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.
While the majority of the area's Washington Area Girls Soccer League games were canceled this weekend due to the impressive thunderstorms that came up from the south on Saturday, some teams managed to squeeze games in before the deluge hit.
High School Divisions
In High School Division 1, McLean Fusion won both of their matches against the Crofton Wolves and FC Virginia Courage. The two wins leave them undefeated this season, and all the rest of the squads will be hard-pressed to catch up in points.
The third weekend of WAGS play is upon us, and many teams will go into the weekend hoping for winning results -- not to mention better weather than the league's previous 2011 matchdays.
In High School Division 1, McLean Fusion has already established themselves as the clear leader, with three wins. They play the Crofton Wolves on Saturday and DSC Sparks on Sunday. The Wolves have won one match so far, and the Sparks lost their only game. If the Fusion can win both, it could be hard for anyone to catch up.
Despite many cancellations across the state thanks to the rain this past weekend, Virginia State Cup action kicked off on Saturday. After two days of intense play, many teams moved on to the next round, and many more went home empty-handed.