May 31, 2011

D.C. United first to win at JELD-WEN

Rookie Perry Kitchen scored his first ever MLS goal to help D.C. United become the first visiting team this season to win a match at JELD-WEN stadium against Portland on Sunday.





Joining Kitchen in scoring for United were teammates Josh Wolff (3) and Chris Pontius (4).

Head coach Ben Olsen had this to say after the game:

 “It’s a big step for us. I don’t want to blow it out of proportion too much because in this league on any given day, you can beat a team. I was proud of the way we defended set pieces. We had a bunch of men out there and they showed that we have the ability to compete physically with a pretty demanding Portland team when it comes to set pieces. That’s been a weak spot of ours and I thought we did a great job with it. What I’m most proud about today was, after that call – the second call, to regroup after that, in front of this crowd, shows a lot of character from every person on that field.”

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid spoke about having to face three consecutive penalty kicks:

“I’ve never been in a situation like that. I definitely don’t agree with those calls. I don’t know what (the assistant referee) expects of me. It happens everywhere around the world. I was not even half a foot off my line, I don’t believe, and (the assistant referee) calls (the violation) twice. On the second one, I definitely kept it in my mind, ‘Stay back and make the save. React.’ But we won and that’s all that matters. We got the three points in a tough arena. Hats off to the Timbers and their fans. We’re going to keep moving forward toward to LA.”

With the win in Portland the Black-and-Red now sit in 4th place in the Eastern Conference up from their previous 6th place.

Next up for Olsens' Army an away match at Western Conference leaders L.A. Galaxy June 3rd at Home Depot Center.

D.C. United Women: Video Highlights 1-0 Loss to Wildcats

 


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May 29, 2011

Piranhas drop 3-0 decision to the Carolina Dynamo

Greensboro, North Carolina – The PDL Piranhas dropped a 3-0 decision to the Carolina Dynamo Saturday night at McPherson Stadium but the match played on the pitch was much closer than the final score. Two outstanding Carolina saves on Piranhas’ shots, a shot that hit the goalpost and a missed call by the officials are not reflected in the final score. Carolina only outshot the Red and White 13-12 and saves were even at 3-3. The Piranhas simply couldn’t find the back of the net.

Match Preview: Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United

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Kickers unable to secure 3 points, settle for draw agianst New York

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite leading on two occasions, the Richmond Kickers were unable to seal a victory over visitors F.C. New York, who claimed a point thanks to a second-half brace by striker Graciano Brito that saw the game end in a 2-2 draw.

May 27, 2011

D.C. United Women - Support OUR Team!

There is plenty of bad blood left over from the way Dan Borislow took the Washington Freedom away and the complete mess he has made of the once great franchise.

Luckily fans of top level women's soccer still have a team to cheer for and follow and better yet they are associated with D.C. United and will be playing their home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Now all that is left is for the fans in this area to show support and make sure this team, D.C. United Women of the USL W-League, have no desire to leave us any time soon.

Be sure to buy tickets to the first D.C. United Women home game on June 9th, follow them on Twitter @DCUWomen and say hello to them on Facebook

Lets see if the fans of the D.C. Metro area can beat the attendance record of many WPS teams and fill up the SoccerPlex on June 9th!

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May 26, 2011

Kickers lose second straight, host FC New York Saturday

ORLANDO, FL – The Richmond Kickers (6-2-1, 19 points) concluded a grueling midweek road trip with a 2-0 loss to Orlando City (7-1-2, 23 points) at the Citrus Bowl Wednesday night. The American Division leaders took an early lead on a pair of goals by Lewis Neal and Kevin Molino inside the first 15 minutes to hand the Kickers their second loss in as many games. The taxing week ends this Saturday, May 28 when the Kickers return to City Stadium to host FC New York in their third game in five days at 7:00 p.m.

Arlington Soccer Player an Internet Sensation w/Amazing Goal

VCCL Accepts Great Falls Soccer Club Resignation

Great Falls Soccer Club submitted their resignation yesterday from VCCL North citing recent changes in staff and leadership. “We are not prepared at this time to appropriately participate in VCCL,” said newly elected Commissioner Kenneth Cushing. “We will spend the next year preparing ourselves for future participation in VCCL.”

Piranhas sign two from Germany

Virginia Beach, Virginia - It sounds like the perfect dream: come to the United States, experience the American way of life, meet new people, see new places, live at the beach, and, above all else, play soccer. For three months Anja Barwinsky and Stephanie Goddard from Germany are able to live out this dream. The two got recruited to play for the 2011 squad of the Virginia Beach W-League Piranhas.


