Jun 30, 2011

De Rosario to Wear #7 for Black and Red

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D.C. United revealed this picture of the hot-off-the-press #7 jersey (enter to win it on Facebook) of the newest member of Olsen's Army. Dwayne De Rosario is set to make his debut for the Black and Red at home July 2 against Eastern Conference rival Philadelphi Union.

Check out My Starting XI for the upcoming home game against the Union.

Radford University - MEN'S SOCCER 2011 FALL SCHEDULE

Radford Men's Soccer looks to better last years record heading into the 2011 Big South Conference season.
2010 Record:
  • Overall: 7-9-3
  • Conf: 4-3-1
  • Home: 4-0-1
  • Away: 2-8-1
  • Neut: 1-1-1

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Radford University - MEN'S SOCCER 2011 FALL SCHEDULE

USL Pro team Kickers upset Crew of MLS in U.S. Open Cup play

Looking to make a statement and advance in this years U.S. Open Cup, the Richmond Kickers shocked fromer MLS Champions Columbus Crew on Tusday. Leading the way was fan favorite and goal scorer Matthew Delicate.

The Richmond Kickers ejected Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, 2-1, Tuesday night from the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the Third Round at Columbus Crew Stadium.  Midfielder Nozomi Hiroyama gave the visitors an early lead when he connected on a Stanley Nyazamba pass in the 20th minute.  Crew midfielder Cole Grossman brought the score level in the 37th minute before the Kickers prolific scorer Delicâte nodded home the game-winning goal five minutes from regulation. 

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VYSA hosting "C" License Course in Fredericksburg, VA

  • Date: August 11-14 and August 18-21, 2011
  • Fee: $710
  • Location: Fredericksburg, VA


Contact Jackie Burket
Coaching Education Administrator
5450 Southpoint Plaza Way
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
540 693-1430
540 693-1440 Fax

Jun 28, 2011

Virginia USL Round-up

This week we look to get back on track and update our readers on how Virginia teams are holding up in USL play. Get caught up on PDL, Pro, and W-League after the break:

Vote Chris Pontius for MLS Goal of the Week!

Chris Pontius struck from well outside the box to start the scoring for the Black and Red in a week 15 matchup. See video below:

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De Rosario or McDonald to have a bigger impact? (Updated w/DeRo Video)

Tuesday D.C. United announced it had acquired defender Brandon McDonald from the San Jose Earthquakes in a clear attempt to help shore up the defense. With that news still hot off the wire United announced a blockbuster mid-season trade of early season team captaion Dax McCarty for 3-time MLS Champion Dwayne DeRosario from New York. Another clear sign that the Black and Red are attempting to increase the goal scoring output from this team.

So we ask, who will have a bigger impact on the field for D.C. United for the remainder of the season?

Which player will have more impact on D.C. United?

Jun 27, 2011

Goal.com name Howard and Churendolo to Gold Cup Best XI

Goal.com names their Gold Cup Best XI and includes two American players, Tim Howard (GK) and Steve Churendolo (D).

See if you agree with the list: Gold Cup Best XI - Goal.com

Charlie Davies scores on his birthday, Olsen not happy with result

USMNT fall to Mexico for Second Straight Gold Cup Final loss

In two CONCACAF Gold Cup finals the U.S. Men's National Team has not only been outscored 9-2 but has also been demoted to the second best team in their region.

Many USMNT fans thought the 2-0 early lead had all but ensured the return of the Gold Cup trophy to the Americans but an injury to defender Steve Cherundolo and a nonstop attack by the Mexicans lead by Chichirito (MVP) and Dos Santos resulting in 4 unanswered goals culminating in an embarrassing 4-2 loss in the 2011 Gold Cup Final in Pasadena, CA.

The lone bright spot for the U.S. besides the two early scores would have to be the surprise play of the once forgotten Freddy Adu. Adu has seemingly put his name back into the mix when it comes to international selection for any future USMNT matches and may well have earned himself a ticket out of the Turkish Second Division with his solid play to finish out the 2011 Gold Cup.

