NWSL Week 18- Recap and Goals of the Week
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There was tons of action across four exciting games in the NWSL Saturday night, including last-minute winners, hat tricks, and red cards.

The Portland Thorns sat out this week with a bye, having only won two of their last twelve games.

Seattle Leave Boston With Three Points

The Seattle Reign defeated the Boston Breakers on a rainy day 2-1 in front of 4,325 fans.

Boston, while maintaining the bulk of possession in the opening stages, did not create too many goal-scoring chances.

Beverly Yanez was once again on the scoresheet for Seattle.  (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Beverly Yanez was once again on the scoresheet for Seattle. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Seattle notched the opening goal in the 24th minute through Beverly Yanez, giving her nine goals on the season.

Kim Little floated a corner towards the back post and, despite Alyssa Naeher getting a slight touch on the ball, it found Yanez waiting unmarked at the backpost, where she roofed her shot past the goalkeeper.

The lead only lasted ten minutes, however, as Kristie Mewis headed Boston level in the 34th minute.

Suzane Pires found herself with tons of room on the left side and played a quality cross into the middle, where Mewis flicked a header in off the crossbar from twelve yards out.

The scoreline was carried into the break, but Seattle took the lead for good in the 58th minute through a Kim Little penalty kick.

Little earned the penalty herself, settling a throw in, turning her defender, and barging into the box before she was brought down by Julie King, who earned a yellow card for her troubles.

Little stroked home the penalty kick confidently, going to the lower left corner, beating the outstretched hand of Naeher in goal.

The yellow card proved vital as King received her marching orders in the 82nd minute for pulling back on Yanez as she made her way forward, but it didn’t have much effect on the game as Seattle maintained possession throughout the second half.

The loss is Boston’s third in a row and leaves them bottom of the table, while Seattle are at the opposite end, 4 points ahead of their nearest challengers in Chicago.

Sky Blue Fall At Home To Flash

Sky Blue’s recent run of good form came to an end as they lost 2-1 to the Western New York Flash.

The game was back-and-forth throughout the entire match, with a combined 30 shots taken in the game.

Both Chantel Jones and Brittany Cameron were on top of their game for the majority of the contest, making a number of fine saves to keep the scoreline close.

Lady Andrade in action for Colombia at the 2015 WWC. (Getty Images)

Lady Andrade in action for Colombia at the 2015 WWC. (Getty Images)

That was until the 35th minute, when Colombian international Lady Andrade scored her first goal for the Flash to put the visitors ahead.

It certainly wasn’t the prettiest goal, Cameron mis-hitting a back pass after coming under pressure. The ball went straight to Andrade, who one-timed her shot into the empty net.

The hosts leveled shortly after the break, with Kelley O’Hara playing a one-two with Samantha Kerr and rifling her finish into the top corner past Jones.

Sky Blue had a number of opportunities to go ahead, but Jones was up to the challenge.

Substitute Elizabeth Eddy managed to notch the winning goal for the Flash in the 89th minute with a great diving header to connect with Lynn Williams’ cross to the back post.

It was tough to separate the two teams, but the Flash just edged the contest, their first of a four-game roadtrip.

Both teams remain in the bottom half of the table, Flash in 6th place, four points ahead of Sky Blue in 8th.

Dunn Hat-trick Leads Spirit Past Dash

Three Crystal Dunn goals across 17 first half minutes paved the way to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dash in front of 5,418 fans.

Dunn, who came into the game tied with Beverly Yanez on 9 goals for the season, got her first goal in the 28th minute, beating 3 defenders with her speed and shooting low past Canadian international Erin McLeod, who was injured and taken off shortly after the goal.

Crystal Dunn has been outstanding for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Crystal Dunn has been outstanding for Washington. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Her second came eight minutes later, racing on to a ball over the top from Diana Matheson and using a side-foot finish to put the ball past Bianca Henninger.

Dunn is not known for scoring many headers, being just 5-foot-1, but she rose highest and flicked a great header to the far post to clinch her hat-trick in stoppage time.

Houston got one back through Jessica McDonald, who made a great run to connect with Kealia Ohai’s cross. Her header sailed past Ashlynn Harris in goal.

But that is as close as the visitors would come, losing 3-1 to great first half display from Crystal Dunn, who now has 12 goals on the season.

Both teams remain in playoff spots, Washington in third place, four points ahead of Houston, who have played a game more than Washington as well.

Chicago and Kansas City Battle To 2-2 Draw

Kansas City and Chicago played to another 2-2 draw in last game Saturday night, having drawn 2-2 earlier in the season.

A sellout crowd was on hand to see Christen Press bag two goals, but it was not enough as Sarah Hagen scored a late equalizer after Amy Le Peilbet scored earlier in the game.

Christen Press continues where she left off. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Christen Press continues where she left off. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Press got her first goal after Lori Chalupny played a great through ball to the forward, who took a touch around goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and slotted home into the empty net.

But Kansas City leveled the scoreline in the 36th minute through the head of Le Peilbet. The defender managed to flick Lauren Holiday’s cross on goal and into the back of the net, despite goalkeeper Michele Dalton making contact with the ball.

After some half chances for both teams in the next 40 minutes, Press put Chicago back on top with a beautiful finish inside the box.

Chalupny had the assist again, finsing Press with her back to goal on the edge of the area. Press poked the ball one way, cut back to the other direction and lifted the ball into the top corner, giving Rowland no chance.

Another header drew Kansas City level, this time from Sarah Hagen. The substitute did well to connect with Heather O’Reilly’s inswinging cross, heading the ball up and over Dalton in the 87th minute.

Chicago remain in second place, three points behind Seattle but having played a game less. Kansas City sit in fifth  place, only one point behind Houston in the last playoff spot.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Seattle

15

9

3

3

13

30

Chicago

14

7

1

6

9

27

Washington

14

7

4

3

4

24

Houston

15

5

5

5

0

19

Kansas City

15

5

6

4

1

15

Western New York

15

5

7

3

-5

18

Portland

14

4

6

4

-1

16

Sky Blue

15

3

7

5

-8

14

Boston

15

3

9

3

-13

12

 

Goals of the Week: Week 18

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: Samantha Mewis (Boston Breakers) vs. Seattle Reign 8/1/2015

Mewis’ equalizer versus Seattle was a perfectly executed header. The cross from Suzane Pires was on point and Mewis made no mistake, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and in off the crossbar. While Boston went on to lose the game, their goal was easy on the eye

#2: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit) vs. Houston Dash 8/1/2015

Most other weeks, you’d see Dunn’s name atop this list. Her speed is lethal and she showed that as she gathered the ball just inside the attacking half and raced past a number of Dash defenders, eventually finishing coolly past Erin McLeod. All three of her goal were gems, but this was the best of the lot.