Virginia Signee Morgan Brian named Gataorade POY

The No. 1 girls' player in the country, by unanimous decision, is Morgan Brian.
She even has the hardware to prove it.
Brian received the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Award on Wednesday morning, an honor that came with a surprise presentation from former U.S. Women's National Team player Cat Whitehill.

Read more: No. 1 ranked player gets Gatorade POY

May 25, 2011

magic running out | Former Washington Freedom franchise hit with penalties by WPS

Since being sold to Dan Borislow and turned into one of the sorriest excuses of a "professional sports franchise" in recent American sports history, the once proud Washington Freedom are now the laughing stock of Women's Pro Sports.

Kickers fall to Battery 2-1

CHARLESTON, SC – The Richmond Kickers (6-1-1, 19 points) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Charleston Battery (4-4-2, 14 points) on a steamy Tuesday night at Blackbaud Stadium. Gifted a goal by the Battery defense in a record-setting 30 seconds into the match, Kickers forward Matthew Delicâte gave the visitors an early lead. Charleston forward Dane Kelly brought the scoreline level before the break with midfielder Jon Gruenewald stealing the three points with a last-gasp tally. The Kickers carry on to Orlando to take on the American Division leaders Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl. The match will be broadcast on USLLive.com at 7:30 p.m.

May 24, 2011

USMNT Gold Cup Stats and History


2011 Gold Cup


With the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup just around the corner, we wanted to bring our readers some interesting stats regarding the USMNT and their history in Gold Cup play.

  • The CONCACAF Gold Cup has been played ten times since 1991.
  • The USMNT have won the Gold Cup four times:
    • 1991
    • 2002
    • 2005
    • 2007
  • Thre USMNT players have been named MVP of the Gold Cup Tournament:
    • Tony Meola '91
    • Kasey Keller '98
    • Brian McBride '02
  • Three USMNT players have won the Golden Boot Award
    • Eric Wynalda '96 (4 goals)
    • Brian McBride '02 (4 goals)
    • DaMarcus Beasley '05 (3 goals)
  • The USMNT has won the Fair Play Award twice
    • 2003
    • 2009
  • Fourty-Three different USMNT players have scored goals in Gold Cup action
  • The top three scorers in Gold Cup action for the USMNT are:
    • L. Donovan (12)
    • E. Wynalda (9)
    • D. Beasley (6)

James River Lady Knights claim Pioneer District crown

James River claimed the Pioneer District regular season girls soccer crown, as the Knights rode past host Bath County, 4-2, Monday night.

Bath County scored the first goal of the night, followed by Lady Knights' Haley Baker goal, assisted by Heather Reynolds, tying the game at the end of the first half, 1-1.

Full Story HERE

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CHICAGO (May 23, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will seek to capture the team’s fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title at the 2011 edition of the tournament that takes place from June 5-25 in 13 venues across the United States.

The USA will begin Group C play on June 7 against Canada at Ford Field in Detroit at 8 p.m. ET. Group play continues June 11 against Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. ET. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 14 against Guadeloupe at 8 p.m. CT at the newly christened LIVESTRONG Park in Kansas City, Kan. The broadcast schedule is expected to be announced in the near future.

The U.S. will use the same roster to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the current No.1-ranked team in the world is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can follow all of the USA’s action this summer live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The team will begin gathering for training May 26 in Cary, N.C. Players who are still involved in league competition will join camp following their weekend matches.

“We have said since the start of the new cycle that winning the Gold Cup this year is a top priority, and that was our focus as we built this roster,” said Bradley. “We have a very experienced group, and we know that in a tournament like this all 23 players will need to contribute in order for us to be successful.”
 

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION


GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

May 23, 2011

Richmond Kickers U12 Girls Elite claim 2011 State Cup Championship

RICHMOND, VA – (Monday, May 23, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the U12 Girls Elite claimed the 2011 State Cup Championship Sunday with an emphatic 10-2 victory over Ashburn Arsenal at Ukrop Park. With head coach Mike Burke at the helm, the girls advanced to the final Sunday after blanking the Suffolk Explosion, 7-0, on Saturday. The Kickers will now compete in the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championship tournament July 1-5 in Lancaster, PA.

United player called up by National Team

Dejan Jakovic called-up by Canadian National Team

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that defender Dejan Jakovic has been called-up to the Canadian National Team for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jakovic’s last international selection came in February for a Canadian friendly against Greece.


The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played in the United States, with the victor earning a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. Canada will participate in Group C of the tournament alongside the United States, Guadeloupe, and Panama. The Reds begin group play at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. on Tuesday, June 7 against the U.S. National Team. The Gold Cup Final will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on June 25, 2011. Jakovic will remain with United through the club’s May 29 MLS contest at Portland.

USL - PDL Round-up


Checking in with the three Virginia PDL clubs this week to see how each of them fared in league contests.

