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, http://www.ussoccerda.com/2016-EOY-Awards

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)

Original Article from Soccerwire.com

U17 Hawks advance to Nationals

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Congratulations to the U17 Hawks as they finish up at Playoffs witha 2:0 win versue SC Del Sol and advance to Nationals. ECNL Finals will be held in Germantown, MD on July 8-9th, 2016.



Jaycee Park Parking/Speed Reminders

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It is very important that all drivers are aware of the speed limit and the parking restrictions in the neighborhood and in the park itself. Again, I was notified last night that there were multiple cars parked on the grass.

For all home games at Jaycee Park, please ask all of your families to park on the school side parking lot. This will allow our visitors to park in the main parking lot on the west side of the field and hopefully avoid the grass parking.

Jaycee Park is in a residential neighborhood. The speed limit is 25 mph in the neighborhood. Police presence is very high during the soccer seasons. The speed limit in the park is 15 mph. In the community and within the park there is high pedestrian traffic, please adhere to the posted speeds and stop signs.

Jaycee Park has parking on both sides of the park. As you enter the park, you may want to turn to the left where there are ample parking spots available near the play structure. There is absolutely NO PARKING on the grass or along the drive. Cars not parked in designated parking spaces will be ticketed. The circle drive MUST be kept open for emergency vehicles.

As a club we take pride in our relationship with the city of Livonia and its residents. Please help us maintain that relationship by following all of the above rules, by disposing of all garbage in the trash receptacles, and by treating the entire park with respect and care.

Academy Standouts

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DA Showcase: U14/16 standouts on Thursday

FRISCO, Texas — Showcase action returned to the forefront in North Texas, as U14 and U16 teams stepped back on the pitched to compete under the searing sun.

MORE: 2016 Development Academy Showcase + Playoff Coverage

The morning saw 10 U16 games take place in front of college coaches, while U14 teams played their final game of the 2015-16 season.

There was plenty of excitement and entertainment taking place in the shadow of Toyota Stadium. Here is a look at some of the top individual performances watched by TopDrawerSoccer on Thursday.

M Kellan Landefeld, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U14 – Simply put, Landefeld was brilliant. Deployed as a wide midfielder, he hardly put a foot wrong, scoring a sensational goal and moving the ball extremely well as the Wolves defeated De Anza Force 2-0.

DA Playoffs: Opening U16 + U18 Standouts

FRISCO, Texas — After two days dominated by showcase action, the Development Academy playoffs kicked off on Wednesday night in North Texas.

The intensity of matches was hit or miss, as players adjusted to the heat, sun and higher stakes offered by playoff soccer.

There were close games aplenty, as the chase for quarterfinal spots officially began.

Here’s a look at some of the top individual performances spotted by TopDrawerSoccer.

GK Logan Kowalczyk, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U16 – Timely saves from Kowalczyk ensured that the Wolves would preserve the shutout against Sacramento Republic, who really dialed up the pressure as the game went on.

D Seth Chapman, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U16 – Steady and solid at the back, Chapman put in a full shift as the Wolves won their opener 2-0.

F Roderic Green, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U18 – Behind Green’s two goals, CSA Wolves got off to a quick start against Georgia United, eventually finding a way to win 3-2. Green’s aggression in the final third was a huge asset, as he pressured defenders with or without the ball.