The main questions remaining is did head coach Bob Bradley do enough to secure his job by advancing to the final game and what is the state of the U.S. squad which showed obvious signs of lacking quality striking and defensive play throughout this tournament?

Kickers set to face Sportin KC in U.S. Open Cup play

Richmond, VA – (Monday, June 27, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers face the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer on Tuesday, June 28 in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.  Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium.  The winner will advance to the Quarterfinals to face the winner of the Sporting Kansas City/Chicago Fire PDL game.

Read More: Richmond Vs. Sporting K.C.

Jun 24, 2011

Fredrickburg fall hard to Chaos

Mother nature helped put an end to a nightmare performance for the Fredricksburg Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Apparently 6 goals where not enough for the Chaos Coach, Adam Mitchell: "I want to play," Mitchell said while the teams took shelter. "These guys could get some more points, I could get some of the other guys in, it would be good if we could finish."

Not exactly quality sportsmanship on the part of Mitchell.

Read more: PDL soccer: Chaos stops Fredericksburg before game is called - Sports - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Jun 23, 2011

Mexico last hurdle for USMNT to regian Gold Cup

The U.S.A advanced to the Gold Cup Finals for the 4th straight time. Looking to win back the cup, the USMNT will get one more chance at revenge against heated rival Mexico in Pasadena, CA. on June 25th.

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  • Clint Dempsey leads the U.S. with 3 goals this tournament.
  • Only three U.S. players have scored a goal during 2011 Gold Cup:
    • C. Dempsey (3)
    • J. Altidore (2)
    • C. Goodson (1)
  • The U.S. has won the Gold Cup 4 times.
  • Mexico beat the U.S. 5-0 in the 2009 Gold Cup final.

USMNT 1-0 Panama | Semifinal | Video Highlights

Jun 21, 2011

USMNT Demonsrate Bipolar playing style during this Gold Cup

Bipolar disorder involves periods of elevated or irritable mood (mania), alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very abrupt.

With the win in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup at RFK on Fathers Day the U.S. Men's National Team beat the strongest competition it has faced so far this tournament in Jamaica. The 2-0 win was a decisive one with the USMNT dominating the Reggae Boys and controlling the tempo from start to finish. This win came without star player Landon Donovan starting due to his early morning return to the national team after attending a family function.

What was evident after the game during the press conference and player interviews was that the USMNT and Head Coach Bob Bradley had a huge weight lifted from their shoulders. Bradley was even joking around with the press regarding being second-guessed saying: "I never get second-guessed" which was obviously tongue-in-cheek.

The truth of the matter is the U.S. have looked very sporadic throughout this years Gold Cup tournament, at certain points downright bipolar. Looking to recapture the Gold Cup trophy the Yanks lost to Mexico in 2009 this U.S. squad led by Bradley was set up with what seemed to be a somewhat easy group stage. Drawn into Group C with Panama, Canada, and Guadeloupe the U.S. where favored to win their group but an uninspired performance against Panama ended in the first ever loss for the Stars and Stripes in Gold Cup group play. After the loss many of the players displayed obvious signs of fatigue or listlessness and loss of self-esteem, all part of the depressed phase of bipolar disorder.

Immediately after the embarrassing loss questions started like a brush fire on Twitter and throughout the Internet as to whether or not Bob Bradley would ever be able to get the most from a U.S. squad that contained multiple players in the starting roster currently on top level European clubs. Bradleys' crew did not disappoint against Jamaica in the following match, the winner of which would advance to the semifinals. After controlling the entire game the players, head coach, and even fans where experiencing the manic half of bipolar disorder- inflated self-esteem and noticeably elevated mood.

If only this team loaded with more talent than any other USMNT before it could find some sort of identity, preferably a consistent one. Look at any of the top international squads in the world and you can easily pinpoint the team "identity". Germany plays a methodically efficient style while Brazil is well known for their beautiful free flowing style simply called  "The Brazilian Way". Maybe the USMNT style of play should be referred to as the Bipolar method at least until this team finds a style of its own, hopefully a winning one that brings back the trophy crowning the best team in CONCACAF.

