Club News - 2008-2009


Photo caption - (L-R)
(top row) Muftari, Sara Tweedy, Riley Wood, Anna Sieloff, Angela Gerback, Niki Read, Kelsey Breaugh
(center row) Autumn Jacobs, Kayla Mannino, Karly Linton, Anna Zambricki, Kyla Cross, Amanda Anton, Stacy Clough
(front row) Megan Siebert, Christine Kelly, Kacie Steinbrecher and Lauren Lokey


(October 21, 2008) – Vardar Champions! Coach Demir Muftari shares the gold medal win with his U17 girls after beating the Hawks 1-0 in the Michigan State Cup Championship.

The Vardar U17 Girls edged the Michigan Hawks 1-0 on Oct. 18 at Independence Park in Canton to win the 2009 Michigan State Cup Championship. Kyla Cross of Clinton Township scored the only goal. Megan Siebert of Troy was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Anna Sieloff of Troy was named Most Valuable Goalkeeper.

The Vardar-Hawks match-up was the sixth year in a row that the two teams met in the Final and the fifth year that Vardar took the championship crown. The Girls State Cup is the first level of competition in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. State Cup winners advance to the Regional Championship which will be held June 19-24, 2009 in Sioux Falls, SD, and regional winners advance to the National Championships held July 21-26 in Lancaster, MA.

The 2009 Michigan State Cup Championship culminates a 6-0 tournament for the Vardar girls. In preliminary matches the Vardar girls beat North Stars (16-1), Gators Blue (6-0), LCSC Meteors (4-0), Canton Celtic (2-0) and Hawks Red (2-0). 

For six seniors of the 17 Vardar girls, the State Cup win was the last opportunity to compete in this format as they are graduating from high school.

  •  Kelsey Breaugh (White Lake)
  •  Angela Gerback (Rochester Hills)

  •  Christine Kelly (Shelby Twp)

  •  Nicole Read (Orion)
  •  Kacie Steinbrecher (Rochester Hills)

  •  Megan Siebert (Troy)

Four of the six have already committed to play college soccer with Breaugh going to University of Alabama, Gerback to University of Louisville, Read to University of Illinois and Siebert to University of Miami, FL. Kelly and Steinbrecher both are still looking at a variety of schools for their post-Vardar careers

In addition to the six seniors, the Vardar U17 team includes juniors

  • Amanda Anton (Rochester Hills)

  • Stacy Clough (Northville)
  • Kyla Cross (Clinton Township)

  • Autumn Jacobs (Milan)
  • Karly Linton (Midland)
  • Lauren Lokey (Northville)
  • Kayla Mannino (Bloomfield Hills)

  • Anna Sieloff (Troy)
  • Sara Tweedy (Ann Arbor)
  • Riley Wood (White Lake)
  • nna Zambricki (Bloomfield Hills)

The team is coached by Demir Muftari (Royal Oak). This is Muftari’s third State Cup win with this team.

Once again excellent job and good luck with the rest of your season!

MORE INFORMATION:    U17 Girls - 92G - Muftari - Team Page & Roster



U12 Vardar Ann Arbor boys won the FC Pride tourney

(October 7, 2008) – Over the weekend Vardar Ann Arbor sent 4 teams to the FC Pride tourney in Indianapolis and 3 out of the 4 teams made it to the Finals.   Congratulations to all the players that participated in the tourney.

The U12 boys Black went 4-0 winning their 1st tourney of the fall season.  Nice job boys! 

The U13 boys Black lost in the finals 2-1 in shootouts, playing up in the U14 boys division.  Great Stuff!  The U13 girls Black were a bit unlucky and lost 1-0 in the finals, but played extremely well throughout the entire weekend.  Keep your head up girls, you played very well!  Finally, the U13 boys White struggled to find the back of net, but played well defensively and throughout the midfield. Keep working hard boys!

Once again excellent job to all the teams that participated in the tourney and good luck with the rest of your fall season!





(August 10, 2008) – The Vardar U13 girls defended their U12 title from last year at the NSR Cup Tournament held August 9-10, 2008 in Saginaw. They beat Kingdom Reserves, MI Hawks Black and MI Hawks Red to win their bracket. T

hey defeated Vardar North in the semi-final with a 4-0 win and went on to beat Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. 3-0 in the final. Congratulations on a job well done to the girls, Coach Mike Lupenec and Coach Steve Piotrowski!


JULY 2008

Soony Saad named the 15/16 Boys Academy Player of the Year

(July 18, 2008) – The U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced the 2007-08 Academy Player of the Year for the Under 15/16 age group at the Development Academy Finals Week at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The U-15/16 Player of the Year is Soony Saad from Vardar. Soony has parlayed his impressive performance into call-ups to the U.S. U-17 Mens National Team.

