Dec 30, 2010

Virginia's Farrelly rated #1 Midfielder heading into 2011 WPS Draft

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1.  Sinead Farrelly, Virginia
2.  Meghan Klingenberg, North Carolina
3.  Amanda DaCosta, Florida State
4.  Sophie Schmidt, Portland
5.  Rose Augustin, Notre Dame

Dan Borislow, Q & A with Washington Freedom Owner

I recently had a brief exchange with the new Washington Freedom/Magic FC? owner, Dan Borislow. As you can tell from the responses he is not much for long winded answers and fans should finally get to see which direction Borislow is taking the team in 2011 by next week.

VaSoccerNews: Why not move the team to Florida immediately?
Dan Borislow: I want to see where the most fans come out

VaSoccerNews: Why chose to change the team name as opposed to a simple Shirt Sponsorship?
Borislow: Because it is my team

VaSoccerNews: Does your background in youth soccer influence your decision to become part of the WPS and why/how do you see the league succeeding beyond its third year?
Borislow: Soccer as a sport must become larger and the parents must become smart enough to want to take their kids to games so they may watch professional soccer and become better players.

VaSoccerNews: Who is the teams main target audience, women, youth?
Borislow: Everybody.

VaSoccerNews: How important is it to sign Marta to the club? Are you concerned with the history of the teams Marta was a part of (folding)?
Borislow: Marta has nothing to do with teams folding,owners do.Marta should be in our league.

VaSoccerNews: Will the 2011 Women's World Cup have a significant impact on the WPS? If so how?
Borislow: It will only help if the US does well.

VaSoccerNews: Any progress on the GM/Coaching front?
Borislow: Yes.

VaSoccerNews: It has been very quit in the Freedom front office, do you have a message for the fans?
Borislow: Next week.

I will be attending the WPS Draft in a couple of weeks and will try to follow-up with Dan Borislow regarding these questions as well as any transactions that may or may not happen between now and January 14th.

Stay Tuned!

Dec 28, 2010

2011 WPS Draft Hopefuls: UVa's Farrelly looking for a chance

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Sinead Farrelly
Midfielder Sinead Farrelly tallied four goals and six assists during ACC play for the University of Virginia.
(Dec. 23, 2010) -- While only a small number of college seniors – 24 to be exact – will be drafted into Women’s Professional Soccer on January 14, many may have to claw their way onto the rosters of the six WPS teams once pre-season arrives. With an already established lot of players moving and shifting among those six clubs via trades and free agency, top players fresh out of college know they have their work cut out for themselves in their rookie seasons.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year, Virginia’s Sinead Farrelly, is one of those hopeful for her soccer career to continue at the professional level. The Cavalier had four goals and a conference-high six assists during ACC play her senior season, and is encouraged by the possibility of returning to the soccer stage in her native Pennsylvania.

Hailing from suburban Havertown, Pa., located just nine miles west of Philadelphia, one of Farrelly’s earliest soccer memories is with the local U-8 Havertown Hotspur team.

“I still like to believe we were the best team that has ever come out of Havertown,” said Farrelly. “We all grew up together and they were a huge part of the reason I fell in love with soccer.”

The center midfielder is already clued into the localized marketing schemes of WPS teams as the league forges ahead in a more regionalized form.

“I would absolutely love to play for Philadelphia just because I know the area. I have my family there, and it would just be nice to be so close to home,” Farrelly said.  “I also know many of my friends that would love to come watch me play and it would be nice to get that local support for myself and for the league as a whole.” 

The Philadelphia Independence propelled themselves into the 2010 WPS Championship in the expansion side’s first season of play, successfully forming a team out of trades and other WPS team’s unprotected experienced players in the expansion draft.

In advance of the 2010 WPS Draft, Independence Head Coach Paul Riley opted to trade out of the first round handing over their second pick to the Boston Breakers. However, in 2011, the Independence will have two selections to make in the first round, picks two and five.

With Cal Berkeley’s Alex Morgan expected to be selected first by the newest WPS club, the Western New York Flash, many suspect Stanford’s Christen Press will be headed to Philadelphia as the second overall selection. Should the Atlanta Beat and Washington Freedom pass on Farrelly, the Virginian midfielder has the potential to be swooped up by the Philly club fifth or even as the second round ninth pick – a selection received earlier this week in exchange for sending Caroline Seger over to the Flash.

"Sinead is an excellent player, but there are some very good impact players coming out of college,” said Riley. “Sinead is bright, clever, creative and has all the tools to be a top WPS midfielder. She has a good engine, excellent range of passing and a tremendous attitude to training. I'm sure Sinead will go in the first round."

While it is unlikely for a player to come in and establish a truly prominent role in managing the work flow of any WPS team’s midfield in her first professional season, the opportunity to develop among some of the world’s best talent is there.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity,” said Farrelly. “It’s so amazing that WPS is available and can give every women’s soccer player the chance to continue her career after playing at the college level.  I love playing soccer, and any chance that I have to keep doing what I love is something that I definitely would like to do.”

Sinead Farrely Articles on VaSoccerNews

Dec 27, 2010

D.C. United offseason re-cap IN/OUT?

It has been an extremely busy offseason so far for the 4-time MLS Cup champions. They have resigned amazing rookie sensation and 2010 MLS ROY, Andy Najar and named Ben Olsen as the full time head coach heading into 2011.

Here is a quick look at the players that are IN/OUT so far:

IN: Dax McCarty (trade with POR), Joseph Ngwenya (Re-Entry Stage 1), Ethan White (Univ. Maryland), Josh Wolff (Re-Entry Stage 2), Steve Cronin (trade with POR)

OUT: Rodney Wallace (trade with POR), Jordan Graye (expansion draft to POR), Danny Allsopp (released) Juan Manuel Pena (option declined), Barry Rice (option declined), Brandon Barklage (option declined), Carlos Varela (option declined), Jaime Moreno (option declined), Troy Perkins (trade with POR)

The red and black will be adding a few more players as they participate in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft January 13, 2011 in Baltimore, MD.