Best Of The SB Nation Network: June 20, 2011 - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

My story about the fundraiser effort of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story got selected to: Best Of The SB Nation Network: June 20, 2011 - From Our Editors - SBNation.com

SB Nation said - There might not be a better story in American soccer than that of Jay DeMerit. Now his story is being told on the big screen, at least that's the hope, as Black and Red United documents the efforts to get better distribution for the movie.

Jun 17, 2011

Living my Dream...at least part-time

On February 16, 2010 I created and wrote my first ever blog post on Virginia Online Soccer News. The first post was about the horrible facility where my daughter and her team played an "indoor soccer game", Frying Pan Park, titled: Lack of Quality Indoor Youth Soccer Fields.

In a little over one year I found myself with an official CONCACAF Gold Cup press credential observing the U.S. Men's national team practice session as they prepared for a quarterfinal match against Jamaica at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C.

As I arrived at RFK stadium to pick up my credentials one thought kept running through my mind, what if I wasn't really on the press list? My nerves where settled after the CONCACAF official took my I.D. and returned with my Gold Cup credential. Whew, what a relief!

Coincidentally I met Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Grant Wahl during the practice session and asked him if he remembered his first ever opportunity to cover the USMNT. Not only did he remember, he said it was a match-up of the U.S. vs. Jamaica at RFK back in 1997.  What a random coincidence and in the back of my mind I couldn't help but think, what if I could have a career covering soccer that was even half as impressive as Grant Wahl.

After the practice ended I was able participate in a Q&A session with some of the U.S. players. We were able to speak with Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson (Alaxandria, VA native) and Jozy Altidore who has already scored twice (see both goals: here and here) during the 2011 Gold Cup.

It took me until the very last player to build up the nerve/confidence to finally ask a question myself,

Me: How important is it for you guys to score early and score first, to build your confidence up quickly?

Jozy Altidore: I don't know if it's important, as long as I can remember we go down a lot in games and then we come back and make it hard on ourselves. I just think it's more important that you start well. Sometimes you start well then you let in a stupid goal but this is how football (soccer) is, it's how you react to it and how you play over the 90 minutes.

And with that question I officially got my first experience as a member of the press (all be it a bottom of the rung member/ blogger). The road from disappointed soccer dad to part-time soccer blogger living out my dream has begun.

The excitement I feel to be able to both attend my first ever live USMNT soccer match and do so with the title 'Written Press' is one I hope to never forget.

A lot can happen in only one year and I hope the ride does not slow down or get any less meaningful to me for a long time to come.

*You can follow my live blog coverage of the U.S. vs. Jamaica from RFK right here on http://www.vasoccernews.com/ powered by CoverItLive

Jun 16, 2011

Kickers aiming for top spot in USL Pro Division, host Islanders Friday

Richmond, VA – Currently in second place with 23 points sitting behind Orlando City in the USL Pro Division, the Kickers are looking to keep pace with a win against the Islanders.

Richmond is comming off of a strong showing in U.S. Open Cup play following their 4-1 win over the Dayton Dutch Lions, led by a David Bulow hat-trick.

The Richmond Kickers return to regular season action this Friday, June 17 to host Kick for the Cure Night, presented by HCA Virginia and the Harrisburg City Islanders at City Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Kickers Pink Packs are on sale at RichmondKickers.com for just $40 and include four general admission tickets and four limited edition pink Kickers t-shirts. The Kickers will donate $10 from each Pink Pack directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central Virginia.

"We are looking forward to the Harrisburg game,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer. “At this point in the season, the games come thick and fast and we will need to be at our very best to earn the three points we need to stay in contention for a playoff berth.”

Holding a narrow edge over Antigua Barracuda FC for second place in the USL PRO American Division standings, the Kickers (7-2-2, 23 points) returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over FC New York last weekend. A pair of first half goals by forwards Edson Elcock and Matthew Delicâte gave the Kickers their first win since May 7th. Kickers goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale posted four saves to preserve his fourth shutout of the season, earning USL PRO Team of the Week honors for his efforts.

