Two former Wolves transfer to Western Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan head coach Chad Wiseman has announced the addition of two transfers, Kosti Moni (UC Santa Barbara) and Ben Thornton (IUPUI), to the men's soccer roster. Both players are currently enrolled and taking classes at Western Michigan. They will be able to train with the team this winter and spring and officially suit up during the fall season.

Kosti Moni
Moni is a six-foot, 170-pound midfielder and joins the Broncos after playing his first two seasons at UC Santa Barbara where he made 28 appearances with the Gauchos. Moni is a Grand Rapids, Mich., native where he played one season of high school soccer and was the team's leading scorer at Forest Hills Eastern.

Moni spent the remainder of his high school years in the USSDA with the CSA Wolves and Chicago Fire Juniors. He was ranked the No. 36 prospect nationally by College Soccer News and the No. 3 prospect in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer. He reached the USSDA National Finals two years in a row with his CSA Wolves team and won the division championship in 2013 and 2014. Moni registered 20 goals during his academy career and in the spring of 2013, Moni was invited to the U-17 US Men's National Team Camp.  

Coach Wiseman on Moni:
"Kosti is a special soccer player. He has abilities at our level that will allow him to have an immediate impact. He is so comfortable on the ball. His has ability to penetrate defenses in the final third both with the pass, dribble and shot. As a Bronco you will see him playing the #10 role on the field. He is a creator that is very unpredictable in the run of play. Once we get him settled in here at WMU and his confidence starts to grow we are looking at a player that can be one of the best in the country at his position. Make no mistake about it, this is a massive signing for the Bronco men's soccer program." 

Ben Thornton
Thornton comes to WMU after playing his first two seasons at IUPUI. A 6-2, 180-pound center back, he started 29 of 30 games played with the Jaguars, tallying two goals and four assists. As a freshman, he was voted to The Summit League's All-Newcomer Team by the league's coaches.

Thornton is also a Michigan native and attended Linden High School where he was a four-year starter and three-year team captain. Thornton earned first team all-state honors his senior year, was a second team all-state pick as a junior and was a three-time all-conference, all-district and all-region selection.

Thornton was a longtime standout with the Michigan Wolves, including serving as team captain for five years. He played up with the Wolves U18 NPL Champions Cup team in 2013.

Coach Wiseman on Thornton:  
"Ben is a big boy with lots of Division I experience at the center back position. He is a hardworking, blue-collar type player.  He is a natural leader, who has been a leader on every team he has ever played for. I expect that trend to continue in a Bronco uniform. He is tenacious in the air and very tough in on the tackle. He is very comfortable organizing his lines. His range of passing will improve the more and more he plays with our guys. Ben is a winner who is very hungry to get started at Western Michigan."

Three Hawks named for Women's U19 National Team training camp

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CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will kick off its 2017 programming with a training camp in Sunrise, Fla., running from Jan. 28-Feb. 4.

Head coach Jitka Klimkova has called up 30 players, including eight who were on the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team. Those eight combined for 127 caps at the U-17 level along with 29 goals, including 15 from forward Civana Kuhlmann and 11 from forward Frankie Tagliaferri. Kuhlmann scored a hat trick against Paraguay at the U-17 World Cup in Jordan while Tagliaferri scored against Paraguay and Ghana.

+NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: January 2017

The roster is a mixture of two birth years with sixteen players who were born in 1998 and 14 born in 1999. All the players are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in France. The age cut-off for that World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998.

Of the 30 players called up, nine are in college with the remainder still playing youth club. During the camp, the USA will play a match against the University of Central Florida on Friday, February 3 at the Paul Filipe Estate in Palm City, Fla., with a kickoff at 5:30 p.m. ET.

U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrei Corder (Nebraska-Lincoln; Barboursville, W.V.), Amanda Dennis (Penn State; Palmetto, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (11): Kerry Abello (Eclipse Select; Batavia, Ill.), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire S.C.; Newcastle, Wash.), Julie Mackin (Clemson; Castle Rock, Colo.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Haley Berg (Solar; Celina, Texas), Samantha Coffey (Match Fit Academy; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Jordan Harr (Texas Tech; Sachse, Texas), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA U18 Arsenal; Colts Neck, N.J.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach F.C.; Lawndale, Calif.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

FORWARDS (7): Amirah Ali (PDA; Voorhees, N.J.), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Cecilia Gee (Stanford University; Orinda, Calif.), Mireya Grey (Crossfire; Seattle, Wash.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

Wolves-Hawks Merger with AC Milan/LSC

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Livonia, MI – January 16, 2017

The Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club and AC Milan-Detroit(Livonia)/Livonia Soccer Club have agreed in principle to a merger to operate as the Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club beginning in June of 2017.