#1: Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) vs. FC Kansas City 8/1/2015

Words can hardly describe how great this goal was. To have the ball with your back to goal, make a fool out of some defenders and lift the ball into the top corner takes an immense amount of skill. Press is one of the most dangerous forwards in the NWSL and it’s easy to see why.

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MLS All Star Game Big – 5
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Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colorado the MLS All Stars defeated the Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 in a lively and enjoyable contest. Here then is a special GotSoccer MLS Big – 5: All Star Edition

1) Dempsey is Special

Playing alongside world class stars Kaka and David Villa, Clint Dempsey looked right at home on Wednesday night. Although Deuce has never achieved anything comparable to that of World Cup winner Villa and former World Player of the Year Kaka during his career, Deuce is the nearest thing the U.S. MNT has to that type of attacking player.

The former Tottenham and Fulham man has said in the past that he wishes that he could have started his pro career earlier.

Dempsey (ISI Photos/Maciek Gudrymowicz)

Dempsey (ISI Photos/Maciek Gudrymowicz)

With no disrespect to Landon Donovan, still the best male U.S. player ever, I can’t help think that if Dempsey had signed with a club like Bayer Leverkusen at 16 years of age like Donovan did, well we’ll never know.

Dempsey has had a fine career for an American soccer player and will likely break Donovan’s career mark for most U.S. goals before he hangs up his boots. It’s just that seeing him on Wednesday night in the company of players like Kaka and Villa makes me wonder if Dempsey could have accomplished even more.

2) U.S. Center Backs – Yikes!

After the desultory performances of Jurgen Klinsmann’s newly anointed number one center back pairing of John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado in the Gold Cup, many U.S. MNT watchers were anxious to see how Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez, formerly Klinsmann’s Golden Boys, would fare against Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Not well, as it turned out. Besler, in particular had a calamitous evening, or he would have if not for keeper Nick Rimando’s heroics.

Besler (Getty Images)

Besler (Getty Images)

Gonzalez wasn’t as bad, but he wasn’t great either. On Harry Kane’s goal, Besler slipped in a manner hauntingly reminiscent of his World Cup swoon against Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku to allow Kane a free run at Gonzalez.

Gonzalez backpedaled as he awaited help from Besler or another teammate. That help never came, but Gonzalez just kept retreating until even Rimando couldn’t help.

Of course we know that Wednesday night’s All Star showcase was only an exhibition game and Brooks and Alvarado screwed up when it meant something. So let’s not count out Gonzalez and Besler just yet.

3) The Nick and Harry Show

With 21 goals last season Harry Kane finished second in the Premiership behind only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who had 26, becoming Spurs top attraction along the way.

Harry Kane could have scored more if not for Rimando. (Getty Images)

Harry Kane could have scored more if not for Rimando. (Getty Images)

More than a few fans came out to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night to see the 22 year old England striker score a goal or two against the MLS All Stars. Kane got one, but if not for 36 year old U.S. MNT backup keeper Nick Rimando, it could have been more.

The Real Salt Lake veteran was bested once by a brilliant Kane strike, but that was it, as Rimando’s first half heroics played a big part in the All Stars 2-1 victory over Spurs.

4) So What Did We Learn About Yedlin’s Future With Spurs?

Not much, I think. Yedlin came in as a wide right sided midfielder, only after Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino had used Kevin Trippier to replace Kyle Walker at right fullback.

That move leads to the inevitable conclusion that the former Seattle Sounder is behind the ex Burnley man in any competition to back up Walker.

Yedlin in aciton in the MLS All-Star game. (Getty images)

Yedlin in aciton in the MLS All-Star game. (Getty images)

It might also be assumed that Pochettino now sees Yedlin as a winger, as Yedlin’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann seems to.

Yedlin put in a decent, if conservative performance against his former All Star mates, making the safe pass and playing like someone determined not to screw up in front of his new coach.

Afterwards Pochettino said what he said beforehand. If Yedlin plays well for the the next few weeks of the pre-season, he can make the team.

At the moment the U.S. international looks like a longshot to see serious time this season with Spurs. There has been loan talk, but if Yedlin wants to stick with the North London side he will have break his self imposed (?) shackles and show Pochettino the rampaging winger that turned heads in Brazil last summer.

5) Change the Format?

It wouldn’t be the first time. Not even close. The league began with an East vs West format typical to most American All Star games.

MLS has also tried U.S. MLS players vs World MLS players and the MLS All Stars even faced the U.S. MNT in 2002, before settling on the All Stars vs international club format that we know now.

That format has been in place uninterrupted since 2005. Some think that now is time to go back the East vs West All Star Game.

Kaka earned the MVP of the match. (Getty images)

Kaka earned the MVP of the match. (Getty images)

The league is strong enough, the theory goes, to get by without the attraction of a foreign team. And with MLS boasting the likes of Kaka, Villa, Gerrard, Lampard, Pirlo, Giovinco, etc. that may be true.

In the afterglow of last night’s victory a couple of previous proponents of a format change, MLS coach Pablo Mastroeni and Wednesday’s Man of the Match, Kaka changed their minds.

Both enjoyed the game so much that they would like things to stay as they are. It sounds like a conversation that is just beginning.

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NWSL Week 17- Recap and Goals of the Week
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Seven goals were scored across two entertaining games Wednesday night as we near the run-in to the 2015 season.

Kristie Mewis and Boston lie bottom of the table. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

Kristie Mewis and Boston lie bottom of the table. (ISI Photos/Robin Alam)

After leapfrogging Chicago to the summit of the table Seattle missed out on the action, as did Boston, who lost their last two games to fall to last place.

Sky Blue used their 3-1 win over Boston to leapfrog them into eighth place, while Chicago sit in second, having played a game fewer than Seattle.

Portland Leapfrog Flash With Valuable Away Win

The Thorns bounced back from three straight shutout defeats  to win 2-0 in Rochester against the Western New York Flash.

