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Vardar Players Invited to Training Center
Twelve Vardar players were invited by the United States Soccer Federation to a March 26 U.S. Soccer Training Center run by U.S. National team staff members. The training center was held at the Winstar Sports Complex. READ MORE....
Colton Farley, Keith Larson, Matthew Mielnicki, Ben Ofeimu, Assad Bujaidar, Michael Teller, Kevin Buca, Austin Koss, Alex Popa, Ryan Cummins, Hiroshi Claboine and Chase Inscho were all selected to attend the program. The boys are members of either the U14 Academy Team or the U13 NPL Team.
The U.S. Soccer Training Center program aims to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program. Training Center events are open to the top players from any team, club or organization. Sessions are free, single-day player identification opportunities for local players with the most potential to train under the direction of U.S. Soccer National Team coaches. U.S. Soccer runs over 300 Sessions per year around the country.
id2 Selections: U14 ECNL players, Mya Fregoli and Rachel Rasins. And Ben Ofeimu, a member of the Vardar U13 NPL Team .. READ MORE....
Ben Ofeimu, a member of the Vardar U13 NPL Team, has been selected to attend a US Club Soccer 2014 id2 National Selection International Tour in Italy. The id2 National Selection International Tour is the final programming element of the id2 Program cycle targeting boys born in 2000, which included four id2 Training Camps held during 2013.
The roster consists of 17 boys born in 2000 and one born in 2001, representing 16 different clubs. During the tour, the team will have the opportunity to train, attend games and compete against youth teams from well-known professional clubs while gaining a unique educational and cultural experience.
The traveling party will arrive in Northern New Jersey on Feb. 27 for a brief domestic base camp before departing to Italy the evening of Feb. 28. After spending the initial portion of the trip in Florence, the squad will transfer to Milan and return to American soil on March 10. A challenging schedule awaits the squad, with games scheduled against the Giovanissimi Regionali squads of ACF Fiorentina (March 4), Inter Milan (March 6) and Juventus FC (March 7).
“Playing top youth academy teams in Italy will expose our players to European talent while being immersed in a different culture,” Gerry McKeown, US Club Soccer’s id2 Boys Program Director and head coach of the id2 National Selection, said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
In addition, two Vardar U14 ECNL players, Mya Fregoli and Rachel Rasins, have been selected to participate in US Club Soccer’s id2 Program Training Camp scheduled for March 20–23, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth soccer players to be identified and developed in an elite training camp with top players from throughout the country, while also being scouted for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs.
Vardar Seniors Sign Letters of Intent
February 5 was National Signing Day for athletes making it official which university they intend to pursue their sport after high school graduation. Vardar congratulates all of its players who will move on to collegiate soccer at their respective colleges. Best of luck.
Dean Akeel - Oakland University
Eli Appleby - Butler
Nick Badalamenti - Princeton
Connor Ballantyne - Dayton
Bradley Centala - Michigan State
Craig Duggan - South Carolina
Zach Haapala - Albion College
Jay McIntosh- Indiana
Matt Nance - Xavier
Soto Raphtis - Colgate
Peter Tappenden - Colgate
Willie Maddox - Oakland University
Sabrina Austin - Ferris State
Gabrielle Deleon - West Point Academy
Gabriella Epelman - University of Toledo
Katie Erdman - Bowling Green
Emma Groffsky - Michigan
Bella Habuda - U of Louisville
Carson Janssen - Ashland U
Annika Johnson - George Washington U
Jacqui Kozlowski - Michigan
Kendall Kramer - Michigan
Isabella Kubo - TCU
Marina Manzo - U of Houston
Mariah Oltoski - Loyola Chicago
Kelsey Parrinello - U of Cincinnati
Brenna Pawelkowski - Butler
Madison Schupbach - Bowling Green
Sierra Sisco - Louisiana Tech University
Taylor Timko - Michigan
Ashley Weaver - Butler