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adidas Blue Chip Showcase

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Another outstanding weekend for the Wolves 01 Team as they continue to dominate their opponents.They went 2 wins 0 losses at the Blue Chip Showcase this weekend.Their wins were 4-0 over the Chicago Raptors MRL team on Friday,and 3-2 over the Javanon 01 Black team on Sunday.The Sunday game had the feel of a State Cup Final game as both teams battled back and forth until the final whistle.The Wolves 01 team won the 13 team division bracket despite only playing 2 games.The third game was cancelled due to the weather. In all there were 6 different goal scorers.

Congratulations to all the boys for another great weekend of Wolves Soccer.

Wolves 00 Blue Chip Recap:

Friday's Match:

In the first match of 3 at the adidas Blue Chip Showcase.  The 00 Wolves lost a hard fought match against the Chicago Sockers 4-2.  Wolves started sluggishly giving up 2 goals in the first 20 minutes.   Before An inspired group fought back to equalize to start the second half.  A fantastic left footed finish from Tony Yazbeck off a beautiful Jason Warras cross followed by a penalty that Drake Midgley drew and Avery Olson finished to knot the game at two a piece.  The Sockers then regained their advantage and zapped the momentum before scoring a late goal that ended the game 4-2.

Saturday's Match:

In a defensive battle between Michigan wolves and Fc United the game ended in a draw. Wolves carried an large edge in possession, shots and scoring chances but couldn't covert.  Wolves came the closest to breaking the deadlock, Hitting a crossbar in the first half and then nearly scoring on 2 rebounds.  Then, hitting a post in the second half to go with a few other half chances.  However, the wolves couldn't solve United's backline or keeper and the game would end with a 0-0 tie.  Russell Noble made one notable save to keep the shut out intact.

Sundays Match:

The third and final match for the 00 Michigan wolves had them squaring off with SCS united of Pennsylvania. Wolves started strongly in the first half carrying play and breaking SCS down with crisp passing in midfield.  Eventually they went up after a good spell on the left flank ended with a good interchange between Ethan Park and Jason Warras.  Warras then scored the goal off a park pass to put wolves ahead 1-0.  The Wolves ended the half with most of the chances and the better of the play but weren't able to put more distance between them the Pennsylvania East opponent.  The second half was a completely different game.  There was a big wind to deal with and due to sloppy passing and unlucky bounce SCS was able to break through on a  penalty.  The goal seemed to rattle the boys along with a powerful wind and they were never able to regain their grip on the game.  Shortly after the penalty, they conceded a second goal, and the game would end the that way 2-1.

Michigan Club Challenge Champions

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The Hawks 09 Red won the u8 girls Michigan club challenge tournament this weekend. They won all four of their games.

Congratulations! Go Hawks!!!

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Paul Thomas Announcement

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The Michigan Wolves-Hawks Soccer Club is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Thomas. He will have responsibility for coaching, curriculum development, and coaching education. Additionally, he will be one of our youth technical advisers. Most recently Paul was on staff at MSYSA as the Director of Coaching. Originally from Manchester, England, Paul has lived in the U.S. since 2000 and has been a citizen since 2010. He is married to Sarah. They have 2 boys, Ethan 7, and Cameron 4. They reside in Beverly Hills, MI.

Wolves-Hawks President, Ed McCarthy, states “Paul’s extensive background in coaching and coaching education makes him a perfect fit to further develop our players and coaching staff.”

Michigan Hawks Director of Coaching, Doug Landefeld, states "We are very excited to add Paul Thomas to our Michigan Wolves and Hawks' staff.  One of the programs that Paul will begin to implement for our club is a continuing education curriculum for our coaches.  He will use his current position as a coaching instructor with US Soccer to keep all of our coaches up to date with the current trends of the youth game.  As our teams and players in club continue to play and excel at the very highest level, advancing the abilities of our coaching staff is an important way to insure that we enhance the experience of each of our players."

As a club we pride ourselves with having great people who are good coaches, we feel that Paul fits that model perfectly. Welcome to the club Paul!

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April 22-23 ECNL Recap

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This last weekend proved to be a positive start for all the Hawks' teams as they started into the spring portion of their ECNL Spring Season.

The U14 Hawks 03's had no problem dismantling MTA. Both games featured lots of goals, with the Hawks winning 5-0, 5-0 and securing all 6 points and move into first place in the conference.

The U15 Hawks 02's, struggled through a very tough game on Saturday, only a goal by Joyelle Washington in the first half, that would end up proving to be the difference. Sunday was much easier as they scored early and often, winning 5-1 to remain on top of the Midwest Conference table.

The U16 Hawks 01's, lost on a close match on Saturday. MTA got an early goal in the second half to hand the Hawks their first conference loss of the season. The Hawks responded on Sunday with 2 goals by Sydney Kloosterman and 1 by Gabby Tremonti to get the points and remain in first place in the Midwest.

The U17 Hawks 00's, got two big wins as they look to climb into the National Playoff picture. They got all 6 points with a 1-0 win on Saturday on a goal by Kelsey Adams and then an easy 5-0 win with 3 goals by Michelle Cooper.

