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Youth Boys Apr 05, 2019

Loudoun United, CCL, Virginia State Cup headline Potomac Soccer Wire

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Our Friday, April 5, 2019 issue of the Potomac Soccer Wire email newsletter featured this week’s top headlines including Alex Morgan‘s 100th career USWNT goal, Loudoun United hosting games at Audi Field, the Club Champions League’s new partnership and the Virginia Spring State Cup kicking off this weekend.

We also have the first U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team roster selected by new head coach Raphael Wicky, the id2 National Selection Team facing off against top Academy teams in Belgium, and Lee Mt. Vernon SC (LMVSC) hiring a new Director of Coaches.

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  • The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated world No. 6 Australia, 5-3 on Thursday night in Colorado, as Alex Morgan scored the 100th goal of her career and Mallory Pugh notched two goals in front of her hometown crowd.
  • Loudoun United FC have announced that the club will play at least three games at Audi Field this season.
  • The Northeast Soccer League (NSL) and the Club Champions League (CCL) have agreed to partner effective immediately.
  • The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) Spring State Cup kicks off Saturday with Round 1 competition in the 12U-14U age groups. Take a look ahead at the matchups.

Also mentioned in this issue: D.C. United, Richmond Kickers, Radford, ECNL Phoenix National Event, Bethesda SC, McLean Youth Soccer, MSYSA, Audi Field, U-17 USMNT, U.S. Open Cup, Washington Spirit, ECNL, High School Rankings, Terminology in Soccer Coaching, Most Players Botch Their First Step, Why U.S. Soccer Doesn’t Have Promotion/Relegation

News Headlines

Alex Morgan nets 100th goal as USWNT beats Australia 5-3
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated world No. 6 Australia, 5-3 on Thursday night in Colorado, as Alex Morgan scored the 100th goal of her career and Mallory Pugh notched two goals in front of her hometown crowd. [more +]

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team heads to Florida for training camp
New U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has named a 26-player roster for his first training camp in charge of the team.  [more +]

Loudoun United FC to play three games at Audi Field this season
Loudoun United FC have announced that the club will play at least three games at Audi Field this season. [more +]

Club Champions League partners with Northeast Soccer League
The Northeast Soccer League (NSL) and the Club Champions League (CCL) have agreed to partner effective immediately. [more +]

id2 National Selection Team splits results vs top Belgian Academy teams
The US Club Soccer id2 National Selection Team kicked off their European tour with two games in Belgium vs. the academies of KV Mechelen (6-2 win) and KRC Genk (4-1 loss). [more +]

LMVSC hires Sam Okpodu as Director of Coaches for U13-U19s
With over 30 years of experience, Sam Okpodu will serve as the Director of Coaches for Lee Mt. Vernon SC’s (LMVSC) U13-U19 teams. [more +]

Virginia State Cup Spring 2019: Round 1 Previews
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) Spring State Cup kicks off Saturday with Round 1 competition in the 12U-14U age groups. Take a look ahead at the matchups. [more +]

Notes – Boasts – Editorial

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—- Boasts —-

D.C. United have announced complimentary FloFC subscriptions for fans to view live matches and D.C. United content for the month of April.

The Richmond Kickers revealed new soccer-themed murals around City Stadium, produced by VCU students.

Radford senior women’s soccer player and Honors College student, Jessica Wollmann, has been named the 2019 Virginia Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) Scholar of the Year.

Potomac area clubs Bethesda SC, McLean Youth Soccer and Richmond United are competing in the ECNL Phoenix National Event this weekend.

Bethesda SC has finalized partnerships with LeagueApps and World Strides Excel Sports.

The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association has selected Sport Pins International, Inc. as its Official Awards Provider.

—- Notes —-

D.C. United returns to Audi Field on Saturday, April 6th to take on Los Angeles FC, the No. 1 team in the Western Conference.

D.C. United forward Griffin Yow and DCU Academy midfielder Bryang Kayo have been called up for U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team training camp.

U.S. Soccer and ESPN+ have reached an exclusive, multi-year broadcast agreement for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Washington Spirit revealed the club’s 2019 broadcast schedule with Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington.

The Girls ECNL has renewed its nearly decade-long relationship with Nike with a new long-term agreement.

