Aiden Marquez of 01/02 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Commits to Dominican University

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to Dominican University! I knew Dominican was the best fit for me the minute I stepped on campus. It has an outstanding academic program, as well as an amazing soccer program. I would like to thank my Placer coaches, Ron Benjamin and Todd DeCarlo, for pushing me and giving me the tools I need to succeed. Thank you to my teammates for challenging me mentally, physically, and technically, and for being like family. Thank you to my mom and Eric Crise for giving me a unique and special soccer experience growing up. You two allowed me to become a better player, but also to become a better person. To my big sisters and former teammates, thank you for being amazing role models for me on and off the field. Thank you to the friends and families that have been with me since the beginning, and for always encouraging me. Thank you to Coach Coffey and Coach Lingafeldt for giving me the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. A huge thanks to my parents for supporting me and guiding me. I’m the person I am today because of you two. To my sister, Cassidy, thank you for being, not only my sister, but my best friend. Thank you for encouraging me to be the best person and player I can be. I cant wait to play with you again in college! I am beyond thankful for my amazing family that have loved, guided, and helped me through everything I have done. I can’t wait to be a Penguin!” — Aiden Marquez​

Abbie Faingold Named Defensive Player of the Week for Portland State

OGDEN, Utah (Oct. 10, 2017) – Portland State swept Player of the Week honors after two dramatic wins on the week. Katie Forsee contributed to all three PSU goals with two goals and an assist to earn the offensive honor. Abbie Faingold made eight saves over the two game span to pick up the Defensive Player of the Week award.

Abbie Faingold denied eight shots on goal and only allowed a single goal in Portland State’s two wins on the weekend. Against Northern Arizona, Faingold didn’t allow a goal despite NAU putting pressure on the Portland State defense the entire second half. The Lumberjacks attempted eight shots with two being on goal and Faingold stopped both shots. The goalkeeper really shined versus Sacramento State on Sunday. The Hornets attempted 16 shots, seven on goal, during the match. After Sacramento State scored right before intermission, the redshirt-junior denied every shot attempt in the second half as Portland State came from behind to win a 2-1 thriller.

Katie Forsee produced two game-winning goals on the weekend with the first one coming over Northern Arizona off of a penalty kick for the only goal of the match. In Sunday’s thriller versus Sacramento State, Forsee earned an assist after a Morgan Matthews goal tied the match in the middle of the second half. Minutes later Forsee scored the go-ahead goal to clinch the win for Portland State.

Forsee’s two goals over the weekend upped her total to eight goals on the season which leads the Big Sky. Additionally, the senior leads the conference with 19 points and ranks top-50 in the nation in both categories.

With the two wins Portland State is sitting in second alone in the Big Sky standings with 12 points. The Vikings are set to collide with first-place Eastern Washington (13 points) in Cheney, Wash. on Friday night before finishing out the weekend at Idaho.

Other nominees:

Offense: Emma Vanderhyden (EWU), Myah Merino (UI), Alexa Coyle (UM), Adrian Nixt (NAU), Caitlin Prothe (SAC), MaKenzie Lawrence (SUU)
Defense: Emily Busselman (EWU), Makayla Presgrave (UI), Taryn Miller (UM), Taryn Benham (NAU), Kaylyn Evans (SAC), Kaitlyn Caldera (SUU)

Benji Kikanovic Joins Sacramento State Men’s Soccer

“I am very excited to announce my commitment to play soccer at California State University, Sacramento. I would like to start off by thanking my family, most importantly, my parents, for always supporting and believing in me, both on and off the field, as well as taking me to all my practices and games. I would also like to thank Paul O’Brien, Jason Gantt, Matt Scammacca and Matt McDougall for always pushing me during training sessions and encouraging me to be the best version of myself. Thank you to my teammates and all the other coaches at Placer United who have played an important role in my development as a soccer player. I have always dreamed of playing at the collegiate level and I am incredibly excited to see what my future soccer career has in store for me at Sacramento State. Go Hornets!” — Benji Kikanovic

U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy Technical Advisor Visits Placer United

The Placer United U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy teams had a surprise visitor at training last night as newly hired U.S. Soccer Northwest Technical Advisor, Megan McCormick, was on hand to watch and evaluate the level of each training session, as well as scout for future potential National Youth team players.

“The DA Technical Advisor is here to assist the leadership of all the Academy clubs by monitoring and enhancing the players daily training environments to ensure better player development. They will not only attend training sessions, but also competitive games looking to identify those players with the potential and desire to be part of a U.S. Soccer National team,” explained Paul O’Brien, Director of Soccer Operations.

“Megan was really great,” said 04 Girls Academy Coach, Don Finley. “She spoke with all the girls about her current role within the U.S. Soccer and her previous experiences as a professional player and head college coach,” he said. “Megan asked all the players a few questions including if they have noticed any differences already within the Academy system, to which one of my girls replied, ‘Yes we have a U.S. Soccer national staff member at our training session.'”