It didn’t take long for the first chance to be created as Michelle Heyman volleyed Jaelene Hinkle’s cross against the post fort the Flash minutes into the contest.

Western New York got another great chance to go in front, but Michelle Betos stuffed Lynn Williams’ breakaway to keep the scores level.

Sinclair got on the scoresheet to lead Portland to victory. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

Sinclair got on the scoresheet to lead Portland to victory. (ISI Photos/Tim Bouwer)

But the home side were left to rue their missed chances as Canadian legend Christine Sinclair scored her first goal since coming back from the World Cup.

The goal was very easy on the eye as well, Ayo lifting the ball over the defensive line and Sinclair lifting the ball over the onrushing Sabrina D’Angelo into the back of the net.

Allie Long had a great chance to double the lead after Sinclair was fouled in the box, but Sabrina D’Angelo dove to her left to stop the soft penalty kick.

Sinead Farrelly had the next chance for Portland three minutes later as they continued to assert their dominance after the Flash encouraging start.

The midfielder dummied a defender on the edge of the area and hit a sweetly-struck shot that cannoned off the crossbar.

The visitors finally managed to get the insurance goal their play deserved with ten minutes remaining thought the combination play of Long and Sinclair.

Sinclair did extremely well to flick the ball around Abby Dahlkemper and, rather than taking the shot on herself, she played the ball over the Long, who hit the back of the net.

The win lifts the Thorns above their opponents into sixth place, one point ahead of the Flash.

Houston Come From Behind To Defeat Kansas City

The Houston Dash made it two wins in a row as they defeated FC Kansas City behind a late goal from World Cup hero, Carli Lloyd.

Kansas City, playing their first game since July 20th, didn’t waste any time getting on the board, with Lauren Holiday’s deflected effort wrong-footing Erin McLeod in goal.

The lead lasted all of ten minutes as Ellie Brush, who was responsible for the deflection on Holiday’s opener, volleyed her side level from a glorious cross from Kealia Ohai.

McDonald was the star for Houston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

McDonald in action for Houston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Just a few minutes later, Houston took the lead a few minutes later through Jessica McDonald after her powering run forward on the left side of the field opened up space for her to cut inside, where she beat Nicole Barnhart at her near post.

The goal gives McDonald six goals on the season, which is good for third in the league.

Both teams had great chances to find the back of the net, but both goalkeepers were on top of their game to thwart any danger.

McDonald had a breakaway to secure a brace, but Barnhart made a kick save to keep the visitors within reach, while McLeod made a fantastic diving stop to keep Holiday’s curling effort from leveling the scores.

McLeod was unfortunate to cough up an equalizing goal with five minutes remaining, diving full stretch to stop Liz Bogus’ shot from finding the back of the net. The shot ended up hitting the post and the rebound fell to Sarah Hagen, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

But Carli Lloyd bailed her team out and scored a rocket from 30 yards to secure the three points for the home side.

Lloyd gathered a pass from Niki Cross, took a couple of touches forward, and realizing no defenders were stepping up to her, she unleashed a shot that Barnhart had no chance of stopping.

A few minutes later, the final whistle blew and Houston now find themselves in a playoff spot, taking over fourth place from FC Kansas City.

Team

Games Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

GD

Points

Seattle

14

8

3

3

12

27

Chicago

13

7

1

5

9

26

Washington

13

6

4

3

2

21

Houston

14

5

4

5

2

18

Kansas City

14

5

6

3

1

15

Portland

14

4

6

4

-1

14

Western New York

14

4

7

3

-6

13

Sky Blue

14

3

6

5

-7

12

Boston

14

3

8

3

-12

11

 

Goals of the Week: Week 17

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: Allie Long (Portland Thorns) vs. Western New York Flash 7/29/2015

Christine Sinclair did extremely well to set Allie Long up for the late insurance goal for the Thorns, beating a defender and then having the vision to put the ball on a platter for her teammate. Long made a fantastic run to give Sincalir an option and she made no mistake with hte finish for her sixth goal of the season.

#2: Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) vs. Western New York Flash 7/29/2015

Prior to her assist on Long’s goal, Sinclair had a cool finish of her own, dinking the ball over a stranded goalkeeper after a beautiful cross from Ayo. While a number of players would take a touch and try to go around the defender and goalkeeper, Sinclair kept her cool and delicately lobbed the Sabrina D’Angelo to put Portland ahead.

#1: Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) vs. FC Kansas City 7/29/2015

There was never any doubt who scored the best goal of the night and this goal would be hard to top come the end of the season. With her team squandering a late lead at home, Lloyd did was Lloyd does best and hit a powerful shot from distance beyond the dive of Nicole Barnhart. The goal extends her scoring streak to seven games for club and country.

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Vermont Soccer Association Fall League Registration
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The purpose of the Vermont Soccer Association Fall League (VSL-Fall) is to provide opportunities for youth players to play soccer in a positive, competitive environment that promotes skill development, fair play, and good sportsmanship.  All coaches, players, and spectators are expected to treat the game, the referee, and each other with respect.

VSL-Fall is open to teams U8 coed, U10, U12, and U14 Boys and Girls teams.

For more information and to register, please visit the Vermont Soccer Association website.

Game Dates

Sunday afternoons September 13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Location

All games to be held at the Tree Farm Recreational Facility in Essex Junction

League Rules
U8 5v5 (no goalies) U10 (7 v 7), U12 (8 v 8), and U14 (11 v 11) same rules as VSL-Spring. U8, U10, and U12 games are 25 minute halves.  U13/14 games will be 35 minute halves.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 19, 2015. 

Schedules will be released on September 1, 2015.

 

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Far Post U18 girls Stun at 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships
Far Post U18 girls Stun at 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships avatar

Courtesy of VSA

Courtesy of VSA

June was a thrilling month for the Far Post U18 girls, who proudly represented Vermont Soccer at the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championships in Barboursville, W.V., making it all the way to the semifinals.

The girls worked their way through pool play, bagging three glorious victories to secure the fateful spot in the semifinal round of the tournament. Although falling in the fight for the final, their performance did not go unnoticed by the crowd.

For the full story please visit the Vermont Soccer Association website.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series caps a year-long tournament that features competition for boys and girls teams in the Under 12 through Under 19 age groups. In Region I, the National Championship Series begins with teams in all 15 state associations vying for their State Championship titles. State Champions in these age groups and champions of the Region I Champions League-Division I are eligible to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships.

