"The best teams are talent rich. That is a given. We invite the most talented players to challenge themselves to play for the some of the best teams in the country."

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Congratulations to the 05 wolves Coach Yazbeck team who were Finalists in the Motor City Champions Cup Tournament in Washington Township over Labor Day weekend.

With only 1 sub on the bench these Wolves fought hard and played tough winning 3 games ... 2 shutouts and a 3-1 win. They played their hearts out with so much determination and passion which took them to the Finals. So proud of these boys. Way to go Wolves 05 Yazbeck.

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CREW SC ACADEMY TO HOST CREW SC ACADEMY WOLVES IN BOYS' DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2017) - In conjunction with Recognize to Recover, presented by Thorne, and ThinkTaylor, Crew SC Academy (Columbus, Ohio) U-18/19 is set to host fellow Crew SC M.L.S. affiliate club Crew SC Academy Wolves (Wixom, Mich.), in the first Feature Game of the Boys' Development Academy season. The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. at the EAS Training Center and will be broadcasted live on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook page.

Following the 2016-2017 season that saw first ever titles crowned to Atlanta United FC and Texans SC Houston, both Crew SC and Crew SC affiliate U-18/19 teams will look to rebound from early exits out of the Academy Playoffs and start their 2017-2018 campaigns on the right track in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference.

ThinkTaylor

Before the game, both Starting XI's will meet at midfield where team captains from each side will take the #TTPledge, reciting an oath to be educated on concussion symptoms, to be honest in their self-evaluation and to be supportive of anyone with a concussion. ThinkTaylor was founded in 2011 by former Men's National Team player Taylor Twellman after he was forced to retire from professional soccer due to post-concussion syndrome (PCS). ThinkTaylor is dedicated to changing the culture of traumatic brain injuries and aims to dispel the notion of concussions as something to "shake off" or play through, and establish protocol of handling brain injuries with the utmost seriousness.

Anyone involved in youth soccer in the United States is encouraged to take part in the #TTPledge by visiting ussoccerda.com/ttpledge.

2016-2017 Rewind

Last year, at the formerly U-17/18 age group, the Crew vs. Crew series was split, as Wolves took the first matchup in October 3-1, while Crew Academy rebounded in May with a 1-0 win. In both games, the home team had the upper hand. At the formerly U-15/16 age group, Crew Academy earned a slight advantage in the series, defeating Wolves 1-0 in Michigan and following that up with a 1-1 draw in Columbus.

Last season, Crew Academy U-17/18 posted a 13-8-6 overall record, including a trip to June's U-17/18 Playoffs. At the club's U-15/16 age group, the team went 11-12-4 in their 27 games, and also advanced to the Academy Playoffs.

The Wolves from Wixom, Michigan managed to finish with a 17-8-3 record in their U-17/18 age group, while the U-15/16 team went 15-6-7. Both age groups advanced to the Academy Playoffs, where they posted undefeated 1-0-2 records.

Accustomed to the Spotlight

Both Crew SC clubs saw their fair share of the spotlight in 2016-2017.

In one of the first feature games of the 2016 Winter Showcase, the Wolves' U-15/16 squad saw a first-half penalty kick from U-16 U.S. Boys' National Team forward Giovanni Reyna lift New York City FC to a hard-fought 1-0 win. Later that day, Crew Academy's Kalen Nichols managed to get on the scoreboard of a 3-1 loss to Seattle Sounders U-15/16 team.

On the third and final day of the U-15/16 Academy Playoff games, the stage was set for the first featured game between FC Dallas and Wolves. Despite a win or go home situation for the Wolves, the contest ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Players to Watch For

Three players from Wolves earned top goal scoring marks in 2016-2017. From the U-15/16 team, midfielder Jack Beck and forward Derick Broche move up to the older age group squad after notching nine and 11 goals each, respectively, for the U-15/16 squad last season. The duo will link up with forward Farai Mutatu, who returns to the older age group Wolves team after netting 17 times during last season's campaign.

From the Columbus side of the Crew SC affiliation, forward Abdoulsalan Faqi and midfielder Colin Biros each found the back of the net 8 times for the U-15/16 Crew Academy team last season and will look to do more of the same in 2017-2018 as they move up the ranks to this year's U-18/19 team.

Keep an eye out on all five players to make an impact Saturday

Haley Craig invited to fourth U15 GNT Camp of the year

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CHICAGO (September 5, 2017) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team and the U.S Under-14 Girls’ National Team will hold concurrent training camps from Sept. 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Tracey Kevins has called up 24 players, all born in 2003, for what will be her first camp at the helm of this age group.

U.S. U-14 GNT head coach April Kater has called up 24 players, all born in 2004. This cycle for the U.S. U-14 GNT would generally begin in early 2018, but this camp gives next year’s U-14s a head start. For all but the few players who have been called into U-15 GNT training camps, this will be the first experience in a National Team training camp environment.

