Genesee Cup 2016

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The Genesee Cup was a great start to the season for our younger teams with 6 Championships and 1 Finalists after the weekend tournament. The Championship teams were Michigan Wolves '08, Michigan Wolves '08 Black, Michigan Wolves '07, Michigan Hawks '09, Michigan Hawks '08,and Michigan Hawks '07 Black with Michigan Wolves '09 Gold finishing as Finalists. Congratulations to all!

The U9 Wolves '08 team win Championship Gold!Wolves08

The U9 Michigan Wolves '08 Black go for Gold!


Wolves07The U10 Wolves '07 team with their Championship win at Genesse Cup

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U9 Hawks 08 team won the U10 Silver Division! Go Hawks!


Congrats to the Hawks 09 who won the Championship match!


Best XI - U18 Hawks - Sarah Clark

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Top Players Across the Country Gather at the ECNL National Training Camp

RICHMOND, VA (August 16, 2016) – The 2016 ECNL National Training Camp took place in Portland, Oregon from July 28 – August 1, 2016, with almost 90 top players from across the country coming together to train and compete with the best in the league under the guidance of top coaches.  As always, with top level competition, impeccable facilities, and an incredible atmosphere of excitement, the 2016 National Training Camp was an unmatched experience for the players.

The ECNL National Training Camp featured three training sessions and two 11v11 matches for the players, as well as the opportunity to attend a Portland Thorns NWSL match.  The camp was held primarily at the pristine soccer facilities of the University of Portland, with a special day concluding the camp with competition and a banquet at Nike World Headquarters.  As part of the ECNL’s commitment to both player and club development, the camp training program focused on improving player decision-making, and a technical report of key concepts from the camp was circulated to all ECNL clubs after the camp.

Perhaps most exciting, at the end of the camp, the top 11 performers of the event were named to the ECNL Best XI and selected for an all-expenses paid soccer trip of a lifetime.  The ECNL Best XI traveled directly from camp to New York City on August 1, where they were provided all access tickets to the International Champions Cup match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, and were introduced at halftime in front of a sold out crowd at MetLife Stadium.  In addition, the ECNL Best XI attended the training sessions of both teams the day before the big match, with exclusive access to the Bayern Munich and Real Madrid players for autographs and group photos.  Adding to the excitement, the players also enjoyed a morning in Central Park and a private performance at the Argentinian Consulate with musical group NewDocta. It was a true cultural experience meshed with meeting some of the best professional soccer players in the world, part of the ECNL’s commitment to inspire players to dream big.

The 2016 ECNL Best XI:

  • Tess Boade – Real Colorado
  • Gabrielle Brummett – FC Stars of Massachusetts
  • Sarah Clark – Michigan Hawks
  • Clair Constant – McLean Youth Soccer
  • Caitlin Cosme – Albertson Fury
  • Julie Doyle – San Diego Surf
  • Mireya Grey – Crossfire Premier
  • Catarina Macario – San Diego Surf
  • Alyssa Malonson – Challenge SC
  • Sydney Simmons – Solar Chelsea SC
  • Anna Smith – Crossfire Premier

Congratulations to all of the Amazing Young Women selected to the 2016 ECNL National Training Camp!

Hawks 99 win National ECNL Championship

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Both teams took the field less than 24 hours after lightning delays pushed back the U17 semifinals, leading to a plodding, tired affair between the Hawks and Force.

Drama took the forefront once again when Catherine Dager beat the offside trap, latching onto a driven long ball from one of the Michigan center backs. De Anza’s goalkeeper stopped Dager’s initial effort, but she followed up to slot home and put the Hawks on top in extra time.

A fascinating tactical battle between De Anza’s whirring possession machine and Michigan’s effective counter attacking, the fatigue certainly left its mark on both sides. Michigan’s attackers Alexxis Lipsey and Grace Krygler looked to take advantage of opening on the break, with Lipsey coming close on more than one occasion during the first 90 minutes.

