Indy 500 Parade: Volunteers Needed!
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Indiana Soccer Association is looking for volunteers to join in on the action of the Indy 500 Parade on May 23, 2015.

Calling all experienced jugglers and dribblers- you are needed to show off your freestyle talents during the parade. Applicants must create a two to three minute video demonstrating all skills. Please visit the Indiana Soccer Association website for information on where to send your finished masterpieces. The deadline to apply is May 13 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be announced on May 15 at 2:00 PM EST.

Other volunteer positions that must be filled:

More Volunteers Needed: 
  • Indiana Soccer is in need of eight (8) males ages 15 and older to volunteer in the 2015 Indy 500 Parade on May 23rd.   Their responsibility will be to hold a 12ft to 14ft soccer balloon that will be display during the parade for at least 60 minutes. If you are interested, please contact Paco Espinosa at Paco@soccerindiana.org and state your name, contact information, gender, and age.
  • Indiana Soccer is in need of four (4) individuals to volunteer in the 2015 Indy 500 Parade on May 23rd. Their responsibility is to walk and hold a large banner in front of the Indiana Soccer/Indy Eleven parade “float”, which will be displayed during the parade for at least 60 minutes. If you are interested, please contact Paco Espinosa at Paco@soccerindiana.org and state your name, contact information, gender, and age.
  • Indiana Soccer is in need of 4 individuals ages 15 and older to volunteer in the 2015 Indy 500 Parade on May 23rd.  Their responsibility is to push the two U12 official goals that will be on wheels as part of the Indiana Soccer and Indy Eleven “float”.   These individuals will be required to pushed the goals throughout the whole parade, which last 45 minutes.  If you are interested, please contact Paco Espinosa at Paco@soccerindiana.org and state your name, contact information, gender, and age.
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EPL Week 33 – Top Picks and Predictions
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NEWS

Chelsea and Balotelli suffers most online abuse

EPL clubs and players have received more than 130,000 abusive posts on social media this season, according to a study by Kick It Out.

The study found Chelsea was the most targeted EPL club, while Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli received more abusive posts than any other player.

Balotelli ® was the player in the EPL who has received the most abuse.(Getty Images)

Balotelli ® was the player in the EPL who has received the most abuse.(Getty Images)

“The level of abuse is truly staggering,” Kick It Out director Roisin Wood said.

“We must do all we can as a collective to protect those who are on the receiving end of discriminatory abuse.”

Kick It Out wants to form a special expert group made up of representatives from soccer, social media platforms and police to tackle the problem of online trolls, whose abuse include racist, sexist and homophobic abuse.

However, the group have raised concerns about the lack of cooperation from social media platforms. Twitter claims it trying to help, but the anonymity afforded to online users makes it difficult to track down offenders.

Key Facts

How bad is the abuse

The Kick It Out study estimates there have been 134,400 abusive posts so far this season.

  • 16,800 discriminatory posts a month
  • 551 of them per day

  • 1 abusive mention every 2.6 minutes

Who posts abuse?

  • According to Kick It Out 78% of abuse comes from men, with 22% from women.

Which clubs are most abused?

More than 95,000 discriminatory posts were directed towards Premier League teams.

  • Chelsea – 20,000

  • Liverpool – 19,000

  • Arsenal – 12, 000

  • Man Utd – 11,000

  • Man City – 11,000

Which Players receive the most abuse?

The Kick It Out says approximately 39,000 discriminatory posts were directed towards EPL players between August 2014 and March 2015.

  • Mario Balotelli – 8000+ – 52% of abuse racist

  • Danny Welbeck – 1700 – 50% of abuse racist

  • Daniel Sturridge – 1600 – 62% of abuse concerning sexual orientation

Where did most abuse appear?

Twitter accounted for most of the social media abuse, making up 88% of the 134,400 discriminatory posts.

  • Facebook – 8%

  • Forums – 3%

  • Blogs – 1%

Klopp perfect for EPL

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for the EPL, according to Arsenal’s German defender Per Mertesacker.

Klopp, 47, announced this week he would leave Borussia Dortmund after seven years in charge.

Mertesacker, 30, said: “His passion would fit and to see him in England would be very interesting.

“It would be nice if a German coach would take the challenge of working in the Premier League.”

There is huge speculation as to which club he will join. (Getty Images)

There is huge speculation as to which club Klopp will join. (Getty Images)

Klopp took over as manager at Dortmund in 2008 and has since led them to two German Bundesliga titles and a Champions League Final in 2013. However, they have struggled this season and currently sit 10th in the Budesliga.

Mertesacker added: “Everyone has their philosophy and Jurgen Klopp has proved he’s top level and can teach a lot.”

“It’s not so good for Dortmund that he is leaving, but hopefully one day he will manage abroad,” Mertesacker said.

“I am curious what happened to him because he was an outstanding figure in the Bundesliga in the last couple of years and always a title contender.

“It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer.”

Klopp has been linked with the Arsenal, Liverpool, and Man City jobs.

Predictions

Last Week’s Predictions

Week 32

Results

My Predictions

Neil

Luke

SATURDAY

Swansea v Everton

1-1

2-1

1-2

1-1

Southampton v Hull

2-0

2-0

2-1

2-0

Sunderland v C. Palace

1-4

1-2

1-1

0-2

Tottenham v A. Villa

0-1

3-1

3-2

2-1

West Brom v Leicester

2-3

1-1

2-0

2-0

West Ham v Stoke

1-1

1-1

1-1

2-1

Burnely v Arsenal

0-1

0-2

1-4

0-3

SUNDAY

QPR v Chelsea

0-1

1-2

1-3

2-3

Man Utd v Man City

4-2

2-1

2-2

2-1

MONDAY

Liverpool v Newcastle

1-0

2-0

2-0

5-0

TOTAL:

11-POINTS

7-POINTS

11-POINTS

Last week I got SEVEN correct results, including TWO perfect scores, to give me a total of 11-points. However, it was not enough to beat challenger Luke who also managed to earn 11-points.

