Dominick Paielli Commits to Loyola Marymount University

“I am truly blessed and honored to announce that I have committed to Loyola Marymount University. Playing Division 1 soccer has always been a dream of mine ever since I first started playing soccer and I’m very blessed I get to continue my career at LMU.  I want to thank God, my family, friends, teammates and especially my coaches: Nate Gargiulo, Sean Santora, Jimmy Frazelle, Jason Gantt, Don Finely, Kevin Unsworth, Paul O’Brien, Matt Scammacca, and Matt Mcdougall who have all had a tremendous impact on my growth as a player and a person. I also want to thank Placer United as this club has given me unforgettable memories and outstanding coaches to prepare me for the next level. This is my 6th year at Placer United and I can easily say there’s no where else I’d rather be. I am very excited for what the future holds and can’t wait to begin the next step in my academic and athletic career. Thank you again to all who have been a part of my journey.” —Dominick Paielli

Amber Jackson Commits to California Baptist University

“I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at California Baptist University. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to play collegiate soccer at the D1 level, while pursuing my education. There are so many people I would like to thank, for their support, encouragement, for pushing me, and for never giving up on me. Most importantly I want to thank God, who has given me the talent of playing soccer, and for this incredible opportunity. Also, to my amazing parents: the ones who have driven thousands of miles for soccer games and practices, and cheered me on no matter how bad I was doing. They sacrificed all they had to get me into an environment where I could prosper, I would not be where I am today without them. A huge shout out to my coaches Sarah Fawcett and Ron Benjamin, to both I have to thank for the development of my skills, support, and fun. Ron helped me through every step, and created a competitive environment where I really grew. I couldn’t have asked for better friends, coaches, and family to have been apart of my journey so far. I love you all, and am forever grateful. I am extremely excited for the years to come, and to see what God has in store for me. Go Lancers!”— Amber Jackson, #44 Placer United 01/00 DA

Placer United 06 Girls NorCal Spring Regional Finalists 



Congratulations to the Placer United 06 Girls Gold team for their second place at the NorCal Spring Regional playoffs. The girls advanced to Sunday’s final after producing some strong displays in both the quarter and semifinal rounds of the competition. The girls earned the right to play at the regional event by finishing top of their NorCal premier division. In Saturday’s quarterfinal game, they were drawn against a very good West Coast team and came out 2-0 winners. Sunday’s semifinal was a very intense game and the girls worked hard in the hot temperatures to win out 2-1 against Burlingame. This set them up to play a very good and strong PSV team in the final. The girls created a few good chances but didn’t get the break they needed and were unlucky to lose out 2-0 in the 100+ temperature Sunday afternoon.

Great job girls! Go Placer!


Placer’s Pagador Heads to Holland with National Team

Kellie Pagador


Congratulations to Placer United U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy player, Kellie Pagador. She hits the road again, this time with the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team headed to the Netherlands for a training camp running from June 3-13 that will conclude with two matches against the hosts.

This is the second event of the year for the U.S. U-15 GNT and first international trip. The first match against the Dutch will take place on June 10 and the second will be on June 12. Both games will take place in Woerden, Netherlands.

Kellie is one of the nine players on the roster who recently competed for the U.S. U-16 GNT at the UEFA Women’s Development Tournament in Portugal. The young American team won all three games, defeating Belgium by a 5-1 score while downing both Portugal and Switzerland, 2-1.  Read More

Great job Kellie! Go Placer!

EPL Academy Coach Joins Placer Coaching Staff

Placer United welcomes Burnley FC Academy Coach Rory Pendergast to our 2018/19 coaching staff. Rory is a UEFA A licensed coach with over ten years coaching experience working at  EPL clubs including Burnley FC, Watford FC, and Leicester City as well as English championship clubs Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Rory Prendergast, Barnsley (Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Rory also played professionally for over ten years throughout the English leagues, making over 100 league and cup appearances for the likes of Barnsley, York City, Oldham, Accrington Stanley and Blackpool. Achievements include reaching the FA Cup third round and appearing in News of the World Team of the Week with Accrington Stanley. It was while playing for Accrington Stanley in 2005 Rory caught the eye of the then Blackpool coach and former Scottish international player Colin Hendry who signed Rory to try and help Blackpool push for promotion from the English league one division to the Championship division.

