Club News - 2006-2007


Vardar Represented in Super Group at Disney Showcase

Two Vardar players, John Rogers and Ruben Bega, and one coach, Jason Davis, will represent Vardar and Region 2 in the Super Group at the Disney Showcase this holiday season. 

The Disney Showcase, held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, is recognized as one of the top College Showcases in the country, with the Super Group being the highlight of the competition.   

John, Ruben, and Jason will compete with the Region 2 1990 Regional Team against Real Madrid, the US U17 National Team, Region 4 ODP, and Tigres (Mexico) during the four day event. 

Last year Vardar players Colin Givens, Casey Townsend, Spencer Thompson, Luke Norman, Jeremy Clark, and Matt Walker participated in the Super Group against the U17 National Teams from Spain, Japan, and France.


Vardar player Mary Parker honored

Mary Parker, a senior at the University of Detroit Mercy, has completed her college soccer career by earning a distinguished variety of awards that recognize her hard work both on the soccer field and in the classroom.

The Vardarstars Soccer Club take great pride in Mary’s accomplishments and urge all of our players to excel as Mary has, both in the classroom and on the soccer field.

Thank you Mary, for being a wonderful role model for all our club members- especially the young women that will follow in your footsteps.


Vardar Represented at Regional & National Levels

Several Vardar players were recently selected to participate with ODP Regional and National Teams at the Thanksgiving Interregional, Nike Friendlies, and Final Four Showcase.

Jason Davis – 90 Regional Team Head Coach

The players include:
  • Caleb Stanko – U14 National Team - U14 Vardar
  • Colin Givens – U18 National Team - U18 Vardar
  • Casey Townsend – U18 National Team - U18 Vardar
  • Kotaro Mitsuhashi – 93 Regional Team - U14 Vardar
  • Sean Cunningham – 93 Regional Team - U14 Vardar
  • Nicholas Prys – 92 Regional Team - U15 Vardar
  • Reid Losee – 92 Regional Team - U15 Vardar
  • Mike Cunningham – 91 Regional Team - U16 Vardar
  • John Rogers – 90 Regional Team - U17 Vardar
  • Ruben Bega – 90 Regional Team - U17 Vardar

In addition to playing, Sean Cunningham was also selected as captain for the 93 Regional Team and was named to the 1993 adidas All-Star team at the Interregional Event.


Brian Maisonneuve 1 on 1

Brian Maisonneuve a member of the U17 US National Team coaching staff speaks on his transition from player to coach on

Brian, a long time Vardar player and  a member of the Vardar Hall of Honor, has been working with the U17 National Team for two years after a distinguished career that included; Vardar, Indiana University, the Colombus Crew, and the US Men’s National Team. 


Norman and Omekanda selected for MLS Combine

Vardar players Nate Norman, University of Notre Dame, and Simon Omekanda, Penn State University, are among a select group of players that have been selected to the Major League Soccer Combine in Fort Lauderdale.

These two accomplished collegiate players have capped their college careers with this very distinguished honor, as they will compete with some of the finest players in the country.

The Vardarstars Soccer Club are very proud of the accomplishments of both these young men and wish them the best of luck at the combine and with their future careers.



Vardar Elite  •   U13 Girls shine at Raleigh Shootout  •   U13G  •  Torre
The U13 girls traveled to Raleigh NC for the 06 Raleigh Shootout to compete in the Champions A flight amongst some of the top U13 teams in the country. The girls responded very well as they played some of their best soccer of the season and advanced to the championship game.

  In pool play Vardar opened the event by defeating the GSA Phoenix 1-0 in a very hard fought game. The girls then tied Team Boca in dramatic fashion as they scored 2 late goals to tie the game 2-2. In the third game they defeated regional rivals MTSC Blaze 1-0.


These results placed the girls in a deadlock with Team Boca which was resolved by penalty kicks which the Vardar girls won on the last kick.
The final saw the girls face a very talented and highly ranked Chantilly Burn. The score at the end of regulation was 1-1 and unfortunately the girls lost 3-1 in overtime.

Congratulations go out to the girls for a tremendous performance.


Vardarstars Earn High School Honors
Vardarstars players dominated state dream team selections and many of our talented players earned all-state honors.   For the eighth time in ten years a Vardarstars player has won Mr. Soccer. 

Casey Townsend was selected as Mr.Soccer and follows a long list of Vardarstars players to win this award. The Vardarstars Soccer Club congratulate Casey for his individual achievements and his winning the state championship with his Traverse City West teammates.

The Dream Team had seven of the eleven members from the Vardarstars Soccer club:

  • Casey Townsend
  • Spencer Thompson
  • Doug Ferner
  • Colin Givens
  • Luke Norman
  • Nosa Iyonha
  • Ali Philman

We congratulate these young men on their selections.

