Youth Soccer

Silver Spring's Opsahl quietly snares English opportunity with Reading FC

Opsahl with Reading FC

Silver Spring, Md. native Erik Opsahl won’t be going back to St. John’s University for the second semester of his freshman year.

Instead, he’ll be heading over to England to begin his professional soccer career with Reading FC in the Championship, one step below the vaunted English Premier League.

The 18-year-old central midfielder was offered a contract through the end of the current club season after a successful trial last month. It also comes with an option for next year if he impresses.

Interview with Bo Amato, VYSA Boys Coach of the Year

Bo Amato interview

Anthony "Bo" Amato, Winner of VYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year. Amato is the Annandale Boys and Girls Club Technical Director and long time competitive coach. His current under-17 Annandale United FC team recently repeated as VYSA State Cup Champions, after winning U.S. Youth Soccer under-16 Region I League in the spring, and then advancing to 2010 the Region I semifinals in West Virginia last summer, barely losing to eventual champions Eastern Pennsylvania in OT/PKs.

Interview with Princeton coach and new Hall of Famer Julie Shackford

Julie Shackford interview

Potomac Soccer Wire was at the recent 2011 Virginia Youth Soccer Workshop held in Crystal City, Virginia. The event is an annual gathering of "all things soccer" focused on Virginia, but attended by plenty of coaches, administrators, and others from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and other states.

Washington Area Girls Soccer League overturns ‘wait list’ rule, will no longer relegate teams from league

Teams will now have option to play in a “pre-divisional” format.
WAGS overturns ‘wait list’

The Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) voted overwhelmingly to eliminate its 15-year-old wait list rule at a seasonal meeting of Club Reps Thursday night in Beltsville, MD. Replacing the wait list will provide teams that would have otherwise been relegated out of divisional play with an option to play in a “pre-divisional” format.

Niedermeier leads D.C. to U-17 title

Goalkeeper stops five straight PKs, scores game-winner
D.C. win SUM Cup

2010 SUM Cup Final

Photo Credit: 
Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

D.C. United goalkeeper Dakota Niedermeier turned in a performance for the ages on Thursday, stopping five straight penalty kicks and converting the game-winner in a nine-round shootout as D.C. won its third SUM Cup title in four years and second in a row with a heart-stopping 5-4 shootout win over Real Salt Lake after a 0-0 tie.

Equipo Sub-16 de D.C. United Invicto en Copa SUM

Academy Update

Washington, D.C. (26 de julio de 2010) - El equipo Sub-16 de la Academia D.C. United doblegó el viernes 23 de julio a su similar de Chicago Fire 5-3 en los penales tras igualar 1-1 en tiempo reglamentario en la apertura de la Copa SUM de la MLS que se celebra en Houston, Texas.

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