THIS WEEK’S PREDICTIONS

Week 33

My Predictions

Saturday

C. Palace v West Brom

3-1

Everton v Burnley

2-0

Leicester v Swansea

2-1

Stoke v Southampton

0-0

Chelsea v Man Utd

1-1

Reading v Arsenal

(FA Cup semi-final)

1-3

Sunday

Man City v West Ham

3-0

Newcastle v Tottenham

1-2

Liverpool v Aston Villa

(FA Cup semi-final)

1-1 (Liverpool win in extra time)

Previews

SATURDAY

Chelsea v Man Utd

EPL leaders Chelsea moved a step closer to winning their fourth EPL title with a 1-0 win over QPR last weekend. The Blues were second best against their London neighbors and only registered one attempted goal, but a poor kick out by QPR keeper was pounced on by Eden Hazard who assisted Cesc Fabregas, and Chelsea now only need three more victories to win the EPL.

Ashley Young was named man of the match against  City. (Getty Images)

Ashley Young was named man of the match against City. (Getty Images)

Manchester United leapfrogged Manchester City in the EPL with a 4-2 victory over their neighbors in the Manchester Derby. The victory was United’s first in five attempts against City, and forgotten men Ashley Young and Maurone Fellaini were the standout performers – Young scored one and assisted two of United’s goals.

The Win moved the Red Devils onto 65-points, one more than they collected during the whole of last season. In fact, only Arsenal have won more league points in 2015 than the 29 by Louis van Gaal’s side.

Chelsea are hopeful forward Loic Remy will recover from a calf injury, but Diego Costa is still out.

Manchester United have defensive troubles with Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all out injured.

Jonny Evans is suspended, so Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett are likely to partner Chris Smalling at the back for United.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four league matches against Manchester United, conceding just two goals. But the Blues are not playing well, whilst the Red Devils are in their best form so far this season.

Both teams would love to win this game, but neither wants to lose and I’m sure both would be happy with a draw.

Predictions: 1-1

 

Reading v Arsenal (FA Cup)

This is the first semi-final of the 2015 FA Cup and once again see a Championship side take on Arsenal.

Reading is without a victory in six league games (D3, L3), but the Royals beat giant-killers Bradford in the quarterfinals and have conceded just two goals in their five FA Cup matches this season, so will be confident of springing an upset in the semis.

Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 away at Old Trafford in the quarters to move into the FA Cup semi finals for the 28th time in their history and for the second successive year in a row.

Arsenal will be full of confidence after a convincing win against Man Utd in the FA Cup. (Getty Images)

Arsenal will be full of confidence after a convincing win against Man Utd in the FA Cup. (Getty Images)

The Gunners have been in fine form in 2015 and have won their last eight EPL games, which is their best run since they won nine in a row in the season they went unbeaten in 2003-04.

Reading are hopeful Pavel Pogrebnyak can overcome a calf problem, but On-loan duo Nathan Ake and Kwesi Appiah are unavailable as they are cup-tied.

Arsenal will be without Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still not fit. But Jack Wilshere could make his first appearance after recovering from an ankle problem, while Mathieu Debuchy could return to the squad for the first time since January.

Wojciech Szczesny is also set to replace David Ospina in goal.

Arsenal have won every one of their last 12 meetings with Reading – three in the FA Cup, three in the League Cup and six in the Premier League – scoring 37 goals in the process. However, the Gunners were almost embarrassed by Championship side Wigan last season, so will not be taken anything for granted.

Nevertheless, the Gunners are flying at the moment and it would take a very brave person to bet against them making it to their second successive final.

Prediction: 1-3

 

SUNDAY

Man City v West Ham

Manchester City’s hope of retaining the EPL were all but blown to smithereens last week with a loss to neighbours Manchester United.

City started the game well, scoring within the first 10-minutes. However, their superiority didn’t last long and once they collapsed once they conceded a goal, eventually losing 4-2. The loss was City’s fifth away defeat in a row and they have lost five league games in 2015 – one more than in the whole of 2014.

Manuel Pelligrini says firing him is not the solution, but he seems certain to be out the door soon and Jurgen Klopp could be his replacement.

Visitors West Ham also continue to struggle and have won just one game in their last 10. The Hammers drew 1-1 last week and Sam Allardyce also looks like he will be shown the door at the end of the season.

Yaya Toure has been a shadow of the player he was last season. (Getty Images)

Yaya Toure has been a shadow of the player he was last season. (Getty Images)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury, and joins Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic on the injured list.

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho is out injured, meaning Carlton Cole could partnet Enner Valencia up top for the Hammers.

Man City are currently in terrible form, but they won their last six home games against West Ham in all competitions, and I think they will easily beat the struggling Hammers.

Prediction: 3-0

Aston Villa v Liverpool (FA Cup)

Aston Villa beat local rivals West Brom in the quarters 2-0 to move the FA Cup semi-finals for the 20th time in their history – Villa have won 10 and lost 10. However, they have lost seven of the last nine times they have reached this stage.

The Villans beat Spurs 1-0 away last week, with Christian Benteke once again on the score sheet – The belgian forward has scored eight goals in the EPL since new boss Since Tim Sherwood took over.

Raheem Sterling will be hoping he can impress on this big occasion.(Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling will be hoping he can impress on this big occasion.(Getty Images)

Liverpool beat Blackburn 1-0 in their FA quarterfinal replay to book their place in the FA semifinal for the 24th time. The Reds were the best team in the EPL until a few weeks ago, but they have slowed down in recent weeks after losing at home to Manchester United.

Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt with a thigh injury, Ciaran Clark and the suspended Carlos Sanchez are definitely out but Scott Sinclair and Ashley Westwood are fit.

Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe is cup-tied, Mamadou Sakho is out with a hamstring, while Daniel Sturridge is a doubt with a hip problem.

However, Martin Skrtel and club captain Steve Gerrard are available after suspension.

Liverpool and Villa have met each other in three FA Cup semifinals, with the Villans winning in 1897 and Liverpool progressing in 1914 and 1996. Villa went on to win the trophy, while Liverpool were beaten in the final on both occasions.

Steven Gerrard had one of his greatest games in a Liverpool shirt in an FA Cup final against West Ham, and would love to end his career with a game in the final at Wembley.But the Red’s legend will have to help his side bypass Villa in the semis first.

I think Villa will push Liverpool all the way, but I think Liverpool will just edge this one and give Steven Gerrard a chance to finish off his Liverpool career in style.