The recipients of the honors were voted upon by U.S. Soccers Development Academy coaches and National Team scouts. Already, 13 of the 22 players on the Starting XI have been in camp with a U.S. Youth National Team, and the 10 players from the Starting XI have one more chance to impress the National Team scouts.



JULY 2008


The Vardar U16 Girls advance to the USYSA National Championship Series

(July 14, 2008) – The Vardar U16 Girls, coached by Demir Muftari, are on their way to the USYSA National Championship Series to be held July 22-27 in Little Rock, AR. The team was selected by the Region II Championship committee to attend Nationals.  

To get to the Regional Final, Vardar girls advanced through their bracket by beating Nebraska (Gladiator Rio) 4-0, tying Iowa (Des Moines Heat) 1-1, and winning 4-0 over Minnesota (Woodbury Inferno). The Semi-Final was against Ohio Norths Cleveland Internationals with Vardar winning 2-0.

Showing the passion to claim the regional title, Eclipse and Vardar met to determine the champion and a spirited contest followed as both opponents sought victory.  After a scoreless game in regulation, Eclipse opened up the scoring and claimed the regional crown. 

Congratulations to the both teams for a tremendous performance.   Good luck at nationals!!


JUNE 2008


Another Vardar Player Joins the U.S Soccer National Residency Program

(June 12, 2008) – Soony Saad, a member of the U-16 Vardar Academy League, has been selected among the nations top players to join the U.S National Residency Roster for the Fall of 2008 in Bradenton Florida. 

Soony & his older brother Hamoody Saad  recently joined  Vardar Soccer Club this past year and since have helped bring the team to many victories. The U-16 Academy record is 16-2-3. The Saad brothers goal is to win their league and represent their new club at the National Championship in July, which will be held in California.

Soony  attributes their recent success to the great coaching staff: Morris and Mike Lupenec as well as their fellow teammates. Soony will miss his team and coaches as he bids farewell this fall. "It will be sad to say goodbye, but Im excited for my team-mates who look to have an awesome finish this year and a bright fresh team next year in the U-18 Academy. Thanks to all!!


MAY 2008


Vardar U12 boys win the Adidas Warrior Classic

The Vardar Red U12 boys won the championship at the Adidas Warrior Soccer Classic in Dayton over Memorial Day weekend.   The team went undefeated and played teams from Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan.   The team defeated the Dayton Warriors in the semi-finals to advance to the championship game.

In the final game they defeated the Michigan Wolves 3-2 in overtime to win the championship.

Congratulations to coach John Phillips and the boys for a terrific performance!

MAY 2008


U11 Boys win Novi Jaguar Tournament

Congratulations to the Vardar U11 boys team who won at the Novi Jaguar Tournament the weekend of May 9-11. The boys went undefeated in their bracket to advance to the championship game.

The Vardar boys defeated the Cleveland Whitecaps in the championship game 7-1.

Congratulations go out to Coach John Phillips and the boys for a tremendous performance!!!


MAY 2008


U10 Girls win Novi Jaguar Tournament

The U10 Vardar girls won the Novi Jaguar Tournament played May 9-11.  The team went undefeated to win their bracket and advance to the finals.

In the championship game, the Vardar girls defeated Pacesetter Premier in double overtime.

Prior to the championship game on sunday (Mothers Day),  Coach Jennifer Perkins new baby girl was born. Mom and baby are doing well.

Thanks to Coach Jen Perkins, Mike Lupenec and Josh Back for a great weekend and Congratulations to the U10 Girls Champions!!!  


MAY 2008


U14 Girls Earn Trip to Regionals

The Vardar U14 Girls have earned a berth to the USYSA Region II Championships. The girls have positioned themselves in a tie for first place in the MRL Premier Division Blue and will play for the MRL championship next week. With six games completed in the schedule the girls have accumulated a record of 5 wins and 1 tie and have beaten some of the nation’s most successful teams.

We congratulate the girls on an excellent performance and great achievement. With high expectations of themselves these girls have achieved the goals they set with incredible teamwork, mental strength, and hard work . Well done ladies.


APRIL 2008

Niki Read to attend the U18 Womens National Team training camp

Niki Read, a member of the Vardar U16 team, has been selected to attend the U18 Womens National Team training camp to be held May 3-10 in Sunrise, FL.

Niki has been a Vardar player since U-9. She has been a Regional Team ODP player for three years and has attended three national team training events as well as an Adidas ESP camp which highlights the top 92 high school sophomores.

With her Vardar team, Niki has been part of four State Cup Championships and one Regional Championship. Her team will next represent Michigan at the June Region II Championships in Rockford, IL. She is currently coached by Demir Muftari. Niki is also verbally committed to the University of Illinois. She is a 16-year-old junior at Lake Orion High School.