The 03 Girls Academy Coach, Ron Benjamin added, “It’s things like this that will quickly help all the players realize they are in a high profile environment, as not only did Megan attend last night’s training session, but she will be at all the Placer United U.S. Soccer DA home games this weekend.”

About the U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on standards of increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy recently expanded programming to include the Girls’ Development Academy which began in September 2017.


Humbolt State Welcomes Bridget Pelzman 01/02 Development Academy

“I’m very proud to announce that I will be continuing my education and soccer career as a member of the entering class of 2019 at Humboldt State University.  I want to thank my fellow teammates who have become like family members to me.  I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to play with such a talented group. I also want to thank the coaches that I have had during my Placer United  career, beginning with Crystal Howard-Chadez, Andy Walsh, and Jimmy Frazelle. Thank you for helping me improve my skills as a young aspiring soccer player. Thank you, Todd DeCarlo, for always pushing me to do my best while guiding me and improving me as the soccer player I am today. Last but not least thank you, Ron Benjamin, for mentoring  me while driving me to always be the best I can be on the soccer field. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your never-failing belief in me as a center defender. Most importantly I would like to thank my Mom, Dad, brother, and grandparents, I would not be where I am today without your support for me while allowing me to catch my dream!  Thank you, Paul Karver, for giving me this amazing opportunity and believing in me as a player for Humboldt State University! Go Jacks!” —Bridget Pelzman



Concussion Awareness Week During Development Academy Opening Weekends

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2017) – Recognize to Recover, presented by Thorne, and ThinkTaylor are partnering during the opening weekends of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ and Boys’ Development Academy to educate more than 17,000 players about handling concussions in the sport.

As part of U.S. Soccer’s continued effort to promote safe play and reduce injuries in soccer players of all ages, the Concussion Awareness Week will take place from Sept. 2-10 and all 197 member clubs will take part in the campaign.

Players will be encouraged to take the #TTPledge, which is an oath from athletes to be educated on concussion symptoms, to be honest in their self-evaluation and to be supportive of anyone with a concussion.

“We’re looking forward to this partnership between Recognize to Recover and ThinkTaylor as we continue to connect with youth players across the United States about their health and safety,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “An important part of managing concussions is making sure that players are educated on how to identify when a possible head injury occurs, and are empowered to inform their parents and coaches. We want to change the culture within the game around reporting concussions and that needs to start at an early age.”

Recognize to Recover, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive program dedicated to safe play and reducing injuries, was launched by U.S Soccer in 2015. The program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents, referees with information, guidance and educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.

Concussion and head injury awareness and prevention are a core part of the program, and in 2016 U.S. Soccer released a new video designed to raise awareness of this important issue and highlight it throughout its coach and referee education programs.

WATCH: Recognize to Recover Concussion Awareness Video

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.

“There were times in my career I wasn’t honest with my coaches, my parents, my teammates, and it only made things worse,” said Twellman. “When you recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and you do something about it, you are already on the road to recovery. That’s why it’s so important to me that athletes are educated and honest about concussions. We only have one brain and it needs to last a lifetime.”

As the 2017-2018 Development Academy season is set to kick off, Concussion Awareness Week is part of the Academy and U.S. Soccer’s continued commitment to the long-term health and safety of its players.

U15 and U14 GNT Will Hold Concurrent Camp at U.S. Soccer NTC

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 September 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

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.)


U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy to Launch on September 2

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 game 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 roster call-ups 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.”

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 ever in the United States. 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 over 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 .

Selena Osorio, U17 01/02 US Soccer Development Academy, Commits to Humboldt State

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to play soccer at Humboldt State University! A huge thank you to all of the coaches I have had growing up and playing soccer for, especially Ron Benjamin and Todd DeCarlo. My dream of committing to a college and having the opportunity to continue doing what I love after high school would not have been possible without them and their constant motivation to make me a better player.  Another thank you to my mom and dad, from taking me to practice, to taking me to my games far away and supporting me and pushing me each and every day. They have spent many hours with me at the field and have taken so much of their time to make sure I get to do what I love and I am extremely thankful for that. Another huge thank you to my teammates/family for supporting me on and off of the field. My teammates are amazing and I am very lucky to be able to grow as a player with each and every one of them by my side. Thank you to Jose Ordaz who has guided me since I was little and continues to guide me to this day. He pushes me and keeps me on track. He has educated me about life as a soccer player and as an individual and I am extremely thankful. Finally, thank you to Coach Paul Karver and Coach Kat Rocket Heppe for making my dream of playing at the next level at an amazing school possible. Go Lumberjacks!”—Selena Osorio


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.

Go Placer!