The U18 Hawks 99's, had the featured night game on Saturday night. In a game that featured over 300 fans 8 goals and two U20 National Team players, the Michigan Hawks prevailed in a very exciting 5-3 win. Superb goalkeeping by Maya Bellomo and goals by 5 different Hawks, Lexxe Lipsey, Maddy Wolfbauer, Izzy Rodriguez, Maggie Samanich and Maddie Myers made for a great night for all that attended. Video of the game. Sunday's game had less fans and less goals but still ended in a Hawks' win, 2-1, with goals from Maddy Wolfbauer and a extra time winner by Maddie Myers. With the points, the 99s qualified for the National Championship playoffs and will have a chance to repeat as National Champions!!!

Haley Craig (03 ECNL) is headed to the U15 GNT second camp of the year

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CHICAGO (April 14, 2017) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will hold a training camp in College Station, Texas, from April 22-29. U.S. Soccer Development Coach April Kater, who is also head coach for the U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team program, will lead the camp to which she has called up 36 players, 34 born in 2003 and two in 2004.

This group of players is at the start of two-year cycle for this age group as U-15s before transitioning to U-17s in 2019 when they will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Azul Alvarez (Lone Star SC; Round Rock, Texas), Payton Cahill (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Cottage Grove, Minn.), Haley Craig (Hawks-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Madison Kragt (Michigan Jaguars; South Lyon, Mich.)  

Mallory Weber and Haley Kopmeyer make NWSL Rosters

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Seattle Reign FC have announced their final roster ahead of the start to the 2017 NWSL season.

“We are happy preseason is over and are looking forward to what the 2017 season will bring,” said Seattle Reign FC head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “The squad has worked really hard for the last four weeks. Solidifying our roster means we can focus on the Sky Blue match next week.”

Reign FC will have 13 returning players from the 2016 roster, including reigning 2016 NWSL Defender of the Year Lauren Barnes. Along with Jessica Fishlock, Barnes will be serving as the team co-captain.

This season, both Barnes and Fishlock could reach the 100-appearance milestone for the club. Midfielder Christine Nairn, who returns to Seattle after three seasons with the Washington Spirit, could also reach that mark during the season. As one of the founding clubs of the NWSL, Reign FC will also play its 100th regular-season match in club history.

Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer will be returning, along with several members of her backline from last season. Carson Pickett enters her second professional season, while Elli Reed, Merritt Mathias, and Rachel Corsie will add another season to their extensive resumes with Reign FC.

Japanese internationals Nahomi Kawasumi and Rumi Utsugi have both returned to the club, while Megan Rapinoe has been named a federation player by U.S. Soccer for the fifth consecutive season.

Kiersten Dallstream will enter her fifth straight season with Reign FC, and Beverly Yanez returns for her fourth. Rounding out the midfield is Lindsay Elston, who enters her second season with the club.

New faces to the club include three of Seattle’s 2017 NWSL draft picks: defender Maddie Bauer (6th overall pick), forward Katie Johnson (16th overall pick), and midfielder Kristen McNabb (37th overall pick).

Also new to the team this year are midfielder Christine Nairn, who was acquired with goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel in a trade with the Washington Spirit; defender Rebekah Stott, a New Zealand international who played with Fishlock, Yanez and Barnes at Melbourne City during the NWSL off-season; Canadian international and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Diana Matheson, who was acquired in a trade with the Washington Spirit, but is expected to miss the entire 2017 season as the result of an ACL injury suffered with the Canada Soccer women’s national team during the NWSL off-season; and forward Larissa Crummer, another member of the Melbourne City squad and golden boot winner for Melbourne City in 2015. Crummer is currently on the Disabled List with a foot injury and is expected to return in May.

2017 Seattle Reign FC Roster by Position

ROSTERED PLAYERS (20 of 20 spots filled):

Goalkeepers (2): Haley Kopmeyer, Madalyn Schiffel

Defenders (7): Elli Reed, Merritt Mathias, Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie (INTL-SCO), Carson Pickett, Maddie Bauer, Rebekah Stott (INTL-NZL)

Midfielders (6): Christine Nairn, Lindsay Elston, Jessica Fishlock, Diana Matheson (FED-CAN, SEI), Kristen McNabb, Rumi Utsugi (INTL-JPN)

Forwards (6): Beverly Yanez, Kiersten Dallstream, Megan Rapinoe (FED-USA), Nahomi Kawasumi (INTL-JPN), Katie Johnson, Larissa Crummer (INTL-AUS, D45)




FED — Federation Player
INTL — International Roster Spot

SEI — Season Ending Injury
D45–45-Day Disabled List

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced the team’s season-opening roster for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League campaign. Thorns FC open the 2017 NWSL season at home Saturday against the Orlando Pride, and will be featured in the first NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime; kickoff is set for 12 noon p.m. (Pacific).

