Pachanga Soccer Festival
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Pachanga Logo The inaugural Pachanga Soccer Festival is coming to the Parade Grounds at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday June 21st, 2014. A celebration of the bourgeoning soccer culture, the inaugural festival will feature adult soccer tournaments, a children’s soccer clinic, soccer inspired artwork and poetry slam, as well as freestyle soccer players. And it wouldn’t be a Brooklyn festival without food trucks, an art workshop, DJ’s spinning music, and much more still to be announced. The festival will be free to attend, and will last from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

Love of soccer is shown in many different ways – and the Pachanga soccer festival promises to celebrate all forms of expression. “Samba” music, inspired by Brazil, the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will be the primary music at the festival. DJ Madsol, who has worked with Wyclef Jean and Talib Kweli, will be overseeing the music. Madsol explained, “Being of Haitian descent soccer has always been an undeniable passion for me.  We will bring to life the ultimate soccer music soundtrack!”

Pachanga is also partnering with America Scores, a non-profit organization that teaches young adults about poetry and soccer, and they will run the festivals poetry Slam. There will also be free soccer clinics for children, as well as soccer inspired children’s art workshops that will be running throughout the day.

The Pachanga Festival will take place in the midst of the Group Stages of the World Cup, just one day before the U.S. men take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. The Americans will already have played their opening Group game against Ghana by this point, so hopefully American fans won’t be too tense to enjoy the festivities come June 21.

For those interested in volunteering, registering a team for the tournament or being a sponsor, log on to www.pachan.ga.  More information about talent and partnerships will be rolling out in the next few weeks.

The Parade Grounds are located between Parkside Ave., Caton Ave., bet. Parade Pl. and Coney Island Ave.

 

 

 

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NWSL Mid Week Round Up
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Sky Blue FC and Chicago Stars Tie 1-1

No one won the battle Wednesday night in Piscataway, NJ, where Sky Blue FC and Chicago Stars clashed in a stalemate that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former Maryland standout Hayley Brock scored the equalizer for Sky Blue. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Former Maryland standout Hayley Brock scored the equalizer for Chicago. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Sky Blue FC got on the board first in the 27th minute when team captain Katy Freels converted a penalty kick and the Red Stars equalized in the 58th minute with a goal from forward Hayley Brock.

The match kicked off with Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Taylor Vancil taking a beating in the net, as Sky Blue rained shot after shot on goal. She stood up bravely against the pressure, blocking shot after shot. She wasn’t able to keep them all out though, and in the 27th minute, Freels scored her goal.

Vancil wasn’t the only one under pressure, as Sky Blue goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was put to the test as well. The Red Stars were looking to equalize, and she deftly turned away multiple shots, until the net was breached in the second half.

Sky Blue's Kay Freels got on the scoresheet from a spot kick. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Sky Blue’s Kay Freels got on the scoresheet from a spot kick. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

“I thought we gave a great effort tonight. We just have to find that final push to put our chances away,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra told NWSL reporters. “We were missing a lot of parts tonight (due to the absence of national team players), but that gives other players the chance to step up. We played with a good mentality, but we just need to create a little more of a killer instinct to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves this season.”

Scoring Summary

  • 27   Sky Blue FC   Katy Freels   PK
  • 58   Chicago Red Stars   Hayley Brock

WNY Flash Move up to Third After Defeating FC Kansas City

While Yurcak Field was alive in New Jersey Wednesday night, Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester had its own share of excitement as WNY Flash clinched a 2-1 victory over FC Kansas City to end their two game win streak.

Things got off to a diving start for Blues goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who was able to keep a deadly corner kick out of the net in the 37th minute. She wouldn’t be so lucky on the next corner though, which was issued after her initial save. Samantha Kerr was able to guide the ball past Kansas defense, deflecting off defender Merritt Mathias, and into the net. It was Kerr’s first goal of the 2014 season.

Spencer scores the winning goal the Flash (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Spencer scores the winning goal for the Flash which took them to 3rd spot in the NWSL. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Then, in first half stoppage time, Flash forward Jasmyne Spencer scored her first professional career goal, capitalizing on a cross from Kerr. She got her clutches on the ball and threaded her way through the Blues back line before going head to head with Barnhart and beating her to the punch.

With the Flash up 2-0 going into the second half, the Blues worked tirelessly for a goal and got one on the 57th minute from rookie Morgan Marlborough.

Frances Silva initiated the play with a free kick that the Flash kept from clearing and Marlborough sprang into action to collect a backwards headed ball from Flash defender Kristen Edmonds. She knocked it in past Flash goalkeeper Lydia Williams to get Kansas on the board 2-1, but it wouldn’t be enough to catch the Flash, whose two first half goals carried them through regulation to victory.

Scoring Summary

  • 38   WNY Flash   Samantha Kerr (Martin)
  • 49+   WNY Flash   Jasmyne Spencer (Kerr)
  • 57   FC Kansas City   Morgan Marlborough
LEAGUE STANDINGS
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Seattle Reign FC 5 5 0 0 15
2. Portland Thorns FC 4 2 0 2 8
3. Western New York Flash 4 2 1 1 7
4. FC Kansas City 6 2 3 1 7
5. Washington Spirit 5 2 3 0 6
6. Sky Blue FC 6 1 2 3 6
7. Chicago Red Stars 4 1 2 1 4
8. Houston Dash 4 1 3 0 3
9. Boston Breakers 4 1 3 0 3
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MLS – Big 5
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The World Cup is just around the corner, but league play continues, so let’s look in on this week’s MLS Big 5.

