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    Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    CARY, N.C. -- The Charleston Battery defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-1 in a preseason scrimmage played Thursday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Battery jumped out to a two-goal lead before halftime thanks to goals from midfielders Quinton Griffith, pictured, and Michael Azira. After conceding midway though the second half the Battery held firm to take the win.

    Charleston opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a superbly taken goal by Griffith. Jose Cuevas and Jarad van Schaik combined on the right side and slipped a pass through to Griffith, who drilled a shot past the RailHawks goalkeeper from an acute angle.

    The Battery doubled their lead on the 30-minute mark after Azira ran onto an errant clearance. Azira hit a first-time shot from 20 yards out that whistled just inside the far post.

    The RailHawks pulled a goal back on the 70-minute mark after a spell of pressure but were unable to find an equalizer in the final 20 minutes.

    The Charleston Battery continue their preseason schedule next Tuesday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. match against the College of Charleston at Patriots Point.

    All preseason home games are free to attend except for Saturday, March 23rd against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Tickets for this rematch of the 2012 USL PRO Championship will be $7 for bleacher seats and $12 for club seats with group discounts available; to purchase tickets or for more information please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).


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  • 03/14/13--16:21: Sounders Women Sign Four
  • Seattle Sounders Women News Release -- www.sounderswomen.com

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    TUKWILA, Wash. – The Seattle Sounders Women have announced Lindsay Elston, Erin McNulty, Isabel Farrell, and Megan Kufeld as the initial quartet of signings for the 2013 W-League campaign. Midfielders, Lindsay Elston and Isabel Farrell, along with goalkeepers, McNulty and Kufeld all have represented their countries on the international level.

    “We’re happy to welcome Erin, and very pleased to have Izzy, Megan and Lindsay back with the Sounders," Head Coach Hubert Busby Jr. said. "They are talented and passionate players with bright futures in the game. They epitomize what it means to be a Sounder.”

    Lindsay Elston, a former U.S. U-20 National Teamer, led the University of Washington this season to an NCAA bid and scored the lone Huskies goal in the first round. She led UW in goals with ten in just 19 games played and tacked on five assists on route to team MVP. Elston will return for her third season in a row with the Sounders Women and is sure to play a key role.

    “I feel really lucky to be able to return to the Sounders Women again this summer," Elston said. "It was an incredible experience for me, let alone huge for my development as a player. I found it very beneficial to establish new elements of my game leading into my season with UW.”

    Elston will be joined on the Sounders by at least two of her UW teammates, Isabel Farrell and Megan Kufeld. Farrell is currently on the U-20 National Team, and rejoins the Sounders after her first year in college.

    “I feel so honored and lucky to wear the Sounders jersey,” Farrell said. “It's definitely not something to be taken for granted. Wearing the uniform, and playing with such a great team, makes all the hard work that comes with playing soccer worth it.”

    Farrell started 17 games in her freshman year at UW, earning a return call to the U.S. U-20 National Team for the recent 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. She played a prominent role in the United States midfield, logging a start and over 90 minutes of action in the three tournament matches.

    Despite all the national team matches, playing in front of the Sounders faithful still stands out for Izzy.

    “The fans were so great! Right when I walked in the stadium for the first game I got chills because of the energy from the fans,” Farrell said.

    Megan Kufeld and Erin McNulty ensure that the Sounders will be in safe hands this season. Kufeld holds caps for the U.S. U-14, U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-20’s. She returns to the Sounders Women after shining in the Sounders run into the playoffs in 2012.

    “I am very excited to be returning to the Sounders," Kufeld said. "It was a great experience last year and this year I'm only more excited to hopefully contribute more to the team of what sounds like is going to be a very talented group.”

    Last of the four signings is a player pegged as a future cornerstone of the Canadian National Team. Erin McNulty comes to the Sounders Women a month after her first call-up to Team Canada. The Penn State graduate has been in the youth national team system since 2004. She was a member of the U-20 Canadian World Cup team at just 15 years old. While at Penn State, McNulty lead the Nittany Lions to the 2012 NCAA National Title Match.

    “Erin is a technically sound Goalkeeper,” said Busby. “She's coming off a stellar year at Penn State. She brings tremendous leadership qualities in goal. Erin is also a great organizer that will provide a calming influence on the team.”

    McNulty played a huge role in leading the Nittany Lions’ run last fall. In the Sweet Sixteen against Michigan and down 2-0 in PKs, the keeper made three-straight saves and Penn State converted on its next three kicks to stun the Wolverines and advance. McNulty followed with a shutout against Duke and a remarkable performance against her former squad, Florida State, in the national semifinals.

    "I'm excited to join the Sounders organization as I know they have high expectations and great tradition," McNulty said. "I'm also looking forward to being in an environment that will provide me the opportunity and challenge me to get better every day as well as challenge me to continue developing as a leader.”

    The Sounders Women will hold Open Tryouts on March 16 and 17 at Starfire Sports for a chance to see local talent that could join the Sounders. Registration and information is available on SoundersWomen.com. The Sounders Women will continue to announce signings for the 2013 W-League season on the club’s website. Single match and season tickets are currently on sale on SoundersWomen.com.


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  • 03/15/13--11:28: Kickers Sign VCU's Arbelaez
  • Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the signing of former Virginia Commonwealth University defender Juan Arbelaez, pending USSF approval.

    “We are fortunate to sign another talented VCU product,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “Juan will be a great asset to the squad as he is comfortable in both the right defense and right midfield positions. He is a very attack-minded player and has shown an enthusiastic attitude during pre-season. We expect him to compete for a starting position right away.”

    Selected by the Montreal Impact in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Arbelaez spent two seasons at VCU, making 38 appearances and tallying one goal and five assists for seven points. The native of Pereira, Colombia transferred his junior year from Georgia Perimeter College where he claimed All-Region recognition in 2010 after scoring eight goals and 11 assists as a freshman, helping lead GPC to a national runner-up finish. Prior to college, the 2009 Gainesville Times Player of the Year racked up 51 goals and 70 assists at West Hall High School in Oakwood, Georgia.