Fredricksburg Hotspur 2-1 vs Northern Virginia Royals

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — It was looking like another long day for the Fredericksburg Hotspur in the early going, but after surrendering a goal in the opening minutes, the Hotspur eventually rallied late for a dramatic 2-1 win against the Northern Virginia Royals at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday night.


Full game details HERE


Virginia Beach Piranhas lose 3-1 against West Virginia Chaos

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Playing in their first road game of the USL Premier Development League's 2011 season, and playing without four midfielders and two forwards who helped the team register an impressive opening day win against Fredericksburg, the Virginia Beach Piranhas fell 3-1 to the West Virginia Chaos at Shoenbaum Stadium on Saturday night.


Full game details HERE

Up next in USL PDL action:

Sat. May 28th - Virginia Beach at Carolina

Sun. May 29th - Fredricksburg at Northern Virginia

Mon. May 20th - Fredricksburg home against Maryland

USL W-League Round-up


Three Virginia W-League teams where in action this past week and here is a quick round-up of their results.

Fredricksburg Impact win 1-0 vs Northern Virginia Majestics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Fredericksburg Impact scored early and used a solid defensive effort to earn the first win in franchise history with a 1-0 victory against the Northern Virginia Majestics in their inaugural game in the W-League on Saturday at the University of Mary Washington.


Full game details HERE

Virginia Beach Piranhas fall 2-1 to Dayton Dutch Lions

The W-League Piranhas are still on the search for their first win after losing their season opener last week, and they came close to at least a draw Saturday night. But the Dayton Dutch Lions mustered an 84th minute goal on an unstoppable shot by Ashley Botts when she found space in the center of the Piranhas' penalty area and left the Sportsplex with a 2-1 victory. Brittany Persaud had given the Dutch Lions an early lead before Samantha Hare equalized for the Piranhas in the 22nd minute.


Full game details HERE

Up next in W-League action:

Wed. May 25th - D.C. United Women at New Jersey Wildcats

*D.C. United add Christie Welsh

United fall to Dutch powerhouse AJAX 2-1

Washington, D.C. - In a mid-season international friendly at RFK, D.C. United played host to Dutch football champions Ajax.

Although D.C. forward Blake Brettschneider was able to score a goal for the Black and Red, United fell 2-1 to the Dutch powerhouse on a late goal.

Head Coach Ben Olsen said after the match, On friendly experiences and being exposed to big teams:


"I’ve always loved [international friendlies]. I always had illusions of grandeur and thought they were going to buy me for millions of dollars (laughs) if I scored enough goals."


D.C. UNITED Line-up: Hamid (Cronin 46'); Woolard, White, Jakovic (Korb 46'), Barklage; Najar (Brasesco 71'), Kitchen (Shanosky 76'), McCarty (Fred 46'), Pontius (King 59'); Ngwenya, Quaranta (Brettschneider 46')



 
Next D.C. United International Friendly - July 23 vs Everton

D.C. United to unveil third kit against LA Galaxy

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Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that the team will unveil its 2011 third kit for the first time against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a League contest on June 3. The match is set for 11:00 p.m. ET from the Home Depot Center, with Fox Soccer broadcasting the contest nationally.

W-LEAGUE PIRANHAS LOSE LAST MINUTE HEARTBREAKER TO DAYTON

Virginia Beach, Virginia – The W-League Piranhas are still on the search for their first win after losing their season opener last week, and they came close to at least a draw Saturday night. But Dayton mustered an 84th minute goal on an unstoppable shot and left the Sportsplex with a 2-1 victory.

May 21, 2011

Critical Road Trip Ahead for Kickers

Alexi Lalas Interview

Alexi Lalas Interview: "How the Total Soccer Show accidentally scored its biggest guest yet."

Richmond Spiders Men's Soccer Honored By NCAA For Outstanding Academic Progress

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Athletic Department had three teams honored by the NCAA for outstanding academic progress as released by the organization earlier this week. Men's soccer and men's indoor and outdoor track and field ranked in the top-10 percent for multi-year APR scores in their respective sports among all Division I schools.


Full Story HERE

For more Richmond area soccer news check out: http://www.trickywinger.com/

May 19, 2011

Youth soccer a 'learning experience' for Redskins' Armstrong


Complete Story on Washington Post

Soccer Six Virginia Cup

The 2nd Annual Soccer Six Virginia Cup will be held at Dorey Park in Richmond the weekend of June 18-19.
The adult 6v6 tournament will be held from 9am until 4pm on Saturday and 9am until 3pm on Sunday. Admission for spectators is FREE. A Players Party will also be held on Saturday night.

