom Konkle in a comic look at soccer. Best part is the explanation of why Soccer is better than American Football.

#8 - The Miracle Match

Admittedly not the best acted movie. I put it on the list simply because it tells the true story of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0.

Possibly the biggest soccer upset ever and a vital piece of the American soccer puzzle.

#9 - The Football Factory

Another hooligan film but, The Football Factory is a more personal look into how Anglo Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using thier fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together.

#10 - Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen Edition)

Anything with the name Beckham attached to it is sure to get recognition throughout the world of soccer. More than the title though, this movie explores the topics of women playing soccer in a male dominant society, cultural clashes, generational clashes, and the important idea of what it takes to achieve a goal agianst adversity.

Kicking It Amazon Price: (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

The Art of Soccer with John Cleese Amazon Price: $17.99 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

The Miracle Match Amazon Price: $12.99 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

The Football Factory Amazon Price: $9.49 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

Bend It Like Beckham (Widescreen Edition) Amazon Price: $12.49 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now


#1 - Victory

Seriously, what more could you ask for? Allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. Starring Pele, Sylvester Stalone, Bobby Moore, and a list of some of the best players at the time.

Easy pick for number 1.

#2 - History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game

A must have for any true soccer/football fan. Hours of footage and a great history lesson for the young players that think Messi and Ronaldo are the best ever.

#3 - Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

This team of women single handedly reingited the passion for soccer in America. For a stretch of 4 years these women where on top of the U.S. soccer world.

Two professional leagues have been created off of the hangover affect of this team and Mia Hamm is still the most popular female athelete in the world.

#4 - The Football Factory

As much a part of English football as the players themselves, football hooligans have made the news for decades now. This is a look at why young English men join these groups and how passionate they are to support their clubs.

#5 - Once in a Lifetime - The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

Pele and his team of All-star footballers could have been the first ever Galáctico team created. Well before Real Madrid built their Galácticos, the New York Cosmos had Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, and whoever else they could buy.

This is the story of the rise and fall of both the New York Cosmos and the NASL.

A must see for every U.S. Soccer fan.

Victory Amazon Price: $5.98 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game Amazon Price: $41.99 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now

Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Amazon Price: $5.99 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now


The Football Factory Amazon Price: $9.49 (as of 11/16/2010) Buy Now


ODU to face UVa in NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament first round

Old Dominion was awarded an at-large berth into the NCAA men's soccer tournament that starts this week, but for the Monarchs to get far, they'll have to go through the defending national champs.
ODU's first game is 7 p.m. Thursday at Virginia (11-5-3). The Cavaliers won their sixth NCAA title last December in a penalty-kick shootout over Akron.

The Monarchs are 9-6-2 and own wins over three NCAA tournament teams: North Carolina, William and Mary and Coastal Carolina. ODU is 6-9 all-time in the tournament and last appeared in 2007, when it advanced to the third round.

Virginia is making its 30th consecutive NCAA appearance since 1981 - the longest active streak in the nation. The winner of Thursday's game will play at Penn State at 3 p.m. Sunday.
William and Mary, which won the CAA tournament, is a No. 12 seed and will host Maryland-Baltimore County or Princeton in a second-round game.

NCAA DI Bracket

Nov 15, 2010

2010 CAA Men's Soccer Championship Game Recap -- #1 William & Mary vs. #3 Hofstra

2010 CAA Men's Soccer Champions, William & Mary

Williamsburg - The #12-ranked William and Mary Tribe men’s soccer team captured its seventh CAA title in program history on Sunday afternoon, beating the Hofstra Pride, 4-0, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. With the victory, the Tribe improves its record to 15-3-2 on the season.

Complete Story HERE

Virginia downs the Gamecocks 3-0 to advance to the NCAA Round of 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia women's soccer team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive season with a 3-0 second round win over South Carolina at Klöckner Stadium on Sunday. The Cavaliers (15-4-2) will host Ohio State in the round of 16 next Saturday, Nov. 20, while the Gamecocks end their season with a 15-6-4 record.

Nov 12, 2010

No sanctions for now as organization seeks solutions to Sunday-play issue

Southern Virginia University's Women's Soccer Team
Southern Virginia University's Women's Soccer Team

Author: Kevin McGrath
Source: Mormon Times
08 November 2010 4:30pm

The United States College Athletic Association is not actively pursuing sanctions against Southern Virginia University after its women’s soccer team forfeited a tournament championship match scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7.

“We are not going to do anything right now,” said Bill Casto, executive director of the USCAA. “This has raised some issues that we haven’t faced before. We had been dealing mainly with Seventh-day Adventists, and the problem was on Saturday night. This is one of the first times it has come up that there was a conflict with either the Mormon faith or others we have in our association.”

Read the entire story here: No sanctions for now as organization seeks solutions to Sunday-play issue

Nov 10, 2010

UVA, JMU, and Virginia Tech All NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Bound

Posted with permission of the author:
Reported by Jesse Boeckermann, NBC29 Sports

The UVA women's soccer team earned a top eight national seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round action this weekend at Klockner Stadium.

The Wahoos are one of eight ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

The Cavaliers (13-4-2) will play Patriot League champion Lehigh (11-4-4) Friday night at 5:00. The Mountain Hawks are making their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Virginia will make its 17th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, third longest streak in the country behind North Carolina and Notre Dame. The 'Hoos will host for the 13th time in 17 seasons.

UVA head women's soccer coach Steve Swanson said, "I think we're obviously very excited to be home. I think it's a testament to the team and the season that we've had to get a two seed."

UVA senior Sinead Farrelly said, "We have done so well, so I think we're expecting a high seed. I think we're just taking it that we're lucky that we get home seed until the Elite 8, and you never know what happens, we could get it for farther. One of our goals has always been not to lose at home, and we still have that now, so everyone's just really excited."

UVA lost in the third round last season.

UNC Greensboro (19-1-1) and South Carolina (14-5-4) will play Friday night at 7:30. The winners of Friday night's game will play in the second round at Klockner Stadium Sunday afternoon at 2:00.

Virginia Tech (10-9-1) made the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. The Hokies face Dayton (18-3) Friday in the first round in Columbus, Ohio.

The CAA Tournament champion JMU women's soccer team will play Texas (11-5-4) Friday in the first round in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Dukes (14-6-1) are on an eight-match unbeaten streak. JMU will play in the NCAA Tournament for the tenth time in the past 16 seasons.

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2010 NCAA Women's College Cup

Nov 9, 2010

Virginia Soccer Players named to U-20 Roster For Torneo De Las Americas

U-20 Torneo de las Americas


U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized 18 of the 20 players that will participate in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., from Nov. 21-29. The U.S. will face Colombia on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 28 in the three-team round robin tournament held at the Kennesaw State Soccer Stadium.

Two Virginia natives Parker Walsh, defender (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.) and Conor Shanosky, midfielder (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.) were awarded spots on the roster.

Walsh, currently playing for a club in Germany, had committed to play for UVa in the spring of 2009 before deciding to skip his senior year at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, VA and instead begin his professional soccer career.

Parker Walsh, Karlsrusher SC
 photo property of: Karlsrusher Sport Club

Shanosky, followed Andy Najarn (2010 MLS ROY) and Bill Hamid to make the jump from D.C. United's Academy to its senior squad. Shanosky played for Potomac Falls High School and is a native of Sterling, VA.

Conor Shanosky, D.C. United
photo property of: D.C. United

At 6'4" - 185 lbs, Shanosky is an impossing presense on the field for the US U-20 squad.

The Torneo de las Americas is being hosted by the Atlanta Beat of the WPS. For tickets and information go to: or call 678.298.4780