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College Cup

Draft Prospecting The College Cup

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I spent a delightful weekend watching the three games of this year's College Cup. In the semifinals, Maryland and Georgetown battled in a double overtime, 4-4 thriller that ended with Georgetown ultimately winning on penalty kicks. The game was epic. In the other semifinal, Indiana locked down Creighton with a solid team effort and won 1-0 in regulation.

UNC NCAA champs, Re-Entry Draft pt. 2, Indies sign Chalupny, more news

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Featured image courtesy of UNC/Jeffrey A. Camarati

NCAA College Cup

University of North Carolina defeated UNC Charlotte 1–0 on Sunday to win the College Cup. Ben Spea's goal was a cracker.

Soccer America's Paul Gardner has an interesting take on the final.

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UNC's win prompted a funny Twitter exchange that began with a tweet from UNC product Sheanon Williams:

Williams: "Want to congratulate @UNCmenssoccer.

College Soccer

SBI College Preview: MAC gets new contender with West Virginia

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By AVI CREDITOR

The A in MAC might as well have stood for Akron for the last couple of decades.Â

Akron has won the Mid-American Conference's regular season title 14 times since 1993, including each of the last seven years. Caleb Porter's side is reloaded again for another run at the conference crown and a potential national championship, but the Zips have a new league foe to contend with this season: West Virginia.

SBI College Preview: UNC's Lopez takes starring role for defending champions

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By AVI CREDITOR

With all of the talent that Mikey Lopez had around him last season, it was understandable for the U.S. Under-20 midfielder's contributions to get a bit lost in the shuffle at the University of North Carolina.

Wenger, Noyola win Hermann Trophy

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Duke standout Andrew Wenger and Stanford senior Teresa Noyola were named winners of the Hermann Trophy on Saturday in recognition of being the top players in Division I NCAA soccer.

Wenger, who signed a Generation Adidas contract after a stellar junior year at Duke, led the ACC with 17 goals and eight assists.

Charlotte, UNC advance to national title with penalty-kick victories

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The National Championship is headed back to North Carolina in one way or another.

It was a long yet dramatic night in Hoover, Alabama as both UNC and Charlotte booked their place in the final with the help of penalty kicks. Charlotte was never able to break down Creighton's record-breaking defense but were vastly superior in the penalty kick shootout that followed a dull 0-0 draw.

Duke & Stanford set for Sunday’s NCAA Soccer Championship

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After pounding ACC tournament champion Florida State 3-0 on Friday night in the first semifinal of the College Cup, Stanford has a chance to play once again for the national title. The Cardinal advanced to soccer's version of the Final Four by completing its third straight unbeaten season, a feat that parallels the great University of North Carolina teams with Mia Hamm in the early 1990s.

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Sporting KC Open Cup Final on GolTV Wednesday

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The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, Aug. 8, will be broadcast live on GolTV.

The finale of the 99th U.S. Open Cup kicks off at 8 p.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., as three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC faces host Sporting Kansas City.

Crew midfielder Urso has died

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Major League Soccer arose on Sunday morning to devastating news after the Columbus Crew announced that rookie midfielder Kirk Urso had passed away. He was 22.

The Crew issued a statement saying only that Urso had died, and that the cause of death was still being determined.

A Look At Potential HGP . . . Steven Evans

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Part two of a seven part FanPost series looking at potential Home Grown Player signings on the Portland Timbers U-23s (based on the "[Brent] Richards Rule")

Steven Evans, a rising-junior at the University of Portland, is now in his fourth season with the Portland Timbers U-23s.

Development Academy

Club notes: Academy Finals recap

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Nick Jones, who has verbally committed to play for the University of Wisconsin in 2013, and his St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri side came up just short in their quest to win a national championship.

Scott Gallagher dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Red Bulls in the U.

Union sign Cristhian Hernandez

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday the signing of forward Cristhian Hernandez. The 18 year old Hernandez becomes the Union's third Homegrown Player signing.