    Don't miss a minute of exciting Kickers Pro action as they kick off their 21st season on Saturday, April 6. Richmond Kickers season passes offer unbeatable value, VIP benefits and incredibly low prices to all regular season home games. Guaranteed to see at least 14 USL PRO games for the best possible pricing, Kickers games are a fantastic way to get together with friends, family and colleagues for an unforgettable entertainment experience - order now! 


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    Ottawa Fury Feature -- www.ottawafurysc.com

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club is proud to announce that Youth Academy goalkeeper Aidan Aylward has signed with the Whitecaps FC Boys Residency Program. Aylward officially joined Whitecaps FC last month just over a year after the MLS club first identified him at the Super Y-League Finals in Florida.

    “On behalf of the Ottawa Fury, the U15 Boys team and myself, we wish Aidan nothing but success in his adventure to Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said head coach Jimmy Zito. “We were very lucky to have such a fine goalkeeper, person and athlete as part of our team for as many years as we have. His love and dedication for the game of soccer have set him apart and are a big reason why he is getting this opportunity.”

    Aylward helped backstop the Fury U13 Boys to a spot in the Super Y-League (SYL) North American semifinals in 2011 and in the process garnered plenty of attention from Whitecaps FC Residency scouts. A meeting would follow in early 2012 with the scout followed by a meeting with Whitecaps FC Residency Head of High Performance Stuart Neely. Aylward was scheduled to attend a trial last July, but it would be postponed due to injury. The young netminder was diligent in keeping the WFC staff up-to-date on his continued progress and was invited for a trial this past December after helping lead his Fury U14 Boys team to a North American Championship silver medal. Only a couple weeks into the New Year Aylward was officially offered a spot with the Whitecaps U16 Residency team.

    “I have known Aidan for a number of years and followed his progress with the Fury and the Ontario Provincial Program. Prior to my arrival here, he was obviously a player on my radar,” said Neely. “He is a great match performer and organizer but must improve his training abilities – this is where his biggest improvement will come from. Add in the physical traits he has and what we have to offer as a program, he is a good young prospect for the National program and our club. It will be a big performance adjustment for Aidan as the demands of daily training do take their toll on a young body and mind. However he will be nurtured properly in the good hands of our Residency GK Coach, Raegyn Hall.”

    The Whitecaps Head of High Performance also spoke very highly of the Fury’s Academy. “We would like to thank the staff at the Fury for their ongoing support of the Canadian player and game, they do a good job in building the future.”

    The newest member of the WFC Residency program was able to make a well-educated decision as he had been seen by all three Canadian MLS clubs and had looked at all three Academies over the past year.

    “Signing with the Whitecaps gives me the opportunity to improve upon every aspect of my game and work towards getting to the next level,” said Aylward. “The coaches here are great and being in a structured environment with daily training sessions, strong weekly competition and a school that is supportive of athletes will make a huge difference. It is a very good first step towards playing professionally one day.”

    Aylward joined the Ottawa Fury Academy in 2009 and immediately began his development under Club Goalkeeper Coach David Bellemare who has produced over 20 goalkeepers that have earned NCAA or CIS scholarships.

    “From day one, Aidan has showed great technical and physical abilities, but what distinguishes him from the other goalkeepers is his undeniable commitment to always push his own limits,” said Bellemare. “He is a great student of the game and is always up for a new challenge and I wish him all the best in this new opportunity.”

    Aylward becomes the third goalkeeper under Bellemare to sign with an MLS Academy with Chad Bush being the first joining TFC Academy and now attends Duke University. Erhan Yilmaz joined the Impact Academy this past fall and with Aylward signing with Whitecaps FC the Club now has had goalkeepers with all three Canadian MLS Academies.

    During his four years in the Fury Academy Aylward credits the Club for providing an exceptional training environment where he was able to train alongside the best players in the city. Aylward credits two coaches in particular for his continued development while with the club – David Bellemare and Jimmy Zito.

    “There are no two coaches in Ottawa that could have done a better job getting me ready for the Whitecaps. They are friends, mentors and absolutely brilliant and passionate coaches.”

    Aylward also credits his family for all of their endless support with both the Fury and his new venture with Whitecaps FC.


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  • 03/15/13--10:31: Rife Joins VSI Tampa Bay
  • VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -- www.vsi-fc.com

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. – Defender Josh Rife is bringing his leadership and work ethic to VSI Tampa Bay FC this 2013 inaugural season in the USL PRO. Named to the 2012 USL PRO All-League First Team, the experienced defensive powerhouse brings his knowledge of the game to VSI Tampa Bay FC both as a player and as a coach.

    “It’s great to bring Josh into the team in our inaugural season," said Clay Roberts, VSI Tampa Bay FC’s Director of Soccer. "He is a proven leader, established veteran, and great person to have in any capacity of an organization. We wanted to solidify our defense with experience and leadership, and we are lucky enough to have found that in Josh. We are thrilled to have him join us." 

    Rife has experienced success at every stop he has made in his career. The University of Indiana grad saw his success begin after starting 46 matches for the Hoosiers, for whom he earned All-Big Ten First Team selections in 2000 and 2001 and NSCAA All-Region First Team selection in 2001. In his time at Indiana, Rife helped the team to two College Cups, the Big Ten Championship in 2001, and the 2000 Big Ten Regular Season Championship.

    Rife’s professional career would span a decade between the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), and United Soccer Leagues. His time has been spent with the Philadelphia KiXX, Detroit Ignition, and Milwaukee Wave indoor teams, and the Charlotte Eagles of USL PRO.

    “I’m honored to be joining VSI Tampa Bay in their inaugural season," Rife said. "There is a lot of excitement joining a new franchise with strong leadership and a great vision. When speaking with the management about the opportunity, it made since for me and my family. I’m looking forward to getting down to Tampa and starting a new chapter in my career.”

    His career with the Charlotte Eagles saw him win a USL Second Division Championship in 2005, USL Second Division Defender of the Year award in 2006. He also made five appearances in the league championship game since 2004.