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MLS – Big 5
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It has been a big week for MLS and it only gets bigger with tonight’s All Star game versus Tottenham Hotspur and DeAndre Yedlin at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

1) Drogba Joins Montreal

Drogba back in 2012 scoring in the CL Semi Final. (Getty Images)

Drogba back in 2012 scoring in the CL Semi Final. (Getty Images)

Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba chose French speaking Montreal over Chicago, making this the second consecutive year that the Fire has failed to close the deal on a big name signing.

Last year Chicago missed out on Jermaine Jones to the New England Revolution via the mysterious blind draw, this year the lure of Montreal was too much for French speaking Drogba to pass up.

Chicago had Drogba’s MLS rights through the league’s allocation system, so they did not come away empty handed.

The Fire reportedly received $250,000 in Targeted Allocation money and regular allocation money, some of which they used to acquire Brazilian attacker Gilberto. Gilberto was crowded out of Toronto in a DP buying spree and is a good player who should help Chicago.

2) Ciao Pirlo!

32,000 plus New York City FC fans welcomed Italy’s legendary midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo to Yankee Stadium last Sunday with open arms and the former Juventus and AC Milan star paid them back with a 34 minute masterclass in, well class.

The crowd had been chanting his name for most of the game and was in a near frenzy when Pirlo finally trotted onto the Stadium’s narrow pitch to replace Mehdi Ballouchy.

Pirlo showed his class and outshone his teammates. (ISI Photos/Mike Lawrence)

Pirlo showed his class and outshone his teammates. (ISI Photos/Mike Lawrence)

Stars such as Kaka, Pirlo’s teammate at AC Milan, and David Villa were overshadowed by the bearded marvel. Even Orlando’s Rookie of the League shoe-in, Cyle Larin and his hat trick took a back seat on Sunday to the imperious Pirlo, who looked entirely comfortable orchestrating the NYC attack after training with the club for just four days.

NYCFC won the game 5-3, with an inspired David Villa scoring two goals, Larin accounting for all three goals for New York’s expansion rivals, and young New York players Poku (three assists) and Tommy McNamara (one goal, one assist) also shining.

Saturday the third member of NYC’s big name trio, Frank Lampard is expected to make his MLS debut at Yankee Stadium against Montreal, his old Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba’s new club.

It’s extremely doubtful that Drogba could play versus New York, but it might be the only way to match last Sunday’s atmosphere.

3) MLS Homegrown Stars Lose on PK’s to Club America

MLS hears a lot of Retirement League cracks, and in fairness signing 37 year old players like Drogba will leave you open to sucks jibes.

You hear less though about all the young players that the league gives a chance to, and that is what Tuesday night’s Homegrown Game versus Club America’s U20 side was all about.

Russell Teibert in action for Vancouver Whitecaps. (ISI Photos/David Bernall)

Russell Teibert in action for Vancouver Whitecaps. (ISI Photos/David Bernall)

And it is not just young American players who get a chance to earn first team minutes in MLS. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert is a senior Canadian international and starting goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez from FC Dallas, led a group of five Mexico U20 players to rep MLS last night.

Last night’s MLS stars were Gonzalez, who kept the MLS is the game with some big saves and goalscorer Tommy Thompson, San Jose Earthquakes 19 year old midfielder/forward and a U.S. U20 international.

4) All Star Game

Tonight the league’s best take on the challenge of Tottenham Hotspurs. Every year since 2005 MLS has invited a foreign barnstorming guest to go against the league’s All Stars.

Tottenham's Kane will be hoping to make an impression in tonight's game. (Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Kane will be hoping to make an impression in tonight’s game. (Getty Images)

The game is best enjoyed as a showcase, rather than some sort of measuring stick. The All Stars won the first five of these encounters, besting the likes of Fulham, Celtic and even Chelsea.

Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team stopped all that, showing up the his hosts by 5-2 and 4-0 scorelines in 2010 and 2011.

MLS recovered from those shellackings to win the last three over Chelsea (3-2), Roma (3-1) and even Bayern Munich (2-1).

By all accounts Tottenham are taking this game seriously, and have brought the majority of their first team, for what is for them, like all the previous MLS opponents, a pre-season match.

So, enjoy the game tonight, but don’t read too much into it.

5) Whither DeAndre?

Last summer DeAndre Yedlin went from shock World Cup selection to U.S. supersub, and then to Tottenham Hotspurs signee. It was all something of a whirlwind for the Seattle Sounders speedy fullback/winger. That whirlwind slowed considerably when Yedlin landed in London in January, where he spent the rest of the season watching, learning and training, and barely playing.

Yedlin training with Tottenham Hotspurs. (Getty Images)

Yedlin training with Tottenham Hotspurs. (Getty Images)

With Tottenham in Colorado for the All Star game Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has not surprisingly been asked about the Yedlin, and the Spurs plans for the American international.

Spurs look solid at right fullback with England international Scott Walker and recent pickup Kieran Trippier. Jurgen Klinsmann seems to have given up on Yedlin as a fullback, preferring to play him as a wing midfielder recently.

Yedlin has been rumored to be headed out on loan, but Pochettino said that was not necessarily the case. What did the Spurs coach say? Basically, Pochettino said that if Yedlin plays well enough to make the team then he will make the team.

In other words, it’s up to you DeAndre.

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US Youth National Championships Finish With a Flourish in Tulsa
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Tulsa, Ok. – 10 more National Champions were crowned today at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa as the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series came to a close.

The last day of this long week featured fine individual displays, a double for one club, revenge, and even some history making by one team.

photo3California club, Legends FC Gold had a pretty good day for themselves, winning the U14 and U15 girls titles by identical 2-1 scores. The U14’s were up first and they handled Dallas Kicks on goals from Laney Carroll and Amy Bishop sandwiched around a Dallas score from Jaida Thomas.

Soon after the younger girls celebrated its win, the Legends “veterans” took the field against Utah powers La Roca Premier.

Looking to play the spoiler role, Bryce Reynolds shot La Roca into the lead in just the 15th minute. La Roca have made its mark on the 2015 US Youth National Championships, winning the U13 girls title on Saturday night and they wanted more today.

Alexandra Jaquez tied the game for Legends and with the clock winding down Legends were making all the running with La Roca looking gassed.