Prediction: 1-1 (Liverpool win in extra-time)

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Morris Shines for U.S. in win over Mexico
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Somehow, someway, it had to end up like this, with the U.S. beating Mexico, Wednesday night in San Antonio by that famous 2-0 scoreline.

Jordan Morris (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

Jordan Morris got the opener and game winning goal. (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

College kid Jordan Morris, and reclamation product Juan Agudelo got the goals, that had the Alamodome almost sounding like a home game for the Americans by the end.

The dreadful playing surface was the main talking point at the beginning of the match, well that and starting Stanford College man Morris against Mexico.

This game was never going to be pretty on this sod field laid on top of concrete in recent days, and unpredictable hops and players slipping, were at the fore throughout.

Despite the conditions the atmosphere was festive, with the heavily pro Mexico crowd and the defiant American fans providing plenty of color and noise.

The U.S. had somewhat the better of the play in the opening 45, without ever really threatening to work the scoreboard operator. Michael Bradley was doing his usual thing by covering every inch of the offensive sod.

USMNT041515106Kyle Beckerman was back with the national team for the first time since the World Cup, and he has been missed. Beckerman provided solid defensive cover allowing fellow midfielders Bradley, and Mix Diskerud to get forward. Diskerud had his most “proactive” game for the U.S. in some time, getting forward to positive effect.

Mexico had the first half shot advantage, at 7-2, but Nick Rimando was never really tested in his 45 minutes of action.

Klinsmann went to the bench for three subs to start the second half, with Brek Shea replacing Greg Garza, Miguel Ibarra in for Joe Corona, and William Yarbrough taking over for Rimando.

Shea made an immediate impact, getting down the line and serving a good cross that was just high for Morris. Shea put in a solid shift as he continues his transition to left fullback.

Yarbrough had a couple of nervous moments, first coming off his line unconvincingly, and then shanking a punt, before settling down.

Morris, the first college player to play for the U.S. in a couple of decades, opened the scoring in the 49th minute, alertly pouncing on a loose ball before beating Mexican keeper Cirilo Saucedo clinically for his first U.S. MNT goal.

The Yanks, enjoying a good second half from there, were almost caught out immediately by a counter, before quickly re-taking firm control of the match. Klinsmann was forced to replace Beckerman, who went off injured, with DC United hardman Perry Kitchen. Kitchen was solid, and seemed happy to mix it up on with El Tri.

Goalscorer Morris exited to a nice hand in the 65th minute, making way for former U.S. wonderboy Juan Agudelo, now back in New England following a frustrating years exile in Europe, and looking to reclaim a place in the U.S. MNT setup.

Juan Agudelo came off the bench and scored a (Getty Images)

Juan Agudelo came off the bench to score a stunning goal. (Getty Images)

Agudelo quickly reminded one and all just what the fuss was about with a peach of a goal just seven minutes after coming in. Bradley floated a long ball Agudelo’s way, and the striker controlled beautifully, cut across the Mexican defense and fired past Saucedo for a Dos a Cero U.S. lead.

All that was left for the U.S. to prove was that it could hold onto a lead and on this night the Americans were up to the task. Klinsmann got a good cohesive performance from his back four all night and that held true to the final whistle.

DeAndre Yedlin, fresh off of his Tottenham debut, was solid defensively and in possession. Omar Gonzalez acquitted himself well in his first U.S. MNT game since Brazil, and Ventura Alvarado looked good in his longest U.S. stint to date, while Shea made more of an impression than Garza on the left flank.

Beckerman, and then Kitchen were solid in the d-mid role, and with the U.S. controlling the ball in the final minutes Mexico never looked like coming back.

Next it is on to Europe for the U.S for a pair of high profile friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, before the Americans attempt to defend their Gold Cup Championship.

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
MEX                            0          0          0

USA – Jordan Morris                                      49th minute
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley)        72

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 14-Greg Garza (11-Brek Shea, 46); 15-Kyle Beckerman (21-Perry Kitchen, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Brad Evans, 80), 7-Joe Corona (9-Miguel Ibarra, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Jordan Morris (17-Juan Agudelo, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 13-Lee Nguyen, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 12-Cirilo Saucedo; 21-Hiram Mier (3-Oswaldo Alanis, 46), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (8-Luis Rodriguez, 60), 13-Carlos Salcedo (4-Julio Cesar Dominguez, 46); 7-Efrain Velarde, 17-Mario Osuna, 18-Carlos Esquivel, 15-Gerardo Flores (6-George Corral, 67); 10-Luis Montes (capt.) (5-Antonio Rios, 79), 9-Erick Torres, 20-Eduardo Herrera (19-Marco Bueno, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan Orozco, 16-Adrian Aldrete
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0

Here is the U.S. schedule 

June 5, 2015 2:30 PM ET MNT vs Netherlands Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN

June 10, 2015 2:45 PM ET MNT vs Germany RheinEnergieSTADION; Cologne, Germany FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN

GOLD CUP
July 7, 2015 9:30 PM ET MNT vs Honduras Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas FOX Sports 1, UniMás

July 10, 2015 8:30 PM ET MNT vs Haiti Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. FOX Sports 1, UniMás

July 13, 2015 9:30 PM ET MNT vs Panama Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. FOX Sports 1, UniMás

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Ellis Names 2015 World Cup Roster
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Despite the deadline for roster submissions being a month-and-a-half away, U.S. WNT coach Jill Ellis has announced the 23 players that will make the trip to Canada for this summer’s World Cup.

Christie Rampone is still making the roster at 39. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Christie Rampone is still making the roster at 39. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Veterans Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, and Abby Wambach highlight the roster that will seek to win the World Cup for the third time in its history.

Fellow goalkeepers Ashlynn Harris and Alyssa Naeher join Hope Solo, who should start the first World Cup group stage game versus Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.

Christie Rampone has been named to her fifth World Cup roster, having been included in every World Cup squad since the last World Cup winning squad in 1999.

Defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Ali Krieger, and Kelley O’Hara make their second consecutive World Cup rosters, being joined by debutants Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, and Julie Johnston.

Lori Chalupny completes her remarkable interantional comeback, having missed out on the 2011 World Cup due to concussion issues after playing four years prior.