Harrisburg (4-4-2, 14 points) resides in third place in the National Division standings, just four points behind division leaders Rochester Rhinos, who recently defeated the City Islanders 1-0 last weekend. Harrisburg was coming off a 4-1 mid-week victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions, during which Jose Angulo and Brian Ombiji each recorded a pair of first half tallies.

Over the past five seasons, the Kickers hold a 9-2-5 record over the City Islanders. The two clubs last met in Harrisburg on May 14 when they battled to a 1-1 draw. City Islanders midfielder Nelson Becerra converted a penalty kick to give the home side the lead early in the second half. The Kickers were reduced to 10 men shortly after, when Elcock was ejected in the 66th minute. The City Islanders stalwart defense held onto the advantage until Kickers midfielder Shaka Bangura broke through with the equalizer in the 82nd minute.

The heated rivalry continues as Richmond has not forgotten the 2007 USL-2 Championship match when Harrisburg stripped the defending champions of the title after nine rounds of penalty kicks. The two clubs met four times during the regular season last year, with the Kickers coming away with 3-0-1 record over their rivals. Opening the 2010 campaign with a 2-2 stalemate in Richmond, the Kickers served the City Islanders a trio of shutouts later that season with Delicâte tallying four of the Kickers collective six goals.

Jun 15, 2011

Goddard continues to dominate for Piranhas with second hat trick in two weeks

It is looking to be the best player move made by the Piranhas, bringing Stephanie Goddard from Germany to play for the W-League Piranhas.

For the past two weeks Goddard has been lighting up opposing defenses racking up two hat-tricks in consecutive games for Virginia Beach.

United Soccer Leagues announced the W-League Team of the Week today, with Virginia Beach’s Steffi Goddard named Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. After scoring a hat trick last week including a stoppage-time winner, Goddard put three past Dayton this week, once again including a stoppage-time game-winning goal.

Following Virginia Beach’s first win last week, the Piranhas headed to Dayton, home of the Atlantic Division leading Dutch Lions. Goddard started the match off with a goal in the seventh minute and struck again in the 56th to give the Piranhas a 3-2 lead. Dayton thought it had sewn up a draw with a game-tying strike in the 85th minute, but Goddard came to the rescue once more with another stoppage-time winner.

“Steffi’s performance this weekend shows just how much she understands the game of soccer,” Piranhas coach Wendy Waddell said. “Her positioning on the field and pure athletic ability allows her to create scoring opportunities.”

The hat trick put Goddard second in the W-League scoring charts with six goals. Tied with Goddard is fellow Team of the Week selection Edite Fernandes of Santa Clarita, who scored twice last week. Both women are chasing Tiffany Weimer of Vancouver, whose game winner against LA put her atop the scoring charts.

Defenders got in the act as well, with Elizabeth Eddy and Laura Novikoff each netting game-winners for their respective sides.

Altidore strike helps USMNT advance, despite many missed opportunities

Kansas City, KS - Following the first ever loss by a U.S. squad in opening round Gold Cup play, the U.S. Men needed at least a tie to move on to the 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals in Washington, D.C. Jozy Altiodore gave them that win with an unbelievable strike from distance about 10 minutes into the game.

The U.S. had a total of 19 shots, 9 of those shots on goal, but the Americans where unable to convert any of those attempts with exception of Jozy Altidores' (2 goals/3 games) amazing finish from distance which not only shocked the fans but apparently froze the Guadeloupe keeper, as he did not even attempt to react to the shot.

Leading the way with multiple misses was veteran national team player and Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey. Dempsey had so many misses on what would normally be sure goals for the veteran that he could not help but smile following his final attempt from directly in front of the goal on a cross from Steve Cherundolo in the final minute of the match.

Head Coach Bob Bradley made a change to the U.S. line-up on top by replacing the young talented Juan Agudelo with the MLS leading goal scorer Chris Wondowloski.

Wondowloski worked hard but never seemed to get in sync with his teammates and had his own fare share of "can't miss" chances fail to find the back of the net. Bradley eventually took Wondowloski out in the secon half in favor of moving Dempsey up top.

With the poor performance that USMNT fans have grown all to familiar with it begs the question, will this team EVER become an elite international squad? The mentality just does not seem to be there to finish off far inferior opponents in tournament play. Even after going ahead early in the match, the U.S. went into prevent mode for the following 10 minutes.