Record-Eagle file photo/ Tyler Sipe --  Traverse City West junior forward Casey Townsend (11) was named Mr. Soccer after helping lead the Titans to their first state soccer title.
Record-Eagle file photo/ Tyler Sipe
Traverse City West junior forward Casey Townsend (11) was named Mr. Soccer after helping lead the Titans to their first state soccer title.
Many Vardarstars players were recognized for their talents and hardwork throughout the high school season as they were honored with all-state selections.

Vardar Elite  •   2006 MSYSA State Cup Champions   •   U15G  •  Muftari

The Vardar U15 Girls Team won the MSYSA Snickers State Cup Championship with a 2-1 win over the Michigan Hawks on October 15, 2006 at Founders Park in Farmington.

The two teams have met in the State Cup Finals for the past four years with Vardar winning the first two, the Hawks last year and then Vardar reclaimed the title this year.  The Oct. 15 match was the first time in their State Cup meetings that the game ended in regulation time.


The Hawks scored first in the game and then Vardar tied it up with a chip over the goalie by Anna Zambricki. Kayla Mannino put Vardar on top with a goal in the second half.   Defender Angela Gerback was selected as Most Valuable Player and Anna Sieloff was named Most Valuable Goalkeeper.

 The 2007 Michigan State Cup Championship culminates a 6-0 tournament for the Vardar girls.   In preliminary State Cup matches the Vardar girls had not allowed any of their opponents to get a goal. They earned their spot in the championship game by besting CA United (9-0), Rochester Lightning (9-0), TNT Dynamite (8-0), Force Purple (3-0) and Gators Orange (3-0).


2006 Vardar Nike Cup  •  Vardar advances 10 teams to finals

2006 Vardar Nike Cup Champions

  • U13  •  Boys  •  Pogue
  • U11  •  Girls   •  Perkins
  • U13  •  Girls   •  Torre
  • U15  •  Girls   •  Muftari
  • U16  •  Girls   •  Torre

2006 Vardar Nike Cup Finalist

  • U11  •  Boys  •  Pogue
  • U14  •  Boys  •  Seargent
  • U14  •  Girls   •  Heugh
  • U17  •  Girls   •  Seargent
  • U18  •  Girls   •  Huff

Vardar Elite  •  2006 Arsenal Challenge Cup Champions  •   U13G  •  Torre

  The U13 Vardar girls went undefeated at the Arsenal Challenge Cup. 

In the group stage the girls defeated the Loveland Chargers 2-1,  CUSA 7-0, and Ohio Premier 2-0.

In the final match the girls defeated Concordia 4-2. Congratulations to the girls on a successful start to their new season.  


Vardar West  •  2006 N.W. Ohio Festival Champions  •   U14B  •  Mexicotte
     The Vardar West U-14 Boys were the Champions at the 2006 Northwest Ohio Festival Soccer Tournament this month.  They went undefeated in their bracket and beat Maumee Express 2-1 in the final!  They scored 22 goals as several players made the scoring column and only allowed 3 goals against over the weekend.

     It was a great effort from all the players as they prepare for another tough season in Michigan Premier Division One.



Vardarstars  •  Manchester United Premier Cup  • U14G  •  Muftari

The Vardar ’92 U14 Girls team competed in the Manchester United Premier Cup over the Memorial Day weekend.  The tournament was only for U14 boys and girls and was held at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.  The tournament was by invitation only and consisted of the top 20 boys and girls teams from across the country.  The winners of the tournament earned all expenses paid trips to the Manchester United Premier Cup finals in Manchester England for the boys and to the world’s largest soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup, in Gothenbrug, Sweden for the girls.

     The Vardar girls performed exceptionally well placing 2nd in the tournament.  All teams had to play 7 games over the 5-day tournament.  In round robin play the girls went 2-1-1 and were able to take a second place finish in their bracket, which earned them a bid in the playoffs.  From there things began to roll.  The girls defeated the Chicago Eclipse in the quarterfinals when Anna Sieloff stopped an amazing 3 out of 6 Penalty kicks to break the 0-0 tie.  The semifinals brought to the field the Southern Cal Blues.  Again, Anna Sieloff stepped up her game, stopping 2 more PKs in the overtime shootout for the win and chance at the finals.

     The Manchester United Premier Cup Championship game saw two talented teams, our own Vardar Girls and the Southern Cal United girls.  Both teams were equally matched and ready to play.  Shortly into the first half a bobbled ball found its way into the net putting the Vardar girls down by one.  Frantic and intense play followed with Vardar dominating the majority of the game.  A breakaway goal by SoCal United sealed the deal late in the second half resulting in a 2-0 loss for our Vardar girls.



