Luis Rendon of Cosby High School in Midlothian, Va. has been selected as the 2010-11 Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Rendon as Virginia’s best high school boys soccer player.
Eight-year-old Charlie Jackson, from Washington, D.C., has been awarded the Degree® Cool and Confident Kid Award and will receive a special skills clinic for his team hosted by Dax McCarty, team captain of D.C. United Thursday, May 5. The national program encouraged US Youth Soccer Players between the ages of eight through 12 to share their moments of success, and the many ways they inspire themselves and others to kick it into gear. D.C.
Beautiful spring weather across the Washington, D.C. region allowed dozens of teams to take part in WAGS action this weekend, and all of Sunday's matches were played in honor of Mavis Derflinger, one of the league's co-founders.
Some teams are dominating their groups at this point, while other divisions still remain tightly packed.
This weekend marks an important turning point for many teams in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League, as it's the halfway mark of the season. Of course, thanks to the weather, the majority of the squads are still trying to make up games, but the race for top honors is fully underway across the divisions.
Sunday also marks Mavis Derflinger Appreciation Day, and every team in action this weekend will be wearing black armbands in honor of the league's legendary co-founder.
With U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Premier League regular-season games in the books, several local teams have found themselves moving on to the knockout rounds in the league.
PWSI Courage Red (Va.) finished in a tie for second with a 3-1-3 record in the Under-14 South division, and they move on to play the PDA Clash on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. VSA Heat Blue (Va.) are tied for third with 11 points.
On Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer confirmed the news that many observers have been expecting since April 6, when the highly-rated U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup: after nearly a decade at the post, head coach Thomas Rongen will no longer lead the squad.
D.C. United announced today that the club will launch a D.C. United Under-23 team featuring top collegiate players. Coached by D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno, players will play and learn from one of the most accomplished individuals in MLS history. Moreno will be assisted by Academy coaches Judah Cooks and Nolan Sheldon, along with former United U-20 Head Coach Dafydd Evans.
Mother Nature finally smiled on the Washington, D.C. area last weekend, with two beautiful days that enabled the majority of WAGS teams to compete for much-needed points in their respective divisions. With only four weeks left until the final games on the first weekend of June, teams are beginning to feel the pressure.
High School and Under-19
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.
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.
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.