Blackpool’s Rory Prendergast (r) crosses the ball versus Leicester City in the Carling Cup (Photo by Joe Giddens – EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

“I’m sure everybody at the soccer club will be looking forward to seeing Rory on the soccer field as he is a very passionate about his coaching,”  said Director Paul O’Brien. “He comes highly recommended and having talked to him quite a lot over the last few weeks I know he is looking forward to working and living in Placer County.”

Aldershot’s Dean Hooper and Accrington Stanley’s Rory Prendergast battle for the ball (Photo by Adam Davy/EMPICS via Getty Images)

“Rory worked with us at the Watford Academy and during his time with us his playing and coaching experience came through strongly. I found Rory to be dependable, reliable, hardworking, conscientious and honest. He is knowledgeable in our field as you would expect from a former professional footballer. He was appreciated by players and staff alike. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts. We would welcome back Rory at any of our facilities.”—Barry Quin, Head of Coaching, Watford FC

“Rory has participated in a lot of FA courses and brings a good knowledge to the game.” —Dick Bate, Coach Educator, and Former Elite Coaching Manager, FA

Rory Prendergast Resume

Ayla Harris Will Play for Dominican University

“I am so truly blessed to announce my commitment to play D2 soccer at Dominican University to pursue my nursing education! I am so excited to be able to study a major that I enjoy while playing my favorite sport. I would like to thank my parents for pushing me and believing that I could do this, and for staying by my side through it all the past 14 years. I would also like to thank my coach, Todd DeCarlo, for making me a better soccer player this past year. Although I have only been on Placer for one year, the coaching from Todd really made a difference in how I played, especially after coming off an ankle surgery and being out for a year. I will always be grateful for the people in my life that have pushed me to be the best that I can be. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Coach Kelly Coffey and Coach Jody Lingafeldt for giving me the opportunity to play for the next four years of my life. I am so excited to start this new journey in my life and see what the future holds for me. Go Penguins!”—Ayla Harris

Colorado School of Mines Welcomes Amena Nelson

“I am very excited to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Colorado School of Mines. I am grateful for the opportunity to play soccer while getting a great education. First I’d like to thank God for all He has given me. Thanks to Coach Todd DeCarlo who always believed in me and pushed me to do better. I would not have gotten this opportunity if not for his dedication. Thank you to Coaches Kevin Fickes, Shannon Devoe, and Matthew Sparks for granting me the opportunity to perform at the collegiate level. Thanks especially to my parents who never lost faith in me on and off the field and who have sacrificed so much so I may be able to live out all I can dream. I’m forever grateful for all my coaches, my friends, and my family who have been apart of my journey thus far. I love you and appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would not be where I am without any you. Go Orediggers!—Amena Nelson, #8 Placer United DA

Placer United History of Collegiate Players

2018 marks another great year for Placer County for collegiate soccer as nearly forty student-athletes will get the opportunity to play at the college level. Check out the the impressive historical list of players who have gone on to play soccer at colleges and universities since 1986 which includes players across MLS, USL, WPSL, Women’s Champions League, PDL, a Gatorade Player of the Year winners, a ESPN Goal of the Week winner, NCAA Div. 1 and Div. 2 National Title winners, and U.S. Soccer National Team players.