Vardarstars  • Manchester United Premier Cup  • U14-15B  •  Torre

 The U14/15 Vardar Boys enjoyed a very successful trip to Beaverton Oregon as they finished fifth in a field of twenty. Playing some of the finest clubs in the nation the boys displayed great commitment and energy compiling a 5-2 record while allowing only 2 goals against.

In the preliminary stages the Vardar boys won their group which consisted  of: Vardar, Scott Gallagher, Bethesda FC, Nomads FC, and the Irvine Strikers.

 In the quarter-final stage the boys lost a heartbreaker to the Arsenal in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. Showing great character Vardar came back to defeat So Cal United and the Surf to claim fifth overall.

 The Vardarstars organization is very proud the accomplishments of this group of young men who represented our club and state with great class and dignity.


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Club News - 2007-2008

APRIL 2007

2007 Boys State Cup Summary

The 2007 Boys State Campaign has kicked off and the Vardar Boys have started off well with many important victories.

We wish the boys the best of luck as we attempt to advance as many teams as possible to state cup finals day and regionals.


Midwest Regional League Review

With the MRL being in full swing the weekend saw many Vardar teams participating in some very important games. Vardar boys traveled to Rockford IL and Hebron In, while the girls hosted a weekend in Rochester. 

So far the season has been a very successful one with the most of our teams being firmly in the race to win their divisions and secure a wild card at regionals.

Vardar Alumni Simon Omekanda to play in Sweden
Vardar alumni Simon Omekanda has signed professionally to play in Europe. We are very proud of Simon’s accomplishments and wish him the best of luck with his career.

Two more collegians have bypassed MLS and signed with European clubs.

Penn States Simon Omekanda, picked by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2007 SuperDraft, signed with Swedish club IF Norrkoping. The two-time All-Big Ten First Team was born in Morocco and spent time in Belgium before moving to Rochester Hills, Mich., where he was the 2002 Mr. Michigan as the states top prep player.

Ryan Guy, who starred at San Diego, was taken by FC Dallas in the second round of MLSs SuperDraft but signed with Irelands St Patricks Athletic after tryouts in England with Crystal Palace and Germany with Hannover. He scored eight goals for the Toreros in 2006.

EUROPEAN SIGNINGS (2006 Collegians):
Charlie Davies Boston College to Hammarby (Sweden)
Ryan Guy San Diego to St. Patricks Athletic (Ireland)
Tally Hall San Diego State to Esbjerg (Denmark)
Simon Omekanda Penn State to IF Norrkoping (Sweden)
Steve Purdy California to 1860 Munich II (Germany)
Darryl Roberts Liberty to Sparta Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Luis Robles Portland to Kaiserslautern II (Germany)
Kareem Smith South Florida to KI (Faeroe Islands)


MARCH 2007

U14 Girls PRF Champions

The VardarStars 93 Red U14 Girls captured the championship of the 2007 PRF United Cup in Cincinnati on March 24-25. 

Coached by Demir Muftari, the girls won their bracket, which included the Cincinnati Football Academy, NK United, and DSC of Wisconsin. 

In the finals, the girls defeated DSA Premier, 1-0 in a hard-fought match.   Due to several last-minute injuries and illnesses, the girls competed in the tournament with only 12 active players.   Way to go, girls!! 

Vardarstars West Victorious in Middletown

The Vardarstars West U-14 boys opened their Spring Season by winning the Middletown Spring Blast Tournament just outside Cincinnati this past weekend. 

They prevailed Saturday by beating CUSA 92 1-0 and Ohio Elite 2-1.  Their 3rd match against SCSA ended in a 1-1 draw which was enough to earn a spot to play Worthington United in the final. 

It was a defensive match with few scoring opportunities until VS West finally netted a goal late in the first half.  With one minute left in the match, they struck again to make it a 2-0 victory!  Great effort boys!!!

2007 Javanon Cup Champions

The U13 Vardar Girls traveled to Louisville Kentucky for the 2007 Javanon Cup March 17-18.  The Girls won the championship in an exciting final that saw them defeat the Cincinnati Classics Hammer 2-1 in penalty kicks.

The girls had won their bracket which included; Lakota, Greater Toledo, and Carmel United. In the final Monika Lee, Alleina Szydlowski, Rachel Van Poppelen, and Dayna Stevens all made their penalties while Jenna Underwood stopped two of 4 attempts. The girl travel next to Brentwood Tennessee in April for the Adidas Showcase.

U15 Girls attend National Camp/Europe Tour

Three Vardar U15 girls have been selected to represent Region II at the USYS National Training Camp at the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Kayla Mannino, Nicole Read, and Megan Siebert, all members of Demir Muftaris U15 team will attend the national camp Feb. 16-21.