Former Maryland standout Mullins got his fir MLS goal.(ISI Photos/)

Former Maryland standout Mullins got his fir MLS goal.(ISI Photos/)

1) Two time Hermann Trophy Winner Breaks Duck

Patrick Mullins was the ultimate college soccer star at Maryland, winning the Hermann as the nation’s best player the past two years.

Still, there were questions about his pro prospects, after all not too many top players stay in college for four years these days.

One goal won’t erase all the doubts, but the New England rookie looked very good in the Revs 2-1 away win over Toronto on Saturday. Mullins beat Brazilian international keeper Julio Cesar with a rocket for his first MLS goal, and he pressured the TFC defense into committing a handball for a pk that led to a late New England winner.

2) Miller – Vancouver Part Ways

Scotland International Kenny Miller  . (Getty images)

Scotland International Kenny Miller was released by Vancouver. (Getty images)

The Kenny Miller era ended quietly in Vancouver this weekend, with the veteran DP and the Whitecaps agreeing that it was time to part company.

The Caps have a couple of very promising young attackers in Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks, and coach Carl Robinson and the rest of the Vancouver braintrust has decided to go with youth.

A Scottish international, Miller came to Vancouver after a long career in Scotland and England in June 2012, but never provided the goals that Vancouver were looking for.

The 34 year old is free to continue his career, and the Whitecaps have a Designated Player spot to fill.

3) Fire Doused Late

If the Chicago Fire were ever going to win a game, Saturday looked like the day. Playing at home, the winless Fire jumped out to a 2-0 lead over RSL, who incidentally have yet to lose in 2014.

Mike Magee  . (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Mike Magee’s goal was not enough to lead his team to a victory. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Mike Magee and Juan Luis Anangono had the home team ahead by a brace within a half an hour, but a late collapse cost the Fire not just one point, but the full three.

Joao Plata is the shortest player in the league, but he somehow volleyed home the winner from the doorstep in the third minute of extra time. Alvaro Saborio had tied the match in the 90th minute after Plata started the RSL comeback in the 72nd.

The season has a long way to go, but it will feel even longer unless Chicago figures out how finish off an opponent.

4) Portland End Schneid

Portland got a goal in the games first minute and in the fourth minute of stoppage time, to go with a 38th minute strike. It was enough to earn the Timbers their first three pointer of the 2014 season, and it was a heartbreaker for DC United.

Max Urruti (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Max Urruti in action for Portland. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Max Urruti put the dagger in for Portland after Bill Hamid had come up with a big save on Urruti’s initial shot. It was a cruel blow for United, but it sent the Timber Army home wet from the rain, but happy for the win that moved Portland past San Jose and Chivas USA in the Western Conference.

5) Henry’s MLS Centennial

Other than David Beckham, Thierry Henry’s signing may have been the biggest in MLS history. The French superstar and Arsenal legend signed on with the New York Red Bulls in July 2010. The results haven’t been spectacular, unlike two time champion Beckham, Henry has yet to win an MLS Cup, but it is hard to find much wrong with Titi’s individual results.

Henry (C) .(Getty Images)

Henry © reached her 100th game for the Red Bulls .(Getty Images)

The irascible legend has put up some good numbers for RBNY, 44 goals and 31 assists in those 100 MLS games.

This past Sunday the 36 year old showed he still can get the job done, picking up an assist on the Bradley Wright-Phillips winner over FC Dallas.

Perhaps even more impressive, the veteran went the full 90 minutes in the 90 plus degree Texas heat.

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U.S. WNT and France will Play Two Friendlies in June
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USSoccer announced today that the U.S. WNT will play two friendlies next month against France on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL and June 19 at Rentscheler Field in East Hartford, CT.

The U.S. last meeting with France ended in victory.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

The U.S. last meeting with France ended in victory.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Both teams will meet for the first time since the opening match of the 2012 Olympics where forward Alex Morgan scored a brace to overcome a 2-0 deficit and clinch the win for USA.

France underachieved in their last major event at the Euros 2013. (Getty Images)

France underachieved in their last major tournament which led to the firing of their coach. (Getty Images)

Currently, France is ranked No. 4 in FIFA Women’s World Rankings and boasts a killer squad to boot. Some of the game’s most talented women make up the team, with players hailing from top clubs Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. France has had one heck of a season as well, winning all four group seven qualifying matches for the 2015 Women’s World Cup thus far.

With two of the world’s top women’s teams coming together with a sporadic meet up history- 14 meetings in all- it will surely be a thrilling month as the U.S. women continue to prepare for World Cup qualifying later this year.

 

 

 

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NWSL Round Up Week 4: Seattle Reign FC Continues to Dominate
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FC Kansas City Crush Houston Dash

FC Kansas City swept the scoreboard Saturday night in Houston, TX, crushing Houston Dash 4-0 with goals scored by Liz Bogus, Amy Rodriguez, Erika Tymrak and Frances Silva.

Kansas' Lauren Holiday got 2 assists against  (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Kansas’ Lauren Holiday got 2 assists against Houston. (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes

The game belonged to the Blues from start to finish, as they came out attacking in full force and kept steady pressure on Houston’s back line. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod repeatedly batted away dangerous shots from the likes of Lauren Holiday and Rodriguez, but it would only be a matter of time before FC Kansas City was able to break past her.

Scoring was opened in the 12th minute when Holiday directed a pass between defenders and Bogus took control, drilling a low shot into the net before McLeod could reach the ball.

The second half took off with FC Kansas City searching for a security goal, and Rodriguez supplied it within two minutes, outsmarting the opposition and putting away her fourth goal of the season thus far.

