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Taylor Twellman on crusade to combat concussions

Twellman on concussions

More than three years removed from a concussion that ended his professional soccer career, Taylor Twellman's symptoms have yet to go away.

“Since August 30, 2008, no day has ever been the same,” Twellman told National Soccer Wire after he gave a sobering presentation on concussion awareness at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention last week. “The one thing that I’ve done is that I haven’t worked out in two years to try and let my brain just heal itself, so that’s done well."

Five local players named to ECNL All-Event Teams from Sanford, Fla. event

ECNL All-Event Teams

The Elite Clubs National League announced the All-Event Teams from the second event in the 2011-2012 ECNL National Showcase Event Series, which was held December 28-30, 2011 in Sanford, FL. Five local players representing Freestate SA, McLean, Virginia Rush and FC Virginia were named to the all-star squads.

A total of 150 teams from 47 ECNL Member Clubs participated in the event, with games taking place at facilities across Seminole County, including the Seminole Soccer Complex, Sylvan Lakes Park, and Central Winds Park.

FASA’s McManus collects soccer equipment for Rwanda, Nicaragua

Spotsylvania, VA teenager connecting soccer with his Eagle Scout project
FAFSA help Rwanda, Nicaragua

With so much suffering and sorrow plaguing the world today, it often seems obvious that single individuals can only have a token effect in improving the lives of faraway strangers.

But anyone tempted to underestimate the power of one should witness the astonishing results achieved by Spotsylvania, Va. teenager Sean McManus when he decided to collect soccer equipment for needy youth in Rwanda and Nicaragua for his Eagle Scout project.

Soccer leads to globetrotting existence for WPS vet, Silver Spring product Joanna Lohman

Globetrotting with Lohman

Professional soccer players around the world have readily leaped into the emerging medium of Twitter and Philadelphia Independence midfielder Joanna Lohman is no exception.

A Silver Spring, Md. native who starred for Bethesda SC Scorpions and Penn State University before moving on to a successful career in Women’s Professional Soccer and several stints with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Lohman regularly posts updates and corresponded with fans throughout the Independence’s run to this year’s WPS Championship game in Rochester, N.Y. on August 27.

Local College Round-up

Local College Round-up

While there were only a handful of mid-week games, this week saw women's powerhouse Maryland take on a local foe at the Maryland SoccerPlex. The men's teams begin conference play this weekend, while the Virginia women are hosting their annual Virginia Nike Soccer Classic.

PSW Q&A with Trish Heffelfinger

The Maryland SoccerPlex executive on coping with relentless rainfall
Q&A w/ Trish Heffelfinger

Wave after wave of serious storm systems have washed over the mid-Atlantic over the past few weeks, dumping huge amounts of rain and disrupting life for millions.

The soccer community is no exception. Players of all ages have had tournaments and league play affected -- even D.C. United had to reschedule their MLS match against Portland from August 27 to October 19 due to Hurricane Irene. More complications are expected this weekend as the area's rainfall levels continue to climb, with the entire region's scholastic sports calendar essentially up in the air at the moment.

Tournament Recap: PWSI Toys For Tots

Successful second weekend for 16th annual tournament
PWSI Toys For Tots tourney

Prince William Soccer, Inc. hosted dozens of teams from across Virginia and Maryland in the second phase of its 16th Annual Toys For Tots Tournament over the holiday weekend, and several of the home club’s squads came away big winners in one of the area’s final warm-up events before the onset of fall league competition.

PSW Q&A: Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski talks recruiting, development, NCAA reforms

PSW Q&A w/ Sasho Cirovski

Crafting two national titles, six College Cup (final four) appearances, four ACC championships, 16 NCAA Tournament invites and dozens of future pro players over his 18-year tenure, University of Maryland head men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski has become an institution in College Park.

Olney Rangers U-15s star Gedion Zelalem signs contract with London giants Arsenal FC

Olney star signs w/ Arsenal

Bethesda, Md. resident and Olney Rangers standout Gedion Zelalem has signed a professional contract with English Premier League heavyweights Arsenal FC, according to multiple reports over the past week.

PSW Q&A: PWSI Technical Director Ken Krieger “loving life” as daughter Ali shines on World Cup stage

PSW Q&A w/ Ken Krieger

Ali Krieger

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The U.S. Women’s National Team leaped to the forefront of the American sports scene with their thrilling penalty kick-shootout win over Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, and Dumfries, Va. native Ali Krieger was one of the central figures, playing the full 120 minutes at right back before netting the decisive PK that clinched the U.S. victory.

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