Why not go after Guadeloupe with a strong attack and attempt to get a decisive second goal? On what looked to be the sure game clinching goal Clint Dempsey went into slow-mo and attempted to dribble across the goal line instead of finishing the shot, allowing the defender to come from behind and clear the ball. Would Dempsey have tried this move at Fulham? No way!

Having survived a lacluster first round the USMNT travels to RFK to face Jamaica on Sunday. Hopefully this team wakes up and decides to play more like the team that had asperiations to compete for a World Cup instead of a team expecting to coast through a regional tournament, anything other than a 2011 Gold Cup trophy would be a disaster both for U.S. Soccer as well as for Bob Bradley.

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Jun 13, 2011

Kickers host Dayton Dutch Lions - Opening round 2011 U.S. Open Cup

Richmond, VA – (Monday, June 13, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers open the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 14, hosting the Dayton Dutch Lions at Richmond City Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Should the Kickers advance past their USL PRO opponents, they will host the winner of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds versus Chattanooga FC (NPSL) game in the Second Round on Tuesday, June 21. Wear red and purchase tickets for just $5.00 at the gate. Richmond Kickers Season Passes, Coach Passes and Youth Pro Passes will be accepted for this match.

United can't overcome Lenhart's hat trick - Fall 4-2 to Earthquakes

Washington, D.C- Andy Najar got D.C. United on the scoreboard first on Andy Najar bobblehead night as United hosted San Jose Saturday night at RFK. There would be very little for the Black and Red faithful to cheer for the rest of the match however.

The young back line of United continued to show growing pains from the first whistle. A hat trick from Earthquake forward Steven Lenhart, who had only scored one gaol the entire season, did in D.C. United as the team was looking to get three points from the match up.

Head Coach Ben Olsen:

"It was very disappointing; we looked like young kids. This is going to happen, we have always said that we are going to have games when young kids make mistakes – that I can live with. But the lack of commitment at times was unacceptable. I think we started reading our own press a little bit, everybody thought we were on a roll, so now we don’t have to do what got us a little success – and it’s a little success. We are in the middle of the table if you take this whole league."

Olsen will be looking to get United back on track against Real Salt Lake June 18th. Both RSL and United are currently in 5th place in their respective divisions.

U.S. Falls to Panama in Second Match of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

TAMPA, Fla. (June 11, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost their first ever match in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play this evening with a 2-1 loss to Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. The loss, which was also the first against Panama, puts the U.S. in second place with one match left to play in Group C action.

The U.S. takes on Guadeloupe on Tuesday, June 14 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff for the match is 8 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live on Fox Soccer and TeleFutura. Fox Soccer will also have a 30-minute pre-game show beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT. (tickets).

Jun 10, 2011

D.C. United Women surrender late goal, draw 1-1 with New Jersey Wildcats

By: Rick Allen
Overextended soccer player & avid soccer fan always in search of a good game while finding room for life in between.
Quarter Volley

After what had been 78 minutes of even soccer, D.C. United Women looked to earn all three points in their first ever home game by taking a 1-0 lead over the New Jersey Wildcats through substitute forward Christie Welsh’s goal in the 79th minute. Six minutes later the score was 1-1, which is how the game would end as the teams split the points.

Former Tribe Standout Andrew Hoxie Named to USL Team of the Week

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Former William and Mary Tribe men's soccer All-American and current forward for the United Soccer League's Rochester Rhinos was named to the USL PRO Team of the Week on Wednesday. The honor is the first for Hoxie this season.

Hoxie, a 2010 graduate of the College, scored both the of team's goals in its 2-1 win at Antigua this past Friday. With his two scores, Hoxie is now tied for the team lead in points with four. Hoxie and the Rhinos' game against the City Islanders this Saturday, June 11 will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

For all the latest news on the William and Mary Tribe men's soccer team, go to TribeAthletics.com.

