Sundquist Scores in His U19 German League Debut

Placer United’s Cody Sundquist scored in the first game of the season for his new club VFL Osnabruck. Cody made the switch from Italy’s Fiorentina to the German club in June and is thoroughly enjoying his time while taking in stride all the challenges that come with moving to a new country and new club.

Sundquist was named in the starting eleven and played the entire game scoring one of the goals in a five to zero victory. He doesn’t expect to have many games with a similar score line as the German U19 League is made up of teams from well known German clubs like, Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen, Leipzig, and Hamburg, to name a few.

Big Congrats to Cody! Check out his goal on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/PlacerUnited/

Go Placer!

Zach Wong Commits to UC San Diego

“I am incredibly blessed to announce my commitment to play soccer at UC San Diego in 2018. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue my academic goals at this top university while living in beautiful La Jolla. I look forward to playing for Coach Jon Pascale and can’t wait to make a positive impact at UC San Diego as a player, teammate, and student.

I would not be where I am today without the endless support from my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. Thank you to my family – my biggest fans – for their unconditional love which allows me to become the best athlete, student, and person possible. Thank you to my friends for understanding when I can’t go out because I have soccer. And thank you to my teammates for working hard and supporting each other, which resulted in many impressive wins and everlasting memories. Each and every one of you will always have a special place in my heart.

Placer United has developed me into the player I am today. Thank you to Paul O’Brien for giving me the opportunity and developing me as an outside back. Thank you to Matt Scammacca and Jason Gantt for helping me improve as a soccer player and pushing me each day. A huge thank you to Matt McDougall for believing in me, supporting my goals, and guiding me through this entire process. And lastly, a special thank you to my very first coach from Granite Bay, Coach Chris Altobell, who helped establish my love of soccer since I was five years old and taught me to be RELENTLESS and to never give up!

Go Tritons!”— Zach Wong

Belmont Abbey College Welcomes Emma Roche

“I am very excited to announce that I have committed to Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. I am beyond blessed to able to start my college career at a Catholic college where I can grow in my faith in God and as a player, led by amazing coaches Mike Lynch and Jaime Malilong III.  I would like to give a special thank you to all my coaches, Dave Zinzun and Gabe Martinez who helped me find my love and passion for the game at a young age. I would also like to thank Ron Benjamin, Todd Decarlo, Megan Montoya, and Ed Fardos who have pushed me and have developed me into the player I am today. I would especially like to thank my family, to all of my siblings and most importantly my parents. Thank you for all of the love, support and strength you have given me. I am truly grateful for each and everyone of you, I would not be the player I am today without you. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to start my new journey. Go Crusaders!” — Emma Roche

Noah Sonenstein, 99 Boys Gold, Commits to UC San Diego

“I am humbled and excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at UC San Diego. I cannot express my gratitude enough to those who have helped me along this momentous journey. I would like to thank Placer for fostering such a competitive atmosphere that has allowed me to hone my soccer skills and better prepare myself for the collegiate level. While playing at Placer, I have gotten to know some of the kindest, most charismatic teammates I have ever met; and I’m sure that I will stay in touch with them for many years to come. Furthermore, if I had never moved to Placer, I never would have had the priviledge of playing for Matt McDougall. Without his unwavering support and prudent advice, I would not be in the position I am in today. I am forever grateful for my family’s unconditional love and support throughout this process, especially from my Mom and Dad. There were many moments where I doubted my ability to play at the next level, but their relentless encouragement has truly been an essential part of my achievements. Once again, thank you so much to everyone who has helped me throughout this process and reach this goal, and Go Tritons!” —Noah Sonenstein

Rachel Roche Commits to Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina

“I am very excited to announce my commitment to play college soccer for Belmont Abbey College. I am truly blessed to have been welcomed by coaches Mike Lynch and Jaime Malilong, two wonderful people who will help guide me through the next four years of my life. I would like to thank all of my coaches, especially Ron Benjamin and Todd Decarlo, who have pushed me to be my best, on and off the field, I couldn’t have done it without the both of you! I would also like to thank all of my teammates who have been with me through the good and bad days. Finally thank you to my parents who have gone above and beyond to help me achieve my dreams. I can’t wait for what the next four year have in store. Go Crusaders!” — Rachel Roche

