The Chicago Fire and D.C. United academies sides emerged victorious in this weekend’s inaugural Charleston Challenge Academy Cup. Held in conjunction with the pro exhibition tournament, the two-day youth tournament paid dividends for the two teams that made the trip to South Carolina.
Sunday featured two all-MLS finals. The Chicago Fire defeated D.C. United 2-1 to capture the U-18 honors, while D.C. United bested Chicago in the U-16 final by a 3-1 score line.
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.
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that recently retired forward Jaime Moreno is set to become the club’s Youth Academy Technical Training Coach. Having played his final match in a storied 15-year tenure with United on October 23, 2010, Moreno will utilize his vast playing experience in the development of future members of the Black-and-Red. In his role with D.C. United Youth Development, Moreno will work closely as an on field technical coach with D.C. United Academy players and coaches.
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.
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.
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.