Support Coach Gantt’s NorCal #1 Ranked Sierra College Wolverines

Come out and watch the Sierra College Women’s Soccer team Tuesday, November 20th, in their 2nd round playoff game versus Santa Rosa. Kick off is 11:30 a.m. in the Sierra College Stadium.

Coach Gantt’s team has had an incredible season winning every game in their conference playing 23 and scoring 102 goals along the way. The currently ranked #1 team has Placer United alumni players: Francis Andrade, Sam Craig, Jordan Higgins, Macy Moen, Kiley Whipple, Grace Vargas, as well as coaches Jason Gantt (Placer United Hall of Fame), Ron Benjamin, Bashar Abduljalil, BJ Glass, Janis Hurter, and Molly McConnell. #Placer Proud

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Second Round NorCal Playoffs
#1 Ranked Sierra College vs. #8 Ranked Santa Rosa Junior College

 

2018 College Signing Night

Placer United celebrated student-athletes who will take their soccer skills to the next level during a college signing ceremony at The Falls Event Center in Roseville.

Please join us in congratulating 14 players who will leave the club after high school graduation to play collegiate soccer starting Fall 2019.

2018 Graduating Class

Orlando Basurto, Lincoln High School
CSU Bakersfield

Selena Osorio, Center High School
Humboldt State University

Bridget Pelzman, Home School
Humboldt State University

Aiden Marquez, Del Oro High School
Dominican University

Abbie Gould, Granite Bay High School
Dominican University

Tanya Bills, Rocklin High School
Dominican University

Jenna Ladrech, Granite Bay High School
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Zack Mason, Whitney High School
Cal State East Bay

Matteo Ognissanti, Rocklin High School
Dominican University

Cyrus O’Neal, Placer High School
Sacramento State University

Dominick Paielli, Oakridge High School
Loyola Marymount University

Kirsten Webb, Del Oro High School
UC San Deigo

Austin Wehner, Roseville High School
San Diego State University

Ava Willey, Del Oro High School
Sierra College

Emma Scott Verbally Commits to Portland State University

“I’m am thrilled to announce that I have verbally committed to further my academic and soccer career at Portland State University! I’m excited to have found a school that will challenge me athletically as well as academically. I’m am truly blessed and would like to thank my parents and family for their nonstop support, time, energy, and encouragement for me to do my best with what I love. I would also like to thank my coaches, Ron Benjamin for helping me through this recruiting process and preparing me for the next level; and coach Gregg Thompson for pushing me as a young player technically and mentally to be the player I am now. Additionally, I would like to thank all of my teammates who have become some of my closest friends and helped shape me into the player/person I am on and off the field. Finally I would like to thank coaches Katie Burton, Maureen Whitney, and Jenny Lawrence for the amazing opportunity. GO VIKINGS!” —Emma Scott

Orlando Basurto Is Headed for CSU Bakersfield

“I am very excited and humbled to announce that I have verbally committed to play Division 1 soccer and further my academic career at California State University Bakersfield. I would like to thank my friends, coaches, and most importantly my family, all who have supported me endlessly. I would also like to give a big thank you to my coaches, Kevin Unsworth and Matt Scammacca, for always pushing me to my limits in order to bring out the best in myself. I feel very blessed for being given this opportunity which wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for this amazing club, Placer United. This club has given me everything I have ever wanted and more, and I can’t thank them enough. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and can’t wait to begin the next step in my academic and athletic career. Go Runners!” — Orlando Basurto

Placer United Alumni Reunion

Placer alumni Cody Sundquist, Estaban Zepeda, Zac Wong, and Cameron Douglas, all reconnected at last night’s PAC 12 UCLA versus SDSU game in San Diego.

UCLA players Cody and Cameron were in high spirits as they beat San Diego 2-1 with Cody scoring the winning goal in overtime.

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Great job guys! Go Placer!

Pagador Shines for U.S. in China and Earns Another U16 Call Up

It was another big month of soccer for Placer United’s 2003 player Kellie Pagador as she added another International trophy to her cabinet by helping the US Women’s U15 (2003) National team win the CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in Weifang China.  Kellie who won her first International trophy with the Women’s U16 (2002) National team earlier this year in Italy played in all three games in China, which included the game of the tournament against Japan as the U.S. team came back from a two goal deficit to win 3-2. 