Man. United set to play Barcelona at FedEx Field

Friday, December 24, 2010 - Haydon's Soccer Pitch by John Haydon

John Haydon of Haydons Soccer Pitch has reported the following story:

A huge soccer game is coming to the D.C. region.

Spanish giant Barcelona is scheduled to play legendary English club Manchester United at 91,000 capacity FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on July 30, according to the Associated Press today and first reported by the Soccer Insider website.

United last played Barcelona at the 2009 Champions League final in Rome which was won by the Spanish club 2-0. The two teams could of course play in this years Champions League. Both teams are through to the quarterfinal stage.

Barcelona will also play AC Milan (Aug. 3 in Miami ) and Mexican team America (Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 6 ) as part of its American tour.

Barcelona toured the U.S. as part its preseason preparations in 2008 and 2009.

In its 2011 U.S. tour, the team will likely be missing stars Lionel Messi, right back Daniel Alves and midfielder Javier Mascherano because of the Copa America in Argentina, which ends July 24.

Dec 22, 2010

D.C. United announces 2011 home opener

Washington, D.C. – D.C. United’s 16th season will kick-off on Saturday, March 19, 2011 when the Columbus Crew visit RFK Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the first time in club history that United has faced the Crew in the season-opener.

United vs Columbus Crew
  • 49 previous MLS matches
  • 22 wins for United
  • 19 wins for Columbus Crew
  • 8 ties
  • 23 previous MLS matches
  • 15 wins for United
  • 5 wins for Columbus Crew
The team’s second game of the 2011 campaign comes the following weekend as the Black-and-Red travel north to face the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 26 at a time to be determined.

The MLS season will begin on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 when Seattle Sounders FC host the LA Galaxy live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET. Additional games and national television broadcasts will be announced at a later date. The entire 2011 MLS regular season will be released by early February.

2011 D.C. United schedule to date:
Saturday, March 19 – D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 26 – D.C. United at New England Revolution, TBD

Loudoun Soccer Board of Directors Election Results

Loudoun Soccer Board of Directors election results:

Tom Thomas - President

Robin Philips – Vice-President

Peter Walther - Treasurer

Steve Szczypinski - Secretary/Director of Communications

Frank Mencini - Director of Business Development

Kendra Davenport - Director of Fundraising

Jennifer Price - Director of Operations

Polly Downey - Member at Large

Mark Ziegler - Member at Large
Loudoun Soccer

Dec 17, 2010

2011 WPS Draft Scheduled for January 14 with Live Webcast

Women's Professional Soccer
2011 WPS Draft Scheduled for January 14 with Live Webcast

Six WPS Teams will have Four Rounds to Select the Best Talent Coming Out of College Ranks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 16, 2010) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced today that its 2011 WPS Draft has been scheduled at 1pm on Friday, January 14th during the 2011 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. WPS fans around the country will have the chance to follow their favorite team’s selections in real time via a live league webcast from Baltimore, Maryland, on -- the first time ever that the league has webcast its annual college draft.

The draft will start with Western New York Flash having the first pick in 2011 and will continue for four rounds of selections by the six WPS teams. As an expansion team, the Western New York Flash will also receive a supplemental pick at the end of the first round.

The live webcast will include online chats, interviews and analysis from WPS experts for fans to follow along. The draft room itself will be open to league officials, teams and media with the public able to catch all the action on the web. The two previous No. 1 selections include Amy Rodriguez in 2009 out of USC and Tobin Heath in 2010 from the University of North Carolina. The league will post the top five prospects at all four positions (GK, D, MF & F) based on a panel of media experts prior to the draft.

2011 WPS Draft Order (subject to change via trades)
Round 1
1.    Western New York Flash
2.    Philadelphia Independence    * via trade
3.    Atlanta Beat            * via trade
4.    Washington Freedom
5.    Philadelphia Independence
6.    Boston Breakers
7.    Atlanta Beat            * via trade
8.    Western New York Flash    * supplemental pick (expansion team)

Round 2
9.    Western New York Flash
10.    Washington Freedom
11.    Philadelphia Independence
12.    Boston Breakers

Round 3
13.    Western New York Flash
14.    Atlanta Beat
15.    Philadelphia Independence    *via trade
16.    Sky Blue FC
17.    Washington Freedom
18.    Philadelphia Independence
19.    Boston Breakers

Round 4
20.    Western New York Flash
21.    Sky Blue FC
22.    Washington Freedom
23.    Philadelphia Independence
24.    Boston Breakers

Dec 15, 2010

Suffolk Chaos win VSL title

Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk Chaos won its first divisional championship in the Virginia Soccer League with a hard-fought, well-played 2-1 win over Smithfield on Sunday.

The Chaos is a U13 boys travel team affiliated with Suffolk Youth Athletic Association.

Suffolk entered the VSL and travel soccer in the fall of 2009 as a U12 team. Suffolk won the top division of the Capital Cup Tournament in Richmond during Memorial Day Weekend and the Sun Cup tournament in Virginia Beach in August.

The Chaos came up one win short of winning a VSL divisional championship each of its last two seasons.
This fall, Suffolk completed league play with a 7-1 record, scoring 26 goals while allowing 11.

The Chaos played solid team soccer with 10 players scoring during the season. More important than the scoring though was how Suffolk improved its defense through the season.

After going unbeaten in the Sun Cup and the first four VSL games, Chaos lost 4-2 to the Richmond Strikers United in October.

With three league matches left against arguably the three best remaining teams, Chaos allowed only one goal the rest of the season.