Born in Mexico, Hernandez will take an international spot on the Union roster and will be eligible to appear for the club in the season opener in Portland

Union fans will best remember Hernandez for scoring the late goal in the 1–0 victory over Everton in last summer's friendly at PPL Park.

Youth Soccer

State sides start strong in Saginaw

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Wisconsin teams got off to a solid start Saturday at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Championships in Saginaw, Mich., as eight of the state's 14 representatives were victorious during the first round of pool play.

None of the seven Wisconsin girls teams lost, with four winning and the three others playing draws.

US Youth Soccer Show On Fox Soccer Friday

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The US Youth Soccer Show's second episode premiers Friday May 4, 2012 on FOX Soccer.

The May show premiers on the 4th and includes stories from:

...Kings Soccer Academy from Ohio recently qualified for a spot in this summer's National Championships via the National League. While traveling for National League play, the girls decided they wanted to do something more important with their spare time than just hang out.

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Brazil: Big kick-off awaits new Brasileiro season

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No sooner have Brazil's vast array of localized state championships reached their conclusion does the time come for the national championship to commence. The "Brasileiro" is now in its 41st year and the quality of the competition has increased in recent years thanks to the adoption of a standard round robin league format, as used in many of Europe's top leagues, which has brought about many a dramatic finish since it was introduced in 2003.

Brazil: Corinthians seal fifth title in tight Brasileiro finish (video)

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The Brazilian national championship has made a habit of last day climaxes in recent years and this season's competition is no exception. Corinthians (Played 38, Points 71) won their fifth Brasileiro tonight, their first league title since 2005, following a goalless draw against arch rivals Palmeiras.

WPSL

Aztec MA Aims for ’13 WPSL Elite Debut

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Days after Women's Premier Soccer League announced that Aztec MA would not be competing in the WPSL Elite League in 2012, the team released a statement on Wednesday expressing "disappointment" over the decision.

According to the statement, which was signed by Owner Mike Kersker and General Manager Brandon Nelson, the team cited "scheduling issues" with the league.

Aztec Joins Breakers in WPSL Elite

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Only weeks ago, it appeared that area fans of women's soccer would be without a team to cheer for in 2012.

Now, they'll have a choice between two.

On Tuesday, Aztec MA (formerly Boston Aztec) announced that it will join the newly-formed WPSL Elite League. Although the team is the latest team to join the Elite League, it is, by no means, a stranger to WPSL.

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Roster Update for the Chicago Fire

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After keeping things low key in February, the Chicago Fire finally went about making some roster moves last week.

March 6, 2012 - Signed Hunter Jumper

March 7, 2012 - Signed Arne Friedrich

March 8, 2012 - Signed Paolo Tornaghi

March 11, 2012 - Waived Pari Pantazopoulos

Thoughts on each transaction and an update on the full roster picture is after the break.

Eclipse Select alumni: Fortune named to NAIA All-America 1st Team

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CHICAGO -- Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Lee University sophomore midfielder Leah Fortune (West Chicago, Ill./Wheaton Academy) was named to the NAIA Women's All-America First Team, which was announced last week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

NCAA

Colleges: Barker takes role with NSCAA

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Ian Barker, who spent nine seasons as an assistant in the University of Wisconsin men's program, resigned as the coach at Macalester (Minn.) on Tuesday to become the director of coaching education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Barker was on assistant on coach Jim Launder's staff at UW from 1989 to '97, helping the Badgers earn four NCAA tournament berths – including the 1995 national championship.

Schuler ready for debut season

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Coming off a season in which he was rated one of the NCAA's best propsects while he helped lead North Carolina to a national championship, Billy Schuler has plenty of reasons to feel accomplished.

Rowe the Cheerleader

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On Saturday night, Kelyn Rowe put on his cheerleading hat as he watched the UCLA Women's Volleyball Team compete for the NCAA Championship against Illinois. OK, it wasn't actually a hat, but he was following the entire game, even during his interview with Zarek Valentin for an upcoming podcast. (Zarek gave his blessing, and even asked a couple questions .