Dash continued to play defensively as FC Kansas City continued to attack aggressively. U.S. midfielder Tymrak scored her first goal f the season in the 80th minute after coming into the match well into the second half. She capitalized on a cross from Jenna Richmond, and carried the ball from the top of the box to the goal, seizing an open window to up the score 3-0.

Silva and Holiday finished things off in the 89th minute of regulation with a nice passing sequence that ended with Silva shooting straight into the top corner of the far post for her first professional goal and the win.

Scoring Summary

  • 13   FC Kansas City   Liz Bogus
  • 48   FC Kansas City   Amy Rodriguez (Holiday)
  • 80   FC Kansas City   Erika Tymrak
  • 89   FC Kansas City   Frances Silva (Holiday)

Thorns and WNY Flash Draw 1-1

With unsatisfactory weather conditions delaying play for 43 minutes, the WNY Flash and Portland Thorns FC took to the field at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester on Saturday, ending in a 1-1 draw.

Portland Thorns are still missing key players due to injury and commitment. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Portland Thorns are still missing key players due to injury and commitment. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Spanish international Sonia Bermudez put the Flash in the lead in the 39th minute with a beautiful 25-yard long ball that landed in the upper corner of the net, her first of the season.

The Thorns didn’t waste any time in equalizing though. Four minutes after Bermudez scored, midfielder Sarah Huffman sent the ball into the box and Flash goalkeeper Lydia Williams tried to get her hands on it, but it fell to the feet of Jessica McDonald, who easily bumped it in.

The 1-1 stalemate held throughout the remainder of regulation as both teams struggled to find a crack in defense. U.S. forward, Abby Wambach was back in after sitting out the first two games of the season with a fractured left orbital bone, and though she gave the Thorns some trouble, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer was able to make some crucial saves.

Scoring Summary

  • 39   WNY Flash   Sonia Bermudez
  • 43   Portland Thorns   Jessica McDonald (Huffman)

Ocampo Scores Winner for Sky Blue FC

Mexican striker Monica Ocampo led Sky Blue FC to victory Saturday in New Jersey, scoring the lone goal to defeat Boston Breakers 1-0.

Sky Blue's Ocampo (R) scored the only goal of the game. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Sky Blue’s Ocampo (R) scored the only goal of the game. (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

It was an early goal scored in the 14th minute of regulation when defender Kelley O’Hara ran the ball up the left flank and crossed to Ocampo in the penalty box. The speedy forward blasted a left footed shot and it whizzed past Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for the 1-0 lead.

Defense tightened up after that as the Breakers eagerly sought out an equalizer, but Sky Blue’s on-point defense kept the net clear for the remainder of the game with goalkeeper Brittany Cameron registering a shut out.

“I think we gutted this one out and found a little bit of a different attitude,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra told NWSL reporters. “Up until now, were still just getting used to how we wanted to play, in terms of what our shape is and what our roles are. Tonight, we played as if we had to win, no matter what. Every game is going to be different, but I thought that, defensively, we did a good job of handling their attack and speed up front. I’d like to see us finish a few more of our chances, but that is going to come as long as we keep bringing the same effort as we did tonight.”

Scoring Summary

  • 14   Sky Blue FC   Monica Ocampo (O’Hara)

Reign Continue on Undefeated Streak with Win Against Washington Spirit

Seattle Reign FC delighted fans and upset Washington Spirit Saturday in Boyds, MD scoring two goals in the second half to cement a 2-1 victory.

Seattle's forward Leroux finally got a much deserved goal. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Seattle’s forward Leroux finally got a much deserved goal. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Spirit was on a mission looking to score, but the first half went by 0-0 as Seattle defense stood tall. Then, in the 53rd minute, Ali Kreiger produced the first goal, breaking through Seattle’s back line to give Washington the lead.

That goal opened the floodgates, and Seattle countered back with determination. They were rewarded with the equalizer just two minutes later when Kim Little sent the ball to the far post and Jessica Fishlock guided it into the net with a nice header.

U.S. star forward Sydney Leroux scored the game winner in the 76th minute after a scramble with Spirit defense, marking the 5th win of the season for Seattle Reign.

“I am really really happy for Syd,” head coach and general manager, Laura Harvey told NWSL. “She deserved that one. Her work rate has been remarkable. Only a matter of time till she scored.”

Scoring Summary

  • 53   Washington Spirit   Ali Krieger
  • 55   Seattle Reign FC   Jessica Fishlock
  • 76   Seattle Reign FC   Sydney Leroux
LEAGUE STANDINGS
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Seattle Reign FC 5 5 0 0 15
2. Portland Thorns FC 4 2 0 2 8
3. FC Kansas City 5 2 2 1 7
4. Washington Spirit 5 2 3 0 6
5. Sky Blue FC 5 1 2 2 5
6. Western New York Flash 3 1 1 1 4
7. Chicago Red Stars 3 1 2 0 3
8. Boston Breakers 4 1 3 0 3
9. Houston Dash 4 1 3 0 3
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Klinsmann will Bring 30 to Pre-World Cup Camp
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United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann turned to twitter yesterday to announce that he will be bringing the maximum allowable 30 players to pre-World Cup training camp, beginning Wednesday May 14th at Stanford University, in California.

Interesting to see that Klinsmann is leaving his options open.

Interesting to see that Klinsmann is leaving his options open.

The coach had previously indicated that he would bring in fewer players, so it would seem that some decisions are yet to be made. These sessions will conclude with friendlies against Azerbaijan on May 27, in San Francisco and June 1, versus Turkey at Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, New Jersey.