Adam Worley, Nadim Barakat, Logan Montel, Jordan Brown, Greg Arcand and Joshua Ralston made up the defense with goalkeeper Matthew Goodwin.

The Suffolk Chaos draws players from Suffolk, Windsor and Chesapeake. Every Suffolk middle school is represented with at least one team member. The team looks forward to building toward the spring season and a higher caliber division of VSL and tournaments.

VYSA Selects Award Winners

VYSA Congratulates the 2010 Award Winners that will be recognized at the VYSA Convention on January 22, 2011. This years Award Winners are:
  • Volunteer of the Year - Donna Church
  • Administrator of the Year - Julie Caramanica
  • Boys Recreation Coach of the Year - Michael Rose
  • Girls Recreation Coach of the Year - Paul Frascione*
  • Boys Competitive Coach of the Year - Anthony "Bo" Amato
  • Girls Competitive Coach of the Year - Clyde Watson*
  • Male Young Referee of the Year - Jordan Tyrrell
  • Female Young Referee of the Year - Stephanie Ellis

Congratulations 2010 Award Winners.  Thank you for your contributions to Virginia Youth Soccer, its players and members.

Dec 14, 2010

William & Mary Women's Soccer John Daly to Receive 2010 NSCAA Women’s Committee Award of Excellence

William & Mary Soccer Coach John Daly

Williamsburg, Va. - William and Mary Tribe head women’s soccer coach John Daly has been selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the recipient of its Women’s Committee’s Award of Excellence on Tuesday. The award, sponsored by Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS), was established in 1999 to recognize those who have brought honor and distinction to women's soccer.

"I am honored and humbled to join such exalted company. It was totally unexpected and is greatly appreciated”, coach Daly remarked on earning the honor. “To be mentioned in the same breath as the late, wonderful Charlotte Moran, Louise Waxler, former Tribe assistant coach April Heinrichs and coaching legends such as Anson Dorrance and Tony DiCicco, among others, is a great honor."

Of Daly, William and Mary Athletics Director Terry Driscoll said, “As a teacher, as a coach and as an ambassador for the game of women‘s soccer, John is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished through dedication, humility and class. We are thrilled that John’s peers have recognized him as a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award”.

An institution at the College, Daly has been the head women’s soccer coach for 24 seasons, guiding the Tribe to 24-straight winning seasons and to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances. Daly has coached the side in 506 matches, amassing a record of 330-137-39 (.691) overall and a mark of 114-28-12 (.779) in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Amongst his peers, Daly by all measures ranks as one of the top 20 coaches in NCAA history. When the College defeated Delaware in double-overtime on Oct. 3, 2008, Daly became just the fourth women’s soccer coach in NCAA Division I history to win 300 games all with the same school. All told, Daly is the ninth coach in Division I to accomplish the remarkable feat of 300 victories and the 19th across all divisions in the NCAA.

Long the winningest-coach in school history, Daly surpassed his predecessor, John Charles, in 1992 with a 3-1 decision over New Hampshire to record his 64th victory and has since piled up an additional 229 wins. Daly had another milestone on Sept. 7 last season when he coached his 450th career match against Columbia, becoming only the sixth coach in Division I history to reach the milestone at one school.

The magnitude of Daly’s accomplishments, which include capturing nine CAA titles, six Regional Coach of the Year awards, and four CAA Coach of the Year plaques, has not been lost on the greater William and Mary community. In 2004, the College named its new all-grass stadium in joint honor of Daly and former men’s coach Al Albert, “the ultimate accolade” in a storied coaching career.

WAGS, who has graciously sponsored the award since its inception, will be donating $5,000 to the non-profit of Coach Daly's choosing that promotes women's/girls’ soccer. Coach Daly will receive the award at the NSCAA Women’s Soccer Breakfast, to be held at the Hilton Baltimore Saturday morning, January 15, in conjunction with the 2011 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

ODU's Asante, Newton Earn Region Honors in Soccer

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Old Dominion freshman forward Gideon Asante and senior goalkeeper Evan Newton have been named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Soccer squad.

Asante, a first-team pick, had four goals and two assists this season. Newton, a second-team pick from Virginia Beach, finished with six shutouts, 74 saves and a 1.07 goals-against average this year. He is ODU's all-time leader in saves (254) and shutouts (36).

Virginia Players Chosen for U.S. u-15 Boys National Team Roster

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Three local players have been selected by head coach Jim Barlow to participate in the upcoming eight-day training camp in Bradenton, FL.

  • Herber Mejia-Flores (GFA Rangers; Manassas Park, Va.)
  • Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.)
  • James Ellis Jr. (Beach FC Red; Chesapeake, Va.)

Full U.S. Soccer u-15 Boys Roster

Dec 13, 2010

William & Mary Men's Soccer - Tribe’s Nathaniel Baako Named Second-Team NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-American

Williamsburg, Va. - After a stellar senior season for the College, William and Mary Tribe senior men’s soccer player Nathaniel Baako was named a Second-Team NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-American. Baako was the only player from the CAA to earn a spot on any of the three NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-American teams.

Baako ended his spectacular career for the Green and Gold with a fantastic 2010 season. Baako started all 22 matches for the College, scoring four goals and tying for the team lead with six assists. His 14 points tied for third-best on the Tribe, who won the seventh CAA title in program history, making it all the way to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

After the season, Baako was named First-Team All-CAA for the third-consecutive season and was also named First-Team All-South Atlantic Region by the NSCAA. For his career, Baako started all 83 matches in which he appeared, tallying 45 points on 13 goals and 19 assists.

With his honor, Baako becomes the 10th player in the College’s history to be named an All-American by the NSCAA. His second-team accolade is the best for Tribe player since 2003 when Phil Hucles was also named a Second-Team All-American. Last season, Andrew Hoxie was named a Third-Team All-American.