    His indoor career would mirror his outdoor success. In 2005, the Philadelphia Kixx saw Rife named to the 2006 All-MISL Rookie Team. After a trade to the Detroit Ignition, Rife would go on to be named the Xtreme Soccer League Defensive Player of the Year. He led the XSL with 31 shot blocks as Detroit won the league championship.

    Concluding a three-year stay with Detroit, Rife found a new home with the Milwaukee Wave. During the 2009-2010, he was named Second Team All-MISL and MISL Defensive Player of Month in January and March.

    Rife led the MISL with 36 blocked shots and he played all 20 games scoring 11 goals and tallying 28 points. He would add two league titles while in Milwaukee.

    “To sign a player of Rife’s experience and quality is great news for the club," Head Coach Matt Weston said. "Josh is a great communicator, an on field leader and will provide experience to our back line. Rife will bring so much both on and off the field to VSI Tampa Bay FC and we are excited he has decided to join us for our debut season in USL PRO.”


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  • 03/17/13--11:14: Cobras Add Four To Squad
  • Carolina Elite Cobras News Release -- www.carolinaelitecobras.com

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina native, Alex Ramsey, currently attending Louisiana State University, comes home to join the Carolina Elite Cobras along with Rose Hull, Alejandra Chirino, and Sarah Jacobs. Hull, the teammate of recently signed Stephanie DeVita, ended her 2012 season as the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, while Ramsey, a standout at right back for the Tigers in 2012, helped lead a defensive unit with a 1.20 goals against-average.

    Ramsey is a native of Rock Hill, S.C., and attended Rock Hill High School is a three-time Gatorade/ESPN RISE South Carolina Player of the Year. Hull, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, attended Ravenwood High School and was a three-time All-District and All-State competitor that posted 56 career wins and a 0.825 goals against average.

    "Rose has a great presence in the goal," said Cobras coach Sandy Burris. "She also had a great freshman year as a Paladin and we are excited to see what she does in the net. She will have a chance to play behind a great back line and train with Reuter, which will help her develop as a goalkeeper and leader.

    "I am happy that Alex is able to play with the Cobras this summer. She has enjoyed a great career on the field for LSU and is also a local product that I had the pleasure of coaching in ODP. She is hardworking and raises the work rate of the players around her every time she steps on the field."

    Chirino, a former South Carolina State University standout and a W-League veteran, is a midfielder who formerly played for the California-based Pali Blues. A native of Los Angeles, Chirino attended Pasadena High School and was named to multiple Great West Conference academic teams during her collegiate career.

    "Ali is one of the hardest working soccer players I know," sad Burris. "She brings W-League experience having played for Pali Blues last year. It has been fun watching her develop over the last four years as a college player. I am extremely happy she has decided to stay on the East Coast to play with the Cobras this summer."

    Jacobs, a South Carolina native, was a four-year starter at Clemson University where she was named team captain her junior and senior year and voted team MVP in 2010. Jacobs played her high school career at Riverside High School, winning a state championship in 2006 and was named to multiple South Carolina All-Region and All-State teams.

    "Sarah is someone we are familiar with she played with us during our promotional year and when we joined the W-League in 2011," Cobras Vice President Teresa Gordon said. "We know that she brings a high level of play to the and we are looking forward to see what she can do with the team Sandy has put together." 

    To learn more about the Cobras and follow continuing developments, announcements, and community activities for the team follow on facebook at:www.facebook.com/CarolinaEliteCobras, on Twitter @CE_Cobras.


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  • 03/17/13--10:56: Spirit Name Parsons As Coach
  • Washington Spirit Reserves News Release -- www.washingtonspirit.com

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    BOYDS, Md.  – The Washington Spirit announced today that Mark Parsons will serve as the head coach for Spirit Reserves W-League team for the 2013 season. Following a successful stint at the helm of D.C. United Women Super-20 squad last year, Parsons assumes the lead role in developing the direct feeder team for the professional NWSL Washington Spirit.

    Previous to arriving stateside, Parsons spent six years coaching at Chelsea FC in England. As the head coach of Chelsea Ladies Reserve, he led the team to an unprecedented three-for-three in championships within his first year, a feat never accomplished previously. Parsons also served as Director of the Chelsea Women’s Center of Excellence for the U10 through U16 age groups.

    In addition to moving into the W-League coaching ranks, Parsons will also share duties as an assistant on the coaching staff for the senior Spirit professional side under NWSL head coach Mike Jorden.

    "Mark is a young, innovative, and hard-working coach who really loves the game,” said Jorden. “He did a fantastic job last year with the U20’s, and it was a natural step to promote him to coach of the W-League side.”

    “With his positive energy, commitment, and knowledge of the game, he’ll do a great job," Jorden continued.

    As head coach of the Super-20 United Women in 2012, Parsons engineered a successful run at the National title. After going unbeaten in the first three days of group play in the tournament, D.C. United Women fell 1-0 in the final to the champion Colorado Rapids Women.

    Currently, Parsons is also the Technical Director for Culpeper Soccer Association.

    The Washington Spirit Reserves face a challenging schedule of opponents in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference for the season, which include the 2012 playoff contenders Long Island Rough Riders and Virginia Beach Piranhas.

    The Spirit Reserves will kick off their home season Saturday May 11th against the New York Magic. Match time is set for 4 p.m. at the Maryland Soccerplex and is the first in a doubleheader. The Washington Spirit professional side face the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m.


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    Springfield Demize News Release -- www.demizesoccer.com

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sean Fraser, a former professional and collegiate soccer player, has been named the new head coach of the Springfield Demize. Fraser, originally from Newcastle, England, is currently the Head Coach for the Midland University Warriors Men’s Soccer Team in Fremont, Nebraska, a club coach for Omaha FC (Nebraska’s largest soccer club), and is on staff with the Nebraska Olympic Development Program.

    While playing soccer at Bethel University (McKenzie, TN), Fraser earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education, Teaching, and Coaching and his M.S. in Education. Even though Fraser was an excellent soccer player, he wants to be known for his coaching skills.