The Soccer Six VA Cup is open to all teams in 9 adult divisions including: Men's A, B, Rec, 30+, 40+ Women's A, B, and Co-ed A & B. The men's and women's open division will feature elite players, the B division advanced players. Co-ed divisions will feature a combination of skill levels. Tournament Champions and runner up teams in all divisions will receive a team trophy and player gift package.

Former MLS Cup MVP and Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year Alecko Eskandarian Surprises Standout with Elite Honor

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MIDLOTHIAN, Va., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 26th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Luis Rendon of Cosby High School (Midlothian, VA) as its 2010-11 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.  Rendon was surprised with the news in his art class by former MLS All-Star Alecko Eskandarian, who earned Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors in 1999-00.

Read Full Story HERE

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May 18, 2011

Kickers Partner with MARTIN’S to Sponsor Second Annual Food Drive

RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, May 18, 2011) – Help us help others! The Richmond Kickers and MARTIN’S Food Markets are teaming up with the Central Virginia Food Bank to sponsor a food drive during the month of May. Now through May 28, there will be a food collection container at Ukrop Park where Kickers players, families and friends can do their part by donating non-perishable foods to needy families of Central Virginia.

Indie Cowie on ESPN E:60, Amazing Freestyle Juggling Skills

VMI Women’s Soccer Announces 2011 Schedule

LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI women’s soccer program has announced its 2011 schedule, according to information released by the program Tuesday.
The Keydets return Sarah Strand and Kelly Morrison, who both earned Second Team All-Big South honors last year. Strand, in fact, is a two-time All-Conference honoree out of the Keydet midfield, while VMI also returns last year’s leading scorer, Amanda Berrios. All three players will be seniors during the 2011 campaign.

Piedmont Shootout Boys Weekend - Piedmont Youth Soccer League

Piedmont Shootout Boys Weekend - Piedmont Youth Soccer League

Rebounding from Head Injury, U.Va. Athlete Trades Soccer for Engineering

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May 17, 2011

Potomac Falls Soccer Players announce college commitments

Potomac Falls High School athletes have announced which colleges they will be attending.

See the list of soccer players and which schools they will attend below:
  • Isaac Owusu (boys soccer - VCU)
  • Kate Murphy (girls soccer - Elon)
  • Harley Morocco (girls soccer - Randolph-Macon)
  • Kelly Abt (girls soccer - JMU)

USL News: Northern Virginia Royals fall to Real Maryland 2-0

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Real Maryland FC kicked off their 2011 home campaign in style soundly defeating regional rival the Northern Virginia Royals 2-0 in their home opener. This was the second of two games within 24 hours of one another where the Monarchs defeated the Virginia Beach Piranhas 3-0 on the road the day prior.

Full story at: USLSoccer.com

USL News: Chaos Prove Too Much For Hotspur

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Fredericksburg Hotspur is experiencing a baptism by fire so far in its inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League, falling 4-0 loss to the West Virginia Chaos in its home opener at the University of Mary Washington’s Battleground Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.


Full Story at: USLSoccer.com

Great Falls Soccer Club names Sam Bader new Technical Directer

Great Falls Soccer Club (GFSC) Commissioner Kenny Cushing has selected Hussam "Sam" Bader as the new Technical Director for GFSC. In this capacity, Sam will oversee the development of all GFSC coaches and programs to include Little Kickers, House, Suburban Friendship League (SFL), and Travel.

Sam brings a wealth of coaching experience at all levels of club soccer and the Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has been a coach in GFSC since 2004 and is a well-respected member of the club, and Great Falls and larger soccer communities. Additionally, he was selected by the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) as an Assistant Coach for the 1998 Boys Olympic Development Program (ODP) State team.

Departing as the Technical Director is Ed Beach. Ed has been a fixture in GFSC since 2004 and is the visionary behind the club's success. Prior to Ed's arrival, the club was a little rural club unknown to the greater soccer community. Through his leadership, the club has gone on to become one of the top "little" clubs in the nation, consistently producing players in high school, college, Olympic Development Program (ODP), US National Team, and Major League Soccer (MLS).

While the movement of Ed Beach is a tremendous loss to GFSC, the addition of Sam Bader is a tremendous gain.

GFSC wishes both Ed and Sam the absolute best in their bright futures!

May 16, 2011

Indoor Soccer News: Norfolk SharX Join the MISL

Indoor Soccer News: Norfolk SharX Join the MISL: "Norfolk, Virginia – Norfolk SharX President, Marcie Laumann, announced today that the Norfolk SharX, Hampton Roads’ newest professional spo..."