Albemarle (Charlottesville, Va.) climbed to No. 21 in the new Boys Spring High School Top 25 Rankings.

Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) and Yorktown (Arlington, Va.) are featured in the new Girls Spring High School Top 25 Rankings.

—- Editor —-

The Use of Terminology in Soccer Coaching: In recent seasons there has been a noted use of soccer ‘terminology’ or language in the game, due to coaching being seen as a legitimate profession. This article explores the use of such terminology and asks the question; does this terminology help our players understand the game or rather complicate the process further?

Most Soccer Players Botch Their First Step: If you’re a soccer player, chances are, you want a quicker first step. And if you’re a soccer parent, you want your kid to be rocketing past defenders at warp speed. However, most parents and coaches describe the ‘First Step’ using jargon like “explosiveness” or “acceleration” or “speed. There’s much more to it than that.

Why U.S. Soccer Doesn’t Have Relegation and Promotion: American soccer does not have promotion and relegation, making Major League Soccer one of the only first-division professional soccer leagues in the world where clubs don’t have to fear the drop. But why doesn’t promotion and relegation exist in the United States?

Latest Featured Players & College Commitments

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> Def. Sarah Langille (SAC) commits to UNC Asheville for 2019
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> Mid. Kenna McCarthy (Richmond United) commits to Christopher Newport for 2020
> Def. Lindsey Brick (Maryland United FC) commits to Syracuse for 2020

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> Virginia Cannon Cup – Great End of Spring Season Tournament
Cannon Cup is Virginia Soccer Association’s Memorial Day tournament. The tournament will offer tiered divisions to provide a competitive environment for all teams. The tournament will host boys and girls teams U9-U18. Games will be played on turf or Bermuda fields. Clubs interested in bringing several teams to the Cannon Cup should contact Tournament Director Alex Saunders at [email protected] More Info.

=== TOURNAMENTS ===

> Virginia Cannon Cup – Great End of Spring Season Tournament

Cannon Cup is Virginia Soccer Association’s Memorial Day tournament. The tournament will offer tiered divisions to provide a competitive environment for all teams. The tournament will host boys and girls teams U9-U18. Games will be played on turf or Bermuda fields. Clubs interested in bringing several teams to the Cannon Cup should contact Tournament Director Alex Saunders at [email protected] More Info.

> CFC invites you to participate in our 2019 CFC Cup and College Showcase

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=== TRYOUTS ===

> Bethesda South 06 Boys Holding Tryouts

Team is training in Tysons corner, VA and part of Bethesda SC club with options for DA program. Ongoing tryouts are every Monday and Wednesday for the month of March, April and May, 5 – 6:30 at Ken Lawrence Park, Tysons Corner, VA. Please contact coach Yuri Bogdanov [email protected] for more information. More Info.

> Arlington Soccer Girls US Soccer DA – ID Sessions

Arlington Soccer Association will be holding ID Sessions for the US Soccer Development Academy 2019 – 2020 season. Our vision at Arlington Soccer is to have the best Development Academy program in the DMV area and one of the top academies in the United States. Sessions for Girls Birth Years 2001-2007. More Info.

> Loudoun Soccer Boys & Girls ECNL Talent ID Centers

Register now for Loudoun Soccer’s Boys ECNL and Girls ECNL Talent ID Centers! These are primary player-identification and assessment opportunities for local talent interested in joining Loudoun Soccer’s most elite teams. Boys ECNL will field U12 to U19 teams and Girls ECNL will U13 to U19 teams. Players must register in advance and be invited to attend! Boys | Girls

> Arlington Soccer Tryouts for Players born in 2011

Arlington Soccer Association is pleased to announce the U9 travel team tryout dates for the upcoming 2019-2020 Season. This tryout is for players born in 2011. 2012 players are welcome to try out as well. All players must register prior to attending the sessions. More Info.

=== SOCCER JOBS ===

> Job Posting | NCSL League Administrator

NCSL, one of the nation’s largest youth soccer leagues, is seeking an efficient, organized, and self-motivated league administrator to join their staff. Position offers a full time, competitive salary based on experience. Qualified candidates should contact NCSL Executive Director, Ryan Rich, at [email protected] with resume and cover letter. More Info.

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