APRIL 2008


2008 Northern Ohio Cup Champions!

The U11 Vardar girls won the Northern Ohio Tournament championship with a come-from-behind victory against the Excalibur Soccer Club.   The girls scored four goals in the last 7 minutes to win 4-3 in the final game.

Congratulations go out to Coach Josh Back and the girls for a tremendous performance.   Great Work Ladies!



Vardar Player to Train at Chelsea FC

(January 18 2008) – Tom Allot will have the unique pleasure of training and playing at the Chelsea Football Club. The historic club have invited the Disney Soccer Showcase All-Stars to train at Chelsea FC and compete in the inaugural Chelsea FC Youth Cup which takes place in August 2008. The All-Star team was selected from teams competing at the Disney Soccer Showcase. There were eighteen U16 boys selected from the participating teams.

The Vardar Soccer Club is proud of Tom’s achievement and we wish him all the best at Chelsea this August.



Chelsea invites top U.S. youth players to train

ORLANDO -- (January 18 2008) – Eighteen of Americas best youth soccer players were named to Disneys Soccer Showcase All-Star Team during a ceremony at Disneys Wide World of Sports.

Disneys Soccer Showcase All-Star Team, comprising of at least one player from each team in the U-16 boys showcase bracket, has been invited by English Premier League team Chelsea Football Club to train at compete at the clubs world-class facilities near London.

The All-Star team will compete in the inaugural Chelsea FC Youth Cup in August 2008, which will bring together teams from across the world for an international competition.

"During the last few days at Disneys Soccer Showcase, we have witnessed some incredible young talent in America. Through our rewarding partnerships with Disney and adidas, we are able to bring these All-Stars to London to train and compete at the Chelsea Academy -- one of the leading soccer academies in the world. This international exchange of competition truly celebrates the camaraderie of the worlds sport," said Eddie Newton, Chelsea Academy U-16 team coach.

Players were selected based on their performances at Disneys Soccer Showcase, the premier youth soccer tournament in the U.S.

"These players represent some of the best young talent in America and this rare opportunity to experience one of the leading soccer academies in the world will be invaluable in the development of their soccer careers. This is just one of the many ways players who compete in Disneys Soccer Showcase will benefit from our association with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club," said Mike Millay, director of Sports Events for Disney Sports Attractions.


Vardar Selected For U.S. Soccers Development Academy

64 clubs from 24 States and the District of Columbia Represented in Programs Inaugural Year with Clubs Focused on Improving Development Environment

The 64 teams will be divided into eight conferences, each comprised of eight teams based largely on geographic proximity. Each team will play approximately 30 matches during an eight-month season, with the winner of each conference playing in the Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Additional Development Academy program elements such as a Technical Workshop and Best Practices seminars are being finalized.

“The clubs participating in the inaugural Academy season represent a shared vision of player development and the desire to change the current landscape,” said U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education Bob Jenkins. “These clubs were selected because of their ability to implement the best development environment for our elite youth players.”



Vardar Attends the Nations finest Showcases

(January 23, 2008) – Vardar teams have been attending the nation’s finest events and impressing college coaches across the country. 

The U7 girls attended the Raleigh Shootout the first weekend in December and throughout the three day showcase were viewed by over 110 Universities. The girls put in fine performances against the Rochester Jr Rhinos, Solar, and the Colorado Rush. The girls also participated in the Orange Classic in Fort. Lauderdale were they competed in the highest bracket and faced Parkland Predators, Soccer Rhode Island, and Arsenal World Class. 

The U16 girls returned from the prestigious Final Four Showcase in Texas where they faced the Dallas Texans, the Texas Challenge, and Tophat. The girls played in front of, and impressed, many coaches from the biggest conferences in the nation as they went undefeated in their three games and showed why they are one of the top teams in the nation. The team was very proud of their efforts and the opportunity to showcase their skills to the nation’s elite college programs. 

Vardar  Boys also took part in showcase events as the two Vardar Academy teams traveled to the Nike Friendlies in Bradenton Florida. This elite events brings together the top clubs in the country and some of the top national youth teams in the world, including the United States and Brazilian U17 squads. The U15/16 Academy competed against Metropolitan Oval from Brooklyn, the Chicago Sockers, and the Clearwater Chargers. The U16/17 Academy faced Real Colorado, FC Delco, and the United States Under 17 National Team. All the Vardar boys represented the club proudly and had the opportunity to play in front of National Team Staff, MLS staff, and the very large number of college coaches.

Following the Nike Friendlies the boys traveled to the Disney Soccer Showcase. The U15s, and the two Vardar Academies participated in this fine showcase event and performed at the highest level.

Coming up Vardar Girls have their final two showcases as they will compete in the Buckeye Showcase on Presidents day in Cincinnati and then the Vardar Soccer Club will host the Vardar College Combine on March 9th at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

Congratulations to all the Vardar teams that are competing amongst the nation’s elite.