2011 Virginia Youth Soccer Convention and Awards Luncheon

Virginia Youth Soccer Annual Convention and Awards Luncheon

The 2011 VYSA Convention will take place just a few weeks after the holidays. Mark your calendars for Friday evening, January 21, 2011 and all day Saturday, January 22, 2011.

For more information go to our web site at

How Do I Register to Attend?

We are almost ready, we just need YOU! Registration is on line. Go to the registration link and fill in the information, that's all there is to it.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Special Guests

Several special guests have agreed to join us this year to do presentations at our Convention and Luncheon:

  • Dave Johnson of Fox Soccer Channel will act as MC for the Awards Luncheon
  • Chad Ashton, Assistant Coach of DC United
  • Dan Gaspar, USSF National Coach and 2010 Portugal Men's National Goalkeeping Coach
  • Larry Monaco, Past President US Youth Soccer
  • Doctors from Commonwealth Orthopaedics
  • Gina Watkins, Regional Director of Constanct Contact for the Washington Metro Area
  • Dr. Dan Freigang, USSF National Staff and Sports Psychologist
  • Scott Leff, Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Non Profits

Giveaways for Everyone!


Don't miss this one!!!

We have great sessions planned and many giveaways. Every attendee receives a goodie bag full of fun items. Giveaways include a chance to win:

  • a 32" flat screen color TV,
  • a portable GPS, or
  • a portable DVD player!
There are many more giveaways throughout the day and during the luncheon that range from free tickets to DC United home games to adidas equipment and much more!

General Convention Schedule

Friday, January 21, 2011
  • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Special Coaching Lecture with DC United Head Coach Ben Olson
  • 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm VYSA Welcome Reception - All are Welcome!!!
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Technnical Director/Directors of Coaching Meeting
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm State Referee Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 22, 2011
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 noon Registration Open
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am Contentinental Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am First Convention Session Time
  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am Exhibit Hall Time
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Second Convention Session Time
  • 11:00 am - 11:45 am Exhibit Hall Time
  • 11:45 am - 1:15 pm Awards Luncheon
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Time
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Third Convention Session Time
  • 2:30 am - 3:30 am Exhibit Hall Time
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Fourth Convention Session Time
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Activities - Exhibit Hall Closes
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am Hall of Fame Committee Meeting
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Closed Travel Registrars' Meeting

Planned Sessions

We are working on lecture sessions and coaching demonstration sessions. Here is a list of just a few of what we have planned.
  • Closed Registrars' Session
  • Background Check Procedures
  • Online Registration for Recreation Clubs .
  • Communications Through Social Media
  • IRS and Financial Best Practices
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities of Boards of Directors
  • Boards of Directors Risk Management
  • Building Fields: What VYSA Has Learned
  • Concussions
  • Care and Prevention of Common Foot and Ankle Problems
  • Care and Prevention of Common Knee Problems
  • ACL Injuries in Females
  • Updating Your Club "The 24/7/365" Soccer Club
  • How Soccer Explains the World
  • Psychology Sessions
  • Human Resource Management
  • Soccer Across America: Holding Club Fiestas
  • TOPSoccer Program
  • Working With Our Youngest Players Demo
  • plus 8 other coaching demos and
  • 4 referee lectures


Julie Caramanica
Virginia Youth Soccer Association



Dec 10, 2010

2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men’s Division I All-South Atlantic Region Teams Announced

Williamsburg, Va. - The 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Division I All-South Atlantic Region teams were announced on Thursday, with the University of Maryland leading all teams with six players earning a spot on the three teams. The South Atlantic Region is composed of all 12 CAA teams, all nine Big South teams, as well as Boston College, Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech out of the ACC.

While Maryland had six players honored, ACC-rival Virginia placed five on the teams while High Point also had five players honored. The College of William and Mary and Boston College each had three players earn a place on the three teams while Old Dominion, Liberty, and Towson each had two players recognized.

Individually, first-teamers Nathaniel Baako from William and Mary and Indy Smith from UNC Wilmington each earned their third career All-South Atlantic All-Region honor. Earning their second all-region accolades in 2010 were Zachary MacMath of Maryland, Jason Herrick of Maryland, Karo Okiomah of High Point, C.J. Sapong of James Madison, Alex Russell of Coastal Carolina, Darren Amoo of Liberty, Diego Restrepo of Virginia, Will Bates of Virginia, and Brian Ownby of Virginia.

2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South Atlantic Region First Team
K – Zachary MacMath (Jr./ Maryland)
D – Sacir Hot (So./Boston College)
D – Indy Smith (Sr./UNC Wilmington)
D – Ethan White (So./ Maryland)
M – Gideon Asante (Fr./Old Dominion)
M – Nathaniel Baako (Sr./William and Mary)
M – Matthew Kassel (Jr./Maryland)
F – Jason Herrick (Sr./Maryland)
F – Karo Okiomah (Jr./High Point)
F – C.J. Sapong (Sr./James Madison)
F – Casey Townsend (Jr./Maryland)

2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South Atlantic Region Second Team
K – Evan Newton (Sr./Old Dominion)
D – Uriah Bentick (So./Liberty)
D – Shaun Foster (Fr./Hofstra)
D – Hunter Jumper (Jr./Virginia)
D – Alex Russell (Sr./Coastal Carolina)
M – Kyle Bekker (So./Boston College)
M – Fejiro Okiomah (So./High Point)
M – Lucas Paulini (Sr./VCU)
F – Darren Amoo (So./Liberty)
F – Alan Koger (Sr./William and Mary)
F – Scott Rojo (Sr./High Point)
F – Charlie Rugg (So./Boston College)