    “I want to earn others’ respect because I am a good coach and not because I was a good player,” says Fraser, “In my opinion, too many people assume being a good player will translate into being a good coach and that isn’t necessarily true.”

    Fraser currently holds an UEFA A license in coaching, and has more than 10 years experience as a head coach, working with collegiate, secondary and youth soccer teams. Fraser has coached 16 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) All-Conference players and one academic All-American in two seasons at Midland University while guiding the team to two GPAC championship finals.

    “Coaching is not a job, it is my passion,” Fraser says, “and it is what I have always wanted to do.”

    When asked why he wanted to coach the Springfield Demize, Fraser said “I love the game and coaching PDL players is a logical progression in my career to challenge myself.” Fraser also said he was excited for the season to begin and looks forward to meeting Springfield’s soccer enthusiasts. Fraser will join the Demize on April 29.


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    Orlando City Feature -- www.orlandocitysoccer.com

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- From Southern California to Central Florida, Bryan Burke has seen a productive preseason since being the first signing of Orlando City SC for the 2013 season.

    “Iʼm still learning, still learning on how the team plays, but Iʼm looking forward to a great season,” Burke told orlandocitysoccer.com. “The weather is similar to California, the soccer is great and the transferring here (Orlando) was easy.”

    The Newport Beach native spent the 2012 USL PRO season with the L.A. Blues, appearing 19 times for the Southern California club.

    Burke has appeared and started seven out of the eight preseason matches so far for the Lions, with his most recent start coming against Stetson University during a collegiate friendly last Wednesday at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

    “The (I-4) derby (presented by United World Soccer) was big, but every other game is important to us,” said Burke. “Weʼre still building, but we treat every game like its important.”

    The winger shared his thoughts about the Disney tournament, saying the team’s performance wasn’t up to the expectations they set for themselves early on in the preseason.

    “The Disney tournament was awesome but I felt we could of done better,” said Burke. “I think weʼre doing well right now, but once we get to the season, U.S. Open Cup and more, we need to be firing on all cylinders.”

    Being mostly active in the final third, Burke, who is known for his speed, has serviced Cityʼs forwards throughout preseason.

    “I like getting a lot of playing time even though Iʼm relatively new to the team,” he added. “Iʼm just looking forward to putting in my time, work and effort into practice.”


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  • 03/18/13--10:59: Budnyy, Toby Sign With VSI
  • VSI Tampa Bay News Release -- www.vsi-fc.com

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. -- VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to announce the signings of Darren Toby and Andriy Budnyy to the 2013 USLPRO roster. Both players come to Tampa at the conclusion of an MISL season with the Syracuse Silver Knights. Toby and Budnyy bring a combined 13 years of professional experience.

    Budnyy has proven himself as a goal-scorer globally. The Azusa Pacific product would make his mark as a pro in 2006 with the Charlotte Eagles, who would go on to be finalists in the USL Second Division. Budnyy returned to his homeland in 2006, playing initially for Arsenal Bila Tserkva and then for Obolon Kyiv. He was the top scorer for Obolon's reserves, in the Ukranian Second League in 2007-2008, with 20 goals.

    Budnyy would then return to the United States to join the Carolina Railhawks, where he would go on to have six goals in 43 appearances over the 2009 and 2010 season. After being loaned to the Wilmington Hammerheads, Budnyy remained with Wilmington through the 2012 season where he would total 17 goals over 39 appearances.

    “Andriy was one of my main targets as soon as I got the job," VSI coach Matt Weston said. "The quality he has at times belongs at a higher level and the way he plays will be perfect in my system. I am excited to bring another player into the roster who is hugely technical, imaginative and will excite the fans here in Tampa.”

    Toby comes to VSI Tampa Bay FC after a five-year spell with the Charlotte Eagles. The College of Charleston graduate would sign on as a professional with the Charlotte Eagles for his rookie season in 2008. Weston is delighted to bring Toby onto the roster for the club’s inaugural season.

    “Darren is a player we targeted early with what he brings to a team," Weston said. "His possession of the ball is outstanding. He sits in the middle of the park, breaks up play and keeps it simple and in our system that is exactly what we need from the base of midfield.”

    The Trinidad and Tobago native appeared 64 times for the Eagles, where he would anchor the midfield with his defensive presence and calmness in possession. Toby earned USL Second Division All-League honors in 2010.

    “Both players bring a tremendous amount of experience to our squad in this inaugural season," said Director of Soccer Clay Roberts. "Andriy brings a creative scoring threat up top immediately. He is a forward who constantly puts himself in good spaces, and has the technical ability to find the net. Darren provides a physical, yet calming presence in the midfield that allows the attacking front to take risks. His technical ability allows him to sit in supporting roles and help guide the speed of the game. I know both players are going to be huge assets to the squad as we near the start of the season.”

    Look for both players to be in action for the remaining preseason games coming up this week against the University of Tampa on Thursday night at 7 p.m., and against the University of South Florida on Saturday night, kick-off set for 7 PM.

    The USL PRO kicks off at the end of the month, and VSI Tampa Bay FC will open with a three-game trip that sees the club face expansion franchise Phoenix FC, the LA Blues and the Portland Timbers Reserves of Major League Soccer.


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    Monday, March 18, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. - The Super Y-League is mourning the passing of Christina Ginley, who died in a car accident Friday in Virginia while en route to the Jefferson Cup Tournament. Ginley, a member of the Quickstrike FC '95 Girls who played  for both Quickstrike and the New York Magic in the super Y-League, was a senior at Warwick (N.Y.) High School.

    According to the Quickstrike FC website, Ginley was active in many local charitable causes; her latest accomplishment was collecting more than 50 pairs of glasses for the Lions Club. She volunteered with the NY Blood Drive, Meals on Wheels and ran a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project during the Fall.

    Ginley was an excellent student and member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society with an overall average of 95. She was a four-year NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete for varsity soccer and was named captain of the team this past Fall at Warwick High. Ginley planned to attend college to pursue her education in the medical field and further her dreams and goals of playing soccer at the collegiate level.