1986 Boys

Daron Anderson San Diego State

1997 Boys

Jason Gantt Sac State
Leo Marin Sac State

2001 Boys

Jeremy Butcher University of San Diego
Brian Flynn UC Davis
Tim Maycock Sonoma State
Sean McMahon Sac State
Connor Voss UC Davis

2003 Girls

Elise Garvey Sonoma State University
Jenae Kee San Francisco State University

2004 Boys and Girls

Premila Carlson Chico State University
Ashley Holder Baylor University
Scott Hollingshead UCLA
Meredith Magher Pepperdine University
Petra Schaef CSU Stanislaus

2005 Boys and Girls

Stacie Anderson UC Riverside
Sean Asplenlind Cumberland (KY)
Morgan Birkenhoff Southern Utah University
Courtney Blanchard Humboldt State University
Andy Breault Cal State Monterey Bay
Katie Brown CSU Stanislaus
Kalee Campbell CSU Stanislaus
Corrine Cooley UC Davis
Danny DeHart University of the Ozarks
Johannes De Marzi Missouri State
Erica Jahn University of the Redlands
Sarah Langley CSU Bakersfield
Sigrid Nachtergaele University of Chicago
Adam Owens Sac State
Courtney Paquin UNC Charlotte
Melissa Phillips CSU Stanislaus
Chelsea Poovey Jacksonville State University
John Rasmussen Cal State Northridge
Kaleah Rozario Sierra College
Bryan Salata Chico State
Katie Schuery Humboldt State University
Kaley Whitehead Sonoma State University
Kristin Williams UC Riverside
Josh Zimbrick Sac State

2006 Boys and Girls

Katherine Carpenter Sac State
Leigh Collins Biola University
Gabby Coronado San Francisco State University
Toni Hill Chico State University
Carter Kominski Biola University
Nikki Mathis Biola University
Tyson Reiz UC Irvine
Kasey Rodgers Notre Dame de Namur
Sarah Welty BYU Hawaii

2007 Boys and Girls

Casey Bernard Sonoma State University
Ali HItch UC San Diego
Oscar Ruiz Holy Faith University
Genevive Speas Southern Oregon University
Stacey Szeto Southern Oregon University

2008 Boys and Girls

Matt Foy Sac State
Karissa Garcia Pepperdine University
Ryan Hollingshead UCLA
Luis Martinez Chico State
Brian Oliver Sac State
Moises Oseguero Chico State
Caitlyn Pulver Sac State
Jocelyn Rapp UC San Diego
Mitch Seaman Azuza Pacific

2009 Girls

Shelby Cargile CSU Stanislaus
Bridgette Duffy Westmont College
Sarah Harris South Carolina State University
Danielle Murphy South Carolina State University
Nicole Rodine University of Texas-Permian Basin

2010 Boys and Girls

Brooke Apodaca Dominican University
Austin Bravo St. Mary’s
Eric Bryant San Diego State
Caitlin Clark Emory University
Kelsie Cooper U.S. Air Force Academy
Connor Delaney CSU Monterey Bay
Jake Feener Seattle University
Megan Foy Sonoma State University
Morgan Garcia Barry University
Christian Grapell Stevens College
Evan Hodge University of Vermont
Evan Johnson Chico State University
Carisse Little Idaho State University
Casey Meuser San Diego State
Gabe Padilla Georgetown
Matt Thayer UC Santa Barbara

2011 Boys and Girls

Mikayla Anderson Gonzaga University
Melanie Bertrand University of Nevada-Reno
Eric Bryant San Diego State University
Seth Casiple Cal Berkeley
Savannah Coiner Clemson University
Austin Dunn University of San Diego
Candace Edwards University of Arizona
Mackenzie Edwards Chico State University
Morgan Edwards Chico State University
Erika Garcia Harvard University
Lexi Giusti Lesley University
Shea Glaspey UNC Greensboro
Connor Hallisey Cal Berkeley
Kim Hernandez Jackson State University
Kevin Hollingshead UCLA
Lindsey Matlock Houston Baptist
Casey McCavitt UNC Greensboro
Kolby Mitnick Dominican University
Kendal Modiste San Diego State University
Uriel Moreno William Jessup University
Chelsea Putman Point Loma University
Daylon Schiffel Central Arkansas
Grant Silvester Virginia
Marlo Smith University of Nevada-Reno