The final 23 man roster is due on June 2, and the selected team will have one final match stateside in Jacksonville, Florida against Nigeria on June 7, before winging it to Brazil.

Klinsmann is leaving his options open.(Getty Images)

Klinsmann is leaving his options open.(Getty Images)

Klinsmann will name the 30 on Monday, May 12, one day prior to the FIFA deadline, and the group can expect to be put through their paces with World Cup places on the line.

With 30 players coming to camp, competition figures to be intense in the fullback positions, with battles also looming in the midfield and forward spots. The only position that appears to be set is goalkeeper, where just the big three of Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are likely to receive invites to Stanford.

Klinsmann obviously is still not convinced with certain players.  (ISI Photos)

Klinsmann obviously is still not convinced with certain players. (ISI Photos)

Here is the group that Klinsmann is trying to winnow down to the 30 man roster. It is a far deeper talent pool than any U.S. coach has dealt with in the past, even if it is lacking in the star power of the American’s first round opponents in Brazil.

Goalkeeper: (3) No drama here. Howard, Guzan and Rimando.

Fullback: Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Parkhurst, Fabian Johnson, Brad Evans, Tim Chandler, Edgar Castillo and DeAndre Yedlin.

Center Backs: Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, John Brooks, Michael Orozco, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream (Geoff Cameron)

Midfield: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, Mikkel Diskerud, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Sacha Kljestan, Brad Davis, Luis Gil, Jose Torres, Joe Corona, Brek Shea, Benny Feilhaber (Fabian Johnson)

Forwards: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson, Terrence Boyd, Chris Wondolowski, Juan Agudelo

Along with the three keepers, I count as many as 18 players pretty well set for the final 23, but we’re talking top 30 here, so let’s get to it.

The three goalies are set, who will join them in California?

Geoff Cameron has been one of the very few of the U.S. squad that has solidified his starting position in the EPL (ISI Photos/John Todd)

Geoff Cameron has been one of the very few of the U.S. squad that has solidified his starting position in the EPL (ISI Photos/John Todd)

Defenders: Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Brad Evans, Michael Parkhurst, John Brooks, Tim Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu, DeAndre Yedlin, Michael Orozco.

Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron are keys to the eventual makeup of the roster. If Klinsmann gets the jitters over the continued shaky play of Omar Gonzalez and turns to Cameron in the center, he could shift Fabian Johnson back to fullback. Yedlin is a reach, but Klinsmann may be inclined to give the speedster one last chance to wow him.

Michael Orozco will be disappointed and surely this will damage his chance of selection.  (ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Michael Orozco may be one of the late additions to Klinsmann’s final squad.(ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Michael Orozco has earned Klinsmann’s trust over his tenure and I think he will get the nod before, Tim Ream and Oguchi Onyewu, who are both playing in the English Championship. But I think Onyewu may be called in for a closer look by Klinsmann, who will be sending an otherwise very inexperienced backline to the World Cup.

In fact, other than Gooch, no U.S. MNT defender in the pool has played in a World Cup. Clarence Goodson made the roster, but he didn’t see any action in South Africa 2010.

Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Landon Donovan, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, Mikkel Diskerud, Julian Green.

I think Green is too, well green for this World Cup, but after all the fuss surrounding the young Bayern man’s switch to the U.S. I see him making it at least this far. Danny Williams could get a call, he has played well this season for Reading, but central midfield is a crowded spot.

Forwards: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson, Terrence Boyd, Chris Wondolowski.

Agudelo might just miss out on a final spot.(ISI Photos)

Agudelo might just miss out on a final spot.(ISI Photos)

Juan Agudelo needed to light it up for Utrecht in the Eredivisie, and though he has had his moments, he probably needed to do a bit more.

Practices will be closed during training camp, so all eyes will be on the upcoming friendlies. Then, it’s on to Brazil.

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MSYSA Launches #MiMoment Social Media Campaign
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Courtesy of MSYSA

Courtesy of MSYSA

Plymouth, Michigan (April 30, 2014) – The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has initiated a targeted grassroots communications campaign. MSYSA wants to hear from our members on their ‘Moments’ in youth soccer that have been fun, memorable and exciting! The #MiMoment campaign is intended to connect soccer fans, parents, players and coaches from across the state. To further promote youth soccer here in Michigan, and the moments that bring soccer communities together, we want you to share with us your favorite moments during the season with the hashtag #MiMoment via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Facebook!

From your first practice, to your first game as a parent to coaching a great game or scoring your first goal, share the special moments with the MSYSA soccer community! If you’d like to instantly support #MiMoment, download the MSYSA #MiMoment app! You can view stories, submit your own stories (with photos), and take interactive polls and more all within the app!

Supporters can also visit the MSYSA #MiMoment Page and view additional stories and #MiMoment tags instantly! You may also upload your moments (with photo and video) through the MSYSA website!

“Our sport is so great from the friendships that evolve over the years to the sense of community it promotes. There are many special moments and stories out there that we are not aware of. We want to hear about them and we want to share them,” said Tom Faro, Executive Director of MSYSA. “The #Mimoment campaign is about celebrating special stories and moments with others.”

Be sure to check out at MSYSA Touraments and Events photo booths with MSYSA logos and tournament logos to take photos and submit online using the hashtag #MiMoment!

Remember, supporters can send personalized stories, team cheers, or ‘best of luck’ wishes directly to their favorite player, coach or team by using the hasttag #MiMoment or by visiting www.michiganyouthsoccer.org. From small details to spectacular achievements, let’s tell everyone what #MiMoment is!

