RICHMOND, Va. – Only cloudy and gray skies hung over SportsQuest Complex on the first day of Jefferson Cup action following torrential downpours the night before. It was the third year in a row heavy rains preceded Jefferson Cup boys action, but with 25 synthetic turf fields available to organizers, Richmond Strikers, only needed some pre-planned re-scheduling to get Friday's showcase age groups started on track.
The Atlantic Soccer League will wrap up their regular season schedule in Richmond, Virginia this weekend as part of the prestigious Jefferson Cup tournament. As one of the top events in the country, the Jefferson Cup will play host to the 15 ASL clubs providing quality competition, great facilities and top level exposure for its players, teams and clubs.
How far would you go to fulfill your child’s soccer dreams?
Millions of parents across the United States spend large sums of money, and drive thousands of miles, in order for their kids to take part in elite club leagues, Olympic Development Program and the like. Bill Moravek was once one of them, driving his young sons William (age eight) and Michael (age seven) from Winchester, Va. to Bethesda, Md. several times a week for practices and games with Bethesda Soccer Club, where Moravek also coached.
Two Washington, D.C.-area players have won Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year nominations, one of the highest honors on the nation's high school sports scene.
Gonzaga College Prep standout Joey Wilkins (D.C.) and Cody Albrecht of DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) made this year's list and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Severn, Md. product Chris Agorsor, who won the nationwide player of the year award in 2006.
Four Prince William Soccer standouts played a part in a successful Olympic Development Program trip to Costa Rica last week, helping the ODP Region I team earn second place in an international tournament featuring the youth squads of several professional teams in the Central American nation.
The MLS SuperDraft and supplemental draft took place weeks ago, but the league is still doing its best to vacuum up young North American talent as the 2011 season approaches.
Three of the nation's most intriguing prospects -- all U.S. youth internationals -- are set to join Major League Soccer via weighted lotteries in the coming days.
Earlier this week the Elite Clubs National League released their list of the 14 new girls clubs that have been invited to join the fast-growing league. Assuming all 14 accept, the total count of clubs would presumably settle at 66 the foreseeable future. Over ninety clubs applied for entry this year, but the list was whittled down by executive committee, then voted on in the league's "one club, one vote" format.
Over two weekends in mid-March, several hundred youth clubs will descend on Prince William County, Va. to take part in Prince William Soccer's annual Icebreaker tournament.
Now entering its 15th year, the tournament has grown from just under 100 club teams to an average of around 500 over the last several years.
Handling that number of teams can be a challenge, but it's also helped turn the Icebreaker tournament into what it is today.
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.
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.