Carli Lloyd has been a force in the midfield for the U.S. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Carli Lloyd has been a force in the midfield for the U.S. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

In midfield, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, and Heather O’Reilly will be the leaders, having played in the last two World Cups.

Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe join 2014 U.S. Athlete of the Year Lauren Holiday in the midfield.

Up top, Abby Wambach is accompanied by Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Christen Press, and Amy Rodriguez.

Abby Wambach recently made the controversial decision to skip the 2015 NWSL season in order to concentrate on this summer’s tournament.

This marks the first time that the World Cup roster has expanded to 23 players, having been maxed out at 21 players in previous editions. This is coupled with the expansion of the tournament itself from 16 to 24 teams.

Ellis has selected a very experienced squad. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

Ellis has selected a very experienced squad. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

The United States will take on Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria in Group D, in a bid to secure their first World Cup title since 1999.

Be sure to check back on GotSoccer for updates on the U.S. WNT leading up to this summer’s World Cup.

2015 United States FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster By Position: 

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny** (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen* (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston* (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg* (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger** (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara** (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone***** (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn** (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx**** (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian* (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath** (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday** (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd*** (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)

*        First Women’s World Cup
**       Second Women’s World Cup
***     Third Women’s World Cup
****   Fourth Women’s World Cup
*****  Fifth Women’s World Cup

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NWSL Week 1 – Top Picks and Goals of the Week
NWSL Week 1 – Top Picks and Goals of the Week avatar

If the opening weekend shows any indication of what is to come this season, the third season of NWSL should be a delight.

Four games were played over the course of this weekend with an average attendance of 7,632, up from the average attendance of 4,132 of last year’s opening weekend.

The Chicago Red Stars were the team to miss out on the action, as they were the first team on a bye week.

Houston Rebound From Disappointing 2014 Season With Win Over Washington

Since finishing last season at the foot of the table, the Houston Dash have made many significant moves and trades to make sure there isn’t a repeat in 2015.

Houston's Kealia Ohai took the game out of reach for Washington. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Houston’s Kealia Ohai took the game out of reach for Washington. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Carli Lloyd, one of the new signings, made sure that Houston got off to a flying start as she fired in a typical, long-range shot off the cross bar and over the line to give Houston a lead with seconds remaining of the first half.

Lloyd, who has fired in many powerful shots over the years for club and country, received the ball from #1 overall draft pick Morgan Brian on the left wing, dribbled toward the center of the field, before falling backwards as she put the ball past a helpless Ashlyn Harris in goal.

Kealia Ohai added an insurance goal in the 51st minute, robbing a defender of the ball 35 yards out and dribbling towards goal. Bearing down on goal, Ohai cut inside and fired past Harris to give the Dash a 2-0 lead that would hold for the remaining 39 minutes, good enough to give Houston their first win since July 11th.

Portland Rout Boston In Front of 13,386 Fans

With playmaker Veronica Boquete gone and forward Christine Sinclair missing form the lineup, you could have forgiven the Portland Thorns if they did not get off to a great start in 2015.

Allie Long scored a brace against Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsmapes)

Allie Long scored a brace against Boston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsmapes)

That was not the case, as Meleana Shim served up two assists and scored a goal and Allie Long scored a double to give Portland a 4-1 win over the Boston Breakers.

Sinead Farrelly and Shim gave Portland a 2-0 halftime lead, with Farrelly poking home from a corner kick and Shim slotting home from Kendall Johnson’s cross.

Stephanie McCaffrey, who was picked by Boston as the #5 overall pick in the NWSL College Draft, scored a peach of a goal, curling the ball home from the edge of the box to cut the Thorns’ lead in half.

Allie Long, who was second on the team with 9 goals last year, scored a brace in the second half, both goals coming from great passes from Shim.

The first was a great chip over the defensive line from Shim, with Allie Long taking the ball and slotting past the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Alyssa Naeher.

70 seconds later, Long was celebrating again, as she took a through ball from Shim, stutter-stepped her way towards goal before putting the ball beyond Naeher.

The opening-day victory left the 13,386 fans ecstatic and hoping that the Thorns can claim the NWSL title they won in the inaugural season in 2013.

Defending Champions Kansas City Fall At Home To Sky Blue FC

Danish forward Nadia Nadim scored the game winner for Sky Blue. (Getty Images)

Danish forward Nadia Nadim scored the game winner for Sky Blue. (Getty Images)

Nadia Nadim, Sky Blue FC’s leading goal scorer from last season, scored the lone goal as FC Kansas City lost their opening game in front of 8,489 fans.

It was a spectacular finish from a tight angle that gave Sky Blue FC a 29th minute lead, which caused the first upset of the young season.

Nadim ran onto a ball lifted over the Kansas City defense by Meg Morris and lashed the ball past Nicole Barnhart from a tight angle.

Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Holiday, and co. could not find the back of the net, despite having 15 shots to Sky Blue’s 5.

Rapinoe Scores Hat-trick In A Rout Of The Flash

Seattle’s offense picked up where it left off, scoring 5 goals in a defeat of the Western New York Flash.

The two sides recently took part in a blockbuster trade, which saw the rights to sign Abby Wambach traded to Seattle in exchange for U.S. WNT forward Sydney Leroux.

Jessica Fishlock grabbed the first goal in the 25th minute when she volleyed home a cross from U.S. midfielder from Megan Rapinoe.

Rapinoe rose to the occasion and got  2015 opener off with a bang.(ISI PhotosAndrew Katsampes)

Rapinoe rose to the occasion and got 2015 opener off with a bang.(ISI PhotosAndrew Katsampes)

The second half brought with it five goals, the first of which came from Beverly Yanez. Kim Little, who led the league in goals last season and won the MVP award, played a perfect through-ball to Yanez, who shot low, hard, and across goal to double the Reign’s lead in the 53rd minute.

Jordan Angeli gave the Western New york Flash hope of a come back when her shot from six yards hit the post and went past Hope Solo, but Rapinoe made sure it was all for naught as she scored 3 goals in the last 19 minutes of the game to put the result beyond doubt.

Merritt Mathias’ cross found a leaping Rapinoe, who climbed highest to head the ball home.

