Mother Nature finally smiled on the Washington, D.C. area last weekend, with two beautiful days that enabled the majority of WAGS teams to compete for much-needed points in their respective divisions. With only four weeks left until the final games on the first weekend of June, teams are beginning to feel the pressure.
High School and Under-19
Virginia State Cup action kicked off again this past weekend, and the brackets are starting to slim down, with many of the divisions already down to the top 16 or fewer.
On the girl's side, the top 16 will play off this coming weekend, and several squads are looking quite strong after their matches last Saturday.
The Maryland State Cup brackets are dwindling down, and last weekend saw many teams moving forward to the final eight, and for some divisions, the top four in the division.
Last Thursday, Bethesda Eintracht defeated the Calverton Angels 1-0 to move on in the Under-14 girls' division, and the Freestate Wolverines defeated the Westminster Lady Wolves to stay alive in the same bracket. PSCI Baltimore defeated MSC Magic 3-0 to move on to the top four with Eintracht and UPP Rommel's ACE, who defeated the Laurel Wildcats 1-0.
Former MLS Cup MVP and D.C. United star Alecko Eskandarian has seen a successful professional career repeatedly interrupted by injuries, the most serious of which drove him to the sidelines a little more than a year ago. A perennial fan favorite, "Esky" has not been medically cleared to play since suffering the fourth concussion of his pro career during an L.A. Galaxy exhibition match against A.C. Milan in 2009.
WAGS completed another round of matches this past weekend, and Draper Drive Park's artificial turf fields allowed some Under-16 and U-14 action to go forward despite Sunday's late-arriving rainfall.
U-16 Division 5: FPYC Rebels Blue top VYS Phoenix United, 4-0
FPYC Rebels had won one game prior to Sunday’s match at Draper Drive Park, while VYS Phoenix had won two previous matches.
The Washington Area Girls Soccer League has unveiled plans for an all-new player development program called the Technical Performance Academy, the product of long deliberations among league officials about the growing need for a development-centric alternative to the youth game’s hyper-competitive norm.
Forty years ago, there was no Washington Area Girls Soccer league. Female players had to settle for local-level soccer, and there was no such thing as playing statewide on a competitive level. There were no travel teams, and little to no stage for girls to be recruited by colleges.
Competitive soccer for girls just didn't exist.
D.C. United’s Under-16 Academy team held their own in one of the world’s elite youth tournaments over Easter weekend, compiling a 1-3 record in Ajax Amsterdam’s Aegon Future Cup, held at the famous Dutch club’s headquarters in southeast Amsterdam.
On Thursday D.C. United’s Under-17 Academy side settled into their accommodations in downtown Amsterdam ahead of their participation in the 2011 Aegon Future Cup, and it wasn’t long before the magnitude of this weekend’s challenge was driven home to them.
United will face their counterparts from Bayern Munich in the third and final match of group play in Ajax’s prestigious youth tournament, and with the German superpower staying in the same hotel, D.C. got a daunting glimpse of the Bavarian giants they’ll likely have to defeat to advance to the tourney’s final rounds.
Potomac Soccer Wire recently caught up with Virginia Soccer Association coach Paul Frascione, who in January was named the Virginia Youth Soccer Association's Girls Recreation Coach of the Year.
PSW: Hi Paul. Congratulations on being named Region I and VYSA Girls Recreation Coach of the Year. Did you know you were nominated?