Former Wolves player Dzenan Catic takes road less traveled as MLS prospect

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. – You’ve never heard a story quite like Dzenan Catic’s.

Just 22, Catic has already had a head-spinning soccer career. Born in Bosnia but raised in Michigan, he was the cream of the crop in high school, leading his team to state championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and winning national player of the year honors in his senior season. He played for the Michigan Wolves on the U18 Academy team.

Catic initially spurned the college route, turning pro out of high school when he signed a contract with German outfit Kaiserslautern at 18. He washed out in Germany, making just six appearances for the FCK’s reserve team in two years before being released.

Catic headed back to the States after Kaiserslautern let him go, and, after pro options didn’t materialize, chose to head to college. Of course, he couldn’t play for any of the schools that had recruited him out of high school; his pro deal with Kaiserslautern made him ineligible to compete in the NCAA.

Buckingham and Peterson opens 2015 on U20 WNT

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CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin its 2015 programming with a training camp in Sanford, Florida, running from Jan. 24-31.

U-20 head coach Michelle French has called up 28 players: 18 college players and 10 currently still playing for youth clubs. With almost all the players born in 1996 or 1997, the lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter for the U-20s at age 16 during last summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Justin Stack Selected To Regional Futsal Team

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After participating in a 3-day Regional Futsal ID camp, Justin Stack (U16 Wolves Black) was selected to be part of the 2015 Lakes Region team.

The Futsal I.D. program is the nation’s first-ever futsal player identification program and is designed to identify and develop elite Futsal players in the most challenging and competitive environment possible.

Justin’s regional team will participate in the U.S. Youth Futsal National I.D. Camp in Gardner, Kan. from July 8-12, 2015. The top players at that event will be selected for the U.S. Youth Futsal National Teams.

Congratulations Justin!

Michigan Hawks College Combine

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The Michigan Hawks are excited to host the first 2015 Michigan Hawks Winter College Combine on January 24th. In coordination with the combine, the Hawks will also host a College Recruiting Forum the night before, Friday the 23rd, (site to be determined). Only players and parents that are registered for the combine will be invited to attend. The guest speakers scheduled to lead the discussion about the college recruiting process will be Erica Walsh, Head Coach Penn State and Dave Diiani, Head Coach, University of Iowa.

The following college coaches have committed to attend our Winter Showcase:

Albion, Alma, California, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Citadel, Dayton, Depaul, Detroit, Duke, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Indiana Tech, Iowa, IPFW, Northwood, Indiana, Kalamazoo College, Kansas, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami  of Ohio, Morehead State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oakland University, Ohio, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rochester College, Seton Hall, St. Louis, Stanford, TCU, Toledo, Valparisio, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Michigan, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Xavier, and Youngstown State.

Giuseppe Barone moves from Academy to US U17 National Team

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Giuseppe Barone from East Kentwood has made the U.S. under-17 national team. (John Dorton | US Soccer)

Giuseppe Barone went from East Kentwood High School junior to national soccer prospect over the holidays.

Barone, 16, arrived Sunday in Bradenton, Fla. to join the under-17 United States national team as part of a residency program with IMG Academy. He received an email Dec. 27 notifying him of the selection.