    Teams observed a moment of silence for Ginley prior to games at the Jefferson Cup. A funeral mass is planned for Wednesday at St. Stephen's Church in Warwick.


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  • 03/18/13--14:25: Dutch Lions Sign Trio
  • Dayton Dutch Lions News Release - www.dutchlionsfc.com

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton Dutch Lions FC has announced the signings off former Urbana University star Abby Pearson and Dayton University center backs Meghan Scharer and Sarah Senoyuit for the 2013 W-League season.

    Pearson, from Xenia Ohio, was a four-year starter for Urbana University and became the first Blue Knight women’s soccer player to earn NCAA D-II Daktronics All-Midwest Region honors following the 2012 season. Pearson also earned First Team All-Conference honors in the G-MAC, picked up All-Ohio First Team honors, led the G-MAC in assists (10), and finished second in points (22) and fifth in goals (6). She led Urbana in goals, assists, points, shots (45), shots on goal (31), and shots on goal percentage.

    Pearson finished her career at Urbana ranking second in game-winning assists (8), third in assists (20), fifth in game-winning goals (5), sixth in shots (125), eighth in points (38) and 10th in goals (9).

    "Wanting to play in a attacking formation with a lot of action over the wings, it is important to have players on the wing that are not only fast but also technical and dangerous for the opponent’s defenders, and I think that with Abby we have exactly that," Dayton Head Coach Sid van Druenen said. "I expect her to be the kind of player that can make a difference and decide games for us."

    Scharer, from Oregon, Ohio and Senoyuit from Perkasie, Pennsylvania have paired as center backs for the University of Dayton for the past two seasons. Scharer played in 55 games (one assist) in the past three seasons and Senoyuit totalized 62 games (one goal, and three assists) in the period.

    "I am happy to have Sarah and Meghan joining the team; both are strong athletes and have the soccer skills I look for in my center backs," van Druenen said. "They play in a strong and competitive college program and are used to high-level soccer games and competition. After playing together for three years now they know what to expect from each other and I expect that to work in our advantage."

    The Dutch Lions open the 2013 W-League season on the May 25 at Beavercreek High School against the Charlotte Lady Eagles. On May 18-19 the club will host the 2013 DDL Women’s Cup at Beavercreek High School, with the Toronto Lady Lynx, Ohio Galaxies and Cincinnati Lady Saints also participating. For tickets or more information please visit www.dutchlionsfc.com.


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    USL PRO Season Preview

    Monday, March 18, 2013

    The USL PRO season begins this weekend, with new franchise Phoenix FC and the LA Blues set to start the season on Saturday night. To begin our countdown to kickoff, we take a look at the players who will play a key role for their clubs this season.

    Antigua Barracuda FC – Molvin James, Goalkeeper: The young goalkeeper, who turns 24 in May, will be vital as the Barracudas aim to reach the playoffs for the first time. James had moments during Antigua & Barbuda’s World Cup Qualifying campaign last year that showed how good he can be when on his game, now achieving those levels of performance on a more consistent basis will be his aim.

    Charleston Battery – Jose Cuevas, Midfielder: The 2012 USL PRO Rookie of the Year has already shown sharpness in the Battery’s preseason, scoring five goals in seven games so far. After scoring seven goals and adding four assists last summer, Cuevas spent some time with the Seattle Sounders this preseason before returning to Charleston. Another big season for the Battery would boost the club’s championship defense, and put him firmly on the radar of other MLS teams.

    Charlotte Eagles – Drew Yates, Midfielder: After arriving from the Harrisburg City Islanders this offseason, the former Maryland standout will be expected to play a leadership role as the Eagles try to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them for the past two seasons. Yates made 21 appearances for the City Islanders a year ago, principally off the bench, and will want to make the most of his new surroundings.

    Dayton Dutch Lions – Eli Garner, Forward: After starring at the USL PRO Combine in 2012, Garner had a solid rookie season in Dayton as he scored four goals and added three assists in league play. With the Dutch Lions showing progression as the season went on last year, Garner’s ability to increase his productivity in front of goal will be key as his side aims for a first playoff appearance.

    Harrisburg City Islanders – Morgan Langley, Midfielder: The 23-year-old had a solid 2012 season, recording three goals and adding two assists, and will be expected to increase those totals this season. The City Islanders appear primed to have a potent attack again this season, and with the departure of Brian Ombiji, Langley could be pivotal in creating chances for the club’s front-runners.

    LA Blues – George Davis IV, Forward: Davis had a standout rookie season with Dayton, scoring seven goals, but saw his production drop off as he split time between the Blues and Orlando City last season, recording just two assists in 19 games. The Blues struggled in front of goal a season ago, finding the back of the net just 26 times in 24 games, and will need a return of form from Davis if they are to get back into the playoffs.

    Orlando City – Kevin Molino, Midfielder: The returning USL PRO Most Valuable Player didn’t put up big numbers for the Lions, recording seven assists and three goals, but the danger he provided down the flanks, and space that created elsewhere, helped Orlando average more than two goals per game in 2012. If Molino can improve his scoring touch, the Lions will be even more dangerous in front of goal than a season ago.

    Phoenix FC Wolves – Darren Mackie, Forward: The former Aberdeen striker is expected to be the centerpiece of the Wolves’ attack in their inaugural season in USL PRO, bringing the experience of more than 300 games in the Scottish Premier League to the desert. How quickly Mackie and his teammates come together will determine whether they will be a playoff contender in their opening season.

    Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Andrew Marshall, Defender: The veteran arrives in Pittsburgh with the aim of bolstering a defense that conceded 39 goals in 24 games a season ago. Marshall played 21 games a season ago for the City Islanders, recording the third-most minutes on the team, and his presence should help lighten goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap’s workload this summer.

    Richmond Kickers – Henry Kalungi, Defender: Kalungi had a good offseason, getting the opportunity to train with the Kickers’ new MLS affiliate D.C. United in February, and his performance will be crucial with the retirement of goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale. Richmond’s defense conceded only 27 goals in 24 games last summer, and should that form hold another place in the playoffs should follow.