We are excited to unite all of the soccer programs inside the City of Livonia. This will provide a quality soccer experience for players of all levels. 

This merger more than doubles the size of the nationally recognized Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club. This opportunity provides the current AC Milan-Detroit(Livonia) players to combine with a club that has a rich history and state of the art training facilities.    

The Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club and AC Milan-Detroit(Livonia)/Livonia Soccer Club teams will continue to operate unchanged through the spring of 2017.  Leading both clubs into a unified tryout that will provide every player with a team to play on. 

The Livonia Soccer Club Recreational program will continue to operate under the name, Livonia Soccer Club. 

“One Community, One Club”

“The Michigan Wolves- Hawks Soccer Club is excited for the opportunity to work with the excellent staff and players at AC Milan-Detroit{Livonia) and the Livonia Soccer Club.  This will allow our clubs to develop players of all ages and levels.” Ed McCarthy, Michigan Wolves-Hawks President

“Exciting times ahead, as we merge two great soccer clubs both rich in history as well as community.  The soccer climate has changed considerably over the past few years and we feel the marriage of our clubs creates an unprecedented opportunity for players of all ages to play at all levels.  The merger unites our clubs, our families and our community and we are excited for the future.”- Chris Burnette, Livonia Soccer Club President

“Years of preparation and relationship building have positioned our soccer club for this opportunity.  It is an exciting time for our players, our coaching staff, as well as the Livonia community. Creating this holistic environment for players at all levels inside of one club is something that we began working toward in 2008.  This merger provides tremendous opportunity for the future and collectively we are committed to making this a seamless transition for each player and family.  The unification of the soccer community in Livonia will provide players and their families with a first-class youth soccer experience at all levels .” Rick Larson, Director of Coaching

Wolves-Hawks Facebook Links

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The Michigan Wolves and Hawks are excited to announce that we are getting more involved on the internet.  A couple of weeks ago we created Wolves and Hawks specific Facebook pages.

Please visit our Wolves' Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/michigan.wolves.9?hc_ref=NEWSFEED 

and Hawks' Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/michigan.hawks.9?fref=ts.  

This is a great way to stay up to date on the with the day to day happenings of the best club in Michigan.

If you have things to add or games to highlight, please send that information to Scott Duhl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Wolves and Jeannine Reddy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Hawks.

Additionally, we will be putting up a temporary, pilot Michigan Hawks Page, http://hawks.soccer/ , which will be used as a past, current and future story of the Michigan Hawks.  See what goes into making the Michigan Hawks the best girl's club in the Nation.   If the feedback is positive a Wolves one will not be far behind.

We would like to use this website as a glimpse into the future as we continue to evaluate how we can give our club members an exceptional experience on and off the field.  Send us your feedback and be ready for a survey to come out in Mid February so that we can keep moving forward. 

Doug Landefeld
Hawks Director of Coaching

Hawks Top Accomplishments in 2016

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MICHIGAN HAWKS
Top accomplishments in 2016

"Oh the places you can go!"
The right club for players who want to be their very best

#2 in ECNL National Club Rankings - http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com/
U17 ECNL National Championship
U18 ECNL National Championship Finalist
1 of 3 clubs with all 5 teams In ECNL Championship playoff division (3rd year in a row)
3 Players at ECNL National ID2 Camp, 1 top XI- http://www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com/
7 All-Freshman players from class of 2016 - https://goo.gl/EERSxF
13 Players selected to USYNT Camps
2 Players with U17 YNT in U17 World Cup - https://goo.gl/vSJje7
1 Player with U20 YNT in U20 World Cup - https://goo.gl/2WpVh6
14 Region 2 representatives at 2016 Interregional Event - https://goo.gl/wjiLOr
3 Players garner Top XI at 2016 Interregional Event - https://goo.gl/aHpiwr
1 Miss Soccer in MHSAA
2 Gatorade All Americans
2 Players drafted in NWSL
1 Starting GK in NWSL - https://goo.gl/AwIfzS
U18 MSYSA State Championship
U15 MSYSA State Finalist
U14 MSYSA State Semifinalist
U13 USYSA Region 2 participant
U19 USYSA Region 2 participant

Academy Clinics

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The Crew SC Academy Wolves are proud to offer OPEN Academy Clinics.  The Wolves are members of the US Soccer Development Academy program. U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy program's philosophy is based on increased training, fewer total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. As of December 2016, 87% of Youth National Team players come the Development Academy clubs. Further details about the US Soccer Development Academy can be found at the link: http://www.michiganwolveshawks.com/academy-info/faqs.html

OPEN Clinic Details:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2007, 2006, 2005
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2007, 2006, 2005
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
4-5:30PM BIRTH YEARS, 2004, 2003, 2002

Location: Schoolcraft Dome, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI

Bring soccer balls and equipment to play.

