Youth Soccer

Virginia State Cup review: Semi-finals are set

VA State Cup semis

The Virginia State Cup is quickly coming to a close, with only two weekends of play left as the fields have been narrowed to four.

Girls

The VSA Heat Blue dominated the FCR Mystx in a 6-0 victory in the U-14 division. They will play the CYA Chaos, who snuck by Loudoun 96G Red in a tight 3-2 victory. The PWSI Courage Red defeated Beach FC 1-0, and they will face the DCST Metros Blue, who won 1-0 against the FASA Elite Impact.

Fredericksburg Hotspur struggle in PDL home opener, lose 4-0 to West Virginia

Fredericksburg Hotspur lose

Fredericksburg Hotspur is experiencing a baptism by fire so far in its inaugural season in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, and Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the West Virginia Chaos in their home opener at the University of Mary Washington’s Battleground Athletic Complex was a strong example.

Most of Hotspur's team has been playing together for a matter of days, and head coach Carl Gray said it showed against a seasoned West Virginia side.

FASA Hotspur eager to connect with hometown, starting with Sunday’s home PDL debut

FASA Hotspur eager to home

Fredericksburg Hotspur, one of the Premier Development League’s newest entrants, held a “meet the team” event at a local restaurant on Thursday night in preparation for their home opener, a 2:00 pm match against the West Virginia Chaos at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday.

WAGS Weekend Six Preview

WAGS Weekend Six Preview

Another weekend of games awaits the area as we head into the sixth week of WAGS play. At this point, many of the divisions have clear leaders, but several of them still remain a tightly contested race to the finish.

U-19 and High School

The McLean Fusion have High School Division 1 locked up by now, as the squad is undefeated in seven games. Their closest challenger is the Crofton Wolves, and considering they only have 11 points in six games, they're hardly a threat. The Fusion play the LMVS Patriots on Saturday and the DSC Sparks on Sunday, and should remain undefeated.

Cosby's Luis Rendon wins Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year award

Luis Rendon wins POTY

Luis Rendon of Cosby High School in Midlothian, Va. has been selected as the 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Rendon as Virginia’s best high school boys soccer player.

WAGS Sixth Weekend Report

WAGS Sixth Weekend Report

Beautiful spring weather across the Washington, D.C. region allowed dozens of teams to take part in WAGS action this weekend, and all of Sunday's matches were played in honor of Mavis Derflinger, one of the league's co-founders.

Some teams are dominating their groups at this point, while other divisions still remain tightly packed.

U-14

WAGS Fifth Weekend Preview

WAGS Fifth Weekend Preview

This weekend marks an important turning point for many teams in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League, as it's the halfway mark of the season. Of course, thanks to the weather, the majority of the squads are still trying to make up games, but the race for top honors is fully underway across the divisions.

Sunday also marks Mavis Derflinger Appreciation Day, and every team in action this weekend will be wearing black armbands in honor of the league's legendary co-founder.

High School

Local Region 1 Premier League teams finding success

Region 1 Premier League play

With U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Premier League regular-season games in the books, several local teams have found themselves moving on to the knockout rounds in the league.

GIRLS

PWSI Courage Red (Va.) finished in a tie for second with a 3-1-3 record in the Under-14 South division, and they move on to play the PDA Clash on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. VSA Heat Blue (Va.) are tied for third with 11 points.

Q&A with Thomas Rongen

Former D.C. United coach reacts to end of long tenure as U.S. Men's Under-20 boss
Q&A with Thomas Rongen

Thomas Rongen

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On Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer confirmed the news that many observers have been expecting since April 6, when the highly-rated U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup: after nearly a decade at the post, head coach Thomas Rongen will no longer lead the squad.

2011 VHSL Dulles District Girls Varsity Soccer

2011 VHSL Dulles Dist. Girls

Competition is heating up as the varsity girls of the Dulles District are merely 2 ½ weeks away from the District Quarter-Finals. After Briar Woods' win last week against 3-year State Champs, Broad Run, the district is buzzing with opportunity from all teams.

Competition is heating up as the varsity girls of the Dulles District are merely 2 ½ weeks away from the District Quarter-Finals. After Briar Woods' win last week against 3-year State Champs, Broad Run, the district is buzzing with opportunity from all teams.

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