2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South Atlantic Region Third Team
K – Diego Restrepo (Sr./Virginia)
D – Ryan Bennett (So./High Point)
D – Derek Buckley (Sr./William and Mary)
D – Taylor Kemp (So./Maryland)
M – Ari Dimas (So./Virginia)
M – Ernesto Marquez (Sr./ George Mason)
M – Shawn Sloan (So./High Point)
F – Olakunle Banjo (Fr./Towson)
F – Will Bates (So./Virginia)
F – Marco Mangione (Sr./Towson)
F – Brian Ownby (Jr./Virginia)

Dec 9, 2010

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Two Hours With April (Heinrichs)

Article reprinted with permission of the author: Coree Reuter

Coree grew up in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest, where she played in mud puddles, rode horses and kicked soccer balls throughout her childhood. After graduation from Centenary College (NJ) in 2008, she relocated to Virginia where she works as a journalist. Even as an adult, she combines her passion and zest for life with a determination to make a difference, seeks to inspire others and encourage young and old to dream big every day. Currently, she is pursuing a semi-professional career in soccer coaching, with hope that she can pass on the values and lessons she herself learned from The Beautiful Game. She’s also passionate about travel and is looking forward to spending three weeks in Europe with her family this December, as well as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011 with her brother, Justin.

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Two Hours With April

Seven years ago I sat in the stands, my face proudly splashed with the colors of our nation, as the United States’ Women’s Soccer Team took on Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-finals in my own backyard. I remember the excitement of that game. The way the fans rallied around those women and carried them despite the heartbreaking loss to the Germans. I remember standing in the bleachers just behind the corner flag and watching my idol Briana Scurry stalk her goal box. I remember the effortless grace of the women on the field, and how easy they made the game look. How beautiful the game suddenly became.

And even though the women lost that day, the fans wouldn’t stop cheering for them. We chanted “USA!” for what felt like hours after the final whistle.

It was that moment that opened my eyes to how soccer is supposed to be played: with passion and grace, elegance, pride, strength, finesse, creativity, zest and heart. I suddenly understood what it really meant to leave your heart on the field.

Seven years ago I never imagined I’d be where I am now, and I certainly would have had a good chuckle if you would have told me I would end up being a soccer coach after college, and that I would taking a coaching clinic with April Heinrichs herself.

April was a guest lecturer at the Junior VI clinic this past weekend, and she was a wonderful addition to our coaching education. Her first lecture, “The Role Of The Coach” provided us with view of the many qualities and responsibilities we have as coaches. Her second lecture, on systems of play, gave us a fabulous history lesson on how the womens’ national team has evolved. At the beginning of the first lecture, she said that most of us know what a good coach is because we’ve either played for a good one, or a bad one who we never want to emulate.

She first discussed the difference between a manager and a coach — managers have subordinates; coaches have followers, managers tell; coaches show, managers are task oriented; coaches are people oriented. She also mentioned that more and more companies are utilizing coaching techniques in business, which i found really interesting and plan on reading up on the topic more. The main thing that stood out for me, though, is the idea that we aren’t just coaches, but that we are leaders.

So what is a leader, anyway? A leader, by definition, isn’t very exciting, but leadership plays a huge role in team sports and in our lives. Leaders give us a direction and a goal, leaders show us how to accomplish our tasks, leaders encourage us, and drive us, and push us to be better even though we might not know they’re standing behind us. A leader is a “trusted adviser to help us reach our goals”.

Am I a leader?

It’s just another one of those parts of soccer (and life) that’s filled with many shades of gray, isn’t it? I think, though, that April can help us discover where we are in our coaching career with these key points of leadership.

VISION — see the end first, then explore how to get there. Set your goals for the end of the season and work backward for success. Setting goals is so important, not only in soccer, but in life, and April strongly encouraged us to have our players set personal goals, set team goals, and as a coach, set your own personal coaching goals.

TRUST — must be earned, especially with girls! Build a relationship with your players and show that your worth. Show that you are a positive role model on and off the field. Sometimes you have to get players to “buy in” to your program and get everyone on the same ship, rowing the same direction. This can take time and patience. You must be accountable and constantly evaluate yourself to make sure you’re setting positive examples.

COMMUNICATION — Must be two-way. Your players should have a clear understanding of the direction you want to go. You should give criticism the way you would want to receive it, and you should be honest and tactful.

BUILDING CONFIDENCE — always try and build up your players, not break them down. Teach them that they do have control of the game, and if you are giving criticism, sandwich it with positives. You should try to show your players unconditional support and belief in them as people and players.

PROBLEM SOLVER — Develop self-coaches, problem solvers and leaders. Encourage them to ask questions and be creative in their approach to the game and life. Soccer is the players’ game. Let them play it! Facilitate their growth, but don’t decapitate their decision making.

PREPARATION — Always have a plan, but be flexible. Provide your players a competitive and positive environment. April believes that there is no such thing as being too competitive, and that competitive spirit is what brings players to the field. “Soccer is a metaphor for life,” she said. “Don’t rationalize losing.” The players want structure and discipline in their sessions, but they don’t want dictators. Rule with flexibility.

“LESS IS MORE” — Find a training rhythm that works for you, and learn to take a step back. The American game is famous for having some of the hardest working players in the world. When we fail, we want to work harder. But sometimes, it’s better to take a step back, breath, and let the game be what it is … a game. Surprise your team on occasion. Let them decide what they want to do for part of practice.  Freedom is so important in the game. Let them play. Let them love the game as often as possible.

STANDARDS — Set clear expectations and enforce them. Challenge them to become better every day. Set the bar, reach it, then raise it. But don’t cut corners. Don’t teach them that cutting corners is okay. Being the best is not about cutting corners.

BUILD CHEMISTRY — Find players that compliment each other. Build the chemistry between the players, players and the coaches, between the coaches. Your team and all the people involved with it should work seamlessly together.