Jun 9, 2011

Special Advanced Screening of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

Join us on Sunday June 19th, Noon - 3:00 p.m. at Crystal City Sports Pub for an advanced screening of Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

Prizes include: Signed Jay DeMerit jersey, PUMA Prize pack, Rise and Shine T-shirts, Soccer Clock, and more to come!
Raffle ticket info: 1 ticket = $10 dollars or 3 tickets = $25 (includes Rise and Shine DVD pre-order). If you have already pledged online just bnring a printout of your online pledge from the Kickstarter page to receive your raffle tickets!

Presented by VA Soccer News. Please contact Chris for further details: vasoccernews@gmail.com

Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page.

See you there,

SYA Soccer Names Paul Ellis as Technical Director

SYA Soccer is pleased to announce that Paul Ellis has joined the staff as Technical Director. Coach Ellis will guide SYA’s coaching staff to achieve the highest quality and most effective program of soccer coaching, education and training.
Ellis has a strong coaching resume having coached at George Mason University as well as State and Regional Olympic Development Teams. He was the Head Scout for the US Women’s National Team at the Athens Olympics and has coached youth teams to 7 Virginia State Titles, 3 Region one championships and 1 National Championship.

More D.C. United Player Appearances

Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2011) - As part of D.C. United’s continued efforts to make appearances in the community and through its partnership with Volkswagen, United players will be making various appearances throughout the Metropolitan Area this week.

Vote D.C. United players into MLS ALL-STAR Line-up

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Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2011) - Today Major League Soccer launched fan voting for the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star game at http://www.mlssoccer.com/  and via text messaging.

A panel of media members nominated a total of 108 players - the top six per team - to the fan ballot. Charlie Davies, Perry Kitchen, Dax McCarty, Andy Najar, Chris Pontius and Josh Wolff were the players nominated from D.C. United.

Jun 8, 2011

Piranhas' Goddard is W-League Player of the Week

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues announced the W-League Team of the Week today, with Virginia Beach’s Steffi Goddard earning Player of the Week honors. Goddard hit Fredericksburg for three goals this past Saturday to help the Piranhas to a 5-4 victory, their first of the season.

Five Observations: USMNT 2-0 Gold Cup win agianst Canada

The U.S. men kicked off the 2011 Gold Cup with an expected win over Canada 2-0 at Ford Field in Detroit Tuesday evening.

The match was shown live on Fox Soccer and the first observation is one that was easily noticed by any fan watching the broadcast, even those like me who do not have an HD TV:

#1 - The playing surface was horrific! The grass field was installed on top of the existing artificial turf playing surface used by the Detroit Lions. The seams between the pieces of "natural grass" were clearly seen by the naked eye and the players commented after the game about how the ball did not play as it should on a "natural" surface.

Neither team was allowed to warm up on the field before the match. A clear sign the field quality was questionable at best.

Multiple times throughout the match players would lose their footing and slip from the slightest changes in direction.

#2 - Juan Agudelo is not ready...yet - The 18 year old Red Bulls Striker was out of sync all match and was unable to create many real opportunities. He had a somewhat interesting strike from the outside of his right foot deflect to the keeper. Agudelo reminds me of a young Jozy Altidore, with speed and strength he just needs to mature with his decision making and timing of his runs to take advantage of the many crosses the US was sending in front of the box all game.

Don't expect Agudelo to get the starting nod again in the next Gold Cup match agianst Panama on June 11th. Instead I believe coach Bob Bradley will go with either Chris Wondolowski or possibly move Clint Dempsey up top to pair up with Altidore.

#3 - Tim Howard is still at the top of his game - Howard not only held the Canadians scoreless he also managed the back four brilliantly, helping keep the defensive shape and even draw Canada offsides throughout the match.

During the second half Howard single handily shut down any chance for Canada to get back in the game with a spectacular (Howard-esque) save of Gerba in the 70'. The Everton keeper also withstood a final flurry inside the box in the 85' to ensure the clean sheet.

#4 - The U.S. needs more quality shots - Although Jozy Altidore got the USMNT on the score board first, his shot was less a quality strike and more poor form by the Canadian keeper. Clint Dempsey was able to make good on a cross by Altidore that Agudelo was unable to reach but during the match the U.S. was not producing quality shots to go along with the excellent play in midfield and many crosses in front of goal.