 
 
Upon returning from China, Kellie was packing her bags again as she received an invite to the U16/U17 Women’s National team training camp at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Visa, Calif. as they. prepare for the U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
 

Manuri Alwis Commits to UC Santa Barbara


“I am so excited to announce that I have verbally committed to further my academic and soccer career at the University of California, Santa Barbara! I’m thrilled that I was able to find a school that will push me athletically and academically.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank my parents who’ve always taught me to be the best version of myself. They’ve spent countless amounts of time and energy to support me through doing what I love. I would also like to thank my sister who has been my best friend and outlet throughout my life. During my four years at Placer, I’ve been surrounded by an amazing environment that supports and pushes me. I’d like to thank my coaches Ron Benjamin, Don Finley, and Katie Burton who have all shaped me into the player that I am. Additionally, I’d like to thank all of my teammates, throughout the years, who’ve truly become some of my closest friends.

Finally, I’d like to thank coaches Paul Stumpf, Gof Boyoko, and Mario Felix for this fantastic opportunity. Go, Gauchos!” —Manuri Alwis

Ava Willey Is Headed to Sierra College Wolverines Women’s Soccer

“I am incredibly thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to further my athletic and academic career at Sierra College. I am truly blessed and would like to thank my coaches Ron Benjamin and Todd DeCarlo for helping me improve as a competitive soccer player, and also to Jason Gantt for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank my parents for spending countless hours making sure I made it to every practice, game, and tournament. I’m excited to be spending my next two years close to home! Go Wolverines!” —Ava Willey 🐺❤

Placer United Descend on Davis In Style

August 2018 — Placer United swarmed into Davis this past weekend with thirteen boys teams and nine girls teams competing in the Summer Classico Tournament.

Placer United 07G Gold

Headlining the weekend was the 07G Gold and Coach Cory who won all three games in the Premier Bracket before a 2-0 final win versus FC Elk Grove.

Placer United 08G Gold

Placer United 08G Gold, fresh from a win at Pleasanton Rage, played up in the 07 Championship Bracket. After three impressive victories, a 2-2 tie with Woodland was enough to secure the trophy in the group format.

Placer United 07G Black

The 10G Gold and 07G Black had notable results as finalists in their respective age-groups, as well as the 10G Black who finished as runner-up in the five team bracket capping a good weekend for the girls teams.

Placer United 07B U.S. Soccer Development Academy

The boys teams, many of whom were playing in their first competitive event of the season, faired just as well. The 07A group were edged out 3-2 in the final of the U12 Premier Bracket to Athletico Santa Rosa.

Placer United 07B Gold and 07/08 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams

The Placer United 07/08A group went undefeated in the Championship Bracket but two ties meant that they just missed out on the final, instead facing their own 07B Gold Club team in the consolation. Coach Emre’s 07B Black team continued the strong showing for our 07B age-group as they were crowned champions of the League One Bracket, overcoming SSA in a tense penalty shoot-out.

Placer United 07B Black

Wrapping up the tournament results were third place finishes for Placer’s 09B Gold in the U10 Premier Bracket after a 3-1 win versus Woodland, as well as for Coach Megan’s 10B White team capping a good day for the boys!

Placer United 09B Gold

 

Placer United 10B White

Emma Schafer, 02/03 Development Academy, Commits to U.C. Davis

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of California, Davis. I am very fortunate to have found a top university that also has a wonderful Division I soccer program. 

There’s no way to thank my family enough for spending countless hours on the road to get me to games and practices and for supporting me through the ups and downs. You guys are my biggest fans!  Being a part of Placer United for seven years has truly shaped who I am as a soccer player. I want to thank all of my coaches, especially Kevin Unsworth, Don Finley and Ron Benjamin for pushing me to my full potential and instilling in me a genuine love for the game. I would also like to express my gratitude to my teammates for their friendship, support and always bringing a competitive mindset to training and games.

Thank you to Coach Twila Kaufman and Coach Rachael Collins for this fantastic opportunity and for making the recruiting process an enjoyable experience.

 Go Placer & Go Aggies!” —Emma Schafer