Youth Soccer

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.

2011 Virginia High School League state soccer champions crowned

2011 VA HS State Champs

During the regular high school soccer season, Potomac Soccer Wire has chosen to follow three districts in Northern Virginia: Concorde, Dulles, and Liberty.  With many games played each season, we narrowed it down to keep track of only league games. Here, you were able to find schedules, scores, upcoming and past games, and a standings table for each district. 

PSW Q&A with Loudoun Soccer Technical Director Darryl Gee

Q&A with Darryl Gee

Former professional player and long time Loudoun Soccer coach Darryl Gee took time out of a very busy tryout afternoon last week at brand new Philip A. Bolen Park in Leesburg, Va. to answer some questions on camera for Potomac Soccer Wire.

The largest youth soccer club in Virginia, and one of the largest in the USA, Loudoun Soccer conducts tryouts in a much different way than most clubs. Rather than team by team, the club gathers all players for each age group together at the same time, with several coaches evaluting the group, then organizing rosters into multiple teams.

WAGS 2011 spring season officially comes to a close

WAGS 2011 spring season ends

All make up games have been played, scores have been posted, and results are final for the 2011 spring edition of the Washington Area Girls' Soccer league. We covered the majority of the winners on Tuesday, but here's a rundown of the divisions that finished up their schedules this week.

In U12 Division 1, the BRYC Elite took the top spot home with 22 points, posting eight wins and one tie over the season. Loudoun 98G Red finished second with 22 points.

AA Girl’s Regional and State Coverage

AA Girl’s Regional and State

The Region II playoffs have kept these girls very busy with back-to-back matches this week. The Dulles District teams are dominating this region.

Dulles District team, Briar Woods, who had been the only team to win a regular season match against Broad Run in over three years, fell to Dulles District No. 1 Broad Run, 1-3. Dulles District, Freedom beat Jefferson District No. 1 Charlottesville, 3-1. Dulles District Woodgrove beat Evergreen District No. 1 Brentsville, 4-1. Woodgrove will face Freedom in the semi-finals, defending their field at 7:00pm Wednesday.

Q&A: GM Dave Kasper (part 2)

United's General Manager on the present and future of United’s academy
Q&A: Dave Kasper (part 2)

Dave Kasper with Bill Hamid and Kevin Payne

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D.C. United’s youth academy has made great strides since its founding in 2005, producing a long list of NCAA Division I talent and graduating several players on to the senior team. Even as the rest of Major League Soccer adopts similar programs, the club has kept ahead of the curve and positioned itself as a leading destination for the Washington, D.C. region’s most promising prospects.

Local teams hold their own in Region I Presidents Cup action

Local teams hold their own i

Dozens of local teams traveled north to Albany, N.Y. to compete for the 2011 U.S Youth Soccer Region 1 President's Cup crown over the weekend. After the dust settled, one local squad came away with a title and the opportunity to play in the national finals in July.

Boys

Q&A: GM Dave Kasper

United's General Manager on the present and future of United’s academy
Q&A: GM Dave Kasper

Dave Kasper with Bill Hamid and Kevin Payne

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Home-grown player signings and bigger, better youth academy programs have become regular news items around Major League Soccer. Most, if not all, of the league’s clubs are increasingly eager to find talent in their own backyards, for reasons of competition as well as community relations, and the trend is growing steadily – so much so that it’s easy to forget that youth development initiatives were a rarity just a few years ago.

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