Look for MLS leading goal scorer (w/8 goals) Landon Donovan to get some more opportunities in the next match and if Wondolowski (2010 MLS Golden Boot winner with 18 goals) gets the start or subs in earlier maybe he can channel the goal scoring magic he has created the last season and a half with San Jose.

#5 - Clint Dempsey was having fun! - More of an opinion than a technical observation but watching the match you noticed Dempsey was fit, relaxed, and having fun on the field. Dempsey was constantly including cheeky moves like back heels, multiple crossovers, and even at one point juggling mid dribble.

His goal was the well deserved reward for his hustle and awareness and it seemed as if the confidence of Dempsey is at 100%. It was great to see an American playing with some style and not just relying on athletic ability.

USMNT Gold Cup Stats and History

A Visual Guide to the importance of the Gold Cup

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Jun 7, 2011



D.C. United players Dax McCarty, Chris Pontius, Ethan White and Conor Shanosky will be on hand at the adidas store inside Tysons Corner to meet fans, sign autographs and take photos with United supporters on Wednesday, June 8.

The players are supporting the launch of the all-new adiPower Predator cleat, the latest version in the legendary cleat line. The first 30 fans to purchase adiPower Predator cleats will receive a pair of D.C. United tickets for an upcoming match.
The adiPower Predator is the lightest and most accurate Predator to date. The cleat improves spin and power when striking the ball and increases contact time with the ball to ensure perfect control in all weather conditions. The adiPower Predator will be on sale at the Tysons Corner store for $200


Photo and interview opportunities with D.C. United playersD.C. United ticket giveaway


Wednesday, June 8, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Tysons Corner Store
8070 Tysons Corner Center
Mclean, Virginia 22012

Two Mason Men's Soccer Players Have Memorable Week

Two Men's Soccer Players Have Memorable Week - GoMason.com - The Official Athletic Site Of George Mason University

Kickers Reclaim VCCL CHampionship

RICHMOND, VA - (Tuesday, June 7, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers U-11 through U-14 Elite Teams were awarded their eighth Virginia Club Champions League (VCCL) Club Champions title for the spring 2011 season. The Club topped the standings with 103 points to win their fourth VCCL championship in the past five seasons. Additionally, the Kickers swept the Boys and Girls titles with the U11 Girls, U12 Girls, U13 Girls and U11 Boys claiming their respective division championships and the U13 Boys, U14 Boys and U14 Girls placing second.

D.C. United Women get first win, beat New York 3-0

With the benefit of a goal in the first five minutes, the D.C. United Women intensified the offensive pressure in the second half on their way to a 3-0 road victory over the New York Magic. The Penn State duo of Christine Nairn and Bri Hovington provided the fireworks for D.C., combining for all three goals on the evening in the first win in club history.

Next Up For D.C. United Women - Home Opener, June 9th vs. New Jersey

Full Game Recap: HERE

VMI Men’s Soccer Announces 2011 Recruiting Class

LEXINGTON, Va.- The VMI men’s soccer program has finalized its 2011 recruiting class, head coach Richie Rose announced Monday, June 6. The class features eight players from three states to replace the Keydets six departed seniors from a year ago.

“I am extremely pleased with the caliber of player we are introducing in this 2011 recruiting class,” said Rose. “These players as a whole have a great balance of technical, tactical, and physical ability. Additionally, the variety of positions will give the program more quality in depth. The goal of this class was to bring in more attacking minded players and I believe we have achieved this.”

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Jun 6, 2011

United Draw Galaxy - Come away with a point

Charlie Davies made his return to the line-up for the Black and Red against rivals L.A. Galaxy but was unable to bag a goal in the scoreless draw in Carson, CA.

With the tie against the Galaxy, D.C. United currently stand in third place in the Eastern Conference behind Philly and N.Y.

United are now unbeaten in their last five MLS matches.

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen:

"I think overall we are pretty excited that in the last two games we get four points on the road. I am a little disappointed in not getting three points today. I thought we had some good chances. If only we were a little bit sharper in the final third. We are a little happier right now. Good trip. But, still, you know, we need to get those (three points). We need to start doing that. But, again, I am overall pretty happy."