2012 Boys and Girls

Michaela Arnstein UCLA
Miranda Bailey Brigham Young University
Kendall Boshart Point Loma University
Shelby Brown UNC Greensboro
Mary Mae Caldwell Cal State Fullerton
Emily Chalfant Point Loma University
Christy Cooper U.S. Air Force Academy
Kelsey DeCarlo Humboldt State University /
Dominican University
Maria DeLaCruz Idaho State University
Rachel Dortch Sonoma State University
Mariah Fairbanks University of Dallas
Cody Giddings West Point
Anna Goddi University of Chicago
Lauren Gollnick Dominican University
Marissa Griffin Sierra College
Devon Hammersely Kansas Wesleyan
Megan Hanson Dominican University
Lauren Hayano San Francisco State University
Emily Huska Humboldt State University
Avery Hutchinson Willian Jessup University
Sam Hutchinson Colorado Mesa University
Dorien Johnk Loyola Marymount University
Caitlin Jones Chico State University
Kayla Karlsson University of Cincinnati /
Dominican University
Kaitlyn Kassis UC San Diego
Caitlyn Kretzchmar University of San Diego
Jennifer Lum Sac State
Mike Mazoni William Jessup University
Jessie McGinley UNC Greensboro
Kellyn Morning University of Nevada-Reno
Jessica Santos Notre Dame de Namur
Daylon Schiffel University of Central Arkansas
Madalyn Schiffel University of San Francisco
Rachel Sloss Sierra College / Cal State East Bay
Connor Swartz Virginia Tech
Ashley Sweeting Chapman University
Ty Thompson Stanford University
Alexis Wallace American River College

2013 Boys and Girls

Tara Armstrong Texas Lutheran
Billy Baker Lesley University
Jamie Baker Bethany College / Sierra College
Austin Burrows Macalaster College
Paige Crouch University of Arizona
Mallory Erl Case University
Kristen Grattan Sierra College
Marissa Grattan U.S. Air Force Academy
Jessica Hinksin Dominican University
Jena Keffer Boston College
Michaela Kelsey Univerity of Nevada Las Vegas
Kaleigh Landberg Westmont
Ryan Longley William Jessup University
Zeassja Madamba Idaho State University
Molly McConnell Sierra College / Sac State
Ashleigh Nelin Menlo College
Brittney Neumann Bethany College / Sierra College
Ashley O’Connor Sierra College
Zaida Pineda Sierra College
Mitch Pingree William Jessup
Chandler Rossi Dominican University
Kyle Sakurada William Jessup University
Nick Schnable CSU Dominguez Hills
Dominic Scotti Wake Forest
Lauren Stafford Montana State University
Melissa Stoakley Dominican University
Marissa Vaughn Sierra College

2014 Boys and Girls

Dali Alarian Rensselar Poly Tech
Julia Beck University of the Pacific
Mackenzie Brito UC San Diego
Destiny Butcher Sac State
Madison Dunn Colorado College
Abbie Faingold Portland State University
Chase Goulart Dominican University
Sarah Hollinghaus Weber State University
Elizabeth Hutchison UC Irvine
Andrew Ireland Adams State University
Me-Lei Madamba University of Nevada-Reno
Jessica Raybe Arizona State University
Bianca Tabuso Sac State
Matt Tarr Chico State University
Sara Wagner Chapman University
Alex Walsh Academy of Arts
Cienna Wilkins Dominican University
Alivya Wimmer Boston University