The Sierra College Wolverines Welcome Gabriella Barquet

“After countless years of playing soccer I would like to announce my excitement to be playing soccer at the collegiate level and playing at Sierra College! I’d like to thank all of my coaches in the past who have gotten me to where I am today, especially Crystal Chaidez, Lee Callow, Chris Alcala, John Bustos, and Todd DeCarlo. They each have impacted me in a different way to make me a better player and have shaped me to be the player and person I am today. I’d also like to thank the Sierra College coaching staff, particularly Jason Gantt for taking me in and being so welcoming. In addition to my coaches I’d also like to thank all my teammates I have had in the past. The tournaments and practices that have allowed us to bond and become close have allowed me to open up as a person and also become a better player on and off the field. In addition to my coaches and friends, I would like to give a huge thanks to my parents who have always been so supportive and would take me to every practice, game, and tournament that I had over the past years especially the last eight years with Placer and all the long drives to tournaments. My parents are always there for me and have helped me achieve this wonderful opportunity to play soccer at the next level and I wouldn’t be at this point without them. I am very thankful for all that have helped me and can’t wait to start this next chapter of my life at Sierra. Go Wolverines!”— Gabriella Barquet

Quincy Kaplan Commits to San Francisco State University

“I am thrilled to announce my commitment to play soccer at San Francisco State University. I am incredibly privileged to join a team that is led by two phenomenal coaches, Tracy Hamm and Val Henderson. I am excited to come into a program that is up and coming and is passionate about development as well as winning. I cannot go without expressing my immense gratitude to my family for always believing in me on and off the field. I would also like to thank Ron Benjamin and the rest of the Placer United coaches and players for being an instrumental piece in my development, for inspiring me, and for pushing me to be the greatest version of myself I could possibly be. I cannot wait to experience the next four years as a member of a tremendous soccer program. Go Gators!” – Quincy Kaplan

Placer United’s Jodi Tarr Picks Up USSF Academy Award

July 13, 2017—The USSF announced Placer United’s Jodi Tarr as the 2016/17 USSF Academy Western Conference Administrator of the Year.

“It’s absolutely brilliant and well deserved,” said Placer Director Paul O Brien. “Jodi is a die hard Placer United person and works non-stop 25/8 for the soccer club. I honestly don’t think anybody knows the actual amount of time and effort she puts into our club while also holding down an outside job. I know everyone who knows Jodi will celebrate this achievement with her even as she likes to fly under the radar and is simply just happy knowing that all the players and teams are doing well on the soccer field.”

A big congratulations to Jodi for being recognized on a national level. Go Placer! Go Jodi Tarr!

Kathryn Yarbrough Verbally Commits to UNR

“I would like to announce my verbal commitment to play D1 College Soccer for the University of Nevada Reno. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Otagaki and the Wolfpack! I would also like to thank my coaches along this journey who have helped me grow in the game of soccer; Coach Jeff Landers and Coach Eric Ramirez from my Texas days, and Coach Ron Benjamin, and Coach Todd DeCarlo have been great to me since moving back to California. I appreciate your investment in my life and I look forward to this final year under your leadership. I am so grateful to all my teammates through the years who have pushed me athletically. The friendships that I have acquired mean more to me than words can say. You have become like family and mean a lot to me personally. Finally, I want to thank my family for their support, especially all the sacrifices you have made for me over the years. Especially my dad for yelling at the refs! I know I can always count on you to be there.

I thank God for all His blessings in my life and am excited for the future He has for me!  Go Wolfpack!” —Kathryn Yarbrough

Reese Zinzun Will Play Soccer for William Jessup University

“I am very proud to announce that I have committed to play at William Jessup University. I’ve always dreamed of playing at the collegiate level, and because of the endless amount of support I have received from my family, coaches and teammates, I was able to achieve that goal. I would like to thank my family for their support and putting up with the dreadful car rides home after a loss. Without the support of my family, on and off the field, I wouldn’t be the person or the player that I am today and for that I am truly grateful. I would also like to thank all of the Placer United coaches I’ve had over the past four years: Chris Alcala, John Bustos, Todd De Carlo, and Katie Burton. To my teammates, thank you for being by my side since day one. I’ve realized that you guys are more than teammates, you are family to me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you guys. I would like to thank my high school coaches: Bill Fraser, Shonna Fraser, and my dad. Coach Bill and Coach Shonna have been nothing but supportive throughout my journey, and have always pushed me to be the best person and player I can be. I would like to thank my dad who has coached me in YMCA, recreation, competitive and now high school soccer. I thank him for always putting in so much of his time and effort to train me and always treating me as if I was just like any other player. Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Rachel and the William Jessup Warrior family for giving me this opportunity to play at the collegiate level. I am truly grateful for all of my teammates, family members, and coaches who have been able to take part in this wild adventure that has encouraged me to play at the collegiate level. I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life, and be able to play at William Jessup University. Go Warriors! —Reese Zinzun