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2016 MSYSA Coach of the Year

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The Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Sam Cheaib  received the 2016 MSYSA Male Competitive Coach of the Year Award from MSYSA.

Each year, one MSYSA male competitive coach is chosen to receive the award based on nominations from parents, players and fellow coaches. The nominations are based on sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and involvement in Community.  Coach Sam is well deserving of this award. He continually devotes enormous amounts of time and energy to provide positive soccer opportunities for Michigan's competitive youth players.  He is extremely active in the Dearborn community promoting player development as well as running technical training sessions for all of the Wolves-Hawks players on Friday nights.

Coach Sam currently coaches the U11 Hawks '06 Red team, the U18 Hawks 99 Black team, the U19 Hawks 98 Black team, the U15 Wolves 02 Black team and the U16 Wolves 01 Black team.

Congratulations to Coach Sam from all of your Wolves-Hawks past and present players and parents.

Josh Gatt Signs With MNUFC

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Today Minnesota United announced the signing of 25-year-old winger Josh Gatt. After signing with SC Rheindorf Altach at 16, Gatt earned a reputation as an effective offensive weapon with Molde in Norway from 2011–16, including two league championships in 2011 and 2012. He made his international debut for the U.S. Men’s Team on November 14, 2012 in a friendly match against Russia. Gatt will join MNUFC for the 2017 season pending receipt of his ITC.

From 2010-16 with Molde and SC Rheindorf Altach, Gatt — a Michigan native — tallied 15 goals and 15 assists in 75 games. After battling back from a series of knee injuries, Gatt will look to embrace the challenge in MLS and make his mark with Minnesota United, a quality that the club has prized in players recruited to the team so far.

“Josh has been on the American soccer radar for years,” said Sporting Director Manny Lagos. “He’s a young player, who left for Europe to build his career. He’s had some really good moments, and a couple of tough injuries. But I think this situation lines up perfectly, in regards to where Josh is as a player, and what we’re doing as a club.”

Gatt describes his game on the pitch with just a few choice words.

“Fast,” said Gatt. “Aggressive. Attacking. Risky. When I was a kid, my coach always told my parents that I was a high risk, high reward type player. I’m not the type of person who will take it in my own box and try to go up the field alone. I’m a player who, if I see an opening, I’ll take it.”

After almost seven years in Europe, Gatt is looking forward to coming back to the U.S., and is certain he’ll feel right at home in Minnesota.

“I’ve played my whole career as a pro in Europe,” said Gatt. “To come back home, it’s a nice revamp. It’s nice to be able to do what I love in a setting I’ve grown up in. Playing overseas is different in every way. Playing here, there’s a simplicity to it. Knowing what I know about the states: language, culture, geography … It’s not hard to adapt.”

Gatt joins an already promising attacking midfield for Minnesota United that boasts young wingers Kevin Molino, Bashkim Kadrii, Johan Venegas and Miguel Ibarra, plus veterans like Ibson. Minnesota United will look to use Gatt to spread the attack out.

“The main thing is that he brings us some excellent pace in wide areas,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “I think he’s little bit different than what we already have at the club. He’s going to be another body in there that can get wide and behind them. It gives us another alternative.”

Minnesota United makes its home MLS debut on March 12 at TCF Bank Stadium against fellow expansion side Atlanta United. Fans who want to be there for every home match can join the Itasca Society. Over 10,000 season tickets have already been sold, rapidly approaching the inaugural season limit of 11,842 members in this exclusive club — one for every lake in Minnesota. A portion of all proceeds from these season tickets are donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Loon Monitoring program. Both season tickets and single match tickets are available now at MNUFC.COM or by calling 763.4SOCCER.

TRANSACTION: Minnesota United sign midfielder Josh Gatt to Major League Soccer roster, pending receipt of his ITC.

Josh Gatt
Position: Midfielder
Born: 8/29/1991 (25 years old)
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165lbs.
Last Club: Molde
Hometown: Plymouth, Michigan
Birthplace: Plymouth, Michigan
Citizenship: USA
Twitter: @JoshuaGatt

Reign FC Sign Haley Kopmeyer to New Contract

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Seattle Reign FC have announced that goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer has signed a new contract with the club through the 2018 NWSL season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I cannot overstate how excited I am to back for a fifth season with the Reign,” said Kopmeyer. “This team and staff took a huge risk on me a few years back and have invested in my development as both a player and person. I am beyond excited to make my mark on this program and help push us back to the top of table.”

Kopmeyer started in 11 matches for the club during the 2016 season, making 41 saves over the course of the year. Part of a defense that set a league record for most consecutive shutouts with five and most minutes without conceding a goal at 531 minutes, Kopmeyer earned three total shutouts during the season.

“It’s a big year for Kops,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “Obviously she’s been with us since the first year and developed tremendously over the past four seasons.”

The goalkeeper is the third player to re-sign with the club this offeseason, along with defender Merritt Mathias and forward Kiersten Dallstream. Kopmeyer is among six Reign FC players who have been part of the squad since the inaugural 2013 season.