Rapinoe, who is not known for scoring headers, scored another with her noggin after Fishlock had two shots blocked in succession. The second shot was saved by Flash goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, but as the ball was coming down, Rapinoe got a head to it to give the Reign a 4-1 lead with 16 minutes left to play.

Rapinoe capped off her hat-trick in the 86th minute when a great give-and-go with Fishlock put her through on goal, from which she slotted past a helpless D’Angelo.

Seattle set a record last season with 50 goals scored and it looks like they want to break the record again.

Top Three Goals of Week One

Every week, GotSoccer will give you the top three goals of the week. We will factor in skill, difficulty, and importance to determine the top three finishes of the week.

#3: Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston) vs. Portland Timbers 4/11/2015

Even though the scoreline was lopsided in the end, McCaffrey’s goal came at a time when Boston was down by two and gave the Breakers a chance at getting a point. As for the goal, we’ll let the video speak for itself.

#2: Carli Lloyd (Houston) vs. Washington Spirit 4/10/2015

Despite making plenty of moves in the offseason, Houston nearly went into halftime deadlocked with the Spirit. That was until Lloyd’s shot hit the top right corner and went in. It proved to be the winner as Houston won 2-0.

#1: Nadia Nadim (Sky Blue FC) vs. FC Kansas City 4/12/2015

The only goal in a 1-0 victory on the road is always going to be important, but the finish by Nadim from such a tight angle means that her goal is GotSoccer’s favorite out of the 14 goals scored over the course of the weekend. Nadim’s celebration says it all.

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NJ Youth Soccer ODP Alumni Bypasses MLS for U-23 National Team and German Club
NJ Youth Soccer ODP Alumni Bypasses MLS for U-23 National Team and German Club avatar

Tyler Miller (Photo courtesy of insidenu.com)

Tyler Miller (Photo courtesy of insidenu.com)

At Northwestern University, goalkeeper Tyler Miller capped one of the most decorated careers in Wildcats history by leading the Big Ten in goals and shutouts and being named 2014 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.

But he was just getting warmed up.

Miller was considered one of the top goalkeeping prospects in this year’s MLS draft class. In January, the Seattle Sounders drafted the 6-foot-4 senior in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft but Miller had other plans and elected to sign with German club SVN Zweibrücken of Regionalliga Sudwest through the 2015 season.

Miller is earning some serious frequent flyer miles after being named one of two keepers called up to the U-23 Men’s National Team camp.

As a youth player with NJ Youth Soccer, he earned a spot on the Olympic Development Program (ODP) where he played for six years, from age 13 to 18.Tyler sat down with us to talk about his past and his future.

How did you get started playing soccer?

Sports have always been a major part of my family. Growing up, my older brothers were both heavily involved in a numerous sports—baseball, tennis, basketball, and soccer—so it was pretty much predetermined that I would also be involved in sports. As the youngest, I would always have to travel to my brothers’ sporting events, but without question, my favorite sport to watch them play was soccer. I was heavily influenced by both of my brothers. My oldest brother, Jason, played goalkeeper, so I think I followed in his footsteps in terms of the position I play. My other brother, Kyle, played high level soccer and went on to also play in college. I have always looked up to him trying to learn from his competitive nature and exemplify his determination while I play.

What are some hard lessons you’ve learned from the game?

Things are not always going to go your way. You might be having your best game and make all the plays you are supposed to make, but there is a lot of luck that goes into this game.

However, it’s important not to get too down on yourself, and just keep working hard.  Eventually, your hard work will pay off. At the same time, it’s important not to get too high after a win. You have to remain level headed and continue to work hard.

Who is your favorite soccer player? Why?

I’ve never really had a favorite soccer player. I really just enjoy watching, especially the world-class goalkeepers. There are players that I really enjoy watching because of their style of play like Manuel Neuer, Joe Hart, and Iker Casillas. Then, there are also players, like Gigi Buffon and Tim Krul, who I enjoy watching because I feel they have a more traditional style of goalkeeping from whom I can benefit from by studying how they play.

What is your favorite pre-game/post-game meal?   

Pregame, I enjoy eating pasta a few hours before then have a banana before we head out for the warm-ups. After, I’ll eat something with a lot of protein to help with recovery. Usually I go with chicken, but it all depends on what I have ready when I get home.

How would your coach describe you as a player?

A determined individual who will give you everything he has to offer. Also, a good leader who sets an example through his work ethic. Finally and most importantly, a good person.

How does community service and soccer play a role in your life?

While I was at Northwestern, we held many camps for young players in the area. It was always great to see them come out and play. After, they would come up asking for autographs. I enjoy this type of community service because I can remember when I was younger I would always be hanging around my older brothers’ teams looking up to them, and they would allow me to play with them. So giving back to younger kids who love soccer just as much as I do is really special to me; I love helping younger kids try to achieve everything they desire in soccer.

What is a character attribute you have that has contributed to your personal success?

I would say determination and humility have contributed the most to my personal success. I never played at a big academy in New Jersey, but instead went through club soccer and the ODP system in order to earn a scholarship to Northwestern. From there I was determined to help my team achieve as much as we could in the four years I was there. I simply kept working to become the best I could be and let the rest take care of itself.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested or has just started playing organized youth soccer? 

The most important thing to do is have fun, and play as many positions that you can. When I first started playing, I wanted to be a forward and score a bunch of goals. However, as I got older, I soon realized I hated running, and that’s when I tried playing goalkeeper. I still remember the first time I ever played goalkeeper− I didn’t have to make any saves, but I got to punt the ball once, and I thought that was the coolest thing. Immediately after that game, I knew I wanted to become a professional goalkeeper.

Visit NJYouthSoccer.com to learn more about the organization’s recreation, travel, Olympic Development (ODP) and community service programs.

 

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EPL Week 32 – Top Picks and Predictions
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NEWS

Sterling heckled at Liverpool kit launch

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been heckled by a supporter during the launch of the club’s new kit.

Sterling was at an event on Friday to promote Liverpool’s kit for the 2015-16 campaign when a supporter shouted: “Make sure we see you in it next season.”

The 20-year-old England international recently rejected a $150,000-a-week deal with Liverpool, saying he would discuss contract talks at the end of the year.