Tribe Spotlight: Bend it like Wade Barrett ’98

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Tribe Spotlight: Bend it like Wade Barrett '98



by Sarah Mellman '12
William and Mary Alumni Association

As the William and Mary Tribe, we support each other, delighting in our victories and commiserating in our losses. Wade Barrett '98 truly embodies the Tribe spirit; he is a team player, both on and off the field. A prominent soccer player at the College during his undergraduate career, Barrett was drafted in the 1998 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft to the San Jose Earthquakes, a team that in 2006 relocated to Texas and became the Houston Dynamo. From rookie to MLS champ and then playing in Europe, and, finally, assistant coach of the Houston Dynamo, Barrett is constantly climbing the ranks while supporting his team every step of the way.

PDL Piranhas fall to Real Maryland 3-0

Virginia Beach, Virginia – In perfect conditions and slightly humid temperatures the Virginia Beach Piranhas faced Real Maryland Saturday night at the Sportsplex in their second game of the 2011 PDL campaign. The Piranhas were looking to build on their successful season start and battled hard but couldn’t handle Maryland’s offense and fell with a final score of 3-0.

W-League Piranhas drop Season Opener 2-0

Virginia Beach, Virginia –The newly formed W-League Piranhas 2011 squad took on conference powerhouse Charlotte Lady Eagles Saturday night in the season opener of the new campaign. The Piranhas fell short with a final score of 2-0.

Former UVa stars: Farrelly and Lenczyk faced off in WPS action Sunday in Atlanta

Sunday night on Fox Soccer Channel two of last years stars on the University of Virginia women's soccer squad where on the same field in Atlanta during the telivised Fox Soccer Channel WPS Sunday Night Game.

Sinead Farrelly MF (Drafted #2, 2011 WPS Draft) now playing for the Philadelphia Independence battled against Meghan Lenczyk F (Drafted #14, 2011 WPS Draft) now of the Atlanta Beat on T.V. and in front of a crowd listed at 6,125.

Both women started for their perspective teams with Lenczyk having more of an impact on the match drawing a penalty from Independence defender Kia McNeill while going towards goal. The penalty earned McNeill a red card and forced the Independence to play the rest of the match down a player.

Both former Virginia players where subbed at half-time and Philadelphia went on to overcome playing most of the match with only ten players by beating Atlanta 2-1.

Next up for Farrelly and the Independence: at Boston, May 22, 4 p.m.

Next up for Lenczyk and the Atlanta Beat: at Sky Blue FC, May 21, 7 p.m.

United tie Reigning MLS Champs Colorado 1-1 at RFK

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With a tie against reigning MLS Champion Colorado, D.C. United salvaged 1pt. and currently sit 6th in the Eastern Conference only 1pt. behind three other teams - New England, Columbus, and Houston.

Converting on his penalty attempt, Chris Pontius scored his 3rd goal of the 2011 MLS season.

Pontius said:

"I was confident [in taking the penalty], and I knew I had hit [the ball] well. I wasn’t going to try and place it, especially with the way the game was going."

Speaking about United veteran Chris Pontius head coach Ben Olsen had this to say:

"In the second half, he was very good. He is part of a lot of the good things that we do. Physically he is pretty well-rounded, he’s strong; I think he’s getting there. But I still need more numbers from him, he still needs to get more goals and assists for us. "

Up next for united in regular season MLS play is an away game for the Black and Red in Portland, OR versus newcomers the Timbers.

With the logjam of teams trailing Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls, United can not afford to lose out on getting at least 1 point in the match against Portland.

May 14, 2011

WPS Responds to magicJack owner infractions and statements

Today following many issues dealing with magicJack owner Dan Borislow, theWomen's Professional Soccer league has released an official statement regarding the recent sanctions imposed on the former Washington Freedom franchise, now called magicJack.

WPS OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2011) -Warning the owner of the magicJack women's soccer club that it will not tolerate his contractual failures and disparaging statements, Women's Professional Soccer took action to ensure the team can meet obligations.

The League said today that it will contract directly with vendors for field boards and match video systems so that the team can meet obligations and will bill the team for this action.

The team staged its first three home games without complying with several league rules, including those requiring display of sponsor field boards and submission of match video. The League said that unless team ownership immediately improves and adheres to League standards, further sanctions will be immediate and swift.

"Women’s Professional Soccer is committed to be the premier women’s soccer league in the world. WPS has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate measures to protect the integrity and future of the league and our brand," said CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas.

"When Mr. Borislow purchased an ownership interest in the Washington Freedom, he bought an organization with existing obligations to the league and others. All owners and teams must comply with the league’s operating guidelines, which represent the commitment of WPS and its owners to a high standard of quality and professionalism.

"WPS has offered the team (re-named magicJack) ample time, options and assistance to ensure that all league standards were met. To our disappointment, the team has failed to meet these standards, and instead of working with his partners to address those failures, Mr. Borislow has chosen to make public statements that reflect a blatant disregard for the truth and are damaging to the best interests of the league. In penalizing the team, WPS has not acted without cause or precedent, and has only taken the action necessary to enforce the regulations of the league," Eileraas said.