The teams will scrimmage against each other during the week.

This group of U-15 players is in the first year of a two-year cycle 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 (3): Haley Craig (Hawks-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Isabella Grust (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Neeku Purcell (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.)          
DEFENDERS (7): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.), August Hunter (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.), Andrea Kitahata (San Jose Earthquakes; Hillsborough, Calif.), Phoenix Miranda (Leahi SC; Aiea, Hawaii), Ayo Oke (Concorde Fire; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United; Roseville, Calif.), Lilly Reale (South Shore Select; Hingham, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Korbin Albert (Eclipse Select SC; Gurnee, Ill.), Colby Barnett (Strikers FC; Los Alamitos, Calif.), Summer Denigan (Cincinnati Development Academy; Union, Ky.), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Carina Lageyre (Weston SC; Cooper City, Fla.), Olivia Pena (Solar Chelsea; Irving, Texas), Isabella Piete (San Diego Surf; Alpine, Calif.),                               
FORWARDS (7): Simone Jackson (Slammers FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Caetlyn Johannes (Valley Isle SA; Kihei, Hawaii), Arianna Manrique (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.). Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Dorrian Savage (San Diego Surf; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jillian Shimkin (FC Fury; Rockville Center, N.Y.), Amelia White (Fort Wayne United; Fort Wayne, Ind.)   

U.S. U-14 GNT Roster:
PLAYERS (24): Mikayla Abrenica (Legends FC; Temecula, Calif.), Jordan Brown (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Maggie Cagle (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Lindsey Chau (Legends FC; Highland, Calif.), Meka Doyle (San Jose Earthquakes; Berkeley, Calif.), Elise Evans (San Jose Earthquakes; Redwood City, Calif.), Jill Flammia (Richmond United; Manakin-Sabot, Va.), Juliauna Hayward (Real Colorado; Thornton, Colo.), Lumi Kostmayer (Oakwood SC; Southbury, Conn.), Georgia Leb (Solar Chelsea; Colleyville, Texas), Bridgette Marin-Valencia (PSV Union; San Francisco, Calif.), Molly Martin (FC Stars of Mass; Acton, Mass.), Ava Minnier (Penn Fusion; Downington, Pa.), Allison Montoya (MVLA SC; Los Altos, Calif.), Olivia Moultre (Beach FC; Canyon County, Calif.), Jordan Nytes (Real Colorado; Aurora, Colo.), Kayla Reed (Sky Blue-PDA; East Brunswick, N.J.), Jaedyn Shaw (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Evelyn Shores (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Emma Stransky (Internationals; Copley, Ohio), Maggie Taitano (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Alyssa Thompson (Real So Cal; Studio City, Calif.), Teagan Wy (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Ella Zimmerman (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.)   

Wolves Alumni making a difference at MSU

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During the 1968 season, the Spartans started the season with seven-straight shutouts en-route to their second-straight Co-NCAA National Championship. This season's 4-0 mark is the best start for MSU since the 2007 season when the Spartans started the season 5-0.

"The first half was very good, but we have to start rewarding ourselves. We had a chance to score two or three goals, and we didn't. We always defend well; this is a good group with Jimmy Fiscus, Jimmy Hague and Michael Wetungu. They really lock it down. Starting with four shutouts really shows what our strengths are," MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "I also want to give a special congrats to Matthew Hargrove for winning the musical chair contest at halftime!"

Despite several chances early on, the Spartans finally struck first in the 20th minute. Senior defender Jimmy Fiscus became the fifth different MSU player to find the back of the net this season. Off the corner kick from junior defender Connor Corrigan, Fiscus slid the ball past CSU goalkeeper Sebastian Kalk, giving MSU the 1-0 lead.

Michigan State now prepares for Big Ten action, beginning on the road at Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Spartan Notes

  • The Spartans have started the season 4-0 for the first time since 2007. The four-straight shutouts to start the season are the most since MSU began the 1968 season with seven-straight clean sheets.

 

Jimmy Fiscus was named to TDS Men’s Team of the Week: August 29

D Jimmy Fiscus, Michigan State – Two games on the road, and two shutout wins for Fiscus and the Michgan State back line. The senior defender played the full 90 in wins against SIUE and Saint Louis.

U.S. SOCCER GIRLS' DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TO LAUNCH ON SEPT. 2

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CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2017) - The U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy is set to kick off its inaugural season on Sept. 2, marking the start of competition for more than 6,000 players from 69 member clubs. The Academy develops world-class players by impacting everyday club environments across the country. Following 10 years of success for the Boys' Academy, the Girls' Academy launches this fall to bring the development initiative to female youth players.