2015 Boys and Girls

Megan Aaron Troy University
Brendan Allen Southern Oregon University
Corban Anderson University of Washington
Luc Barbe West Point
Diego Buenrostro CSU Monterey Bay
Allie Carmickle UC Davis
Matt Carnefix San Jose State University
Samantha Clark Humboldt State University
Lily Dubuc Dominican University
Connor Entz William Jessup University
Lindsey Erl Champman University
Ellie Estes Cal State Bakersfield
Max Feriera CSU Monterey Bay
Nikolai Figueroa Stevens Institute of Technology
Cal Franze University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Gonzalo Garcia Westmont
Jesse Gonzales Sac State
Anna Gregg Colorado College
Kiki Guzman Sac State
Kristian Heptner UC Davis
Abby Huizenga Chico State University
Alex Jenkins Humboldt State University
Tamren Johnk UC Davis
Max Kearney Cal Baptist University
Emily Lemos William Jessup University
Carlos Lomeli William Jessup University
Sydney Pagador University of New Mexico
David Pineda South Dakota School of the Mines
Robert Quintero Humboldt State University
James Ramos Otero Junior College
Kirsten Robinson Illinois Institute of Technology
Savannah Schultz Cal State East Bay
Lance Shope Northwest Nazarene /
University of Idaho
Jensen Smith Humboldt State University
Brayden Sullivan Gonzaga University
Sydney Talmi Claremont Mackena
Sophia Vallas Occidental College
Scott Walsh Cal State Monterey Bay

2016 Boys and Girls

Brendan Adame Dominican University
Zac Anderson Brown University
Maggie Bell Cal Berkeley
Garrett Bonzell South Dakota School of Mines
Isabella Casto University of Washington
Kayleen Cendana Sonoma State University
Katelyn Chandler University of Pacific
Kennedy Christie Azusa Pacific
Emily Curry Chico State University
Emma Darragh Illinois Wesleyan
Faith Holloway Chapman University
Sarah Jeffries Biola University
Ryan Kelly Sonoma State
Megan Kuo Pomona Pitzer
Justin LaPerle CSU Monterey Bay
Alyssa Leaman Presbyterian College
Issie Leuken University of San Francisco
Hunter Loomis West Point
Hailey Lovering American River College
Jio Mamola UC Irvine
Macey Moen Sac State
Britni Myrhe Las Positas College
Mikayla Reed Sac State
Colin Richardson Humboldt State University
Ruben Sanabia Notre Dame de Namur
Gracie Schouten CSU Monterey Bay
Savannah Thompson University of San Diego

2017 Boys and Girls

Ariana Avila Fresno Pacific
Gabby Barquet Sierra College
Dani Brannam Sierra College
Ryanne Chapman Folsom Lake College
Samantha Craig San Francisco State University
Andres Cuevas Yuba College
Jack Devlin Yale University
Cameron Douglas UCLA
Taylor Evinger Dominican University
Rachel Gensch University of Nevada-Reno
Cole Henderson Dominican University
Jordan Higgins Minot State
Adrian Hoyos Yuba College
Kyle Kellogg Montana State University-Billings
Cassidy Marquez Dominican University
Paige Martinsen Sonoma State University
Maleah Milner St. Mary’s College
Keegan Ness Oregon State University
Jordan O’Roy Whitman College
Ivan Oseguera Sac State
Omar Oseguera Sac State
Clayton Sato San Francisco State
Logan Siemers Dominican University
Clayton Smith University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Hannah Souza University of Nevada-Reno
Hylena Tamez Dominican University
Riley Terando MIT
Wyatt Walsh Dominican University
Kylie Whipple Sierra College

2018 Boys and Girls

Abena Aidoo Cal Berkeley
Frances Andrade Sierra College
Dallis Andreasen Folsom Lake College
Elisha Burnbridge Seattle Pacific
Ayden Burnett UC Davis
Kara Burns San Jose State University
Manny Cabrerra Cal Maritime
Makayla Cheema Sierra College
Dylan Finley Dominican University
Brittney Flint Academy of Art
Cassidy George University of San Francisco
Mackenzie George Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Ayla Harris Dominican University
Quincy Kaplan San Francisco State University
Benji Kikanovich Sac State
Nicolette Lewis Pepperdine
Mason Lopez Folsom Lake College
Adriana Maldonado University of Nebraska
Kylie Martinez Sierra College
Teagan Matye Westmont College
Jack McGrail U.S. Air Force Academy
Clare Murphy Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Amena Nelson Colorado School of Mines
Jacob Ramos Western Washington
Emma Roche Belmont Abbey
Rachel Roche Belmont Abbey
Sydney Schultz Loyola Marymount
Josie Sherman St. Mary’s
Nate Sherwood Corban University
Eddie Silverbush Dominican University
Sylvia Sloss University of San Francisco
Noah Sonenstein UC San Diego
Cody Sundquist UCLA
Emily Talmi Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Grace Vargas University of Nevada-Reno
Jordan Vice UC Davis
Zach Wong UC San Diego
Kat Yarbrough University of Nevada-Reno
Esteban Zepeda San Diego State