About Michigan State Youth Soccer Association: The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (MSYSA) is a nonprofit organization that represents over 89,000+ youth soccer players, 12,000+ coaches, and 8,000+ referees throughout Michigan. MSYSA consists of a vast number of leagues that register players (boys and girls) from ages 4 through 19 throughout the state. MSYSA is a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information on MSYSA, visit www.michiganyouthsoccer.org.

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EPL Week 37 – Man City Back in the Race
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It’s week 37 and everything is still there to be played for. The EPL title definitely won’t be decided this weekend, but fourth place and all the relegation spots could be decided, so there is sure to be a lot of passion, guts, desire and ultimately heartbreak this weekend.

NEWS

Rooney injury not a World Cup worry

Wayne Rooney’s latest injury trouble should not keep him out of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Manchester United forward picked up a minor groin problem and is unlikely to feature in this Saturday’s clash against Sunderland.

Rooney has had a fairly good season and lies high not the EPL stats even though Man Utd have struggled. (Getty images)

Rooney has had a fairly good season and lies high in the EPL stats –  even though Man Utd have struggled – so should make the World Cup Squad. (Getty images)

The injury comes just 10 days before England boss Roy Hodgson is due to name his squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

New Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs also revealed that illness is hampering Rooney’s progress back to fitness.

“A few of the lads have had a bug,” said the Welshman.

“Wayne Rooney has, Anders Lindegaard has. Wayne has a tight groin, too. Together with the bug, it means his immune system is down so we have to watch that.

“Wayne being Wayne, he wants to play and wants to be involved. We will monitor it over the next 24 hours.”

Rooney, who signed a contract extension worth $505,000 a week earlier this year, is United’s top scorer this season with 17 EPL goals in 29 games.

 

Pulis and Wickman take April awards

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis and Sunderland striker Connor Wickham have scooped the Barclays monthly awards for April.

Tony Pulis has turned things around at Crystal Palace and deservedly won Manager of the Month award. (Getty Images)

Tony Pulis has turned things around at Crystal Palace and deservedly won Manager of the Month award. (Getty Images)

Pulis steered Palace to four wins from five EPL games in April as the Eagles secured their EPL status. Palace beat Cardiff City 3-0, Aston Villa 1-0, Everton 3-2 and West Ham United 1-0 to take 12 points from a possible 15 moving from the relegation zone to 11th place.

Sunderland's Connor Wickham (L) in action against Cardiff. (Getty Images)

Sunderland’s Connor Wickham (L) in action against Cardiff. (Getty Images)

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham was named Player of the Month. The 21-year-old scored five times in April to help move the Black Cats just above the relegation zone. Wickham’s goals include doubles in the 4-0 win against Cardiff City and a 2-2 draw at Manchester City, as well as a goal in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

 

PREDICTIONS

Week 36

Result

My Predictions

SATURDAY
Southampton v Everton 2-0 2-3
Fulham v Hull 2-2 2-1
Stoke v Tottenham 0-1 1-2
Swansea v Aston Villa 4-1 1-0
West Brom v West Ham 1-0 2-0
Man Utd v Norwich 4-0 3-1
SUNDAY
Sunderland v Cardiff 4-0 2-1
Liverpool v Chelsea 0-2 2-1
Crystal Palace v Man City 0-2 1-2
MONDAY
Arsenal v Newcastle 3-0 4-0

A correct result (ie picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. A correct score earns THREE points.

Last week I got SEVEN correct results, including ZERO perfect score, to give me a combined score of SEVEN-points.

Week 37

Prediction

 

SATURDAY
West Ham v Tottenham     1-1
Aston Villa v Hull     1-2
Man Utd v Sunderland     3-1
Newcastle v Cardiff     2-0
Stoke v Fulham     2-1
Swansea v Southampton     2-2
Everton v Man City     1-2
SUNDAY
Arsenal v West Brom    3-1
Chelsea v Norwich    2-0
MONDAY
Crystal Palace v Liverpool    1-2

Previews

SATURDAY

Manchester United v Sunderland

Sunderland could secure their EPL status this weekend with a victory at Old Trafford, but there is a new sense of optimism at Old Trafford now that Ryan Giggs is in charge, so things will be tough for the Black Cats.

Juan Mata helped turn the game around a seemed to spark a lease of life into United's play.(Getty Images)

Juan Mata helped turn the game around a seemed to spark a lease of life into United’s play.(Getty Images)

Manchester United returned to their winning ways with a bang as Ryan Giggs steered the Red Devils to a 4-0 win over strugglers Norwich. Though the Red Devils were flat for almost half the game and only really moved up a gear once Juan Mata came off the bench. However, they did look more like the United of Old playing with a high tempo and intensity, which will please both the management and fans.

Sunderland picked up a vital three-points against relegation rivals Cardiff with a 4-0 win at home. That win was their second in a row and moved them out of the relegation zone with only two games remaining.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is out with a groin problem, though Robin van Persie could return after recovering from a knee injury.

Poyet knows this one he needs to win - will this be one to many?  (Getty Images)

Poyet knows this one he needs to win – will this be one to many? (Getty Images)

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is available after completing a two-match suspension, though the Black Cats may opt to stick with Santiago Vergini, who has played well in Bardsley’s absence.

Manchester United are unbeaten in 23 league games against the Black Cats (W18, D5), however, the Black Cats did beat them in the League Cup and have recently done well against Man City and Chelsea away from home so will be confident.

I think the Black Cats could give United a run for their money, but I still expect United to comfortably win this one.

Prediction: 3-1

 

Everton v Man City

Both these sides need a win to keep their respective dreams alive so this should be a fantastic game to watch.

