The ECNL Overall Club Championship is recognition of consistent competitive excellence across multiple age groups. Previous winners have included PDA (2013), Slammers (2012), and Eclipse Select (2011). Congratulations to the 2014 ECNL Overall Club Champion PDA! Below is the Overall Club Top 10 for the 2013-2014 season.
2014 Overall Club Championship - Top 10
- San Diego Surf
- Michigan Hawks
- Eclipse Select
- Dallas Texans
- Real Colorado
- Crossfire Premier
- So Cal Blues
- Dallas Sting
- West Coast FC
Pontiac, MI (August 4, 2014)- The Michigan Bucks battled the Kitsap Pumas on Sunday afternoon at Ultimate Soccer Arena in the Premier Development League (PDL) North American Championship game and the Bucks came away with a hard fought 1-0 win. Tom Owens first goal of the season would be the biggest of his career when his strike in the 58th minute would give the Bucks their second PDL North American Championship in four national final appearances. The title was the first time the Bucks were able to win on home turf, as the lost 1-0 to the Chicago Soccers the only other championship they hosted in 2000 in Saginaw MI.
The Bucks came out a bit slow on Sunday afternoon, as they did in the semi final match on Friday but quickly realized they had to ramp up their game in a hurry to keep pace with the organized Pumas. Kitsap took it to the Bucks for the first fifteen minutes while the home team sorted themselves out and relied on their stellar defense to keep things in order. The Bucks finished the season with the league's stingiest defense, only yielding ten goals all season in eighteen PDL regular season and post season matches.
While Kitsap had the better of the early play, it was PDL Player of the Year Dzenan Catic (Former Wolves player) who had the games first chance when he found a bit of space at the top of the box and ripped a rocket that sailed high over the bar in the 5th minute. He would nearly strike again in the 17th minute when he brought a long pass down at the six yard box and cracked a shot that would only find outside netting.
Former Bucks and Oakland University standout Tom Catalano came back to town with the Pumas and had the best early chance for Kitsap but his strike in the first ten minutes sailed over the cross bar. The teams headed to half time scoreless after an intense 45 minutes of play and the Pumas out shooting the Bucks 5-4.
The Bucks looked much more relaxed from the second half whistle and took the attack to the visitors. After Owens was fouled outside the box, Bucks captain Zach Steinberger took a quick restart to Ken Tribbett whose attempt at goal was taken away by a Puma's defender but played to the feet of Owens on the far side of the 18 yard box. The English PDL veteran beat one player into the box, looked up and slotted a perfect low ball to the far corner past Kitsap keeper Matt Grosey in the 58th minute for the eventual game winner.
Kitsap would spend the next 30 minutes trying to pull back the equalizer, but the Bucks solid defense led by center back Mo Kaba dominated every ball in the air. In goal, Adam Grinwis (former Wolves player) playing in his final game in a Michigan Bucks uniform delivered another stellar performance as he earned the PDL Final Four MVP for his outstanding play in notching his 10th victory of the season and seventh shutout. Grinwis made six saves on the night, but none bigger than his back to back saves in the 75th and 77th minutes. His first great save was a reaction to a deflected ball from close range that he tipped over the bar, followed by his signature one handed punch save of a corner kick between three attacking Kitsap players.
After four minutes of added time, the Bucks held on and the celebration began in front of a huge crowd of over 1,200 loyal fans that have not only followed the team all season, but have waited to witness this title on home turf for nearly two decades. The Bucks won their first post season championship in Laredo, Texas in 2006.
Bucks head coach Demir Muftari was denied PDL coach of the year on Saturday, but he got the prize he wanted on Sunday afternoon. "This is the perfect way to end a perfect season," said the long time Vardar USSF Academy coach. "I have wanted to coach at this high level all my life and having this opportunity to work with these outstanding young men was a privilege. We started a bit slow this season as we got to know each other, but the coaching staff knew from the beginning that this had the makings of a special team. The camaraderie here this summer was unlike I have ever seen in my coaching career."
Bucks Director of Coaching Gary Parsons echoed the second year head coach. "We played a tough game at the end of June in Chicago and lost a game that we felt we should have won. From there we went to the lake and this team came together in a special way. The boys left Crystal Lake and went on to win eight straight games while recording six shut outs. That kind of stretch will win you lots of trophies. I couldn't be happier for this group of guys. They battled a very good team today and came out on top in a match that could have gone either way. The boys deserve this title."