With Legends pressing for the winner they won a corner kick. Kaylee Ramirez stepped up to the corner flag, and doing her best Michael Bradley  Ramirez shot directly to the La Roca net.

Ramirez’ Olimpico sealed the win for Legends, and the double too.

Houstonians won the U14 Boys Championship thanks to a brace from Kevin Gonzalez. Those two scores would be all Houstonians needed with the defense doing the rest to shut out Georgia based GSA Premier.

photo1In U15 Boys play the Sporting KC juggernaut kept on rolling with Maryland club Fewster FC today’s victim. Sporting’s 3-1 victory was kick started in the 21st minute by a golazo from U.S. U14 international Cameron Duke.

Fewster fought back to tie the match on a goal from Thomas Sidek in the 45th minute, but Fewster barely had time to enjoy that moment of parity, because SKC struck back just four minutes later.

Abdu Kikhia hit the target and Jacob Hall tallied late to secure the title for the smooth passing Kansans.

Today’s U16 Boys Final was among the most anticipated of the day with Seattle United Copa facing off against Baltimore Celtic.

Seattle won the group, crushing all in its path before beating Celtic 1-0 in the final game of the first round. It was Seattle’s only close game and Baltimore’s lone loss, so this replay was a must see soccer.

Today it was Baltimore that had the better of the early exchanges, but it was Seattle who scored first. A tenacious Vincente Aquino Contreras got his foot to a loose ball following a United corner kick and poked home to give Seattle the lead.

But Baltimore kept its poise, and with a manic supporters section loudly cheering them on, Celtic began turning the match its way. Nicholas Brown was giving Seattle fits all game and in the 57th minute the talented striker finally hit for the equalizer.

Jorge Tello played a perfect defense splitting through ball for the striker to run onto and once Brown had the ball at his feet there was only one possible outcome.

With the sides level each team had its chances, but there would be no breakthrough until Brown struck again in the 74th minute.

That would be all of the scoring as Baltimore secured the U16 title to go along with the U13 honors the team had earned on Saturday. Two members of the 16’s had younger brothers on the 13’s making this a family affair for the Baltimore club.

History was made in the girls half of the group when a 3-0 victory over YMS Premier Xplosion made the JFC Storm the first Florida club to win consecutive US Youth Soccer Championships.

photo2The Jacksonville based club have come a long way in a short period of time, having won the U15 title last year as relative unknowns.

The Storm would have to do without that element of surprise this year, especially when they ended up facing YMS in a rematch of last year’s final.

After a goalless first half JFC broke the ice with a long range blast from Leila Azari. Azari had luck on her side 21 minutes later when her tightly angled cross/shot fooled YMS keeper Gabrielle Isola and wound up in the goal.

With a 2-0 deficit YMS looked beaten and things only got worse when Maddie Elwell picked up a second yellow card and an untimely ejection.

Angeline Daly added a third Jacksonville goal on a late breakaway and it was time for the Florida club to celebrate making history.

Chicago Magic PSG Pre-Academy spotted Arlington Impact Red an early goal before storming back to win 4-1. Arron Ibilola was the man of the moment with a brace for the victors.

The U17 Girls final saw a reverse of last years U16 championship game between these same teams with Tampa Bay United turning the tables on Beach FC Academy with a 1-0 win.

Emily Evangelista struck in the 48th minute and Tampa Bay managed to make that narrow lead stand up to become champions.

Maicon Abreu scored the first two goals of the U18 Boys Championship game for FC Golden State and it was too much for LVSA Red to overcome. The Vegas side got on the board in the 80th minute, but would get no closer as Golden State claimed the championship.

Last year’s U17 Champion DMCV Sharks Elite were looking to annex the U18 title having moved up a grade one year later, but Carlsbad Elite had other ideas.

In a battle of Southern California clubs Sydney Yates scored the games lone goal and the Championship went to Carlsbad on a 1-0 score.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and see you next year in Frisco, Texas.

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Champions Crowned at USYS National Championship
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Tulsa, Ok – At the end of an exhausting and often thrilling week the first champions were crowned tonight at the US Youth Soccer National Championships at Tulsa’s Mohawk Soccer Complex.

Four teams from the events youngest and oldest age groups claimed the spoils in front of large and vocal crowds.

CKz6fblUYAAWo4QGretna Pride (NE) spoiled the party for FC Nova (ID), denying Nova the chance to become the first team from Idaho to win a title at the US Youth Soccer Championships in any age group.

Like both of the U13 championships decided tonight the U19 Girls title came after penalty kicks. Although neither club could manage a goal from play in 120 minutes, Gretna won the penalty kick battle in decisive fashion, outscoring the newcomers 4-1 from the spot.

The U19 Boys had the added incentive of playing for the right to hoist the James P. McGuire Cup, awarded this year for the 80th time.

Long Island club Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) were the winners tonight with an impressive 3-1 victory over St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO).

On this stiflingly hot night in Tulsa Arsenal got off to the proverbial dream start with a goal from Michael Farese in the games third minute. But Massapequa were unable to follow that opening salvo with a second, allowing Gallagher to settle into the match.

When Steven May found the target for St.Louis the match was level and Massapequa were in jeopardy of wasting that dream start.

That wouldn’t the case however as the New York representatives answered with two goals to close out the Championship effort in fine style while earning the oldest title in youth sports as the winners James P. McGuire Cup.

The youngest group at the US Youth National Championships proved to be very deserving of their place in the competition, playing excellent soccer throughout the week and setting a high bar for dramatic endings in their championship matches.

Both games would go to penalties in front of large and loud crowds of supporters who were determined to make themselves known, a goal that was not only achieved but surpassed.

CKzFploUcAAicr9In the Girls Championship match PSG Gators (MI) and So Cal Blues Baker (CA-S) were unable to provide any goals for those passionate fans to celebrte in the opening half. But it wouldn’t take too much of the second half for the deadlock to be broken, with PSG Gators nosing ahead from a Madison Medalle goal in the game’s 51st minute.

With plenty of soccer still to be played nothing was assured by that narrow PSG lead and sure enough So Cal came back.

Lillian Shea was the goal scorer and as the clock wound down toward added time the California girls were knocking on the door.

But PSG Gators held firm and when neither side could hit the target in two 10 minute extra time periods, it was on to penalty kicks.

PSG Gators goalkeeper Emma Bourtorwick would emerge as the hero, coming up with the save that ended the game and secured the Championship for the Michigan club.