However, teammate Daniel Sturridge defended Sterling as he insisted money was not the winger’s primary motivation.

Skirtel, Mignolet, Sterling and Sturridge at the kit launch a Anfield (Getty Images)

Skirtel, Mignolet, Sterling and Sturridge at the kit launch a Anfield (Getty Images)

Sturridge, 25, said: “As long as he is playing regularly he will be happy. I don’t think it is anything to do with anything other than that and I hope he will stay at the club.

“It is important, regardless of who you are, to show what you can do, not just for Raheem but any young player.

“It is important to play games and gain experience so whatever decision he makes, I am behind him 100%.”

 

Ballon d’Or bad for the game – Wenger and Mourinho

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Chelsea Jose Mourinho believe the Ballon d’Or prize is bad for the game.

Earlier in the year Wenger told the Guardian newspaper he would refuse to vote in the Ballon d’Or if asked, as he believed the fundamental premise of the award was in opposition to his views on soccer.

Wenger are Mourinho very rarely see eye to eye. (Getty Images)

Wenger are Mourinho very rarely see eye to eye. (Getty Images)

“I would not vote for any Ballon d’Or,” Wenger said. “I’m totally against it. I’m a team lover and a specialist of somebody who loves team work. I’m completely against it. I would not vote for anybody.”

And yesterday portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, who has not always seen eye to eye with Wenger said he agreed with his french counterpart.

“He is against the Ballon d’Or and I think he’s right,” Mourinho, 52, said.

“In this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual.”

In an interview with British paper the Daily Telegraph Mourinho said it was ‘the group that wins, not the individual’.

He said: “For me, football is collective. The individual is welcome if you want to make our group better. But you have to work for us, [it's] not [a case that] we have to work for you.

“When the top player arrives, the team is already there. It’s not him who comes to discover the team, like Columbus discovering America. No, no, you are coming now to help us be better.”

The 51-year-old, who has won seven league titles in four different countries and the Champions League twice, also revealed that the experience he gained while working as a teacher with children with Down’s syndrome and mental disabilities has helped him in his coach of some of the world’s top stars.

“I wasn’t technically ready to help these kids,” said Mourinho. “And I had success only because of one thing, the emotional relation that was established with them.

“I did little miracles only because of the relationship. Affection, touch, empathy – only because of that.”

Mourinho added, “Of course you need the knowledge, the capacity to analyse things. But the centre of everything is the relationship, and empathy, not only with the individual but in the team.”

Chelsea currently lead the EPL on 70-points after 30 games played, while Arsenal sit in second on 63-points with 31 games played.

 

Chelsea bid for Young Japanese striker

 Chelsea are reportedly after young japanese forward Yoshinori Muto.

Japanese news agency Kyodo News says the EPL leaders have made an official bid for FC Tokyo player, though Muto is yet to decide whether to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Yoshinori Muto. in action for Japan. (Getty Images)

Yoshinori Muto. in action for Japan. (Getty Images)

Muto, who scored 13 times last season and was named in the league’s select XI, played for Japan during their run to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

The 22-year-old has burst out of the blocks this year scoring three times in four games at the start of the new J-League season.

In February, Premier League leaders Chelsea announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported $60m a year.

 

Redknapp: people were against me at QPR

Harry Redknapp has said he suddenly resigned from QPR in February, as he felt people inside the club had an agenda against him.

Redknapp, who resigned the day after the January transfer window, originally said his decision to leave QPR was due to crippling knee problems. However, he now says that was not the only issue.

In an interview with the BBC that is due to air on Saturday Redknapp described how the final months at QPR descended into a ‘Soap Opera’.

Harry Redknapp revealed his true reasons for leaving QPR in his recent BBC interview. (Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp revealed his true reasons for leaving QPR in his recent BBC interview. (Getty Images)

I always thought I had everyone pulling with me and suddenly I felt some were and some weren’t,” he said. “Behind the scenes, I always thought there were one or two people with their own agendas.”

Redknapp underwent knee surgery earlier in the year and is currently in rehabilitation, but claims the rumours about other managers were a bigger problem.

He said: “There was talk about Tim Sherwood coming in. QPR was in the paper every day. I’ve been at lots of other clubs, big clubs as well where you didn’t get that.

“That got on my nerves. That was the big problem for me.”

“As soon as we lost a few games, it would begin. I always thought there was someone mischievous causing it. I’d never had that before at any club I’d been at.”

“I didn’t see the teams below us getting the same sort of headlines every other week. It wore me down a little bit.”

Academy coach Chris Ramsey took over as boss in February and the Hoops are now two points off safety in the table.

Predictions

Week 31

Results

My Predictions

Neil’s Predictions

SATURDAY

Arsenal v Liverpool

3-1

2-0

2-2

Everton v Southampton

1-0

1-1

2-1

Leicester v West Ham

2-1

2-1

2-1

Man Utd v Aston Villa

3-1

3-0

4-1

Swansea v Hull

3-1

1-1

2-0

West Brom v QPR

1-4

2-0

2-0

Chelsea v Stoke

2-1

2-0

2-0

SUNDAY

Burnely v Tottenham

0-0

1-2

1-3

Sunderland v Newcastle

1-0

2-1

1-2

MONDAY

Crystal P. v Man City

2-1

1-2

1-3

TOTAL SCORE:

7-points

7-points

 

Last week I got FOUR correct results, including ONE perfect result, to give me a combined TOTAL of SEVEN-points.

This week’s Predictions

Week 32

My Predictions

SATURDAY

Swansea v Everton

2-1

Southampton v Hull

2-0

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

1-2

Tottenham v Aston Villa

3-1

West Brom v Leicester

1-1

West Ham v Stoke

1-1

Burnley v Arsenal

0-2

SUNDAY

QPR v Chelsea

1-2

Man Utd v Man City

2-1

MONDAY

Liverpool v Newcastle

2-0

Previews

SATURDAY

Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley drew 0-0 with Tottenham last week and now face another north London club when they face Arsenal on Saturday.

The Clarets played well and had their moments, but they just lacked that little bit of quality that would have earned them all three points. The draw allowed QPR to draw level on points with Burnley, and the Clarets have now only won once in their last 10 games (W1, D3, L6) and scored once in their last five. However, they are unbeaten in their last EPL games of Turf Moor.