"We will not allow any individual to diminish the quality and value of our league. WPS and its Board of Governors are committed to preserving the integrity of our game, and will take immediate action – including taking over certain functions the team has failed to manage -- to protect the best interests of the team, the league, fans, players, and sponsors, and to return the focus where it should be: on the unparalleled play on the field," said T. Fitz Johnson, chair of the WPS Board of Governors.

May 11, 2011

Q & A with W-League Piranhas' head coach Wendy Waddell

Virginia Beach, Virginia – The W-League Piranhas and Wendy Waddell go hand in hand in the world of women’s soccer in Hampton Roads. Waddell, a native of Rochester, New York and former college player for Virginia Tech, first joined the Piranhas in 2004 as a player and became the team’s player-coach in 2008. This year she will just be known as “coach.”

Gatorade Player of the Year to play at George Mason

Soccer: American Heritage's Verneri Valimaa named Gatorade Player of the Year

Va. Beach Piranhas look to stay undefeated at home against Monarchs

The Virginia Beach Piranhas jumped right into the 2011 PDL season with a 2-0 win against the upstart Fredricksburg Hotspur.

Looking to stay undeafeated to start the 2011 campaign, the Piranhas will again be home hosting the Real Maryland Monarchs at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, Saturday, May 15.

Hotspur to host Chaos for home opener at Mary Washington University

Following their seson opening 0-2 loss to the Virginia Beach Piranhas, the Fredricksburg Hotspur are set to host the West Virginia Chaos at home Saturday, May 15 at Mary Washington University.

Head coach, Carl Gray and his squad will be looking for the first PDL win in Hotspur history.

Northern Virginia FC at Real Maryland Saturday

The Northern Virginia Royals are looking to get their first win of the 2011 PDL season this Saturday against Real Maryland following the Royals season opening loss to West Virginia Chaos.

The Royals fell 1-3 to the Chaos and are hoping to contend for the top spot in the South Atlantic Division this season.

Next Game:

Northern Virginia FCvs Real Maryland Saturday, May 15

Full Royals Schedule: HERE

Cavaliers in Major League Soccer - University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site - VirginiaSports.com

Cavaliers in Major League Soccer - University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site - VirginiaSports.com

May 10, 2011

Great Falls Soccer elects Kenny Cushing as Commissioner


Great Falls, VA. -Kenny Cushing has been elected Commissioner of Great Falls Soccer Club. Here are the Commissioner's Critical 10 priorities to improve the club for the future. An actionable "Strategic Improvement Plan" will guide the club's efforts and will allow members to 1) see areas where they can get involved and help move the club forward, and 2) hold Commissioner Cushing accountable." (click HERE to see the priorities).

The vote count on the recent election was 204 for Kenny Cushing and 145 for Jack Kerrigan. Thank you sincerely to all members that came out to vote and support the Club.

Keller helps rebuild Rams: Senior forward part of Strasburg soccer program's inaugural freshman class - Sports

Keller helps rebuild Rams: Senior forward part of Strasburg soccer program's inaugural freshman class - Sports

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United ranked 14th in MLS Week 8 Power Rankings, face #7 Rapids Saturday

The week 8 Power Rankings have been released by MLSSoccer.com and D.C. United come in at number 14, up two spots from 16th last week.

After a horrible April, United have bounced back with a win and a tie in their last two outings.

Still hanging around in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with eleven points in nine games, the Black and Red prepare to face Colorado this Saturday, May 14 at RFK.

Can Olsens' Army continue its recent turnaround and beat the Rapids, ranked no. 7 in this weeks power rankings, in front of United fans to insure it will not lose any ground to the top teams in the East, Philly and New York?

Vote for Charlie Davies: MLS Goal of the Week

Woodbridge graduate Jen Woodie directs newly formed women's soccer team

Woodbridge graduate Jen Woodie directs newly formed women's soccer team:

"She has always wanted to win. She has always been around teammates who have shared that mentality."

May 9, 2011

D.C. United midfielder Shanosky called into U.S. U-20 National Team


Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that midfielder Conor Shanosky has been called into the United States Under 20 side to take part in two international friendly matches against France’s U-20’s. The trip will take place from May 15 through May 20, with the friendlies to be played in Vichy, France on May 17 and May 19.





D.C. United, Volkswagen announce partnership with popular SoccerFest tournament


Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2011) - D.C. United announced today an agreement to become title sponsor of the popular regional 4-on-4 “SoccerFest” tournament. D.C. United SoccerFest - Driven by Volkswagen will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 2011, at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA.