CULTURE — How do we do things? What do we stand for? What are we about? What are our values? April spoke about the current women’s national team coach, Pia Sundhage, and how she comes to training with this air about her that says, “I love the game, do you love it as much as me? Let’s play!” What do you embody as a coach?

April finished her first lecture by asking two simple questions. We know what a coach is supposed to be, but do we embody it? We know what a coach is supposed to be, and can we grow?

Attending these coaching courses certainly provides you with an opportunity to grow, but will you embrace the lessons? You could pay all the money in the world, qualify for all the highest licenses out there, but if you are so rigid in your views and refuse to change, the game and it’s players will pass you by.

After April was finished, I personally thanked her for her advice, and spoke with her about how I could get my foot in the door. I asked her if a division III soccer player could ever find herself coaching at the highest levels of soccer. She smiled and reminded me of something I’ve always believed in.

“If you show you have something to offer, and you show your worth, then it doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Thank you, April Heinrichs, for inadvertently inspiring me all those years ago, and for giving me the confidence to keep pushing forward. I will never be able to play like my many idols, but maybe someday I can coach like one.

Also by Coree:

Am I an Ethical Coach?

Dec 8, 2010

WPS Finalizes Calendar for 2011 Season

Women's Professional Soccer
WPS Finalizes Calendar for 2011 Season

Teams to Play 18-game Schedules April through August,
Existing Playoff Format Retained for 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 8, 2010) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) today announced the calendar for its 2011 WPS Season, the league’s third year of play featuring the top players from around the world. In 2010, over 20 countries were represented by players in WPS.

Next season, WPS teams will play an 18-game schedule, comprised of nine home games and nine away matches from April through August. The league’s Board of Governors also voted to retain the existing playoff format used during the first two seasons.

Opening weekend has been set for April 9-10, 2011 with the 2011 WPS Championship presented by Citi scheduled for the weekend of August 27-28. Similar to the past two years, preseason will begin no earlier than March 1; retaining the playoff format will continue to see four teams qualify for the post-season. The last two regular seasons have seen exciting down-to-the-wire finishes with teams securing their playoff berths on the final weekend of the regular season.

The winner of the regular season earns an automatic berth into the WPS Championship presented by Citi and the regular season runner-up will host the WPS Super Semifinal against the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 4 in the WPS First Round.

With the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ scheduled for June 26 – July 17, WPS will take the first two weeks of the tournament off from league play and thus will not schedule a 2011 WPS All-Star Game.

“Going into year three, we are refining and adjusting our schedule to put in place what works best for our teams, fans and national television,” said WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas. “We are returning to our timeline from the inaugural season, which will accommodate the World Cup and hopefully boost average team attendance.” Over the past two seasons, WPS has attracted over 600,000 fans through the turnstiles.

The 2011 regular season schedule and national television schedule for “WPS Sunday on FSC” will be announced in February. Kick-off times for the WPS Playoffs will also be announced together with the league’s national television partner, Fox Soccer Channel, next year.

William and Mary Tribe women’s soccer players named All-Region

Williamsburg, Va. - William and Mary Tribe women’s soccer players Diana Weigel and Mallory Schaffer were named All-Region on Monday after fantastic seasons in 2010. As a team, the Tribe was also recognized on Monday, earning the 2010 NSCAA Team Academic Award.

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Weigel, who also earned All-Region honors in 2008, was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second-Team this year. The honor is the second for Weigel this year, as she was named First-Team All-CAA for the second-consecutive year. Weigel started all 19 matches for the Tribe this year and was a stalwart on the Tribe’s defense again this season. Weigel also contributed on the offensive end, scoring one goal and dishing out three assists on the season. Weigel’s best match of the season came in the Tribe’s 3-2 victory over VCU, when the Fairfax, Virginia native recorded a goal and an assist to lead the College to the win.

Schaffer has a breakout season for the College this year, earning a spot on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third-Team. After a solid rookie year, Schaffer had a terrific season for the Tribe in 2010, earning All-CAA First Team honors. An absolute force offensively, Schaffer led the Tribe with 23 points on the strength of a team-high 10 goals and three assists. Schaffer’s outstanding numbers ranked her in a tie for second in goals in the conference and fifth in the CAA in points. When Schaffer scored this season for the College, it came in bunches at the sophomore tallied four matches with two goals. During one four-match stretch this year, Schaffer notched four consecutive goals for William and Mary. On the season, Schaffer led the College with four game-winning scores.

A total of 639 soccer teams (195 men, 444 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic year, and William and Mary women’s soccer was among those. The Tribe earned the award for the fifth time in school history, the first since the 2006 season.

Top 10 Soccer Stadiums - #10

Top 10 Soccer Stadiums

This is another one of my soccer lists. This time I am ranking the top 10 soccer stadiums that currently exist in the world.

I am considering history, design, location, and the major team using the stadium.

Feel free to agree or disagree just be sure to do so in the comments section.

Definition of Stadium 

Merriam-Webster defines a stadium as: a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events

If you are a fan of a specific soccer team you know that a stadium is more that simply a building. It is a home, gathering place, and a fortress to be defended. Many fans have lifelong memories created in the stadium of their favorite team. Some stadiums are known by their name and others change names quite often for advertising money. However, a stadium is as much a part of a team and its culture as are a teams players and fans.

#10 Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA 

More well known for the annual college football game of the same name, the Rose Bowl in suburban Los Angeles, CA has hosted some of the most historic soccer games ever played in the U.S.

Opened in 1922 the Rose Bowl ws host to three professional soccer teams. The L.A. Wolves (NASL), L.A. Aztecs (NASL), and the L.A. Galaxy (MLS).

The Rose Bowl Stadium was the venue for the football (soccer) events for the 1984 Summer Olympics, 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The remaining will be counted down from #9 - #1, one each day.