Arsenal moved into second place last week after comfortably seeing off Liverpool at the Emirates. The Gunners beat Liverpool 3-1 and have now won their last seven EPL games, scoring 17 goals in the process.

Giroud has been on fire for Arsenal.(Getty Images)

Giroud has been on fire for Arsenal.(Getty Images)

Oliver Giroud was once again on the scoresheet, and has scored in six successive Premier League matches and could equal Emmanuel Adebayor’s feat of scoring in seven Arsenal games in a row in 2007-08

Matt Taylor could make his first appearance for Burnley since tearing his Achilles in August, while Ross Wallace and Steven Reid may return from respective knee and calf injuries.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is a doubt with related hip and thigh problems, but Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are all back in contention.

This is the 100th meeting between these two sides, Arsenal lead by 45 wins to Burnley’s 33, with 21 draws. Burnley are unbeaten in their last three games at home, and played well against Arsenal’s neighbors Tottenham last week. However, the Gunners are currently  the EPL best team in 2015 and I expect them to comfortably win this game.

Prediction: 0-2

SUNDAY

QPR v Chelsea

Sunday kicks-off with a west London derby as EPL strugglers QPR host EPL leaders Chelsea.

QPR had perhaps their best week in the EPL this season, winning away and drawing at home to move them to within two points of Hull.

Matt Phillips (L) has been outstanding for QPR

Matt Phillips (L) has been outstanding for QPR

The Hoops have struggled away from home for most of the season, but managed to beat resurgent West Brom by 4 goals to 1 last weekend. Bobby Zamora scored a spectacular goal, though Charlie Austin was once again at the heart of most of their good play scoring once and assisting two others. However, QPR’s biggest sensation of 2015 has been Matt Phillips, who has registered seven assists in 2015 – Lionel Messi is the only player in the top five European leagues with a better record prior to this weekend.

QPR defender Richard Dunne is fit again after knee surgery, but is unlikely to start. Darnell Furlong could return from a calf problem, but Michael Doughty and Rio Ferdinand are both ruled out.

Chelsea have striker problems with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba both out injured, meaning Loic Remy is likely to deputise.

Cesc Fabregas broke his nose against Stoke last week, but is likely to start against QPR with a protective mask.

Chelsea are overwhelming favorites to win this game, but QPR have done pretty well at home this season and will definitely fancy their chances of springing an upset now that Chelsea have a few injury problem. In fact, QPR have lost just one of their last 13 league games at home to Chelsea (D6, W6).

However, the Blues seem to be grinding results out at the moment and I think they will just edge this one on Sunday.

Prediction: 1-2

 

Man Utd v Man City

The Manchester Derby is undoubtedly the standout game of week 32 and while the game is unlikely to settle where the EPL title ends up come the end of May, it could well settle who ends up Manchester’s best team at the end of the season.

Manchester United easily disposed of Aston Villa 3-1 last week to continue their rich of vein of form at Old Trafford – The Red Devils have claimed 40 points at home, more than any other Premier League side. In fact, United have suffered just two defeats in 21 league games (W15, D4) since losing to neighbors Manchester City.

Rooney has looked dangerous since moving back upfront. (Getty Images)

Rooney has looked dangerous since moving back upfront. (Getty Images)

The recent good performances of United seem to have coincided with the decision to return Wayne Rooney to the forward position, and the England international has now scored four goals in his last five games.

Man City lost 2-1 away to Crystal Palace last weekend and look like a team in trouble. The defeat was the champions third successive away defeat and now leaves them fourth place and nine-points behind leaders Chelsea.

City’s forwards have been struggling for goals recently, but the biggest problems for the champions has been their defense – they have not kept a clean sheet away from home in eight league and cup matches since 13 December.

Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie has returned from an ankle injury, but will not be fit to face City.

United have defensive troubles with Chris Smalling doubtful through illness, while Luke Shaw is out injured and Jonny Evans is suspended.

Man City will assess captain Vincent Kompany, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Wilfried Bony is sidelined by ankle and knee problems, while Dedryck Boyata and Stevan Jovetic will also miss out.

City have lost their last three away games, but have a great recent record against United, so will not be daunted at the task ahead of them – City can claim five successive league wins against Manchester United for the first time. In fact, the champions won on their last three visits to Old Trafford, scoring a total of 11 goals.

However, Manchester United seem to be brimming with confidence again and I think they will just about edge this one.

Prediction: 2-1

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FYSA Partners with Lock Ups Socks
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Florida Youth Soccer Association is proud to announce a new partnership with Lock Ups Socks to provide members with the finest quality merchandise for your soccer ball- lovin-feet!

Courtesy of FYSA

Courtesy of FYSA

Get on the deal now with a special 10% member discount. Visit the Florida Youth Soccer Association website for more information.

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MSYSA Seeks Full/Part Time Interns
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The  Michigan  State  Youth  Soccer  Association  seeks  multiple  full time  or  part time  interns  to  assist  the  State  Office with  various  tasks  throughout  the  year.  MSYSA  offers  internship  positions  that  focus  on  coaching, events/operations,  and  marketing.

All  internships  positions  pay  $8.25  per  hour.

MSYSA  will  work  with  interns  to complete  all  reasonable  aspects  of  their  schools’  internship  curricula.  Interns  will  work  in  the  State  Office  in Plymouth,  MI  and  report  to  the  MSYSA  Executive  Director.

Requirements:

  • Applicants  must  be  able  to  pass  a  criminal  history  background  check
  • Knowledge  of  soccer  and/or  youth  sports  is  preferred
  • Weekends  may  be  required  for  special  events
  • Applicant  will  be  an  energetic  team  player  with  solid  communication  and  organizational  skills
  • Applicant  will  be  able  to  work  on  multiple  projects  with  minimal  supervision  while  adhering  to  deadlines
  • Applicants  must  be  proficient  with  all  Microsoft  Office  programs.