The Rest

Jordan Morris officially leaves Stanford, destination unknown

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Not that there was much doubt about it at this point, but Jordan Morris made his departure from Stanford official on Tuesday. Morris completed three seasons with the Cardinal and still had a year of eligibility remaining, although he's basically run out of things he could accomplish.

In addition to leading Stanford to their first-ever men's soccer national championship by scoring a brace in the College Cup final, Morris is also considered the favorite to win the Hermann Trophy, annually given to the college game's best player.

RVA FC CAPS OF “PERFECT SEASON” WITH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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By SCOTT WYANT
RICHMOND, Va.—In sports, it takes years to build a perennial power. For first-year program RVA Football Club, it took months to take a first step in making that happen, culminating in Sunday night's 2-0 win over the Sonoma County Sol in the National Premier Soccer League National Championship played at Sports Backers Stadium.

Clubs: Aris Ladies play for national title

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Aris Ladies will play for a national championship Monday morning.

The team from Eau Claire's EC Aris FC will face the Vancouver United Timbers in the girls Under-17 Premier final at the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup XI Finals in Waukegan, Ill. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m.

Eau Claire Memorial's Ella Budzinski scored in a 1-0 win over Virginia's Roanoke Star Elite on Sunday that sent Aris into the final – the teams finished with 1-1-1 records behind Vancouver United (2-0-1), with Aris second thanks to the head-to-head victory.

Will Brittney Griner Make an NBA Roster?

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Will Brittney Griner be the first female to make an NBA roster next season? She would have to declare for the draft. She's only a Junior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The suggestion of her making it to the 'Association' has been asked before, but the topic deserves a refresh.

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes to Philly

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When, a year after it had won the American Cup, Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in 1911, they came back from two goals down to draw 4–4 with St. Louis champion St. Leos in what newspapers called a "blue ribbon" match to decide the "national championship." With the draw, talk of a national champion ended.

What will you remember about 2011?

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The New Year is upon us and 2012 is shaping up to be another exciting and eventful year in the American soccer scene, but before we dive into a full schedule of big events, it is time to think about the year we just completed.

What will you remember about 2011? It surely varies from fan to fan, region to region, but there was plenty for fans from every corner of the United States to remember.

Futbolr interview with Eric Bird, UVA Men's player

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By Pat McStay

Virginia Beach has already produced talented Futbolr's: Corey Ashe, Angela Hucles, Wade Barrett, Evan Newton, and Steve Jolly to name a few. Eric Bird might be well on his way into this category. He has been a winner at every level of soccer so far in his career and plans on joining UVA's rich history of accolades by the time he graduates.

Sounders U16 Academy Profiled By ESPN High School

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Sounders U16 Academy Profiled By ESPN High School

Focus on defense, attacking from the back and then this quote from Jalen Markey about the upcoming game against the Vancouver Whitecaps

They're like our rival, even though they're new to the Academy. We want to get the win to show that we're the best team in the Northwest," Markey said.

Martin steers Ohio Wesleyan through adversity en route to National Title

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Dr. Jay Martin and his Ohio Wesleyan team went on an amazing journey this season, which culminated with a National Championship on Sunday.

The story to get there was amazing, and a tremendous tribute to Martin's ability to keep his players focused on the process and to not get distracted when adversity struck during the week leading to the Final.

Eclipse Select Alumni: Quon, Lipp, Price preview Women's College Cup

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(L-R) Rachel Quon, Nicole Lipp, Jessica PriceEclipse Select Communications

CHICAGO -- The NCAA Women's College Cup is all the buzz heading into the weekend in Kennesaw, Ga. Locally, there are Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumni playing for three of the remaining four teams as Stanford faces Florida State and Duke takes on Wake Forest in Friday's semifinal matches for the right to play for a national championship on Sunday.