Spring Youth Academy options open for Registration

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Michigan Wolves-Hawks Youth Academy is your first step to a solid soccer foundation. If your 3-8 year old son or daughter is interested in trying to develop their soccer skills and love for the game this program is for YOU.

Who: Boys and girls 3 to 8 years old

Training Dates: Wednesdays - April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Game Dates: Saturdays - April 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27

Times: Wednesdays – Group 1 at 5:30-6:30pm and Group 2 at 6:30-7:30pm

             Saturdays – Group 1 at 10:00-11:00am and Group 2 at 11:00-12:00pm

Locations: Training - Jaycee Park,32501 Pembroke St., Livonia


Why: Michigan Wolves-Hawks Youth Academy is your first step to a solid soccer foundation. If your 3-8 year old son or daughter is interested in trying to develop their soccer skills and love for the game this program is for YOU.

COST -  $175 (includes uniform kit) for new spring participants

Register at: Got Soccer Registration Link


Youth Academy PLUS +


Michigan Wolves-Hawks is happy to announce a new program….

Michigan Wolves-Hawks YA PLUS +: 14 week soccer program with 3 soccer activities a week. This program is designed to cater to 2008-2011 Boys and Girls looking to get prepared for June 2017 Tryouts.

  • Practice: Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:45PM
  • League: Livonia YMCA League Games vs. Other Clubs in our area.
  • Dates: Program is April 10 – May 24
  • Cost: $250
  • Register: at: Got Soccer Registration link


Please Note: There are a limited number of spots open on the YA Plus+ teams.  You will receive an email when the YA Plus+ teams are selected.  If your child is not selected to the YA Plus+ teams, he/she will automatically be registered for the traditional Youth Academy. Your credit card will not be processed until your child is selected to the team.

Fundraiser for Wolves player Jonah Meyer-Crothers

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The Wolves 03 Black is hosting a fundraiser Tuesday, February 21st for Jonah Meyer-Crothers on the U14 Wolves Black team. Jonah was diagnosed with a very rare congenital heart defect.  He is the 6th documented case in the world.  The team is trying to raise money for the family before Jonah undergoes open heart surgery next week

The boys on the team will be volunteering at Leo’s Coney Island 28511 Schoolcraft Rd in Livonia on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  Leo’s has agreed to give 15% of all sales and all tips collected on Tuesday. 

Please help support Jonah and his family by attending this event.

McCarthy Inks Pro Deal with Japan’s FC Charme

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. Former University of Miami soccer standout Shannon McCarthy has officially signed a professional contract to continue her playing career overseas.

A five-year letter winner at Miami, McCarthy has joined FC Kibi International University Charme. Also commonly known as FC Charme, the team is located in Takahashi City, Japan, and competes in Nadeshiko II.

“God put the goal of playing professional soccer in my heart at a very young age and has blessed me with the gifts necessary to be able to achieve that, so I want to praise and thank Him for this opportunity,” McCarthy said. “It is surreal to have achieved a goal that I’ve had my entire life. I am so thankful for my coaching staff and the incredible support staff that I had surrounding me during my college years at the University of Miami.”

McCarthy, who arrived in Japan this week, played in 72 games as a Hurricane, registering 59 starts. Over her final three seasons, she started 53 of 54 matches. During the course of her last two years, McCarthy played 3,346 minutes and left the field for a total of 16 minutes, going the distance in all but one outing.

A native of Brighton, Mich., McCarthy posted career highs in nearly every major statistical category in 2016, helping Miami to a 10-8-1 (5-5-0 ACC) record and one of its best seasons in program history. The defender finished second on the team with five assists and ranked sixth with seven points.

“I am especially thankful for a coaching staff that worked after hours with me and never stopped believing in me. I am also incredibly thankful for a team of girls who constantly pushed me to become better with every game and every training session,” McCarthy said. “My family played a huge role in just loving me through every moment of life and I can’t begin to say thank you enough times. My Athletes in Action community also provided me with love and support to be able to achieve this goal.”

McCarthy helped Miami reach the NCAA Championship in 2012, her first season on campus. She was limited to three matches as a sophomore due to injury, before bouncing back to be a team captain in each of her final three campaigns. McCarthy was one of two Hurricanes to start every match in both 2015 and 2016.

Established in 2000, FC Charme has played at each level of Japanese soccer and signed its first foreign player in 2015. The Japanese leagues have featured numerous standouts from other countries, including Caitlin Foord, Teresa Noyola and Michelle Pao, all of whom have played for their respective national teams.

“I have spent many hours by myself with the ball on a field, on a track running fitness tests or in the weight room lifting more than I thought possible,” McCarthy said, “and those hours have culminated with this point. I am ready for this.”

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.”