Vote Charlie Davies for MLS AT&T Goal of the Week: Week 8

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Lynchburg Area SAY Joins Blue Sombrero Blue Sombrero

Lynchburg Area SAY Joins Blue Sombrero Blue Sombrero

USWNT 2011 Women's World Cup Roster Announced



 

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)

Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)

Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)

Forwards: Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

 

Upcoming VYSA Coaching Education Courses





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For complete information or to contact a VYSA representative regarding coaching education program go to: Coaching Education Program Information

US Youth Soccer and CDC Team Up - Heads Up Concussions in Soccer - VYSA

US Youth Soccer and CDC Team Up - Heads Up Concussions in Soccer - VYSA

Chantilly Slips by Centreville Girls Soccer Team

The Centreville Wildcats lost to Chantilly on Friday night 1-0 after a 30 minute game delay due to the weather. The Wildcats held the Chargers to a one-point lead the entire game. The only goal was scored due to a penalty kick early in the first quarter.

Click Here for: Photos from the game.

May 6, 2011

BRYC Announces the Elite Performance Academy

Braddock Road Youth Club Soccer announced today that it is implementing a new program specifically targeted toward developing the female soccer player who is intent on playing soccer in college. The new program, known as the BRYC Elite Performance Academy, has a goal of 100% of its participants being recruited to play in college. “Our plan is to develop, showcase and prepare each Academy participant for success in college - both on and off the field,” says Larry Best, the program’s director. Best, a 29 year coaching veteran, is currently the coach of BRYC 95 Elite, a successful, nationally ranked Under 15 girls’ soccer team based in Annandale.

Broad Run rebounds from loss to Briar Woods | Washington Post

Soccer athlete murdered

Soccer athlete murdered - Accent Advocate - Campus Beat

VCU Spring Recap (video)


For more coverage of Richmond area soccer check out: www.TrickyWinger.com

Mason Downs Clarke County; Miller Scores Pair of Goals on Her Birthday

Mason Downs Clarke County; Miller Scores Pair of Goals on Her Birthday

May 5, 2011

MLS All-Time leading scorer, Jaime Moreno, to coach newly launched D.C. United U-23 squad

Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that the club will launch a D.C. United Under-23 team featuring top collegiate players. Coached by D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno, players will play and learn from one of the most accomplished individuals in MLS history. Moreno will be assisted by Academy coaches Judah Cooks and Nolan Sheldon, along with former United U-20 Head Coach Dafydd Evans.

Davies and United try to erase bad memory of April, beat Seattle 2-1

by: Rick Allen
Quarter Volley
May 5, 2010


D.C. United took to the field at RFK Stadium last night looking to erase the memories of April, which saw the team win just one of its seven matches in all competitions, including a three-match overall losing streak to conclude the month. What they got was one goal each from forwards Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies, and a mostly comfortable 2-1 victory over a Seattle Sounders FC which brought a boost in the standings to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United Women Tryouts Continue

D.C. United Women announced the final tryout dates for the 2011 season. Tryouts will be held on the next two Saturdays, May 7th and 14th at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Maryland. Tryouts are open, however participants must register online prior to attending.


For more information: DCUnitedWomen.com

Bluefield College signs MA High School Standout, Braley Freire

New Bedford's Braley Freire takes her soccer game to college SouthCoastToday.com

Stafford Area Soccer is Looking for a Director of Coaching - VYSA

Stafford Area Soccer is Looking for a Director of Coaching - VYSA

Osbourn Park pulls out late win against Forest Park | Washington Post

By Paul Tenorio, Published: May 4


Osbourn Park saw the better of its chances just miss throughout the first half on Wednesday night, and facing the prospect of battling a harsh wind in the final 40 minutes, Yellow Jackets Coach Larry Nemerow tried to squelch his own pessimism.

Full Story HERE

DC Elite Training Alliance: U20 Tryouts Announced

DC Elite Trianing Alliance tryout information:

U20 Tryouts


DC Elite Training Alliance will have tryouts for our U20 team this Sunday, May 8th at Connelly School of the Holy Child from 6:30-8pm. Please arrive at 6:15 to register.

Connelly School of the Holy Child is located at:

9029 Bradley Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854

Just off River Rd exit of 495.


The U20 team is made up of players who are U20s, (born on or before 7/31/1991) as well as 4 "overage" players per game.

Please pre-register for the U20 tryouts at this link: http://dcelite.wufoo.com/forms/dc-elite-tryout-registration-form/

If you are under the age of 18, a parent will have to fill out a waiver form, either at the link above or in person on Sunday.