The 2014 National Championship posted a list of the best 11 players in each age group. Three Hawks and one Wolves player made the list:
BEST 11 TEAMS
* Represents Golden Ball winner
** Represents Golden Glove winner
|Brooke Cavino||South Shore Select Elite||Forward||MA|
|Jaida Thomas||Dallas Kicks SC||Forward||TX-N|
|Lilian Lucas *||Michigan Hawks 01||Forward||MI|
|Brooke Wilson||Surf Academy||Forward||CA-S|
|Kaya Frazier||Michigan Hawks 01||Forward||MI|
|Kelly McNeil||South Short Select Elite||Defender||MA|
|Monique Landrum||Surf Academy||Defender||CA-S|
|Mackenzie Simpson||Surf Academy||Forward||CA-S|
|Bria Telemaque||Michigan Hawks 01||MI|
|Mackenna Carmichael **||Surf Academy||Keeper||CA-S|
|Emma Reeves||Surf Academy||CA-S|
|Christopher Hardy||99 Lobos Rush Premier||Forward||TN|
|Nahshon Little||Delaware Rush 98||Forward||DE|
|Kenneth Kiggins||United FC Gold 98||Midfield||CA-S|
|Mandel Steward *||Solar Chelsea Red 99||Forward||TX-N|
|Jack Woods||Solar Chelsea Red 99||Forward||TX-N|
|Raymundo Zuniga||Pateadores San Diego||Forward||CA-S|
|Brayden McNitt||Michigan Wolves 99||Midfield||MI|
|Brian Melchor||Pateadores San Diego||Midfield||CA-S|
|Charles Wehan||United FC Gold 98||Midfield||CA-S|
|Hugo Espindola||United FC Gold 98||Forward||CA-S|
|Issac Hernandez **||Pateadores San Deigo||Keeper||CA-S|
Game 1 vs Dallas Kicks: Kaya Frazier started off the scoring with a long left footed shot from outside the box. In the second half, Erin MacDonald scored a header goal off of a corner kick. Then Lily Lucas placed a free kick perfectly under the crossbar from outside of the 18. Kaya Frazier finished off the scoring with another left footed rocket shot.
Game 2 vs South Shore Select(MA): The first half was scoreless as the teams got to know each other. Lily Lucas scored the only two goals of the game on a PK and a long shot from way outside box.
Game 3 vs San Diego Surf Academy: The third game of round robin play featured the top two rated teams in the country. The first half was scoreless as both teams had good opportunities. Lily Lucas scored the games only goal two minutes into the second half on a shot from 40 yards out.
The Finals are on Saturday at 6:00PM. The Hawks will have a rematch with the San Diego Surf Academy. The game will be streamed live on the internet at http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live
Go Hawks !!!!
The Michigan Wolves U8, U9, and U10 Boys finished up their fourth day of team camp with a day at the beach. Team camp was 9AM-2-PM Monday-Wednesday on the grass and Thursday on the sand.
We wish these boys the best of luck in their 2014-2015 Season.
Our U13 Hawks 01 and U15 Wolves 99 are playing in the USYSA National Championships this week. The games start tomorrow (Tuesday). Please see the information below regarding how to live stream the games and how to follow the scores. Go Wolves and Hawks!!!
http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live__stream_2_PM/ is the live stream of U15 wolves.
Live games from 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships announced. Play begins Tuesday, July 22 at 8 a.m. ET Live Game Schedule
GERMANTOWN, MD. (July 21, 2014) — US Youth Soccer will provide ongoing live coverage of the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, with more than 80 live games available next week. The National Championships will begin Tuesday, July 22 with first games scheduled for 8 a.m. ET.
“Every year US Youth Soccer looks to provide more to best highlight the achievements of these youth athletes as they reach the highest level of play for male and female players in the United States,” said Todd Roby, director of marketing and communications for US Youth Soccer. “A few years ago we launched live scoring on our championships website and then began broadcasting the storied Under-19 Boys McGuire Cup. This year, proving once again the commitment of US Youth Soccer to the game, we are taking live to another level with over 80 games showcasing our athletes as they make the most of their moment.”
All live games will be available at no cost and in high definition, with commentators calling the action to further showcase the nation’s top athletes. To access the live streams for group play games on July 22-24, as well as semifinal and final matchups July 26-27, go to http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live.
Each of the 14 National Championship final matches, as well as broadcasts from several games each day throughout group play and the semifinals, will allow family, friends, scouts and fans live access to the moments that make the championships youth soccer’s highest achievement. Viewers can access the schedule of games to be shown each day during group play by going to http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live.
Tourbeau Sports Group, production partner for the National Championships, is a leader in live broadcasts, producing some of the most elite sporting events in the country. It works with groups such as U.S. Soccer, MLS, NWSL, NCAA and more — leveraging the latest technologies to become a cleaner, faster, more mobile company, while providing HD-quality productions to clients at every level of the industry.
Pool play will take place July 22-24 and feature 96 teams playing three games each, with matches from select fields streamed live throughout the three days. As the field narrows to 28 finalists vying for the National Championship on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, live broadcasts will be available as each team aims to complete the final step of its journey and write its name in the history of youth soccer.
Share this link, http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live, with anyone who is interested in watching the games live.
Each summer, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series crowns the boys and girls National Champion in seven age groups (Under-13 through Under-19). The finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels which provides approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation.
Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.