Led by 2016 NWSL Coach of the Year Mark Parsons, who begins his second season with Thorns FC in 2017, Portland returns 18 players from a 2016 squad that won its first-ever NWSL Shield. The 2017 roster includes four players who were named to the 55-player short list for the FIFPro Best XI (Amandine Henry, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath, Christine Sinclair), three NWSL Best XI selections (Heath, Allie Long and Emily Menges) and a total of 10 players on the current active roster who have been capped by their respective national teams.

Other key players returning in 2017 include Danish Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and the club’s leading goal scorer from 2016 in Nadia Nadim, U.S. internationals Emily Sonnett and midfielder Lindsey Horan, goalkeeper Adrianna Franch as well as Australian international Hayley Raso and Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir.

In addition, Thorns FC signed 2016-17 W-League Golden Boot winner Ashleigh Sykes during the offseason. Sykes will arrive in June and will be added to the roster upon arrival. Portland also acquired goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom in a trade with the North Carolina Courage.

ROSTERED PLAYERS (19 of 20 spots filled):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch
DEFENDERS (5): Kendall Johnson, Meghan Klingenberg (FED-USA), Emily Menges, Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett (FED-USA) 
MIDFIELDERS (7): Celeste Boureille, Dagny Brynjarsdottir (INTL-ISL), Amandine Henry (INTL-FRA), Lindsey Horan (FED-USA), Allie Long (FED-USA), Mana Shim, Mallory Weber
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (FED-USA), Meg Morris, Nadia Nadim (INTL-DEN), Christine Sinclair (FP-CAN), Hayley Raso (INTL-AUS), Ashleigh Sykes (INTL-AUS, OOM)

Summer Green scores for Red Stars

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CHICAGO – In the Red Stars final preseason match up, Chicago defeated Notre Dame 3-1.

Just moments into the game, Chicago found the back of the net after Jen Hoy crossed a perfect ball to Summer Green, who finished with ease, marking her first preseason goal.

Chicago quickly doubled their lead off a corner kick that led to a scramble in the box. Amid the chaos, defender Arin Gilliland headed a bouncing ball, slipping past the Notre Dame goalkeeper, which allowed the Red Stars to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.

At the start of the second half, Notre Dame was ready to fight back. The Irish’s spacing in the midfield helped them gain enough time to hit a perfectly struck ball, finding the upper net to put Notre Dame on the board.

Midfielder Danielle Colaprico split the Notre Dame backline to find Sofia Huerta, but her shot just missed, hitting the post and bouncing out. Chicago continued to press Notre Dame, but the Red Stars couldn’t finish their chances.

The Red Stars finally executed in the final minute off a corner kick when Courtney Raetzman found the head of Notre Dame alum Katie Naughton, who placed it perfectly and ended the match with a final 3-1 score.

Chicago will head into the 2017 NWSL season against Houston Dash on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Two Hawks invited to U20 WNT Training

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CHICAGO (April 7, 2017) – New U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jitka Klimkova will take the reins of her first training camp from April 8-15 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in San Diego.

Klimkova has called up 24 players, seven of whom were on the USA’s 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and four of whom were involved in the last U-20 cycle, including Emily Fox and Savannah DeMelo, who both played in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Fox played a significant role in PNG, seeing 413 minutes of action over all six games while starting five of them.

This age group kicked off this cycle with three games in La Manga, Spain, in late February and early March, defeating Norway 8-2, losing to Germany 2-1 and defeating France 2-0. The scorers of five of the USA’s 11 goals were called to this camp. Forward Sophie Smith, who scored four goals during the tournament, and midfielder Jaelin Howell, are both with the full U.S. Women’s National Team for its games against Russia in Texas, and were not available for this camp. In addition, forward Ashley Sanchez, who scored in both the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups last year, and midfielders Tierna Davidson and Brianna Pinto, were not available for this camp after recently finishing an event with the U-23 Women’s National Team in Portland. Current full U.S. WNT player and 2016 Olympian Mallory Pugh is also age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The roster features six college players in Brooke Heinsohn (Duke), who was the back-up goalkeeper on the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, Fox (North Carolina) Samantha Hiatt (Boston College), Zoe Morse (Virginia), Nicole Whitley (Rutgers), and Abigail Kim (California). The remainder of the roster is made up of youth club players.

The U.S. U-20s will play a match against UCLA on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm PT at the University of San Diego.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.) 

DEFENDERS (8): Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel, Calif.), Emily Fox (North Carolina; Ashburn, Va.), Samantha Hiatt (Boston College; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Samantha Coffey (Match Fit Academy; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Alexandria Griffin (Dallas Texans; Southlake, Texas), Arlie Jones (San Diego Surf; Las Vegas, Nev.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.), Nicole Whitley (Rutgers; Freehold, N.J.)                                                                                          

FORWARDS (6): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Belle Briede (Tophat Soccer Club; Alpharetta, Ga.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)

Cincinnati Spring Thaw Champions

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The U9 Hawks 08 team won all of their games at the Cincinnati Spring Thaw tournament.  It was their first out of state tournament and apparently lots of fun.