Golden chances were few and far between. Michigan’s Sarah Clark fired a dangerous free kick into the wall.Luca Deza got on the end of a Samantha Tran cut back, only to spurn it high of the goal in the second half, in what turned out to be one of De Anza’s best chances of the game.

As the game progressed, Deza looked the most likely to create for the Force, though Michigan’s impressive back line was consistently up to the task. Abby Willerer led the effort from central defense, with Jaimie Leas solid and steady in goal.

In the end, Dager’s effort proved to be enough, as the Hawks held on over the final 10 minutes of extra time to kick off the celebrations.

Congratulations to Coach Doug Landefeld and the U17 Hawks for beating De Anza Force in the ECNL National Championship.  The Hawks won in double overtime 1 - 0. 

Congratulations girls on adding another star!!

Our Wolves-Hawks crest will now have 13 stars to represent the 13 National titles our teams have won!

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2016 National Championships Best 11

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FRISCO, Texas (August 4, 2016) — The Best XI teams were announced for the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which took place July 26 - 31 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The National Championships featured US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups, as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups.

The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships. Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.

The Best XI join the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Fair Play awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.

Best XI

Under-13 Boys  
Ian Holdaway* 02 CASL Academy Juniors (NC)
Nicholas Pariano Michigan Wolves 03 (MI)
Adam Armour 02 CASL Academy Juniors (NC)
Jeorgio Kocevski Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)
Tylan Mulcahy Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)
Zachary Peterman 02 CASL Academy Juniors (NC)
Noah Mangosing Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)
Connor Walcott Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)
Michael Catanzarite Syracuse Development Academy
Paul Son Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)
Nathaniel Kim** Strikers FC Chingirian (CA-S)

Suniel Veerakone Central Conference Starting XI

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The US Development Academy named its 2015-16 year end award winners in Carson, California last week.  From the Central Conference, Suniel Veerakone, from the U18 Crew SC Academy Wolves was named to the starting eleven as one of only three midfielders. 

Lars Richters was named Central Conference Coach of the Year. For the full story and list of awards visit,

Central Conference
GOALKEEPER: Ben Hale (FC Dallas)
DEFENDERS: Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas), Spencer Glass (Indiana Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Suniel Veerakone (Crew SC Academy Wolves), Djordje Mihalovic (Chicago Fire), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS: Brandon Guhl (Texas Rush), Devin Vega (FC Dallas), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic PSG)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Weston McKennie (FC Dallas)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Lars Richters (Crew SC Academy Wolves)

Hawks US Soccer Development Academy Announcement

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We are pleased to announce that the Michigan Hawks have been invited to be a founding member of the US Soccer Girls Development Academy that will start in the fall of 2017.

US Soccer is the highest governing body for soccer in the country and we are already one of two clubs in Michigan involved with the Development Academy on the boys side. We also currently have 14 of our players participating in the National team program through US Soccer. 

The Michigan Hawks have always been committed to providing its players with the highest levels of training and competition. Our teams have excelled in the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League), which is the best girls soccer league in the country. And we will continue our involvement with the ECNL's outstanding platform of competition and player development.US Soccer Girls Academy Annaouncement

Novi’s Katrina a force to be reckoned with

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Novi senior defender Katrina Koomen played soccer this spring with the force of a Category 5 hurricane.

After taking a year off to play with the Michigan Hawks of the Elite National Club League, Koomen re-emerged for Wildcats during her senior year and made quite an impact.

Finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists, Koomen was dangerous with her left-footed free kicks, even from 50 yards out.

“Katrina was one of our biggest offensive weapons this season,” Novi coach Todd Pheiffer said. “Even though she played outside back, she was constantly a threat whenever she had the ball. She is not only technically very good dribbling the ball and taking on her opponents, there is no player that serves the ball better into the box than Katrina. Whether she is serving a ball in from a corner kick, a free kick or just off the dribble, she knows exactly how hard to hit the ball and exactly where to play it.”