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U.S. Women Need Extra Time Goal to Squeak past Mexico

HARRISON, N.J. (June 5, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 1-0 in its final international match before the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany as forward Lauren Cheney scored on a strike from distance in the second minute of second half stoppage time.

U.S. Men's National Team Falls 4-0 to Spain

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (June 4, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to current FIFA World Cup Champion Spain 4-0 on Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 64,121 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.


Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Piranhas earned their fourth point in two matches against the Fredericksburg Hotspur Saturday night, pulling out an 80th minute 1-1 draw at the Sportsplex. The first meeting between the two squads resulted in a 2-1 Piranhas win.


Virginia Beach, Virginia – In a breakneck, end-to-end match that had four lead changes in the second half, the W League Piranhas found their form Saturday night, beating the Fredericksburg Impact 5-4 on a stoppage time goal by midfielder Steffi Goddard. Goddard added two other goals after the break to earn the Piranhas’ first hat-trick of the season, scoring all three in the final 45 minutes.

Jun 3, 2011

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Virginia Beach, Virginia – Third time is a charm. That’s the theme for the W-League Piranhas as they want to earn their first win in the third game of the 2011 season on Saturday, June 4 against Fredericksburg Impact. The doubleheader at the Sportsplex kicks off with the women’s game at 5.30 p.m.; the PDL team will host Fredericksburg Hotspur at 8 p.m. Gates open at 4.30 p.m. and tickets are $8 and include both games.

PDL and W-League Piranhas Coaches get help at the Helm

Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Virginia Beach Piranhas are pleased to announce the hiring of two new assistant coaches for the 2011 season. Chris Cullop will assist Wendy Waddell for the W-League Piranhas and Rafael Mendivil will help Cesar Rizzo, coach of the PDL-Piranhas.

Jun 2, 2011

VMI Women's Soccer Announces Recruiting Class

LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI women’s soccer program has announced its 2011-12 recruiting class, according to information released by the program Thursday.

The class of nine includes eight players from Virginia and one, Killian Buckley, from Massachusetts. It is the largest recruiting class in program history. Eight of the nine were high school team captains as well.

“I believe that this class could be our strongest ever,” said VMI head coach Bryan Williams. “It will rival our current senior class, the group that earned the program’s first postseason win as freshmen. The group is representative of strong clubs in Virginia, including Beach FC, which helped produce current players Kelly Morrison and Amanda Berrios, and all of the signees will play a good number of minutes throughout the season. In short, this class will be a great nucleus for the next four years.”

Kickers Host First Round of U.S. Open Cup

Richmond, VA – (Wednesday, June 1, 2011) – U.S. Soccer unveiled the groupings for the first two rounds of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, pitting the Richmond Kickers against the Dayton Dutch Lions in the First Round on Tuesday, June 14 at Richmond City Stadium. The winner will advance to the Second Round to take on the winner of the Chattanooga FC (NPSL) versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds game on Tuesday, June 21 at a location to be determined.

Jun 1, 2011

Virginia PDL Round-up

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

Royals Top Carolina Dynamo 1-0

Still reeling after giving up two late goals to lose 2-1 to the Fredericksburg Hotspur the night before, the Northern Virginia Royals retaliated with an exciting 1-0 victory over the Carolina Dynamo in their home opener. Royals midfielder AJ Sheta provided the home-side heroics with the game-winning goal in the 66th minute to give Northern Virginia their first win of the season.

Full game details HERE


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.

Full game details HERE

Fredericksburg beat Monarchs 3-0 

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Up next in USL PDL action:

Sat. June 4th - Northern Virginia Royals at Carolina Dynamo

Sat. June 4th - Fredricksburg Hotspur at Virginia Beach Piranhas

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GFSC hires three new coaches

Great Falls Soccer Club (GFSC) is pleased to announce that the following coaches have accepted an invitation to join the club as our newest coaches: Craig Scott, Radovan "Rado" Pletka, and Apostolos "Paul" Georgiou.