Club Showcase Showdown 2017

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Saturday and Sunday March 4th and 5th

Schoolcraft College Dome

18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

 logo                 IndianaFire
Michigan Hawks   Indiana Fire Juniors
 Alliance    ClevelandInternationals.jpg
Michigan Alliance   Cleveland Internationals
8:00am Hawks 01's vs Alliance 01's
9:15am Hawks Ecnl 01's vs Alliance 00's
10:30am Hawks 99/00's vs Alliance 99's
11:45am Indiana Fire Jrs 00's vs Internationals 00's
1:00pm Indiana Fire Jrs 01's vs International 01's
2:15pm Indiana Fire jrs 00's vs Hawks Ecnl 02's
3:30pm Alliance 00's vs Internationals 00's
4:45pm Indiana Fire jrs 01's vs Hawks 01's
9:15am Alliance 00's vs Indiana Fire 00's
10:40am Alliance 01's vs Indiana Fire 01's
12:05pm Internationals 01's vs Hawks 01's
1:30pm Internationals 00's vs Hawks 99/00's
2:55pm Alliance 01's vs Internationals 01's
4:20pm Plymouth Reign 99's vs Alliance 99's

Questions, Please contact Scott Duhl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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."

Vatne, Viggiano, and Spaanstra travel to England for 3 matches

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CHICAGO (Feb. 10, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to England from February 15-26 and will play three matches, two against England and one against Norway.

The U.S. team is made up of players born in 2000 and will be playing against its same age group during the three matches. The USA will play England on Feb. 19 and Norway on Feb. 21, both at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center, and then finish with a match against England on Feb. 25 that will be played at New Bucks Head in Wellington, which is the stadium for AFC Telford United.

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs will coach the team and has called up 20 players for the first international matches of 2017 for this age group. This birth year of players is at the start of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019, and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma Football Club; Edmond, Okla.), Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC; Wichita, Kan.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Cassie Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shea Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (NM Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntingdon Beach, Calif.), Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars; Concord, Mass.), Natalie Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (7): Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Ashlynn Serepca (NC Fusion; Cornelius, N.C.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks: Brighton, Mich.) Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars of Mass.; Wilmington, Mass.), Summer Yates (PacNW SC; Pasco, Wash.)

2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs Schedule Release

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U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2017 Summer Showcase and Playoffs will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, IN June 20-26. Knockout Round games are slated for July 6 and 7 at the host locations. The 2016/17 Development Academy season will conclude at the National Training Center in Carson, CA with the Academy Championships on July 14 and 16, 2017.

The dates for the event have been selected based on survey responses, feedback from clubs, academic calendar/schedule and to maximize the safety and experience for all our players and clubs. Once again, the event will host the U-14, U-15/16, and U-17/18 Development Academy age groups.

The benefits of continuing the combined Showcase and Playoffs schedule include an improved schedule and environment for all Academy clubs, players, scouts and spectators. By combining efforts and resources, it allows Academy Directors the ability to attend all of their club's games. Having the age groups overlap also provides opportunities for elite players to play up with older age groups in Showcases, which feature meaningful, hand-picked matchups.

The U-14 games will be held June 20-23 with June 22 as the rest day. The U-15/16 and U-17/18 playoffs will be played on June 22, 24 and 26; the rest days for playoffs will be on June 23 and 25. This schedule is designed in the best interest of player well-being and quality of play according to U.S. Soccer Medical and Technical Staff. The remaining U-15/16 and combined aged Showcase games will be played over 4 days from June 22-25 with half of the teams resting on June 23 and the other half resting on June 24. The Showcase games are for all U-15/16 teams that do not qualify for playoffs. If both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams do not qualify, the club may bring one combined aged team of U-15/16/17/18 players, which will play against similarly-aged combined teams.

Schedule Overview

Summer Showcase and Playoffs:

June 20: 46 U-14 Showcase games - 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

June 21: 46 U-14 Showcase games 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

June 22: U-14 Rest Day; 21 U-15/16 Showcase games - 10:00am, 12:00pm; 16 U-17/18 playoff games - 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 16 U-15/16 Playoff games - 2:30pm, 3:30pm

June 23: 46 U-14 Showcase games - 10:00am, 12:00pm; 11 U-15/16 Showcase games - 2:00pm, 3:00pm; Playoffs rest day

June 24: 10 U-15/16 Showcase games - 12:00pm, 1:00pm; 16 U-17/18 playoff games - 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 16 U-15/16 Playoff games - 2:30pm, 3:30pm

June 25: 21 U-15/16 Showcase games - 10:00am, 12:00pm; Playoffs rest day

June 26: 16 U-17/18 playoff games - 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 16 U-15/16 Playoff games - 2:30pm, 3:30pm

For a calendar overview of the postseason schedule click here.

For a list of all Academy events for 2017 please visit the events webpage.

 Knockout Round:

*Matchups for the Knockout Round will be determined by the Academy Staff and Technical Staff based on a number of factors - in no particular order - that will include (but not be limited to): competitive integrity, geography (to reduce travel), and scheduling logistics for player wellness

July 5: U-15/16 age group travel day

July 6: U-15/16 age group Knockout Round games; U-17/18 age group travel day

July 7: U-17/18 age group Knockout Round games; U-15/16 age group reschedule date and travel day

July 8: U-17/18 age group reschedule date and travel day

Development Academy Championships:

July 14: U-15/16 and U-17/18 Semifinals

July 16: U-15/16 and U-17/18 Finals and 3rd Place games