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?
The Dallas Cup is hitting the quarterfinal stage today in Dallas Texas, and despite valiant efforts from several local youth teams, none of them were able to secure enough points to move on from group play to the knockout rounds.
While Mother Nature was rather uncooperative this weekend, several squads managed to squeeze in Virginia State Cup games before the rainy weather got the best of area fields.
The Under-13 girls division saw several teams advancing, including the SYA Cardinals, who defeated the Virginia Beach Black squad 4-0. Virginia Beach Red defeated the NVSC Junior Majestics Blue 5-0, then BRYC Elite dominated the Junior Majestics White 8-0. Finally, VAR Nike beat ABGC Xtreme 2-0.
Wet weather has wreaked havoc on the mid-Atlantic soccer scene this month. But Maryland's State Cup participants had a little more luck playing last weekend, with more than a dozen matches contested before the rain shut down the majority of area fields.