Everton will be hoping they can cause a shock and stay in the run for a Champions League spot. (Getty Images)

Everton will be hoping they can cause a shock and stay in the run for a Champions League spot. (Getty Images)

Everton lost to Southampton 2-0 last week to severely dent their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. That loss leaves them four points behind Arsenal with only two games to play, meaning they have to win on Saturday.

Man City all of a sudden have their EPL destiny in their own hands, following Liverpool’s defeat by Chelsea last week. The Sky Blues beat Crystal Palace 2-0 away last week to leave them three-points behind Liverpool, but with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

Everton defender Sylvain Distin is a doubt with a hamstring problem, though club captain Phil Jagielka returns to the squad after a 10-week absence with a similar problem. On-loan Gareth Barry is unavailable against his parent club, meaning the Toffees will have to reshuffle their midfield.

Man City's David Silva will be warmly welcomed back as he has been outstanding for them this season.(Getty Images)

Man City’s David Silva (R) will be warmly welcomed back as he has been outstanding for them this season.(Getty Images)

Man City’s David Silva has recovered from an ankle injury and could feature, but Jesus Navas remains out with a similar injury.

City are in a good run of form and need to win the rest of their games to guarantee them their second EPL title in three years, however, the Sky Blues have a terrible record at Goodison Park—City have won only once in their last 15 league visits (W1, D4, L10).

But City seem to have the bit between their teeth again and  I expect them to buck the trend and get a win.

Prediction: 1-2

 

SUNDAY

Arsenal v West Brom

Arsenal continued their good run with a 3-0 win over Newcastle at home and have now won their last three games since losing 3-0 to Everton. A win on Saturday would cement their place in the Champions League once again and end what has been more or less a good season for the Gunners.

West Brom all but secured their place in the EPL with a good 1-0 win over West Ham, however, they probably need one more point to guarantee their survival and will try and give Arsenal a game.

Jack Wilshere is one of many key players missing for Arsenal.(Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere is one of many key players missing for Arsenal.(Getty Images)

Arsenal remains without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs, while Bacary Sagna is a doubt with a knee problem.

West Brom’s Steven Reid is doubtful with a groin problem, while Liam Ridgewell and Zoltan Gera should return next week, however, defender Gareth McAuley looks set to return.

Arsenal has lost just two of their 15 EPL games against West Brom and I expect them to continue that good run.

Prediction: 3-1

 

Chelsea v Norwich

A very emotional John Terry after Chelsea's midweek exit from the Champions League. (Getty Images)

A very emotional John Terry after Chelsea’s midweek exit from the Champions League. (Getty Images)

Chelsea got a terrific win against Liverpool last week to keep their EPL title dreams alive, but the Blues will be down after exiting the Champions League midweek and will have to try and pick themselves up quickly for the visit of strugglers Norwich.

Norwich’s trouble continued last week, as Manchester United hammered them 4-0 at Old Trafford. That loss moved the Canaries back into the relegation zone with their remaining games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is Chelsea’s only injury worry, while midfielder Ramires is suspended.

Norwich’s on-loan defender Joseph Yobo returns to the squad after recovering from a calf problem, while the Canaries might recall striker Gary Hooper to the starting line-up.

Chelsea is unbeaten in their last seven Premier League clashes with Norwich, winning six and drawing one, and this should be another comfortably win for them.

Prediction: 2-0

 

MONDAY

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Both these sides lost last time out and will be hoping to bounce back with a positive result this week.

Crystal Palace lost for the first time in five games, going down 2-0 at home to Man City. The Eagles tried to fight fire with fire against City and were easily outfoxed by their suave opponents, but the Eagles are safe and can maybe afford to try something new in their remaining games.

Steven Gerrard was so devastated by Liverpool's loss that he did not attend the PFA awards where his team mate Suarez picked up the player of the year award.(Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard was so devastated by Liverpool’s loss that he did not attend the PFA awards where his team mate Suarez picked up the player of the year award.(Getty Images)

Liverpool’s title ambitions took a blow when they lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea last week, but the Reds remain top of the EPL and know that winning the rest of their games will heap the pressure on rivals Man City.

Palace changed their style of play last time out and tried to play on the front foot, taking City on. But the ploy didn’t really work out and I expect them to revert to their defensive/tough-to-play against approach, which I don’t think Liverpool will enjoy, as they struggled against Chelsea last week when they employed a similar tactic.

Nevertheless, I think the Reds have the players to unlock Palace’s defense and I expect them to just edge this game.

Prediction: 1-2

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NWSL Mid Week Round Up
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Seattle Continues to Reign Standings with Shut Out Against Sky Blue

Seattle Reign FC continues on their win streak, beating Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway yesterday 2-0.

The conditions were less than favorable with non-stop rain drenching the field, but the players pressed on with determination although it did play a big part in disrupting attacks on either side.

Japanese forward Nahomi Kawasumi was involved in both goals that led to Seattle's victory. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Japanese forward Nahomi Kawasumi was involved in both goals that led to Seattle’s victory. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Sky Blue’s lead scorer, Monica Ocampo repeatedly gave the Seattle back line trouble, but with Hope Solo in the net and defense on their guard, that did an excellent job of securing a shut out.

Japanese international Nahomi Kawasumi continues to make her mark in the NWSL, scoring the first goal of the match and assisting on the second. In the 24th minute a clearance fumble on Sky Blue keeper Jill Loyden’s part saw the ball falling to Kawasumi, who readily fired it in to open scoring 1-0.