    Rochester Rhinos – Matt Luzunaris, Forward: After the Rhinos’ struggles in front of goal a season ago, they picked up one of USL PRO’s top strikers from 2012 in Luzunaris. The former Orlando City standout had nine goals and two assists in the regular season last summer, and certainly could achieve the same with the consistent service of 2012 assist champion J.C. Banks at his disposal.

    VSI Tampa Bay FC – Tony Donatelli, Midfielder: After winning two championships in the past year, USL PRO with Charleston and the MISL with Baltimore, Donatelli is part of an experienced group that will lead VSI in its inaugural season. The 28-year-old veteran had three goals and four assists for the Battery last summer, and will aim to increase both of those totals this summer.

    Wilmington Hammerheads – Cody Arnoux, Forward: After returning to Wilmington, where he starred in high school before attending Wake Forest, Arnoux scored one of the most spectacular goals of the USL PRO season last summer. That was, however, the only goal Arnoux tallied in his six appearances in 2012, and Wilmington will need greater productivity if it is to remain a playoff contender. 


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  • 03/19/13--16:49: Battery To Host Hammerheads
  • Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery will play the Wilmington Hammerheads in a special preseason exhibition match this Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island. The game is a rematch of the 2012 USL PRO Championship Game that the Battery won 1-0, earning Charleston its fourth USL championship. Saturday’s game is presented by Piggly Wiggly; tickets start at just $7 with discounts available for groups of ten or more (843) 971-GOAL (4625) / www.charlestonbattery.com.

    Michael Azira scored the only goal in the 2012 USL PRO Championship, assisted by Jose Cuevas, as the Battery defeated Wilmington in a closely-contested game. The Battery had advanced to the championship match via a penalty-shootout win against the Rochester Rhinos; Wilmington defeated the No. 1-seed Orlando City in its semifinal.

    Junior Jubilee with Jump Castles

    Saturday’s game will also feature a Charleston Battery Junior Jamboree on the stadium back-field with Charleston Jump Castles, Blackbeard’s Cove Putt-Putt, mini-soccer games, face-painting and more. In addition to the fun on the back field there will also be a children’s Easter Egg hunt on the stadium field at half time plus a special Mascot Soccer game with some of your favorite area mascots!

    Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with kickoff set for 6 p.m.; to purchase tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAL (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.


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  • 03/19/13--14:20: Kickers Add Four From D.C.
  • D.C. United News Release -- www.dcunited.com

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United today announced that the club will be loaning four players to the Richmond Kickers this season as part of the two clubs’ landmark affiliation agreement. Forward Casey Townsend, defender/midfielder Taylor Kemp, forward Michael Seaton, and midfielder Conor Shanosky will all join the Kickers for the 2013 season, pending USSF and league approval.

    “This is an excellent opportunity for our young players to compete and play on a regular basis in meaningful games,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “There is no substitute for first team games that matter, and we believe that the Richmond Kickers will provide a platform and environment for D.C. United players to quickly develop as professionals.”

    “Taylor, Michael, Conor, and Casey are first-class additions to our team and we look forward to them contributing to our goal of winning a USL PRO Championship this season,” said Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer Leigh Cowlishaw.

    D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers entered into the agreement on January 24, 2013 and is part of Major League Soccer and USL PRO’s partnership.

    Townsend, the fifth selection in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and NSCAA Second Team All-American at the University of Maryland, played in 17 games (10 starts) during his rookie year with Chivas USA, logging a goal and two assists.

    Kemp was the 17th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Kemp was United’s lone selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and has yet to appear for the Club in 2013. Kemp, also an alumni of the University of Maryland, was a regular for the Terps through his four seasons, earning All-ACC Freshman Team pick and a Soccer America All-Freshman Team selection during his freshman year and Second Team All-ACC honors in his junior and senior years.

    Seaton, a 16-year old and native of Capitol Heights, Md. signed with D.C. United as a Homegrown player in January of 2013. Seaton has yet to appear in First Team action, but has impressed at D.C. United’s Academy at the U-15, U-16, and U-18 levels.

    Shanosky, another Homegrown product from nearby Potomac Falls, Virginia, spent the 2012 campaign on loan at the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Shanosky quickly became a staple among the Strikers defense early in the season and went on to log the second-highest number of minutes played (2,232).


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  • 03/19/13--17:03: Donatelli Joins Tampa Bay
  • VSI Tampa Bay FC News Release -- www.vsi-fc.com

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    TAMPA, Fla. -- VSI Tampa Bay FC is pleased to announce the signing of 2012 USL PRO Championship winner, veteran midfielder Tony Donatelli, of the Charleston Battery. Donatelli joins VSI Tampa Bay FC for the club's inaugural season and brings a wealth of experience and talent. Donatelli featured in 20 of the Battery's 24 regular-season games in 2012 and was an integral part of the team’s success in winning the Championship.

    "To sign a player of Tony’s pedigree in our first season is great news for the club and our supporters here in Tampa," Head Coach Matt Weston said. "We are assembling a roster brimming with talent and experience alongside some quality younger players we are bringing up from South America. We are going to play a very technical brand of attacking soccer and this is what persuaded Tony to sign on the dotted line with VSI for our debut season.”

    Donatelli began his career with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006 and was part of the club's USL First Division Championship side that season. After three years in Vancouver, Donatelli was traded to the Montreal Impact, where he played two seasons and scored the opening goal of the 2009 USL First Division Championship game, helping the Impact win the championship against his former club.

    A native of Glenside, Pa., Donatelli was signed by Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes in January 2011 but was waived prior to the MLS season. He subsequently signed with USL PRO's Rochester Rhinos in 2011 before moving to the Battery to star in 2012's Championship run.

    “I am really excited to be a part of the new VSI Tampa Bay FC team," Donatelli said. "After hearing about the club's ambitions and Coach Matt Weston's style of play I knew it was going to be the right place for me to play in 2013. I am really looking forward to playing in front of our fans and competing for a championship this season.”