General  Internship  Description:

  • Assist  with  daily  administrative  functions  including,  but  not  limited  to,  customer  service,  communications distribution,  and  office  organization  maintenance
  • Assist  with  data input  and  database  management
  • Provide  on site  assistance  at  special  events  that  may  include  coaching  clinics,  ODP  Tryouts,  State Cup,  Junior State Cup, Kohl’s  American  Cup, Director’s  Academy, Annual  General  Meeting,  etc.
  • Assist  with  other  tasks  as  assigned  by  MSYSA  Executive  Director

Additional  Descriptions  Based  on  Area  of  Focus:

  • Events/Operations
  • Marketing
  • Coaching
  • Assist  with  the coordination  of  event logistics
  • Assist  with  the communication  of important  event  details  to participants
  • Assist  with generating  new marketing  leads
  • Research  of  prospective marketing  partners
  • Assist  with  sponsor compliance
  • Assist  with  the  promotions  of  programs  and  events
  • Assist  with  the  coordination of  coaching  clinics, courses, symposiums, etc.
  • Assist  with  the  continued  development  of  the  MSYSA coaching  education  program

How  to  Apply:

Interested  applicants  should  EMAIL  their  resume  and  cover  letter,  including  available  start  date, proposed  length  of internship,  and  requested  number  of  hours  per  week  to  MSYSA Executive  Director  Tom  Faro  at: tfaro@michiganyouthsoccer.org.

No  phone  calls  please.

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AYSA Hosts Successful Coaches United Against Cancer Event
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Courtesy of AYSA

Arizona Youth Soccer Association sponsored their annual “Coaches United Against Cancer” event last month, and the response of the soccer community was overwhelmingly heartwarming.

Organized as a Northern Arizona vs Southern Arizona “Club Challenge” the goal was to have at least one coach per club raise money for having his/her head shaved while on public display. Over $16,000 was raised over the span of the two day event.

AYSA’s Vice President Ted Schmidt led the Tucson community as they participated for the 2nd year in a row.  ”The buzz surrounding buzz cuts to fight cancer was loud and strong in Tucsion this year.  We saw wider club participation, more shaves and a high level of community interest as we joined the battle to fight cancer as it effects our kids,” he said.

Courtesy of AYSA

Courtesy of AYSA

One team stepped up in a huge way to show there support. The CCV Stars 03 Girls White team passed up their end of the season party and gift exchange to instead make a donation to St. Balderick’s in the amount of $1,000. Coach Jason Johnston also participated by shaving his head. Thank you to Coach Jason Johnston, Cheryl Cooning (manager) and the entire 03 Girls White team for your generosity and for showing us all it truly is MORE THAN A GAME!

CCV STARS 03 Girls White:

  • LAUREN B
  • SIERRA C
  • RACHEL C
  • PRATISTA C
  • HANNAH F
  • MADELINE F
  • CARLY G
  • ISABEL G
  • MADISON H
  • AUTEM J
  • EMMA L
  • REGHAN P
  • ISABELLA R
  • ALYZEA S
  • ABIGAYLE W

For the full story please visit the Arizona Youth Soccer Association website.

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UYSA Announces New Player Development Committee
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Utah Youth Soccer Association will move forward with the decision to enact the Player Development Committee (Bylaw 441) that was voted for early this year.

Committee members will consist of soccer coaches/technical leaders that will serve as the voice of the soccer community, offering suggestions and recommendations to the UYSA Board of Directors to better further the leagues, programs and tournaments.

“This committee will help to develop programs and services to aid in the development of all players,” said Director of Coaching Eric Landon. “They will give the board, sub committee’s and office staff a player development resource for major decisions and also give the coaching community a stronger voice with UYSA leadership. We’re excited for the wealth of experience and knowledge this committee will bring to Utah Youth Soccer.”

Interested in applying for a spot? The committee is open to any technical leader, coach, etc. in good standing with UYSA that reside in Utah and qualify under on of the following criteria:

·         Member Organization Technical Director or Director of Coaching

·         10 or more years of coaching experience

·         Current year UYSA State Select (ODP) staff coach

·         USSF B License or higher

·         Current or former Professional soccer player

Candidates that meet one of the above will be selected based on an application process. Application cutoff date is April 17th. The committee will be announce to the UYSA Board of Directors at the April 23rd BOD Meeting.

For the full story and detailed information on the committee please visit the Utah Youth Soccer Association website.

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Utah Youth Soccer Announces Summer Coaching Workshop
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Courtesy of UYSA

For more information please visit the Utah Youth Soccer Association website.

 

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Utah Youth Soccer Association Partner with NSCAA
Utah Youth Soccer Association Partner with NSCAA avatar

These days state youth organizations are turning over a new leaf when it comes to recognizing the value of soccer coaching education, and the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) is doing just that, announcing a new partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

This progressive partnership will give UYSA clubs and coaches a wide berth of excellent  educational and membership benefits through the NSCAA. Those benefits include:

  • full memberships at discount prices
  • the opportunity to attend a non-residential NSCAA course for non-NSCAA member coaches.

Additionally, Utah Youth Soccer will be the sole provider of NSCAA educational courses in the state, providing Level 1-6 courses, Level 1-3 Goalkeeper Diplomas and advanced courses such as the National Diploma, Advanced National Diploma and the Director of Coaching (DOC) courses.

“Developing partnerships with organizations like Utah Youth Soccer Association is key to furthering the NSCAA’s mission to influence the game through coaching education,” NSCAA CEO Joe Cummings said. “Our Association is constantly creating new ways to help soccer coaches and we look forward to working with UYSA to offer those opportunities to their coaches.”

For the full story please visit the Utah Youth Soccer Association website.

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NTSSA 2015 AGM
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Courtesy of North Texas Soccer Association

Courtesy of North Texas Soccer Association

Are you registered for the 2015 North Texas Soccer Annual General Meeting?

If not- you don’t want to miss out. This year’s event will be held July 10-12 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. The deadline to register is June 12, 2015.

The program fee is $80.00 per registrant. This includes:

  • admission to the Friday night reception
  • goody bag and polo shirt
  • admission to the Saturday awards dinner
  • continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Reserve your spot now, because registrations received after June 12 will boost up to $105.00 per registrant. On-site registration (July 10-12) will be $130.00 per person.

To register for this year’s AGM,please visit the North Texas Soccer Association website.

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