There is no cost for the clinic, but registration is required.  Follow the link below:

REGISTRATION LINK

If you have any questions, please email:
Academy Director, Lars Richters, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Academy Staff, Bryan Thorp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Annual Gala - Under the Lights

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The club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its 2nd Annual Gala at Schoolcraft College’s VistaTech Center on Saturday, March 4th 2017, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm. This year our theme is titled: “Under the Lights”.

The primary purpose of this event is to help raise monies to purchase permanent lighting for our outdoor stadium field at Schoolcraft. A modern, high efficiency lighting system would substantially upgrade all of our player’s night time experience there by providing professional level coverage as well as expanded field access.

The semi-formal Gala event will offer up to 225 adult club members, friends, coaches, soccer fans and local business members the unique opportunity to enjoy a fun packed evening of:

  • Team-Club and Community Camaraderie
  • Fantastic Food & Drink brought to you by Schoolcraft’s renowned culinary arts team
  • Dancing & Entertainment
  • Silent auction, raffles and other prize opportunities
  • All while supporting an important cause
Gala tickets are available!!! Please go to http://www.underthelightsgala.com/ to purchase your tickets.

March 4th, 2017 Under the Lights Gala Event schedule:

Doors open / Silent Auction begins: 6:30 pm
Strolling dinner: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Presentation (brief): 8:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Entertainment begins: 9:00 pm
Silent Auction ends: 10:00 pm
Last call: 11:00 pm
Doors close: 11:30 pm

Donations: At this time we are seeking donations of silent auction and raffle prizes. Item may include, Sports Memorabilia, Jewelry, Gift Certificates, Pampered Pets, Great Escapes, Professional Services, Memberships, Gift baskets etc. Other creative ideas are more than welcome.

Family, Corporate, Small Business Sponsorships: If your family, company or other group is interested in the benefits of working with a Livonia based non-profit organization and helping provide our community with a long term asset we invite you to contact us to discuss ways you can help.

Please contact Amber Townes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a contribution or to learn more about group sponsorship.

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY INTRODUCES U-15 SINGLE AGE GROUP FOR 2017-2018 SEASON

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CHICAGO (Jan. 9, 2017) - As part of an overall goal to improve the player development pathway for elite boys soccer players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is adding a U-15 single age group for the 2017-2018 season. The strategic move to expand the pathway is part of a long-term plan for player development, and will provide Academy clubs with the opportunity to enhance their efforts to develop world-class players.

"The addition of the U-15 age group is another important step to ensure players have the opportunities they need to develop on and off the field," U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. "We have all seen the benefits of the increased opportunities this season with the split of last season's U-13/14 division into single U-13 and U-14 age groups. We believe the U-15 age group will be another avenue for clubs to further their player development efforts."

At the beginning of the current 2016-2017 Development Academy Season, the move to split the previously combined U-13/14 age group to single ages (U-13 and U-14) made a significant improvement in the player development pathway by increasing the overall number of players, teams, clubs and games. With the addition of a single birth year U-15 age group, the pool of elite players will expand further, adding approximately 1,500 players to Academy clubs and raising the total number of Academy players across all age groups to more than 12,000.

The change to a U-15 single age group is in coordination with the birth year mandate that will go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season. The Academy will continue to register players by birth year and all of the six age groups featured in 2017-18 will provide a continuous pathway for players from Zone 1 (age 6-11), through Zone 2 (age 12-17), and into Zone 3 (age 18 and above). Having single age groups throughout the foundational ages (U-12 through U-15) creates a player pathway with no gaps in maturity. This further allows Academy coaches and technical staff to mitigate relative age effect and gives an additional ability to play younger players up when they are ready.

The goals of the new U-15 single age group will continue to be aligned with U.S. Soccer Development Academy objectives, which include more training, playing fewer total games, but more meaningful games, having age-appropriate travel and competition, reducing costs, paving a consistent development pathway, and playing under a simplified calendar that allows clubs to plan for elite level international and domestic events. Overall, developing players starts with coaching. The addition of U-15 age group will provide players with coaches that meet the minimum U.S. Soccer B license standard and create a positive learning environment focused on individual development within the team concept.