2019 Boys and Girls

Tanya Bills Dominican University
Abbie Gould Dominican University
Jenna Ladrech Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Selena Osorio Humboldt State University
Bridget Pelzman Humboldt State University
Aiden Marquez Dominican University
Austin Wehner San Diego State University

2021 Girls

Kellie Pagador Stanford University


College Signing Club Record

Placer United enjoyed an amazing year both on and off the field during the 2017/2018 season as evidenced by all the new trophies proudly displayed in our already packed trophy room. But without a doubt, one of our biggest achievements of the season was a new club record set by our 38 graduating senior players.

Please join us in congratulating all 38 players who will leave the club this year to play collegiate level soccer starting Fall 2018.

Boys 2018 Graduating Class
Elisha Burnbridge Seattle Pacific
Ayden Burnett UC Davis
Manny Cabrerra Cal Maritime
Dylan Finley Dominican University
Benji Kikanovic Sac State
Mason Lopez Folsom Lake College
Jack McGrail U.S. Air Force Academy
Jacob Ramos Western Washington
Nate Sherwood Corban University
Eddie Silverbush Dominican University
Noah Sonenstein UC San Diego
Cody Sundquist UCLA
Jordan Vice UC Davis
Zach Wong UC San Diego


Girls 2018 Graduating Class       
Abena Aidoo Cal Berkeley
Frances Andrade Sierra College
Dallis Andreasen Folsom Lake College
Kara Burns San Jose State University
Makayla Cheema Sierra College
Mackenzie George Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Brittney Flint Academy of Art
Cassidy George University of San Francisco
Ayla Harris Dominican University
Quincy Kaplan San Francisco State University
Nicolette Lewis Pepperdine
Adriana Maldonado University of Nebraska
Kylie Martinez Sierra College
Teagan Matye Westmont College
Clare Murphy Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Amena Nelson Colorado School of the Mines
Emma Roche Belmont Abbey
Rachel Roche Belmont Abbey
Josie Sherman St. Mary’s
Sylvia Sloss University of San Francisco
Emily Talmi Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Sydney Schultz Loyola Marymount
Grace Vargas University of Nevada-Reno
Kat Yarbrough University of Nevada-Reno


Mackenzie George Gets Call Up to U19 National Team

Processed with Rookie Cam


Placer United’s 99/00 Academy team player, Mackenzie George, got the surprise of her life when she received a call from U.S. Soccer asking her to be part of the U.S. Soccer U19 Women’s National team.

U19 U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach, Keri Sarver, called up twenty four players for the May camp in San Diego. Twenty two are in college and two are playing in the U.S. Soccer’s  Girls Academy with NTH Tophat and Placer United.

“What a great opportunity for MacKenzie,” said Placer Director Paul OBrien, “It really shows why the Girls Academy program is so important for players like MacKenzie. She was not on any national team’s radar before this season and after some outstanding displays against teams like the San Jose Earthquakes, Portland Thorns, and Seattle Reign, as well as at the first Girls DA showcase event, she received an invitation to be part of the top twenty four players in the country.”

“Everyone at the club is elated with Kellie’s Pagador’s recent achievements and now this latest news about MacKenzie is awesome,” continued O’Brien. “All of our girls have done us proud in this first year of the US Girls Academy. We hope we have one or two more players receiving invites to National teams in the future as there are many talented players in this area who just need to be seen more regularly by U.S. Soccer staff like what happened with MacKenzie. She and the other twenty three players are age-eligible for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France in August should they prove themselves worthy. Now wouldn’t that make a great local sports story!”

A HUGE congratulations to MacKenzie! Go Placer!

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