Youth Soccer

Suliaman Dainkeh called into U-18 US Men’s National Team Camp

Dainkeh will join the camp in Mill, Netherlands this week
Dainkeh called-up

D.C. United announced today that Academy product Suliaman Dainkeh has been called into the U-18 U.S. Men’s National Team camp in Mill, Netherlands. The camp will run from September 6th - 17th, with a match against the Netherlands on September 11th in Groesbeek, Netherlands and friendlies against U-18 club teams representing Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.

VSA Heat Blue complete epic year with all-conquering run to U-17 girls national title

VSA Heat Blue run to title

It could be described as utter domination. 

Northern Virginia Under-17 girls powerhouse VSA Heat Blue proved that they were the top squad in the Northeast United States at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships in early July, racing to the title with an undefeated record. 

With a spot at nationals assured, coach Steve Smith’s ladies hoped to build on that performance. They did that and more. 

BRYC 95 Elite girls earn third title of fantastic season with U-16 national championship

BRYC 95 girls earn title

Braddock Road Youth Club’s 95 Elite girls squad had already enjoyed a stellar season before heading to South Carolina for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, having won the Virginia State Cup and the Region I title. And given the bearish schedule they drew for the national finals at Manchester Meadow in Rock Hill, S.C., the Springfield, Va.-based team had reason to moderate their expectations and celebrate what they’d achieved to that point.

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17-year-old impressed D.C.'s first-teamers during recent training stint

Colin Martin playing with D.C. United Reserves

Equal parts excited and anxious, Collin Martin sat alone at a corner locker in D.C. United’s busy dressing room last week.  For the first few days, the latest academy product to be called up to first team training kept to himself - until the Black-and-Red’s captain broke the ice.

Virginian tourney honors vets

Annual Memorial Day tournament honors vets with Wounded Warrior Project partnership
Virginian honors vets

War and soccer: They are two vastly different entities, yet both share levels of passion and intensity that sometimes prompt comparison. This Memorial Day weekend, however, one large Northern Virginia youth tournament will pay tribute those who have paid the heaviest price in the arena of combat that truly matters.

The 37th edition of the Virginian Memorial Day Soccer Tournament is a sponsor of the Wounded Warriors Project, a group that aims to help injured service members, raise awareness and enlist public aid for the needs of those who have been injured.

Soccer at the White House

Soccer’s steady progress into mainstream continues…on South Lawn of White House
Soccer at the White House
Robbie Russell and Stephen King on the South Lawn

Every Easter season for the last 134 years, the President of the United States and his family have welcomed first hundreds, then thousands of children and their families to the nation’s capital for the White House Easter Egg Roll.

This time-honored tradition gives young Americans a chance to play on the lush green lawn that is usually off-limits to all but the President and his inner circle, and lately has grown to include a wide range of activities designed to promote presidential programs in health and wellness, exercise, literacy and the like.

Development Academy recap

Va. Rush splits pair with Richmond Strikers; D.C. United, Bays also busy
Development Academy recap

Virginia Rush rallied from an early deficit to pick up a 2-1 win over the Richmond Strikers at Striker Park Saturday in U.S. Soccer Development Academy Under-15/16 play on Saturday.

Gil Topaz tallied his third goal of the season in the 18th minute for Strikers, but Rush equalized nine minutes later on a goal from David Kotarides off a corner. It was Kotarides’ first goal of the season.

ECNL weekend recap

Freestate, Bethesda, Richmond Strikers clash over weekend
ECNL weekend recap

Freestate Soccer Alliance's U-14, U-15 and U-18 teams all posted wins against Richmond Strikers this weekend in Elite Clubs National League play.

Freestate's U-14s won 6-2, while its U-15s and U-18s each won 4-0 over the Strikers.

The Strikers' U-14 team rallied Sunday for a 2-0 win over Bethesda SC. That was Bethesda SC's only loss on the weekend, as its U-15s defeated the Strikers 3-0, the U-16s tied the Strikers 1-1 and the U-18s defeated the Strikers, 2-0.

PSW Q&A with Leigh Cowlishaw - Part II

Richmond Kickers' Director of Soccer on youth soccer and the U.S. Open Cup
Cowlishaw Q&A - Part II

Leigh Cowlishaw

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RICHMOND, VA. – Leigh Cowlishaw, the Richmond Kickers’ director of coaching, recently sat down with Potomac Soccer Wire to share his thoughts on various aspects of the club – from the Ultimate Cup to the U.S. Open Cup, from the changing landscape of open tryouts for the USL PRO team to the development of younger players on the club level.

Here's part II of our exclusive conversation.

ECNL in Depth - Part I

League architects discuss the nation's top girls' league
ECNL in Depth - Part I

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Soccer Wire recently held wide-ranging conversations with several of the Elite Clubs National League's most prominent coaches and executives. This is the first installment in a three-part series profiling the ambitious league.

Formed just three years ago to give top girls’ club programs more high-level competition and quality versus quantity in games, the Elite Clubs National League is already, in some ways, “light years ahead” of where its organizers thought it would be when it started.

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