A goalkeeper was the star in the U13 Boys Championship too, with Grant Farley turning in a massive performance that allowed Baltimore Celtic Darby (MA) to hold off EC Real Galaxy FC (CA-N) for 120 minutes and make it to penalty kicks.

Farley had a huge role in keeping Real Galaxy striker Jerry Ayon off of the scoresheet, a task that seemed more and more impossible as the game went on.

From the start Ayon was finding space in the middle of the Celtic defense and with his combination of speed, quickness, strength and skill it seemed only a matter of when and perhaps how many goals Ayon would score.

Ayon and Farley weren’t the only two players on the field, but their game within a game was impossible to turn away from. Time after time Ayon would find a way around, or over or through the Baltimore defense only to be turned away by Farley, often with two or three Celtic defenders draped over the California striker.

Then with everyone preparing for penalties the game was turned on its head when a Celtic defender handled in the box for a penalty on what would prove to be final kick of regulation.

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Surprisingly perhaps, Ayon did not step up to take the penalty, instead Jose Amezcua did the honors. The ball left Amezcua’s foot seemingly destined for the bottom right corner of Farley’s net, but the Baltimore keeper pulled off a brilliant save to keep his Celtic team alive.

Celtic would go on to win the pk war 4-3 with Farley making the championship winning save to earn a ride off the Mohawk Soccer Complex field by teammates and supporters alike.

It was no more than the keeper deserved.

Congratulations to all the newly crowned champions and well played to the runners up.

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USYS National Championship Semis and Finals
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Tulsa, OK. – It was semifinals day today in Tulsa and youth soccer fans were treated to everything from overtime to blowouts in age groups U14 to U18. The U13 and U18 finals take place this evening and tonight.

CKxNl-UWUAAA5rzAll of the remaining finals will take place tomorrow, so let’s see who survived and moved on under the blistering Tulsa sunshine.

The was little separating the sides in either of the U14 Boys semifinals. GSA (GA) sent the San Jose Earthquakes (Ca-N) out of the competition by the slimmest of margins, beating the Californians 1-0.

Houstonians (TX-S) coach Noe Bastidas was concerned about keeping his boys focused coming off of of Friday’s emotional penalty kick victory. Whatever he and his assistants came up with worked out just fine, with Houstonians beating San Diego SC Academy (CA-S) 2-1 to set up a Sunday showdown with GSA.

Identical scorelines prevailed in the Girls U14 group with Dallas Kicks (TX-N) ousting FC Pride Elite (IN) 1-0 while Legends FC (CA-S) toppled TopHat Gold (GA) 2-1.

CKsaKQpUMAEMExkOddly the U15 Boys and Girls scores followed the same 2-1, 1-0 pattern. 10 man Sporting KC Academy (KS) stunned Dallas Texans Red (TX-N) with an added time goal from Max Rugova to prevail 2-1.

The match featured two very talented teams with contrasting philosophies and was fascinating as a result. The Texans employed a more direct style than their opponents, who preferred to take a more patient approach.

The match was physical at times and Sporting went a man down when an overenthusiastic tackle drew the referee’s attention not long into the second half.

But with Colin Innes pulling the strings SKC never panicked and Dallas was unable to take advantage of the extra man. Both teams had chances to salt this one away, but overtime was beginning to look like a certainty when Rugova poked home the winner.

Sporting will face Fewster FC (MD) in the final on Sunday after the Maryland boys eliminated United FA Premier (GA) on a Devin McCarthy goal in 75th minute.

In an all Southern California battle Legends broke Albion SC hearts with a goal from Denae Antoine in the second half of overtime to win by a 1-0 score.

CKxV7M3UwAINMzrWaiting for Legends in Sunday’s Girls U15 Championship match will be La Roca Premier. La Roca (UT) just slipped by Penn Strikers (PA) in an keenly contested affair that turned on a fortunate bounce of the ball for the Penn goalkeeper Kamryn Stablein.

Stablein was fooled by a high bouncing ball that La Roca’s Macy Martinez finished into an empty Penn net, a cruel twist of fate for the young keeper who was outstanding for the Strikers both before and after that one incident.

A Battle Royale looms in the Boys U16 Final after today’s results set up a rematch between Seattle United (WA) and Baltimore Celtic (MD). Seattle continued its dominance of the U16 age group with today’s 3-0 shutout win over Penn Fusion (PA), while Baltimore doubled up on Loudoun 98 Red (VA) by a 4-2 tally.

Making this final all the more intriguing is that Celtic are the one team that gave United a game, falling 1-0 to their Cascadian foes in a group stage encounter.

It was a different story in the girl’s half of the 16 draw with both semifinals finishing 2-1. 2014 U15 Champions JC Storm (FL) moved on up an age group and after today’s 2-1 win over Futura Academy Forte Elite (MO) the Jacksonville team will be looking to add more honors.

The other semifinal in this group went to overtime where Caroline Foley played the heroine as YMS Premier Xplosion (PA) knocked off La Roca (UT), who also lost in the 18 year old girls division today, on day of mixed emotions for the Utah club.

Group B proved dominant in the Boys U17 division as second place Arlington Impact (VA) chopped down Group A table toppers Santa Barbara (CA-S) 2-1, although form form held with the Chicago Magic defeating Baltimore Celtic 2-0.

In the girls half we get the rematch of the 2014 U16 Championship match between Beach FC Academy (CA-S) and Tampa Bay United Premier (FL) that many were expecting to see.

Naturally today’s opposition did all they could to prevent that rematch, but goals from Brianne Folds and Samantha Betters in the 75th and 78th minutes were too much for Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) to overcome as Tampa triumphed 2-0 over Carlsbad Elite by a 2-0 margin.

The defending champions were pushed to overtime by a game KHA Red (Oh-S) club that fought back from 2-0 to take a 3-2 lead over Beach FC.

But an 80th minute strike from Taylor Bistline forced overtime where it was all Beach. Rocio Rodriguez scored early in the overtime period, her second goal of the game, and Tavia Leachman closed it out with a 103rd minute backbreaker.

Now it’s on to the rematch where Beach FC look to continue its dominance over Tampa Bay, who will have revenge on their minds.

It was nail biting time on the boys side of the U18 draw while a pair of California teams cruised to the finals in the girls competition.

FC Golden State (CA-S) edged CUP Gold (OH-S) 1-0, setting up a championship showdown with LVSA 97 Red (NV) who outlasted Fullerton Rangers (CA-S).