“Hurricane Katrina” was one of the big reasons the Wildcats, who finished 16-2-5, captured the KLAA Central Division, Kensington Conference, Association, Division 1 district and regional titles this season.

Koomen, named All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year, also earned all-KLAA, all-district and all-region honors while making first team Division 1 all-state.

“She is one of the hardest working players both on the field and in the classroom, which is why she is both a scholar-athlete and a Dream Team selection,” Pheiffer said of the College of Charleston (S.C.) signee.


U13 Wolves win Regional Championship

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U13Wolves RegionIIChampsFrom June 24th to 29th, in Westfield, Indiana, the U13 Wolves, coached by Sam Cheaib, achieved a perfect balance of technique, tactics, grit, cohesion, and joy and now find themselves one of four U13 boys teams heading to Frisco, Texas, to compete for a 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championship (July 26th - 30th).

At the Region II Championships, the U13 Wolves earned solid pool play victories over SC Waukesha Impact, Sporting Saint Croix, and Indy Premier, leading them into what proved to be a thrilling semifinal match against Chicago Fire Academy. Down 0-2 to Fire at half, the boys, with the help of their coaches, found a way to shift the momentum and work themselves back into the match with passion and play of the highest quality, ultimately resulting in a 3-2 victory and a spot in the finals.

In the finals, the Wolves faced a skilled Cincinnati United Premier team they lost to (0-1) and drew with (0-0) in the fall and spring, respectively. Once again, the match-up revealed itself to be an even one,  with both teams threatening to score at various points throughout the game, but an early goal off a set piece starting just outside the CUP box was the only one the Wolves would need to win (1-0) and become Region II Champions.

As their now-extended season moves toward its finale in Texas, the boys are playing their best soccer and having fun doing it. A National Championship is in sight, and they are looking forward to doing their best to give the Michigan Wolves and Hawks another star.

2016 ECNL National Finalists

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Congratulations to the U18 Michigan Hawks ECNL 2016 ECNL National Finalists!!

I would like to thank the '98 Michigan Hawks ECNL players for their tremendous contributions to the club over the years.  This team is everything we want a Hawks' team to be.   They work hard, they play great soccer, they laugh a lot and they are great kids on and off the field.  

Thanks also to all of their parents for their support and trust throughout the years.  When a team gets to their first National Championship game at U18, it means that the parents have had to trust in our process, coaches and club in the "lean" years.  Thanks most of all for letting us get to know and work with your families.

We wish everyone all the best in college and know that we will always be here if you need anything.


Doug Landefeld
Director of Coaching, Michigan Hawks

Which youth clubs produce the most U.S. Girls National Team players?

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With U.S. Soccer’s expanded Youth National Team programming over the past couple of years, more players than ever are getting the chance to represent the United States at the international level.

Since the start of the 2015 cycle, no youth soccer club has had more players named to U.S. Youth Women’s National Team rosters than the Michigan Hawks or San Diego Surf SC, which have each sent 14 players to Team USA events at the U-14 through U-20 levels.

Each of the top 13 clubs in terms of number of U.S. Youth Women’s National Team players represent the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). In total, more than 80 percent of the total U.S. Soccer girls player pool is composed of players developed by ECNL clubs.

+Read: Which USSDA clubs have the most U.S. Youth National Team players?

See below for the full list of clubs that have been represented on U.S. Youth Women’s National Team rosters over the past two years.

U.S. Youth Women’s National Team call-ups by club (2015-2016)

MichiganWolvesHawks-logoT-1. Michigan Hawks (14)

Goalkeepers: Maciah Lipsey (U15)

Defenders: Isabel Rodriquez (U17), Ally Haran (U19), Malia Berkely (U19), Megan Buckingham (U19), Courtney Petersen (U19, U20)

Midfielders: Kaya Frazier (U16), Zoe Morse (U18, U20), Natalie Winters (U18, U19)

Forwards: Joyelle Washington (U14), Emma Hiscock (U15), Emaly Vatne (U16), Natalie Viggiano (U16), Alexa Spaanstra (U17, U20)

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