Virginia Tech names Adair Head Women's Soccer Coach

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department has named former Associate Head Coach Charles “Chugger” Adair the new women’s soccer head coach Tuesday.

“I believe that Coach Adair will continue the positive momentum of our women’s soccer program,” said Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver.

Original Story from Hokie Sports HERE

Adair, who has served as the associate head coach for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team over the past five seasons, came to Tech after holding the same position with the UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team. Adair has been a large part of the Hokies’ success over the past few seasons, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff that has made Virginia Tech a nationally respected program. He has had a hand in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, coaching, scouting, player management, community relations and camps.

Since April 2004, Adair has been an assistant coach and scout on the Cal-South Olympic Development staff. In 2003, he was an assistant coach with the San Diego Spirit of the Women’s United Soccer Association. Adair was youth soccer coach/Assistant Director of Competitive Older Ages for the Del Mar Sharks competitive soccer program for eight years.

Along with his time at UC Santa Barbara, Adair has significant experience coaching at the collegiate level. He spent one season as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Pacific University in Portland, Ore. He also was an assistant coach for the University of San Diego’s men’s team from 1998-2000.

Adair has recorded numerous minutes as a player as well as a coach. He competed professionally for 10 years, including with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and the U.S. National Futsal Team. He also spent time playing for the San Diego Sockers, Wichita Wings, Portland Timbers, San Diego Flash, Minnesota Thunder, Seattle Sounders, Milwaukee Wave, Carolina Dynamo and A.A. Ghent (Belgium) from 1993-2003.

A first round draft pick of the San Diego Sockers and the Wichita Wings, Adair spent three years (1990-1992) at the University of San Diego. At San Diego, he was an All-American, a two-year team captain and a member of the NCAA Finalist Team. He played one year at San Diego State before transferring to USD.

Adair earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USD in 1993 and his MBA from USD in 1996. He also has a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License. Adair has three children: Alexandra, Jack and Madeline.

Dec 7, 2010

Famous Soccer Tattoos

Famous Soccer Tattoos

From David Beckhams' world famous tattoos to U.S. Women's team member Natasha Kai and her massive tattoos, soccer players from around the world are sporting more and more body art than ever before.

Here is a look at some of the most famous soccer players with tattoos as well as some of the tattoos from around the world of soccer.

The beautiful game has some beautiful artwork.

David Beckham 

David Beckham gives a tour of his many tattoos to 60 minutes reporter Anderson Cooper.
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Natasha Kai 

Hands down Natasha Kai is the most tattooed women in soccer if not all sports. With over 25 tattoos (a number that continues to grow) Kai is seemingly covered from head to toe.

Born and raised in Hawaii many of her tattoos have a more traditional Polynesian look to them.

Natasha Kai on L.A. Ink 

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Do you like tattoos on athletes?

Yes, it makes them look sexy,

No, I prefer boring.

Fernando Torres 

Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984), nicknamed El Niño (The Kid in Spanish), is a Spanish footballer who plays for Liverpool and the Spain national team as a striker.

He won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain.

Emmanuel Adebayor 

Emmanuel Adebayor explains the meaning behind his body art. Adebayor is a Togolese footballer who plays for Manchester City.

Trivia: Adebayor bought Cristiano Ronaldo's seven-bedroom mansion in Cheshire for �5.5 million when he made the move to Manchester.

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Marco Materazzi 

Marco Materazzi is an Italian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Internazionale. In 2006 he won the World Cup with Italy national team.

Tattoo stuff on Amazon 

The Mammoth Book of Tattoos

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72 Dinosaur Tattoos

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Dec 6, 2010

Am I An Ethical Coach?

Article reprinted with permission of the author: Coree Reuter

Coree grew up in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest, where she played in mud puddles, rode horses and kicked soccer balls throughout her childhood. After graduation from Centenary College (NJ) in 2008, she relocated to Virginia where she works as a journalist. Even as an adult, she combines her passion and zest for life with a determination to make a difference, seeks to inspire others and encourage young and old to dream big every day. Currently, she is pursuing a semi-professional career in soccer coaching, with hope that she can pass on the values and lessons she herself learned from The Beautiful Game. She’s also passionate about travel and is looking forward to spending three weeks in Europe with her family this December, as well as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011 with her brother, Justin.

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This weekend, I attended the NSCAA’s Junior Level VI course, and one of the topics that I found interesting (and a new idea to me) was ethics.

Of course, this debate could go on for hours, and it was quite fun listening to the coaches debate certain topics. For example, one coach was adament that he would pull his players off the field for deliberate fouls.

If I felt one of my players deliberately tried to hurt someone, I would absolutely yank them off the field. But at the same time, am I going to punish a player for making a decision to foul someone instead of giving them a clear shot at goal? Maybe, but maybe not. I know as a player, that there were certainly situations that I chose to to foul. Like in my co-ed leagues for instance.

I know I am not faster than the men I play with, so when faced with certain situations I know I will be beat, and therefore put my team in jeopardy of going a goal down, I am willing to take the risk of fouling my mark if the need arises to slow down the game and interrup the flow of play so my defense can get reset.  Does that make me an unethical player or an intellegent player? It’s definitely a grey area, isn’t it?