    “VSI Tampa Bay FC is thrilled to have Tony joining us in our inaugural season," Director of Soccer, Clay Roberts said. "Tony is an established veteran, and proven champion. Donatelli will bring a dynamic element to our style of play, and will always be a scoring threat. I have played with Tony and he represents the meaning of a professional. We are looking for him to do big things as we establish our club in this league.”

    Donatelli joins VSI Tampa Bay FC after the conclusion of the 2013 MISL Season with the Baltimore Blast, in which the Blast won another championship. Tony scored four goals in the Championship series against the Missouri Comets on their way to the championship.

    Donatelli brings his goal scoring abilities outdoors for VSI Tampa Bay’s final two preseason matches against the University of Tampa on Thursday night at 7 p.m., and the University of South Florida on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

    Follow VSI Tampa Bay FC at www.vsi-fc.com. Get involved with the day-to-day conversation with players and staff on Facebook and Twitter.


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  • 03/19/13--14:32: Kickers Add Four From D.C.
  • D.C. United News Release -- www.dcunited.com

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United today announced that the club will be loaning four players to the Richmond Kickers this season as part of the two clubs’ landmark affiliation agreement. Forward Casey Townsend, defender/midfielder Taylor Kemp, forward Michael Seaton, and midfielder Conor Shanosky will all join the Kickers for the 2013 season, pending USSF and league approval.

    “This is an excellent opportunity for our young players to compete and play on a regular basis in meaningful games,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “There is no substitute for first team games that matter, and we believe that the Richmond Kickers will provide a platform and environment for D.C. United players to quickly develop as professionals.”

    “Taylor, Michael, Conor, and Casey are first-class additions to our team and we look forward to them contributing to our goal of winning a USL PRO Championship this season,” said Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer Leigh Cowlishaw.

    D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers entered into the agreement on January 24, 2013 and is part of Major League Soccer and USL PRO’s partnership.

    Townsend, the fifth selection in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and NSCAA Second Team All-American at the University of Maryland, played in 17 games (10 starts) during his rookie year with Chivas USA, logging a goal and two assists.

    Kemp was the 17th overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Kemp was United’s lone selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and has yet to appear for the Club in 2013. Kemp, also an alumni of the University of Maryland, was a regular for the Terps through his four seasons, earning All-ACC Freshman Team pick and a Soccer America All-Freshman Team selection during his freshman year and Second Team All-ACC honors in his junior and senior years.

    Seaton, a 16-year old and native of Capitol Heights, Md. signed with D.C. United as a Homegrown player in January of 2013. Seaton has yet to appear in First Team action, but has impressed at D.C. United’s Academy at the U-15, U-16, and U-18 levels.

    Shanosky, another Homegrown product from nearby Potomac Falls, Virginia, spent the 2012 campaign on loan at the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Shanosky quickly became a staple among the Strikers defense early in the season and went on to log the second-highest number of minutes played (2,232).


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  • 03/19/13--17:10: USL PRO 2013: Partnerships
  • USL PRO Season Preview

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Since the announcement of their official partnership a little less than two months ago, the wheels have been fully in motion for the Richmond Kickers and D.C. United.

    While the two clubs previously held a working relationship, with United players Ethan White and Long Tan spending time in Richmond a season ago, the new agreement which resulted from the new initiative entered into by USL PRO and Major League Soccer in January, is set to benefit both clubs as they strive for success in their respective leagues.

    For the Kickers, who have a storied history that includes victory in the U.S. Open Cup in 1995 and three USL Championships, 2013 begins a new and exciting chapter in the club’s history. To begin the process of fostering the relationship between the two clubs, Kickers Director of Soccer and Head Coach, Leigh Cowlishaw, spent time in Florida with United Coach Ben Olsen and his staff, observing practices and matches as the club competed in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in February.

    “It’s been fantastic,” Cowlishaw said of the experience. “You get a front-row seat, and they’ve been very welcoming, we’ve been part of everything, so we’re just learning as much as possible, taking in as much information as possible, and trying to make sure we’re both on the same page moving forward. It’s been extremely beneficial.”

    In addition to Richmond, the Harrisburg City Islanders, Orlando City and Rochester Rhinos have also entered into partnerships with MLS clubs this season, with Coaches Bill Becher, Adrian Heath and Jesse Myers all making the same visits to their MLS counterparts as Cowlishaw this preseason. The most immediate impact for the four USL PRO teams will be on the field, where they will receive a minimum of four players from their affiliate for the season. Orlando was the first club to announce its additions last week, with Richmond, joining them on Tuesday with the addition of Casey Townsend, Connor Shanosky, Taylor Kemp and Michael Seaton to their squad.

    For the Kickers, the additions will add to a strong returning squad as the club aims for a 10th consecutive playoff appearance this season. Henry Kalungi, who this week was again called into Uganda’s national team squad, David Bulow and William Yomby are among the returnees, giving Cowlishaw the challenge of finding the chemistry needed to compete at a high level from the start of the season.

    “It’s always exciting to be able to have players available to your squad that you know are of the highest level,” Cowlishaw said. “It’s certainly going to cause us challenges as well, because we have to try and now mix a nucleus of players into a more flexible arrangement. Certainly, there will be some players long-term, but also there would be some players coming back and forth I would imagine, so we have to try and jell that together over the long-term, but I think we can. I think we have some fantastic facilities, some great coaching, we’ve got a great field, and I think we’ll have a very successful season.”

    From United’s end, the new partnership offers opportunities to find playing time for players such as Seaton, who at 16 years old recently signed as a Home Grown Player after starring for D.C.’s Academy program, and will enter his first professional season in an environment that will offer him the chance to develop alongside seasoned professionals while getting regular first-team minutes.

    Olsen is eager to see how the new relationship with the Kickers develops this season, and how his players perform at the USL PRO level.

    “We’re excited about having a partnership with Leigh and the Kickers,” Olsen said. “We believe in what they’re doing, they believe in what we’re doing, I think it’s a healthy relationship and we’re going to help each other down the line to make both programs better.