If it was all tension for the boys, while early goals took the drama out of the equation in both girls games. Carlsbad Elite (CA-S) were leading 2-0 by the 10th minute and with Bridget Daley and Sydney Yates each chipping in with a brace, the result was never in doubt as Carlsbad ran out 6-0 winners against La Roca (UT).

U19 B NASA 08 Elite vs Baltimore Casa Mia BaysDMCV Sharks Elite won this title at the U17 level and now a year later they have their eyes fixed on this prize. To get to tomorrow’s final the Sharks followed the same script as Carlsbad, scoring early and often to leave KC Metro Dynamos (KS) with no hope.

The Kansas girls did manage an 80th minute goal to avoid the shutout, but there was no stopping the Sharks or Carlsbad today in Tulsa.

Next up from Tulsa are tonight’s U13 and U18 Championship games (Boys and Girls) and then it is on to Sunday as the US Youth National Championships conclude with a flurry of championship contests.

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On to the Knockout Rounds at The USYS Championships in Tulsa
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Tulsa, Oklahoma – On Tuesday morning 96 soccer clubs descended on the Mohawk Sports Complex in Tulsa for the US Youth Soccer National Championships full of hope that by week’s end their team would boast the title of national champions.

img10The grueling group stages were played under intense heat and interrupted by unpredictable storms, and still these young players produced some wonderful soccer.

The cliches we so often hear about American youth soccer were disproved many times throughout the week and now we move on to the weekend, where the best of the best will face off with titles on the line.

Good passing, possession based soccer was the order of the day most days, all the way down to the U13 level, flying in the face of the perception that long ball soccer is the American way.

On day one of the tournament boys U14 club San Diego SC Academy defeated Virginia’s McLean 2-0. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but there was plenty of good soccer played by both sides. McLean coach Jamil Walker, a former DC United player, continually urged his players to work the ball, pass it, even as they trailed in the game.

His counterpart on the San Diego bench, Brian Quinn did the same, and it was truly encouraging to see young players relying on good habits that they will fall back on as they climb the soccer ladder.

McLean did not advance to the knockout rounds, a bitter pill to be sure, but like all the other eliminated teams they will grow from the experience. For San Diego, however the adventure continues. In just its first trip to the US Youth Soccer NCS Finals San Diego advanced to the final four where they go up against Houstonians 2001 on Saturday at 10:00 am.

Houstonians made it this far after a thrilling, or heartbreaking, penalty kick victory over Baltimore Celtic on Thursday.

photo1Emotions had run high on the pitch, in the bleachers and on the sidelines, but when things simmered down a bit Houstonians coach Noe Bastidas spoke to GotSoccer.

Bastidas spoke of the emotions of his youngsters, telling GotSoccer, “to be honest, I don’t think we kept our cool.” “For a while there,” the coach said, “I think we were only playing on emotion.”

Bastidas hopes that his team learned a lesson. “I wish we would have kept our cool a little bit more, we were just running on adrenaline.”

Asked about the seeming discontent between the coaching staffs, Bastidas didn’t flinch. “What’s beautiful about soccer is that it’s a very passionate game and everybody is working as hard as they can to win the game, including,” Bastidas noted, “the coaches.”

But for Bastidas any enmity developed between the lines is forgotten soon after the final whistle blows. “After the game we almost give each other high fives,” the Houston coach told GotSoccer. “You almost build a bond, or a friendship based on that rivalry.”

More importantly, Bastidas spoke about what playing at the US Youth Soccer NCS means to his kids. “It means the world,” Bastidas said. “For a kid like ours – these kids are only here because they have a bunch of adults that are supporting them.”

“These kids otherwise wouldn’t see anything like this. All they know is soccer,” Bastidas added, “but without a lot of support they’d only be playing soccer in the streets.”

After a much needed day off on Friday, the tournament’s first National Champions will be crowned on Saturday in the boys and girls U13 and U19 Age groups.

The U13 Boys Final will get started at 5:30 pm on Field 5, then 30 minutes later the girls take to the Field 6 pitch to determine the U13 girls champion.

Baltimore Celtic Darby (Md.) defeated EC Real Galaxy (Ca.-S) 3-0 on Thursday, a bit of a surprise given the high quality displayed by both teams in their first two games. Tomorrow we’ll see if Celtic can do it a second time or if Galaxy kept something in reserve for the final.

The girls final is an equally intriguing matchup featuring two teams that advanced from group play without conceding a goal. So Cal Baker Blues (Ca.-S) would seem to be the more dynamic team, having scored 10 goals while pitching that opening round shutout, while PSG Gators (Mi) notched only four goals.

But the two teams played to a 0-0 draw in a group stage encounter, so Saturday’s final is is a true tossup.

The Girls U19 Final features FC Nova (ID) the first Idaho team ever to reach the US Youth Soccer Championship Game at any age group. Nova will meet Gretna Prima (NE) at 5:45 on Field 12.

The Boys U19 finalists will be battling to hoist the historic James P. McGuire Cup, awarded this year for the 80th time. St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO) will be challenged for the coveted silverware by Massapequa Arsenal (NY-E) on Field 12 at 8:00 pm.

Age groups U14 – U18 will contest semifinals on Saturday in both the boys and girls competitions, with championship matches to follow on Sunday.

img3Good luck to all the teams that advanced to the knockout rounds and well done to all those teams that fell short this year. Maybe we will see you this time next year in Frisco, Texas.

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A Long Day in Tulsa as Teams Move on or Bow Out
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Tulsa, Oklahoma – It was the day wouldn’t end here in Tulsa as we woke to dark skies that would soon be brightened by violent flashes of lightning.

Word came down early via twitter from US Youth Soccer that the days games would be delayed due to the dangerous conditions.

CKoAQauUwAAFFmYAt first the 7:30 am matches were switched to 9:00 am, with all of the games moving back 90 minutes. Then 9:00 became 10:30 as players, coaches, parents and officials grew more anxious by the minute.

With 96 teams having traveled to Tulsa from all across the country nobody wanted to see the day washed out, even with tomorrow’s scheduled off day.

Advancement to the knockout rounds was on today’s agenda and one of the most intense age groups, girls U17 were up first when play finally got underway.

The group featured a matchup of last years US Youth Soccer National Championship U16 Final with defenders Beach FC from Ca-S facing Tampa Bay United Premier.

