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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With only two weekends of games remaining in WAGS' spring season, the final scramble for points starts this weekend. While some divisions will actually finish up on Sunday, many other teams have at least two games left to catch up.
High School and Under-19s
With goals from Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt and Luis Gil, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team drew France 3-3 in an international friendly on Tuesday. The U.S. took the lead twice during the game, but France was able to find the equalizer each time.
The team includes Sterling, Va. native and D.C. United midfielder Conor Shanosky, who did not appear in the starting XI.
Conor Doyle got the U.S. on the board in just the eighth minute. Gatt sent in a cross from the left side that was headed off the cross bar by Terrence Boyd, but Doyle was there for the rebound.
Last week, Dumfries, Va. native and Prince William Soccer product Ali Krieger was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer. It’s her first World Cup opportunity and Krieger, who spent four years playing club soccer in Germany with FFC Frankfurt, is not only a squad member but a leading contender for a starting role at right back. On Monday Potomac Soccer Wire caught up with Ali to chat about her latest achievement and the unconventional road she took to reach it.
The championship matches are set for the 2011 edition of the Maryland State Cup. All the final matches will take place at the Maryland SoccerPlex on May 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
In the Under-18 division, the Bethesda Internationals bested SAC Premier 2-1, and the MD Rush Nike beat Baltimore Bays Blues 2-0.
Final: Bethesda Internationals vs. MD Rush Nike, 12:00 p.m., SoccerPlex Stadium