    “We’re going to have guys down there, we’re going to have guys from Richmond come up with us and train when we need numbers, I think it’s very healthy. I like that our reserve guys can get real games with a real crowd in games that actually mean something.”

    That level of competition, and the heightened environment of USL PRO that sees teams competing week in and week out for a chance at the playoffs and a championship, is expected to help refine loan players’ games. It will also, of course, give players currently in USL PRO a chance to be scouted regularly by MLS teams, and create a path such as the one forged by Sporting Kansas City’s Mechack Jerome (Orlando), Chivas USA’s Carlos Borja (LA Blues) and the Philadelphia Union’s Sheanon Williams (Harrisburg).

    “If I’m a kid coming out of college and I have the chance to play and hopefully make the jump to MLS, I think that can only help the individuals get minutes, and it can only help the teams that they’re going to,” said the Charleston Battery’s Nicki Paterson, who spent this preseason with the New York Red Bulls after a standout 2012. “Seeing the way it works in baseball and hockey, where guys get sent down and get brought up, it’s a two-way street. If someone for Richmond’s doing well, there’s every chance D.C. will have a look at them.”

    Add in the academy players who will get the opportunity not only train with their USL PRO counterparts this season, but have the opportunity to compete thanks to the league’s new academy player rules, and Cowlishaw sees the Kickers offering opportunity to players at a number of different levels.

    “Our younger professional players certainly are trying to get in the shop window and impress,” Cowlishaw said, “and some of our younger academy players may get the opportunity to train this summer, so we’re very excited for all of our players.”

    As with any new partnership, Richmond and D.C. are expecting bumps in the road as the two teams continue to get a feel for the way the other operates. In the long-run, however, the partnership seems set to provide both clubs with a platform that will allow both clubs to grow.

    “This is a big first step for the league, and for American soccer, and each year it’s going to get better,” Olsen said. “We’ll just have to find out how quick this starts to roll.” 


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    Dayton Dutch Lions News Release -- www.daytondutchlionsfc.com

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are glad to announce the Dublin Pub has renewed its sponsorship of the shorts to be worn by the club's USL PRO and W-League teams during the 2013 seasons. According to Koen Driessen, Business Development Manager for the Dutch Lions FC, securing the renewal of the sponsorship was an important move for the club as it enters the new season.

    “If we want to make it to the next step, we need the support of local companies, and the Dublin Pub is a perfect example of that," Driessen said. "The reason that this partnership is so strong is that the Dublin Pub has supported us from the beginning. They have always made us feel welcome and at home from the moment that we arrived in Dayton.”

    “The Dayton Dutch Lions have invested their professional organization in the city," Dublin Pub owner Steve Tieber said. "The Dayton Dutch Lions have brought world-class caliber soccer to our city and an academy for children that has equally established itself as a top-ranked regional academy. The Dayton Dutch Lions organization is a close rival to the Dayton Dragons in terms of their professional commitment to the community and youth academies in the area. We looked forward to being a partner with Dayton Dutch Lions from its infancy. We are excited to see a professional soccer stadium and sports complex in the near future."

    In addition to sponsoring the shorts for the men and women’s teams, the Dublin Pub will be showing the live stream of all Dayton Dutch Lions FC away matches.

    “We hope to be known as ‘The Official Pub of the Dayton Dutch Lions,’ short sponsor, and the viewing location for all Dayton Dutch Lions games, as well as all other soccer matches worldwide,” said Tieber.

    “The Dublin Pub will be the official viewing location for all our away games, providing a gathering spot and special discounts on food and drinks exclusive to Dutch Lions FC fans,” added Driessen.

    The Oranje Legion, independent supporter group for the Dutch Lions FC, has already declared that it will be watching the road games at the Dublin Pub.

    The Dayton Dutch Lions FC kick off their season at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Beavercreek High School Stadium. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Dayton Dutch Lions FC, please visit www.daytondutchlionsfc.com.


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    Northern Virginia Majestics News Release - www.novafc.org
     
    March 19, 2013

    STANFORD, CA – Northern Virginia Majestics coach Marie Schweitzer has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance for her positive impact on youth athletes.
     
    The award – named for coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports – carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (www.PositiveCoach.org) and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program (ResponsibleSports.com).
     
    “Marie helps youth athletes win on and off the field,” said Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and author of eight books on youth sports, including The Power of Double-Goal Coaching. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Marie helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
     
    Schweitzer, who also administers the youth academy for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit, teaches life lessons about the value of hard work.
     
    “I always tell the kids in training session to work hard and have fun,” Schweitzer said. “If you have fun it doesn’t even feel like you’re working hard, because you love what you’re doing. Then, I relate that emphasis on effort to their school work or to their future jobs.”
     
    Schweitzer’s approach embodies the shared values that are central to Liberty Mutual Insurance and PCA, which also have partnered to help youth sports coaches and parents through the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Program Powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.
     
    “This prestigious award celebrates coaches who are doing the right thing, by promoting the fundamental ideals of community through positive mentoring,” said Julie Brassard, Liberty Mutual Insurance manager of sponsorships.  “We applaud coaches like Marie Schweitzer for effectively using sports to teach valuable life lessons to our youth.”
     
    Founded in 2007, the program serves as a means to highlight the positive impact that everyday, responsible actions can have on our youth. The program provides resources for parents and coaches at ResponsibleSports.com to help children reap the full benefits of playing a team sport.  The online community incorporates podcasts, videos, and best practices on youth sports topics that provide practical, real-world advice.  Parents and coaches also can complete guides on positive sports mentoring that offer best practices for handling challenging sports scenarios.
     
    About Positive Coaching Alliance
    Since its founding within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance has helped develop “Better Athletes, Better People” primarily through live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders.
     
    In partnership with nearly 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide, PCA has conducted more than 11,000 live group workshops and impacted nearly 5 million youth.
     
    PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
    The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
    The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
    The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
     
    PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes on a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson.
     

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