If you are interested in trying out, but are unable to attend, or if you have additional questions about the U20 program, please contact Win Puffer at wpuffer@dcelitetrainingalliance.com

As always, check out our website at http://www.dcelitetrainingalliance.com/

Woodbridge soccer player Kellsey Costello-Mays embraces leadership role

Woodbridge soccer player Kellsey Costello-Mays embraces leadership role:

"For some, putting others in a position to succeed is a way of life and something they enjoy doing."

Fredericksburg.com - Blue Devils hold off late JM rally SOCCER

Fredericksburg.com - Blue Devils hold off late JM rally SOCCER

Former JMU standout Christina 'Corky' Julien preparing for WWC with Canada

Waiting on the world - The Cornwall Standard Freeholder - Ontario, CA

May 4, 2011

Is Seattle match a must win for United?

In preperation for tonights home match agianst the Seattle Sounders FC, check out this Q&A with MLS leading scorer, Charlie Davies.

Though it is still early in the MLS season (7 weeks in) United Head Coach Ben Olsen will be looking to mix up spots in tonights lineup in an attempt to stop the current losing streak and hopefully slow down the rate at which United have been surrendering goals. The Black and Red have lost three in a row and their last two league matches while giving up 11 goals over that stretch.

Davies started the season strong with 5 goals but has not scored in his last three games. His last goal coming April 16th against Toronto FC.

With Philly and New York playing so well this season and sitting 1-2 in the Eastern Conference is this already a must win for D.C. United and coach Ben Olsen?

UVA lands nations #1 recruit, Morgan Brian

According to todays Our Game Magazine post, TopDrawerSoccer.com number one recruit, Ponte Vedra’s Morgan Brian, who has been called into the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team camp twice this year, will go to the University of Virginia.

Joining Morgan Brian at the University of Virginia will be No. 4 Olivia Brannon (Michigan Jaguars FC) and No. 16 Danielle Colaprico (PDA).

No. 10 Whitney Church (Loudoun FC) committed to Penn State.

RFK Stadium hosts La Super Copa VI Final

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that La Super Copa VI Final will be played at RFK Stadium on Saturday, May 7th. The game will take place immediately after D.C. United’s match against FC Dallas, beginning at 7:30 pm ET.

Waynesboro girls blank Rockbridge 5-0 in Southern Valley District

Boys’ soccer: No. 1 Langley beats No. 2 McLean, 4-1 | Washington Post

Radford Rolls Past Floyd In Girls Soccer

Radford took control of this one early, as the Bobcats rolled to a 6-0 Three Rivers District girls soccer win over visiting Floyd County Monday evening.


Lexi Denny and Kylee Chatham led the Bobcats (8-3, 3-0 TRD) with two goals each. Sadie Rose and Sara Davis added a goal each for Radford, who scored all of its goals in the first half.

Goalie Amanda Joyce had two saves for Radford.

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May 3, 2011

May 2, 2011

Washington Post talks to Aly Shaughnessy, Battlefield High School

magicJack Owner Dan Borislow responds to low attendance

After only four weeks of action the attendance figures for the WPS are looking very bleak.

Jenna Pel of AllWhiteKit.com is reporting that league wide average attendance this past week was only 1,987.

The former Washington Freedom franchise now known as magicJack is not helping those numbers at all. The first home game for magicJack drew a reported 1,224 fans at FAU in Boca Raton, FL. This past weekends attendance was anywhere between 500 to 1,008.

Even taking the highest number for magicJack, the league seems to be in dire trouble.

VaSoccerNews.com reached out to the owner of magicJack, Dan Borislow, for comment on plans to turnaround the declining attendance figures so far for magicJack?

Borislow also responded to the issue of the team having no website, advertising, or merchandise and how he plans to promote or even make money from his WPS franchise?

"Until people know you have a good product, it is a difficult sale.We will grow the attendance in the second half of the season. Further we had a late start and wanted to make sure everybody was ready for larger attendance at FAU. Lastly, sponsorships are not ploys, they are a necessary part of building a financially successful team." said Borislow.

The final part of the response from the magicJack owner was surely in response to our question/suggestion:
Was this all just a huge marketing ploy for your magicJack company rather than an honest attempt to run a successful women's soccer franchise?

Do you think the WPS is in serious trouble? Will attendance turn around during the second half of the season as Dan Borislow suggests? And finally, would professional women's soccer as a product be better served by the WPS joining forces with the existing USL W-League and simply grow the long running W-League?

As always with women's soccer....stay tuned!


DCU EVP Stephen Zack reveals D.C. United Women partnership - National Soccer | Examiner.com

DCU EVP Stephen Zack reveals D.C. United Women partnership - National Soccer Examiner.com

JMU MEN’S SOCCER TEAM AWARDS ANNOUNCED

JMU MEN’S SOCCER TEAM AWARDS ANNOUNCED - JMUSports.com—Official Web site of James Madison University Athletics