Beverly Goebel (L) was able to her fist goal for Seattle and in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Beverly Goebel (L) was able to her fist goal for Seattle and in the NWSL (ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

The second half took off with Seattle Reign on the hunt for a security goal and it came just five minutes in. Kawasumi was alert in the box and spied her fellow INAC Kobe teammate Beverly Goebel looming near the net. She sent a quick pass her way, beating out Loyden, and Goebel finished the play with the ball slicing the net to finalize the 2-0 win.

Scoring Summary

  • 24   Seattle Reign   Nahomi Kawasumi
  • 50   Seattle Reign   Beverly Goebel (Kawasumi)

FC Kansas City Celebrates First Win of the Season

Yesterday was a big night for the Blues as they clinched their first 1-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas' striker Rodriguez scored the loan goal to help lead her team to their first victory this season in the NWSL. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

Kansas’ striker Rodriguez scored the loan goal to help lead her team to their first victory this season in the NWSL. (ISI Photos/Tony Quinn)

The win couldn’t come at a better time after two consecutive losses, and forward Amy Rodriguez was the savior of the match. She scored the lone goal early in the 9th minute of regulation when Jen Buczkowski cunningly distracted the opposition before crossing the ball to her for a nice light tap in.

But, even though her goal nabbed the win, it was the team’s combined effort to play a well-rounded, smart game overall that finalized it. The Blues kept possession and strategically created chances, outshooting the Red Stars 14-9 with eight shots on goal. Late substitutions to the back line also played a crucial role in keeping defense fresh and on their toes.

With their teamwork, FC Kansas City was able to carry that lone goal throughout regulation for a well-earned win.

Scoring Summary

  • 9   FC Kansas City   Amy Rodriguez (Buczkowski)
LEAGUE STANDINGS
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Seattle Reign FC 4 4 0 0 12
2. Portland Thorns FC 3 2 0 1 7
3. Washington Spirit 4 2 2 0 6
4. FC Kansas City 4 1 2 1 4
5. Chicago Red Stars 3 1 2 0 3
6. Houston Dash 3 1 2 0 3
7. Western New York Flash 2 1 1 0 3
8. Boston Breakers 3 1 2 0 3
9. Sky Blue FC 4 0 2 2 2

 

 

 

 

 

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United States to Host COPA America Centenario in 2016
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Copa America Centenario is coming to the United States in 2016. The long rumored “super tournament” was confirmed as a reality today in a press conference in Miami, hosted by the President of CONMEBOL Eugenio Figueredo and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

(ISI Photos/John Todd)

This should be a spectacular event for all fans.(ISI Photos/John Todd)

Both men cited the history of the oldest tournament in the world, while also noting the sport’s ability to unite all of the Americas. Webb took it a step further saying, “the Americas may have been discovered in 1492 by the first tourists, in 2016 football will unite them.”

There will be 16 nations competing for the championship, all 10 CONMEBOL members and six CONCACAF members. The United States and Mexico will be joined by the 2014 Caribbean and Central American Cup Champions, with the remaining spots taken by the top two teams from a four team, two legged competition involving the 2015 Gold Cup semifinalists.

The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras have all competed as guest nations at times since the the COPA loosened it’s rules to allow two non-CONMEBOL nations per tournament in 1993. CONCACAF nations have filled those spots all but once, when Japan participated.

U.S. has previously made limited appearances due to other commitments. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

U.S. has previously made limited appearances due to other commitments. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

Mexico have been regular participants, competing eight times and finishing as high as sixth place. Although the U.S. have been invited often, scheduling conflicts with other tournaments, as well as Major League Soccer, has limited the U.S. to just three appearances, with a fourth place finish in 1995 their best result.

CONMEBOL President Figueredo spoke of the two organizations, “creating a joint history.” The President seemed to imply that this format may be more than a one off saying he would, “love to have a permanent joining of forces with CONCACAF.”

CONCACAF President Webb did not see the tournament causing conflict with the 2016 Olympics, noting that the COPA event will run from June 3-26, while the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will take place in August.

Many will be hoping that those that ply their trade in Europe will be released for this tournament. (Getty Images)

Many will be hoping that those that ply their trade in Europe will be released for this tournament. (Getty Images)

Figueredo said that both organizations are, “insisting it (COPA America 2016) be on the FIFA calendar.” Although Figueredo was confident that, “all first line players,” would participate, the success of the tournament will hinge on Figueredo and Webb delivering on the CONMEBOL President’s promise.

Webb made it clear that the process of selecting cities and stadiums to host the games is a process that is just beginning.

The COPA was last held in 2011 with Uruguay winning the championship. With 15 titles, including the first ever in 1916, Uruguay have won the COPA more than any other country.

The success of this joint venture is far from assured, the two organizations will have their work cut out for them in adding another fixture to the already crowded summer schedule, a time when most of the world’s players are meant to resting.

Clearly CONMEBOL see this as an opportunity to raise the profile of the COPA, which exists in the shadow of UEFA’s EURO, while CONCACAF will be hoping to increase its stature in the world game by its participation.

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22 Players Called Up for U.S. WNT Match Against Canada
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Today U.S. WNT interim head coach Jill Ellis released a 22-player roster for the May 8 match against Canada held at one of the six FIFA Women’s World Cup venues-Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Nikki Marshal has proven to be a versatile player at club level.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Nikki Marshal has proven to be a versatile player at club level.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

The roster features 18 NWSL players including a first time call up for Portland Thorns FC defender Nikki Marshall. Three U.S. players that are committed overseas with Tyreso of Sweden: Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, are also on the list for the match.