“She deserves the opportunity to be a number one and I think this is her year to push to make it hers,” said Harvey. “We are obviously trying to make it a real challenge for her and we want competition for that. We’re just really pleased she wants to stay around and push to be that number one.”

Holly Hein gets HER Scholarship

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RICHMOND, VA (February 13, 2016) – As part of the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has announced the 2017 recipients of the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships (Health & Education Resources).  Twelve women from across the country were chosen from a deep pool of talented applicants to continue their coaching development and receive a scholarship from the ECNL to pursue a USSF “D” or “E” coaching license.

Launched in 2015, the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program was created by the ECNL specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches.  The program aims to encourage top current or former female players to enter the coaching profession, encourage continuing education within the profession, and continually raise the level of play in female youth soccer.

“The expectations placed on today’s coaches are continuously changing. The ECNL is committed to Raise the Game at the coaching level, with a primary focus on support for female coaches to provide additional opportunities to learn and improve their craft,” said Jen Winnagle, ECNL Commissioner. “By supporting the growth and education of women coaches specifically, we hope to continue to increase the number of former female players that transition to coaching in youth soccer when their playing careers are complete.”

Of the 12 recipients, one is a current ECNL player, eight are ECNL Alumni, two are ECNL Alumni currently on staff with an ECNL Member Club and one is a current coach at an ECNL Member Club. The winners are:

Name ECNL Affiliation
Shannon Rhodes Match Fit Academy *
Sammy Jo Prudhomme So Cal Blues *
Avery Calton Walker Utah Avalanche *
Diandra Aliaga Challenge SC *
Paula Jurewicz Continental FC * FC Bucks ^
Ayanna Parker Ohio Elite SA *
Keeley Leising Ohio Premier *
Holly Hein Michigan Hawks ^
Monica Gonyo FC Wisconsin Eclipse *^
Allyson White Pleasanton Rage *
Maggie Everett Internationals SC *
Taylor Carter Maryland United +

*  ECNL Alumni
^  Current staff/coach at ECNL Member Club
+  Current ECNL player

An acronym for “Health & Education Resources,” H.E.R. is funded by the ECNL and is another platform in the Amazing Young WomenTM campaign created to encourage, support and provide opportunity for young female athletes.

To be eligible, H.E.R. scholarship applicants were required to be current or former ECNL players, current female coaches within ECNL Member Clubs, or females that aspire to coach or currently coach a women’s and/or girls’ team at the club or college level. Each winner will receive financial assistance to attend either the US Soccer Federation National Coaching School’s “D” license course or “E” license course in 2017.

“We want the cycle of giving back to continue in order to impact the next generation of players,” continued Jen Winnagle, ECNL Commissioner.  “We fully expect to see more of today’s players in the youth leagues as tomorrow’s H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship recipients.”

Sporting Kansas City announce return of forward Soony Saad

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Another familiar face is coming back to Sporting Kansas City.

The team announced on Monday the signing of forward Soony Saad. Previously a member of the club from 2011-14, Saad rejoins Sporting on a two-year contract with an option for the 2019 season.

Saad played in Thailand the last two years, signing with first-division side BEC Tero Sasana in 2015 and being loaned to fellow Thai League side Pattaya United last year, scoring nine goals in 28 appearances in 2016.

"I am so glad to be back in Kansas City, a place that I grew to love," Saad said in a team statement. "I certainly have unfinished business to take care of here, and I am ecstatic for the opportunity to return. I will bring my experiences as a team leader in Thailand as well as a new maturation level on and off the field. I am eager to join the team for preseason and excited to once again see all of the great supporters at our games."

The Michigan native is a Lebanese international, scoring three goals in eight appearances for The Cedars to date. In his prior stint with Sporting KC, Saad scored 14 goals and seven assists in 71 appearances across all competitions, winning the 2012 U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS Cup along the way.

"We feel that bringing Soony back at this time is a great fit for us," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. "There are certain aspects of his game that can really help us in areas of the field where we need additional support. We are excited to see how his game has matured over the past two years and look forward to working with him again."

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, 

and Hawks' Facebook page,  

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, , 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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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 -
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-
7 All-Freshman players from class of 2016 -
13 Players selected to USYNT Camps
2 Players with U17 YNT in U17 World Cup -
1 Player with U20 YNT in U20 World Cup -
14 Region 2 representatives at 2016 Interregional Event -
3 Players garner Top XI at 2016 Interregional Event -
1 Miss Soccer in MHSAA
2 Gatorade All Americans
2 Players drafted in NWSL
1 Starting GK in NWSL -
U18 MSYSA State Championship
U15 MSYSA State Finalist
U14 MSYSA State Semifinalist
U13 USYSA Region 2 participant
U19 USYSA Region 2 participant

Nobody prepares players for success in college like we do.

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Six of our graduating 98/99 Hawks made All League Freshmen teams this year.

