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Virginia State Cup review: Upsets, nailbiters as survivors dwindle

Virginia State Cup review

Virginia State Cup action kicked off again this past weekend, and the brackets are starting to slim down, with many of the divisions already down to the top 16 or fewer.

Under-14

On the girl's side, the top 16 will play off this coming weekend, and several squads are looking quite strong after their matches last Saturday.

Maryland State Cup Review: Winnowing down to final contenders

Maryland State Cup Review

The Maryland State Cup brackets are dwindling down, and last weekend saw many teams moving forward to the final eight, and for some divisions, the top four in the division.

Last Thursday, Bethesda Eintracht defeated the Calverton Angels 1-0 to move on in the Under-14 girls' division, and the Freestate Wolverines defeated the Westminster Lady Wolves to stay alive in the same bracket. PSCI Baltimore defeated MSC Magic 3-0 to move on to the top four with Eintracht and UPP Rommel's ACE, who defeated the Laurel Wildcats 1-0.

WAGS Fourth Weekend: Match reports from Draper Drive Park

WAGS Fourth Weekend

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.

WAGS announces TPA youth developmental program for youngest ages

WAGS announces TPA program

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.

WAGS honors cofounder with "Mavis Derflinger Day" this weekend

WAGS' "Mavis Derflinger Day"

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.

MLS clubs eye Development Academy playoffs

Race is on for league's academies, who seek postseason berths
Dev. Acad. playoff race

As April becomes May, MLS youth academies across the country have one goal in mind: a spot in the USSF Development Academy League playoffs, with the top eight teams then qualifying for Finals week to be held in July at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The top 32 teams from 10 geographic divisions in each age group (U-15/U-16 and U-17/U-18) qualify for the playoffs. MLS academies at both age groups are in the middle of the final thrust to grab one of those spots.

Here’s how it breaks down by conference:

East Conference

U-17's at Aegon Future Cup

D.C. United Academy squad battles world’s best in Amsterdam
U-17's at Aegon Future Cup

U-17s at Aegon Future Cup 2011

Photo Credit: 
Junior Castro/dcunited.com

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.

Under-17s continue overseas education with Amsterdam tourney

United's academy team to compete in the AEGON Future Cup
U-17s in Amsterdam tourney

U-17s at Aegon Future Cup 2011

Photo Credit: 
Junior Castro/dcunited.com

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.

PSW Q&A: VYSA coach of the year Paul Frascione

Q&A: VYSA coach of the year

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?

Dallas Cup action moves to quarterfinals

Dallas Cup update

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.

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