A total of 108 games will kick off on opening weekend, highlighted by the Girls' Academy's first feature match in Somerset, N.J. between Sky Blue - PDA (Somerset, N.J.) and FC Virginia (Chantilly, Va.) in the U-16/17 age group (2002/2001 birth years). The game will be streamed live at 11 a.m. ET on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

"In support of U.S. Soccer's long-term plan for player and coach development, launching a Girls' Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women's game," said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs. "This program will directly impact the everyday environment for clubs and further connect players and coaches to our National Teams."

The Girls' Academy is the highest level of girls' youth soccer in the U.S., and its start represents the implementation of the Academy's philosophy and standards for the most committed youth clubs across the country. Academy clubs have an increased focus on training (minimum four training sessions per week) and play fewer total games in favor of more meaningful contests using international standards. The program prioritizes individual development ahead of winning team trophies and titles.

A U.S. Soccer player development initiative, the Academy provides direct access to the Federation's resources. Clubs receive a wealth of support with coaching education, scholarship funding, Academy staff dedicated to serving clubs, and support from Academy Technical Advisors that reside and work in club markets.

It also provides a clear pathway to National Team programs. More than 92 percent of players selected to Youth National Teams in the 2016-17 cycle came from Academy clubs, and 65 players from the most recent Women's and Girls' YNT rosters will feature in the Academy this season.

"The U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy program will raise the standards and assure that the pathway for the most talented and dedicated female players exists, and that we will be able to continue to compete with the elite players and teams in the world," Girls' Academy Director Miriam Hickey said. "To achieve this, we must commit to a positive training and game environment at the club level to ensure the best players are playing together and not one talented player is overlooked."

Hickey and Heinrichs will hold a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the Girls' Academy launch.

A global leader in women's soccer, U.S. Soccer's implementation of the Girls' Academy is part of the Federation's efforts to grow the game and ensure that future National Teams continue to win at the highest level. Several current and former Women's National Team players are involved in the Academy to further this mission. Their experiences winning FIFA Women's World Cups and Olympic gold medals will be invaluable in raising the standard for female youth players.

U.S. Soccer is launching the Girls' Academy with backing from the National Women's Soccer League. Now in its fifth year, the league is the longest-tenured women's professional league in United States history. A total of 11 Girls' Academy clubs are affiliated with NWSL teams, marking a major step forward in the league's player development initiatives and the long-term growth of women's professional soccer.

For its first season, the Girls' Academy will feature four age groups: U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 competing in seven divisions across the country. Teams play consistently during a 10-month season from September to July, featuring Winter, Spring and Summer Showcases and culminating in the Academy Championships. The inaugural 69 clubs were chosen based on a variety of factors, including club leadership, infrastructure, resources, history of player production for National Teams, market and depth of the player pool and more.

For more information on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, please visit ussoccerda.com

Wolves-Hawks Cup 2017

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Congratulations to the Hawks 09 Black who were Finalists in the the 2017 Wolves Hawks Cup

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Schoolcraft Men's Soccer

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Dear Soccer Enthusiasts,
On Wednesday, The Schoolcraft College Men’s Soccer Team opened their season with a convincing victory over Jackson College at home. Schoolcraft will play host to the NJCAA Region 12 tournament on October 28th and 29th. This is the first time Schoolcraft has hosted this event. Schoolcraft will also host Region 20 in the North Central District game on November 4th. The winner of that game earns a berth in the NJCAA National Championship tournament that begins on November 13th in Prescott, Arizona. Schoolcraft has won the Region 12 tournament 5 times in the last nine years and advanced to the NJCAA National event 4 times. With the completion of the soccer complex this is a special year for the Ocelots. Below is a list of our remaining home games, I’d like to invite you to come and support the team in our quest for the 2017 NJCAA Championship.
Sincerely,
Rick Larson
Schoolcraft College
Men’s Soccer
WEDNESDAY 9/6 LAKELAND 3 PM
FRIDAY 9/8 CUYAHOGA 3 PM
FRIDAY 9/15 ANCILLA 3 PM
FRIDAY 9/22 LAKE MICHIGAN 1 PM
SATURDAY 9/30 MUSKEGON 2 PM

Hawks 09 Black Powerade Invitational 2017 U9 Gold Girls CHAMPS

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Hawks 09 Black took home Gold from the Powerade Invitational Tournament. With more than 300 teams participating this year - 12 teams in the U9 Girls Division 1 Gold made for a challenging tournament with great teams and fantastic play. Our Hawks played with passion, vigor, and courage as they made their way through the 5 game battles. They fought hard and played tough taking home gold with 5 wins and 0 losses. They displayed good sportsmanship and team spirit throughout the weekend much deserving of the championship they bring back to the Wolves Hawks family . Way to go Hawks 09 Black!!

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Reds Invitational

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Hawks '10 were finalists in the Reds Invitational.