"Over time, we have closely monitored the Development Academy combined groups to assess the impact on talent identification and development, especially at the ages during early adolescence where there can be significant physical differences, based on an individual's maturation rate," said Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. "From looking at the data and speaking with our Technical Advisors and club directors, we know that adding U-15 single age group to the program will not only expand the influence and player pool, but it will also help clubs streamline the learning environment and allow individual players to follow their own pathway. The expansion to U-15 single age will really help to provide a place for individuals born later in the year or talented late developers, similar to what we have seen with the addition of the DA U-13 single age group this season."

AYW Spotlight | Lauren Spencer

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RICHMOND, VA (January 5, 2017) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement is dedicated to showcasing females that have helped shape the league into the top female youth soccer development platform in the world.  As part of the movement, the ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories.  We are excited to announce Lauren Spencer as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Spencer is a sophomore goalkeeper and is pursuing a degree in Marine Biology at the Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and is a Michigan Hawks ECNL Alum.

Spencer is a native of Oxford, Michigan where she played for the Michigan Hawks ECNL team her final two seasons of her youth soccer career.  She immediately settled in with the Hawks and became involved in both coaching and mentoring younger players within the community. Inspired by the mentors she had growing up, she felt the need to give back and empower the next generation of young women with the “pay it forward” mentality.

“I want to give the youth in my area an outlet and sounding board to reach out to for help along the journey of life.” said Spencer, “I want them to know that they are not alone, and that I am here to listen, help share my experiences, and help them reach their dreams.  I want to instill confidence in others and continue to give back to my community, especially for young women.”

Last summer, Spencer had the opportunity to coach at a soccer camp she grew up attending called On Goal Soccer (On Goal).  On Goal is a Christian soccer ministry focused on developing the total player. With On Goal, she traveled around the United States setting up camps in communities where they would teach soccer skills, teamwork and ministry. Spencer makes it a point to volunteer as much as possible, as she truly believes in the positive message spread through giving. She volunteers to feed the homeless any chance she can, always looking to lend a helping hand whether it is on or off the soccer field.

Spencer continues her involvement as both a coach and mentor at HPU. Her favorite event is HPU’s Women’s in Sports Day where they bring young girls on campus from the within the community, focusing on those families that have little opportunity to do so on their own. They partner with fellow women’s sports teams and encourage the girls to be empowered by sport, spreading the message that sports can provide opportunities to them.

The power of self confidence in women, and believing in “Girl Power” is what Spencer lives and breathes. In her two years with the Hawks, Spencer made back to back appearances in the ECNL National Championship Game. After finishing second in 2014, they came back to win the U18 ECNL National Championship the following year. She credits the loss endured the previous year as motivation to bring her team closer together, and the drive needed to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming ECNL National Champions.

“It was unbelievable to battle with my teammates, my sisters, and earn a spot in back-to-back seasons,” Spencer said about playing in two ECNL National Championships, “I feel blessed to have been a part of an outstanding group of players and coaches, who truly believe that anything is possible.  The two years spent as a Hawk are etched in my memory, and helped shape the person I am today.  It drives me to keep following my dreams, and to help others along the way.”

Spencer credits the ECNL with providing her with a platform to showcase her soccer ability and to pursue her dream of becoming a marine biologist. She found HPU through the recruiting process and received both athletic and academic scholarships after working hard on the pitch and in the classroom.

“She has a great family and I know community service is a very important part of their lives. As it translates into the team, Lauren was a very, very unselfish player throughout both runs [to the ECNL National Championships]. She always put what was best for the team in front of her own goals, and helped out with other teams when we needed her,  She was a joy to work with on the field.” Doug Landefeld, Director of Coaching for Michigan Hawks said about her time with the Hawks.

We wish Lauren Spencer the best of luck with the rest of her collegiate soccer career and in her quest to become a marine biologist. Thank you for being an Amazing Young Woman and blazing the trail for others.

Gatorade Player of the year and Miss Soccer 2016

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In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Hannah Jones of Port Huron Northern High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Jones is the first Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Port Huron Northern High School. 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 Jones as Michigan’s best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Jones joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports.

The returning Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-7 senior midfielder led the Huskies to a 5-4-4 record entering this week’s regular season game against Lake Shore High, scheduled for May 16. At the time of her selection, Jones had scored 16 goals and passed for five assists. The three-time Port Huron Times-Herald Area Player of the Year, she is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program team and is rated as the No. 71 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Jones has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and will graduate as her school’s valedictorian. An accomplished artist, she won a Gold Key at the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing awards for an original painting. She has volunteered locally as a lifeguard and swim teacher in addition to serving on the Port Huron Northern student council. “It would be devastating for PHN if they didn’t have Hannah,” said Kevin Grammens, head coach of Anchor Bay High. “She has individual flair and still tries to incorporate her teammates and not try to do everything on her own.” Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Michigan State University beginning this fall.