Chay McNitt - 95 Hawks MAC 2nd Team
Eliza Van De Kerkhove - 94 Hawks MAC 1st Team
MAC Announces Women's Soccer Postseason Awards

Jenny Fichera - 95 Hawks C-USA Defender of the Year
WSOC: All-Conference USA Awards Announced

Avery Hay 98 Hawks - All Freshman Team Big East
BIG EAST Honors Reed, Ben with Top Postseason Awards

Megan Buckingham - 96 Hawks 2nd Team ACC
Malia Berkley -98 Hawks All Freshman
Zoe Morse - 98 Hawks All-Freshman
ACC Announces 2016 Women’s Soccer Awards | News

Maddy Lucas -99 Hawks
Natalie Winters - 98 Hawks
Alison Winterfield - 98 Hawks
Women's Soccer Postseason Honors


The ECNL College Impact – Big Ten Conference

  • November 3, 2016

Big Ten LogoRICHMOND, VA (November 3, 2016) – Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer since its founding in 2009, and which increases every year. Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” is the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.

The ECNL College Impact is measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and by their contribution to collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines The Big Ten Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for The Big Ten Conference includes all players currently active on Big Ten rosters:

  • 233 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Big Ten Conference – nearly 58% of the players in the Big Ten Conference are ECNL alums.
  • 27 players from the Big Ten First Team, Second Team, and All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums, over 70% of the Big Ten Conference honorees.
  • The Big Ten Forward of the Year (Simone Kolander), Big Ten Midfielder of the Year (Rose Lavelle) and Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Nicole Whitley) are ECNL Alums.
  • 11 out of the 13 players on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums.

 The Big Ten includes the University of Illinois, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin.

With the overwhelming majority of conference honorees, it is clear where the future Big Ten stars are playing youth soccer.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alums recognized by the Big Ten Conference for All Conference First Team, Second Team and All-Freshman Team honors:

Wolves-Hawks Summer Camp 2017

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The 6th Annual Michigan Wolves Hawks Summer Training Camp.

Dates: July (11-13) (18-20) (25-27)

Days: Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 

Times: 6:00-7:30pm

What: Tuesday-Dribbling.  Wednesday- Finishing.  Thursday-Passing/Receiving 

Where: Jaycee park 32501 Pembroke St. Livonia, MI 48152

Who: Players aged 7-16 (Players from any club welcome)

Cost: $180 for 9 sessions, $150 for 6 sessions or $30 per session

Coaching Staff: Wolves and Hawks coaches.

Registration link      *Registration closes July 7

For questions email Scott Duhl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michigan Hawks' Spring College Showcase

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"This Showcase is open to any and all female soccer players limited only by number, age, and/or grade level" 

Important: Registering for this event does not guarantee you a spot in the combine.  Only those who confirmed after May 25th and have submitted their payment by the June 1st deadline will have a spot at the combine.

  • Where: Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia MI
  • Who: Uncommitted Female Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Soccer Players
  • Cost: $125
  • When: Sunday June 11th  8:00 am-6pm
  • Format: There will be 4 X 1 hour and 30 minute sessions.  (Each player will be invited to attend one session.)  There will be goalkeeper specific session that each goalkeeper will be invited to in addition to their scheduled game.
    • At the request of the college coaches we will be adding an all-star game, more details to come
    • We will also be adding a future stars game made up of 8th graders from our club, some players identified by the college coaches at the Saturday night College Coach Clinic and local top players
  • Registration Deadline - May 23RD
  • Registration link
  • Acceptance and options for payment will be emailed out - May 26th
  • Payment Due - June 1st

For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The following college coaches attended this year's Winter Combine:
ion College, Notre Dame, Alma CollegeOakland University, Ashland, Oakland University, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University, Bowling Green State University, Olivet College, Butler, Pittsburgh, California, Purdue, Calvin College, Ripon College, Central Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University, Clarion University, Siena Heights, Concordia University - Ann Arbor, Siena Heights, Dartmouth College, Slippery Rock, DePaul University, Spring Arbor, Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, Ferris State, Troy, Ferris State, Tiffin University, Findlay University, University of Findlay. Grand Valley State University. University of Florida, Illinois. University of Michigan, Indiana Tech, Washington&Jefferson College, Iowa, West Virginia, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kent State University, Wisconsin, Lincoln University, WKU, Lourdes, University of Akron, Loyola University Chicago, Manchester University Marian Michigan State Northwestern 



2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 BIRTH YEARS

The Michigan Hawks will  host a clinic for 2002-2006 female soccer players, on Saturday June 10th, 6:00-7:45 pm, following our Spring College Combine.  All the sessions will be run college coaches.  This year's coaches list will be updated each week.  The session will give our younger players the opportunity to play in front of and work with college coaches in a stress free fun environment.

IMPORTANT: Payment must be received by June 3rd to confirm your spot.

  • Who: Any female player in the  2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 birth years
    • "This Camp is open to any and all girls soccer players limited only by number, age, and/or grade level" 
  • When: Saturday JUNE 10th 6-7:30
  • Cost:  $35
  • Where: Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd
  • Registration Link
  • Payment Due  JUNE 3rd 
    • mailed to Michigan Hawks' Combine, 34735 Bristol St. Livonia, MI 48154

For additional information, please contact me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 660-473-6604


The following college coaches attended the 2015 Winter Combine
 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 Youngstown State