A slew of players are currently injured and off the pitch. Alex Morgan continues to sit out indefinitely with ankle woes and midfielder Kristie Mewis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke join her with their own bumps and bruises.

Crystal Dunne's speed and skill has been missed in the recent U.S. games. (ISI Photos/Thomas B. Shea)

Crystal Dunne’s speed and skill has been missed in the recent U.S. games. (ISI Photos/Thomas B. Shea)

Defender Crystal Dunn, who has been injured for the 2014 season thus far, is  fully recovered and back in action, gracing the roster for the first time this year.

Virginia midfielder and 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian is also becoming a regular on the U.S. WNT call ups, boasting 10 caps already in her budding international career. Will there possibly be an 11th soon?

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris returns to the roster after an extended absence and Hope Solo will be pursuing the USA All-Time Shutout List, in which she is one save away from tying Briana Scurry with 70 saves.

Eighteen players will suit up against the Canadians. The last time the two teams met was January 1 for the U.S. season opener where the Americans defeated them 1-0.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

 

 

 

 

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Dixie State Red Storm Camps
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Courtesy of UYSA

Courtesy of UYSA

Dixie State University is hosting a series of Red Storm Soccer Camps throughout the month of June for boy and girl players of all ages. Check out each description below and visit the Utah Youth Soccer Association website to sign on up!

STORM CHASERS CAMP

For players 5 to 12 years old (must be going into K – 6th grades).

  • Dates: June 2rd-5th
  • Time: 9:00 am -11:00 am.
  • Cost: $75.00

Price includes a T-shirt and membership into the Storm Chasers Kid’s Club                            
Members of the Storm Chasers Kid’s Club receive the following benefits:
- Free admission to all Dixie State home athletic events
- Official Storm Chasers T-Shirt
- Birthday greeting from Big Dee
- Opportunity to meet Dixie State student-athletes and coaches
- Invitation to exclusive, members only events (dates to be announced)

RED STORM YOUTH CAMP

For players 12 to 15 years old (must be going into 7th, 8th or 9th grade)

  • Date: June 2rd- 5th
  • Time: 9:30-11:00 am Skills Session (Girls & Boys). Evening sessions: 6:00 – 8:00 pm; Girls (Monday & Wednesday) Boys (Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Cost: $110.00 includes camp T-shirt

Red Storm Match Play Camp / Individual and Teams 

This is four-day Camp for male and female High School players in 9th – 12th grade in the 2014-15 school years.

  • Date: June 30th – July 3rd.
  • Cost: Resident camper $255.00 Commuter camper $140.00.

The main focus of this camp is 11 v 11 match play. Teams can chose between a games only track or an instruction and games track. Camp under the direction of the Dixie State Soccer Head coaches and will be assisted by members of the Red Storm Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams.

HIGH SCHOOL ID CAMPS

Women – May 3rd. This is a one day Player ID camp for female players in grades 10 – Junior College. Players who are currently attending a four year college are not eligible to attend this camp. Training is under the direction of Women’s Head Coach Kacey Bingham.

  • Cost: $85.00. Players are responsible for meals and lodging.
  • Time:  Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Men – June 26th – 28th. This is three-day Camp for male High School players in 10th – 12th grade in the 2014-15 school years. Training is under the direction of Men’s Head Coach Danny Ortiz

  • Cost: Resident camper $250.00 Commuter camper $150.00. Includes ball and t-shirt

For registration details please visit our camp page at: DSU Soccer camps  or  call 435-652-7787

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UYSA Run to Raise
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Courtesy of UYSA

Courtesy of UYSA

Utah Youth Soccer Association and Athlete.com are partnering up to host a special fundraiser throughout the month of May to help raise funds for soccer in Utah.

Raise money and get in shape for the soccer season by running and money will be raised for every mile completed. Join for free, commit to a miles goal, rally support from friends and family and get trotting. Miles can be tracked using the athlete.com or mapmyfitness apps.

UYSA is offering over $10,000 worth of prizes to participants, which includes merchandise from Best Buy, McDonalds, Adidas and $100,000 REAL Salt Lake tickets. Get your entire team involved and top teams by age and gender will earn huge fundraising bonuses!

UYSA is attempting to set an organized run world record by hitting 2,000,000 miles in three days and to raise $1 million for the Utah soccer. Get more information and sign up now on the UYSA website.

 

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U20 WNT Prepare for Training Camp in California
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On Monday U.S. U20 WNT head coach Michelle French called up 27 players to attend a training camp May 11-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA in preparation for the upcoming 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada this August.

Morgan Andrews was a standout at the U17's. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Morgan Andrews was a standout at the U17′s. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

It’s a crucial stretch for the ladies before 20 players are chosen to travel to France for two matches against the U20 French National team in June. Then, a final camp will be held in July before the World Cup Aug. 5-24 where the U.S. will take on Germany, China PR and Brazil in Group B.

Lindsey Horan will miss out due to club commitments.(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Lindsey Horan will miss out due to club commitments.(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The majority of the 27 players called up for camp are in college with four high school players rounding out the squad that includes standout midfielder Mallory Pugh.

Professional player Lindsey Horan will not be present for camp as she is committed to Paris Saint-Germain at this time. Impeccable midfield trio: Stephanie Amack, Rachel Hill and Morgan Andrews will be at camp, as well as standout forwards Summer Green and Margaret Purce.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Karlie Mueller (Texas A&M; Sioux Falls, S.D.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Morgan Reid (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Joanna Boyles (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Cameron Castleberry (North Carolina; Raleigh, N.C.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Kodi Lavrusky (UCLA; Yucaipa, Calif.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

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