Despite the downpours the field looked to be in decent shape, although there was some slipping throughout. Tampa had already locked up a spot in Saturday’s semifinals while Beach FC needed a win or a tie to continue its title defense.

That urgency showed early with Beach pressing high and keeping Tampa pinned in its own end for long stretches of the first half.

That pressure paid off with a first half goal by a tenacious Taylor Bistline, who simply refused to be denied as she forced home the games lone goal.

Tampa were keen to flip the script in the second stanza and the Florida girls were aggressive right from the restart. But even with both teams going all out for the win there was still room for good sportsmanship.

Maxine Nagramada, one of Beach FC’s top players had to come off the field when she took a blow to the head. By rule she could not return before a trainer gave the ok.

Beach didn’t want to lose a top player, subs can’t return at this age group, so Tampa looked set to enjoy a temporary man advantage. Down by a goal this could have been the break Tampa Bay needed. Instead coach Adrian Bush voluntarily pulled one of his own players. Nagramana was checked and cleared and returned to the match as Tampa passed up a chance to take advantage of another teams bad luck.

Despite dominating the second half Tampa couldn’t find the Beach net and United were denied their revenge, for now at least. If the two take care of business in Saturday’s semifinals, Sunday could see a rematch of last years U16 Final, and what better time for revenge?

As tight as things were in that group, the boys U14’s were tighter still. All four teams entered today’s delayed action even in all categories, from wins and losses to goal difference, there was nothing to separate the foursome.

Against that backdrop Georgia club GSA Premier played Cincinnati United CUP Gold (Ohio-S) on Field 11, while Houstonians 2001 took on Baltimore Celtic Dynasty just yards away on Field 12.

GSA beat Cincinnati in an exciting game that featured the ejection of the GSA coach, the coach of the winning team. Still the story of the round in the group unfolded on Field 11 where Houstonians and Celtic battled, and I do mean battled, all the way through penalty kicks.

CKn_rG9UAAAyTFvThe field was muddy, the play tough and tempers were high. Celtic opened the scoring when Danny Paucar scored from a goalmouth scramble, but the Houstonians replied almost immediately. Adrian Cedillo was the Houston hero, but this game was just getting started.

And then started again, following a weather break of approximately 45 minutes early in the second half.

Neither team could find a winner in regulation, so it was on to penalty kicks. But wait, said the officials not here, not now, those are the rules, so move along.

A short while later that decision was over ruled or clarified, or something and it was indeed pk time.

Not much in the world of sports matches penalty kicks for sheer drama, from the World Cup right on down to a U14 Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Not that there was much difference to these players and coaches. Houstonians would prevail 5-4 with Jose Reyes making the final save that would send the Texans through and Celtic out of the tournament.

Houston won the shootout 5-4, getting a bit of good fortune when Juan Rodriguez banked a shot first off the crossbar and then off Baltimore keeper Joseph McNally.

Celtic had a chance to win it in the fifth round of pk’s, but couldn’t convert. Then Reyes had his moment. Fans rushed from the bleachers to celebrate with their sons, or to commiserate.

Like they used to say on the Wide World of Sports, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. These kids never heard of the show, never saw the skier crashing off of that ski jump, but today they will know those emotions.

Houstonians move on, Baltimore head home. Today on fields all over the Mohawk Sports Complex that same drama was played out, many times over.

It is what makes sports hard, but more importantly, it is what makes sports great.

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Indiana Soccer Introduces Instructional Webinars
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Indiana Soccer Association has released an informative set of instructional webinars to assist club representatives and answer any questions regarding the online management system used by the association to register teams and players, complete background checks for coaches, process payments, etc.

“Indiana Soccer understands the complexity of management systems; therefore, the association believes that these webinars will facilitate the processes required to complete different tasks for our affiliated clubs.”  Indiana Soccer Director of Marketing and Communication Paco Espinosa, stated.

Webinars are also available to shed light on some of Indiana Soccer programs such as Coaching Education, Olympic Development Program (ODP) and TOPSoccer.

Please click on the links below to view the videos, and for the original story, please visit the Indiana Soccer Association website. 

 

 

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Soccertube Landmarks Contest
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Have you heard of the Soccertube Landmarks Contest? Get competitive and creative this summer with Colorado Soccer Association and submit a video for a chance to be featured in a Soccertube Newsletter and on Colorado Soccer Association’s Soccertube page.

Check out the details below, courtesy of CSA and Soccertube. For more information, please visit the CSA website.

How it works

Through August 31, you can use the My Soccer Moves app to upload “Friendly” videos of yourself doing a soccer move by a landmark! Any landmark will do, as long as it is visible in your video. Even if you just do a cool move by the fountain in a park next to your house…upload it!

What happens next?

At the end of August, five finalist videos will be selected, then YOU will get the chance to vote on your favorite video right from the Soccertube page! The player with the winning video will be featured in a Soccertube Newsletter and on Colorado Soccer Association’s Soccertube page!

Get Started

Either signup for My Soccer Moves (free signup below) or log in to your My Soccer Moves account now to start uploading “Friendly” videos with your favorite landmarks in them!

Soccertube Landmarks Contest

 

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Colorado Soccer Association Introduces New Logo
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Courtesy of CSA

Courtesy of CSA

Colorado Soccer Association is sporting a sleek new look with the exciting presentation of their new logo last month.

According to the CSA website:

“The concept behind the Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) logo is based on positioning CSA as the leading governing body of soccer in the state of Colorado, setting a strong example regionally and nationally.  Leadership, integrity, a history of excellence, and creating a positive environment for young athletes of all levels are the values communicated in the logo design.”

The graphic elements include a star soccer ball at the top of the brand, which is a literal representation of the sport; but more importantly demonstrates a strong dedication to excellence, providing a high standard of services and programs for its members.

The simple but bold use of the logotype reinforces the professionalism of CSA.

The “C” from the flag of the State of Colorado overlaid against the mountains not only represents our state and its inherent beauty, but also stands for stability, strength and a solid foundation from which young athletes can learn, grow and thrive. 

Regarding color, the blue was selected to represent the Colorado skies, as well as depth and stability. The Gold represents the Colorado sunshine in addition to success, achievement and triumph. The white represents the snowcapped mountains along with balance and completeness. The red represents the land but also strength, power, determination and passion.”

Check it out now!

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