So, let’s take a look at the NSCAA’s Code of Ethics and how I feel, personally, that I follow this code.
  1. Soccer is the players’ game. The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players. I absolutely believe this, but at the same time “the players’ game” is something I didn’t quite understand until I attended these past two coaching courses. Now, I’ve always instinctively  known this to be true, but the connections were definitely made in the courses. But has my approach been all about the holistic development? I believe so. The welfare and safety of the players? Without a doubt. The enjoyment? Absolutely. One of the things we talked about was our coaching philospy. My philospy is all about finding your soccer joy.
  2. Coaches bear responsibility for teaching their players to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the Laws of the Game and the highest levels of sportsmanship. I absolutely believe this, too, but….. I once had a coach who spent one whole session teaching us how to commit fouls without getting caught by the referee. Would I do that as a coach? No. But I will teach my players how to drop their shoulder and push back. I will teach my players to be strong, physical athletes who aren’t afraid of drawing a foul, and I will teach my players to play the game with passion. Does this make me unethical? Here’s the gray area. Fouls are part of the game, but I would never teach a player to slide cleats up or step on the back of another player’s heels while they’re running so they lose a shoe, etc., etc.
  3. Coaches shall treat officials with respect and dignity, and shall teach their players to do the same. One of the first things I told my parents and my girls is that I never want to hear them argue with or yell at a referee. If there’s a problem with the official, it’s my job to address it. I think I get a point for this one.
  4. Our opponents are worthy of being treated with respect. Coaches will model such respect for opponents and expect their players to do likewise. Of course they are, but soccer is a battle, isn’t it? I expect both teams to play hard, to throw their heart on the field and do everything they can to try and come out of the war victorious. However, I also believe that when the game is over, you leave it on the field. When the final whistle blows, you are no longer opponents, but comrades in arms who love the game equally.  I believe in shaking my opposing coaches’ hands before the game. Introducing myself. Wishing them good luck. Because at the end of the day, this is just a game we all play, and if we can’t treat each other with respect, then what’s the point?
  5. In both victory and defeat, the behavior of a coach shall model grace, dignity and composure. Of the points listed so far, I think I understand this one the most. While winning is wonderful and we all strive to win as much as we can, I’ve always maintained that the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned as a player was from the losses. The hard times. I believe there is always something to be learned, and that, in my eyes, means that you never truly lose.
  6. Coaches shall adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of the institutions they represent: clubs, schools, sponsoring organizations and sports governing bodies. Professionalism is such a huge part of the coaching game these days, isn’t it? While I try my hardest to be the best representative of my club that I can, I know I’ve slipped once or twice this past season. However, as I mentioned above, learning from your mistakes makes them so much more valuable. And it is only through our mistakes that we become better.
  7. Coaches have a responsibility to promote the interests of soccer, including treating media with courtesy, honesty and respect. Well, considering I am in the media world, I fully support this statement!
  8. Coaches shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, racism and sexism, at all levels of soccer. One of the most beautiful things about the game of soccer is the way it brings so many people, cultures and religions together. The game has no stereotypes. It has no racism. The game doesn’t care what you look like or where you come from, and as coaches, neither should we.
  9. Coaches are responsible for taking an active role in education about, and prevention and treatment of, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, both in their own lives and in the lives of their players. I absolutely believe and support this. The role of a coach is more than just teaching our players about the game. It’s teaching our players about making decisions, and solving problems and becoming a leader in their lives. Our players look to us to be an example to them. They view us as what they want to become in many cases. We should always strive to provide them with an example we, and the club, and our parents, and their parents, would be proud of.
  10. Coaches shall refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual, and shall oppose such abuse and harassment at all levels of soccer. See above seems to be an appropriate response.
  11. Coaches shall respect the declared affiliations of all players, and shall adhere to all guidelines and regulations on recruiting established by the governing bodies having oversight of their teams and leagues. See #6 and #9 .. if we cheat the system, then what kind of example are we setting for our players? Those that rise to the top do so because of hard work and desire, not because they cut corners.
  12. Coaches shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport – violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect and violations of the Laws of the Game and rules governing competition. Sums it all up, doesn’t it?
So, am I an ethical coach? Do I fulfill this Code of Ethics?

I believe I do. I believe that I have the best of intentions in coaching this game — that the players, making a true difference in their lives, on and off the pitch, is what is important. As long as we keep sight of that. As long as we remember that the game is the greatest teacher, and we give the game back to the players who make it so special, and make the players so special, we are doing our job as coaches.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t the most technically talented coaches, or the team I had the most success on  winning wise that made the difference in my playing and personal life. No, the coaches that truly impacted me were the ones who cared about Coree the person, not Coree the player. If we stick true to that, we’re all on the right track.

Dec 3, 2010

Peter Wilt, Owner/President of Chicago Riot on JMS Podcast

The Jared Montz Soccer Podcast is a new addition to Virginia Online Soccer News courtesy of Jared Montz Soccer.

Jared Montz is a former pro and the founder of Online Soccer Academy and  College Recruiting Website .

Virginia Online Soccer News syndicates his just about weekly Jared Montz Soccer Podcast and you can subscribe for free in iTunes.

You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Peter Wilt, the Owner/President of the Chicago Riot is this week's guest on the Jared Montz Soccer Podcast. Peter is also an investor in the Chicago Red Stars and he is the former President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire.

On the podcast we talked about the Chicago Riot, the state of soccer in America, the WPS business model, some of his past jobs, he shared a funny story about a marketing event where attendance was free if your name was Ed, answered a few user submitted questions, he shared his favorite Montz memory and we previewed the Riot’s home opener against the Milwaukee Wave this Sunday.

Lynchburg College Men's Soccer Advance to First National Semifinal in Program History

DELAWARE, OHIO - The Lynchburg College men's soccer team scored its second upset in two days as the Hornets defeated second-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament. LC beat #1 Trinity University Saturday by the same score.

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New Washington Freedom owner is...


In an official Statement from Washington Freedom Chairwoman Maureen Hendricks, Dan Borislow was named the new controlling partner of the Washington Freedom.

Borislow does have ties to soccer in Florida, see magicJack Hot Shots and Magic Jack Field.

Hopefully other investors will follow suit and step up to support the WPS as a league and the other struggling franchises.
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