These same three girls and a fourth teammate, Anna Sieloff, will then be heading to Europe for a Region II International Tour March 15-24.  The girls will play with their Region II teammates against other U15 teams from England and France.  While in England the Region II team will have an opportunity to visit the Windsor castle, do additional sightseeing in London and watch a professional soccer match.  Several of their games will be played at the David Beckham Academy in Greenwich.   The tour then has the team head to Paris where they will play a friendly at the National French Football Centre in Clairefontaine.  The group is also expected to visit the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.




Vardar Winter Leagues come to a close

The arrival of March saw the conclusion of two Vardar Winter Leagues that took place at Shelby Soccer City. The Vardar Friday night league concluded for the U12 boys, U13 Girls, and the U13 boys red.  Each of these teams played each other in very competitive games and also had the opportunity to invite teams from outside the club to develop a competitive schedule.  A Vardar skills contest  took place mid-schedule and saw three very talented players win from their perspective teams; Brittany Tenis from u13 girls, Miguel Polley from the u12 boys, and Lawrence Paterson from the u13 boys.

The older boys teams competed in a Saturday afternoon league that brought together the U14 a team, the top two u15 Boys teams and the top two u16 teams. Outside competition was also brought in to complete a competitive and challenging schedule.

All the Vardar teams have worked hard throughout the winter and are very excited and prepared for the beginning of the spring season. 


Vardar Super Y-Leage ODP Selections

Several Vardar players attended the recent Super Y-League ODP National Camps with five being named to the Super Y-League Select Teams. The National ODP events were well attended by U.S. National Team Staff, college coaches, and the Super Y-League ODP staff scouting system.  Rubin Bega, Andre Bezerra, Nick Prys, Reed Losee, and Nicole Read were all named to the Select Teams.



Vardar Girls attend Ohio Indoor College Showcase

On February 19th a group of 15 Vardar players, from three teams within the club,   traveled to Cincinnati to participate in the Ohio Buckeye Indoor Showcase.  The one day event was a tremendous opportunity for the girls to showcase their skills in front of collection of Colleges that span the Midwest.

A large group of coaches, over sixty in total, watched the Vardar girls play the Cleveland Internationals and Cincinnati United Premier.   This showcase concludes a very successful season that began in July for the older Vardar Girls, and saw the girls travel throughout the country attending and hosting college showcases. We wish all our high school age girls well in their upcoming high school season and we look forward to their return in June.


Vardar Boys Ranked 9th in Nation

Soccer America released their annual Best Youth Clubs 2007 edition and the Vardar Boys were ranked 9th in the nation. Soccer America, a widely respected soccer publication, annually ranks all the youth soccer clubs in the nation and the Vardar boys find themselves alongside the best clubs in the country.

We wish to congratulate all the young men and women that have made the Vardar Soccer Club one of the elite soccer clubs in the nation. We would also like to thank our staff for their hard work and commitment.


Vardar Girls College Combine

The Vardar Girls took to the field Sunday January 28th in front of some of the Midwest’s finest college soccer programs. Vardar freshman, sophomores, and juniors had the opportunity to display their skills as ten colleges looked on.

The girls were pooled together and put in an environment where coaches could get a quality evaluation of their talents. The event was a success and was well received by the coaches in attendance. We are very proud of the quality of the players in our Girls Program and are proud to showcase them in this annual event that can be a critical tool in the recruitment process for our Vardar Girls.

We would like to congratulate the girls on a excellent morning of soccer and we would also like to thank the coaches that attended the event and we look forward to seeing you next year.

College attended:

  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Oakland University
  • Northwood University
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Toledo
  • Western Michigan University


Norman and Omekanda selected in MLS Draft

The Vardar Soccer Club would like to congratulate longtime Vardar players Nate Norman and Simon Omekanda on being selected in the MLS draft.

Norman, a Notre Dame standout, was selected 21st overall while Omekanda, a Penn State standout, was selected 47th overall.  Both young men were selected by the Chicago Fire.

We wish both of these fine young men the best of luck as the launch their careers as professional soccer players.

U16 Girls have successful trip to the Orange Classic

The Vardar U16 girls participated in the 2006 Orange Classic tournament in Ft. Lauderdale between the 27th and the 30th of January. The girls had a very successful tournament as they advanced to the final before losing 2-1 in a very close contest to Team Boca.

In pool play the girls defeated NASA Premier, tied Dallas Texans, and Defeated Westside United Fury 2-1 to top the group. In the semi-final the 16s defeated the Weston Fury 1-0 to advance to the final.
This prestigious event caps off a successful season which saw the girls win the Midwest Regional League 1st Division and gain promotion to the U17 Premier Division. We congratulate all the girls on a job well done and wish them luck in their upcoming high school season.
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