Club News - 2010-2011

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Vardar Defeats Crossfire 3-1 To Win U-17/18 National Title

CARSON, Calif. (July 17, 2010) — Two second half goals by Vardar’s Derek Schrauben helped the Michigan side come from behind to defeat Crossfire Premier and win the 2009-10 Development Academy U-17/18 national championship at The Home Depot Center. Liam Kelly lit up the scoreboard in the 12th minute for Crossfire, but Vardar recovered and tied it in the 29th minute before winning with Schrauben’s heroics late in the game.

“We were confident that there were things we could do better in the second half and get back to doing things the way we know how,” said Vardar head coach Demir Muftari. “The boys really responded well and had a really good second half. It was good not only to get the second one, but also to get that third one and put them away.”

The championship match was the first for both teams in their first appearances at Finals Week. Vardar earned a spot in the final through offensive fireworks, scoring seven times in group matches—with one of those goals being the difference between them and Real So Cal that got them into the championship match. Crossfire Premiere went the other way, rebounding from an opening game loss to FC Dallas to respond with two straight shutout wins to finish at the top of Group 1.   
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Vardar 17/18 Academy to play for National Championship

July 16, 2010 --   The Vardar U17/18 Academy team, coached by Demir Muftari, has advanced to play in the Academy National Championship after posting a 2-0-1 record in preliminary games.  The championship game, pitting Vardar against Crossfire Premier, will be played Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).  The game will be streamed online on Sunday, July 18 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).   Crossfire Premier is based out of Seattle, WA.

By beating Baltimore Bays 3-0 in its third preliminary game, Vardar had a +1 goal differential over Real So Cal who also had a 2-0-1 record and had tied Vardar 1-1 in the first bracket game earlier this week. 

Click on the following link to watch the game streamed online by Hi-Pod:

Congratulations to the Vardar boys for their well-deserved berth in the National Final!

The U17/18 team is comprised of Joey Dillon, Rob Dolot, Dean Dziewit, Carlos Folino, Zeke Harris, Peter Jacobson, Jon Jebson, Michele Lipari, Garth McClellan, Michael Pugh, Zach Schewee, Derek Schrauben, Caleb Stanko, Mario Teixeira, Ugo Uche, Fatai Alashe, Zachary Carroll, Mohamadou Kaba and Blake Skamiera.  Eric Pogue is the teams assistant coach

 

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VARDAR AND CROSSFIRE PREMIER CLINCH SPOT IN UNDER-17/18 FIRST-PLACE GAME AT 2010 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS WEEK

 
ONE GOAL CHANGES EVERYTHING: Thursday night saw exciting finishes in the U-17/18 age group at Development Academy Finals Week, with just one goal separating first and second place in both groups. Vardar and Crossfire Premier will meet in the Finals Week championship match on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In Group 1, Vardar and Real So Cal, playing simultaneously on adjacent fields, exchanged goals in a pair of wild games that came down to the wire. At halftime, Real So Cal needed a goal to clinch the group, but Vardar quickly scored and forced Real So Cal to score two to stay ahead of the Michigan club in the standings. The local team was up to the task, and went ahead 5-1 in the 76th minute, seemingly sealing a place in the final. But Vardar answered back with a goal in the second minute of added time to go ahead 3-0 and take the top place in Group 1.

Group 2 also featured late goals and surprise endings, as FC Dallas started the day in first place in their group, but finished in third place after a thriller that saw CASL FC Chelsea take the lead twice before scoring the game-winning goal with 10 men in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Though that goal gave CASL six points on the week, on the next field over, Crossfire Premier scored a 90th minute goal of their own to make it 2-0 and gave them the goal differential tiebreaker.


U-17/18 Placement Matchups
Match
Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Venue

7th Place Game

Concorde Fire vs. Derby County Wolves

1 p.m.
Field 2

5th Place Game

Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC vs. FC Dallas

3 p.m.
Field 3

3rd Place Game

Real So Cal vs. CASL Chelsea FC

5 p.m.
Field 2
1st Place Game
Vardar vs. Crossfire Premier

7 p.m.

Field 1

Final U-17/18 Group 1 Standings

Team
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts.
CRO
2
1
0
3
1
+2
6
CASL
2
1
0
5
4
+1
6
FCD
1
1
1
4
4
0
4
DCW
0
2
1
2
5
-3
1

Final U-17/18 Group 2 Standings

Team
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts.
VAR
2
0
1
7
1
+6
7
REAL
2
0
1
8
3
+5
7
BBC
1
2
0
5
6
-1
3
CON
0
3
0
2
12
-10
0

Complete U-17/18 Results and Standings

A LOOK AT THE U-15/16 PAIRINGS: The younger age group will wrap up their Finals Week with four placement matches on Friday evening. The day will start with CASL FC Chelsea taking on D.C. United and conclude with the championship game, slated for 7 p.m. PT on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at The Home Depot Center.

U-15/16 Placement Games Schedule

Match
Teams
Kickoff (PT)
Venue

7th Place Game

CASL Chelsea FC vs. D.C. United

1 p.m.
Field 2

5th Place Game

Internationals vs. Sockers FC

3 p.m.
Field 3

3rd Place Game

Baltimore Bays Chelsea vs. DeAnza Force

5 p.m.
Field 2
1st Place Game

Cal Odyssey vs Chicago Fire

7 p.m.

Field 1

Full U-15/16 Results and Standings

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire came through a tough Frontier Division and a competitive Playoff group to reach Finals Week, and continued their streak of impressive play at The Home Depot Center. In Carson, the Fire bested local rival Sockers FC 2-1 to take control of Group 1. On Monday evening, Larry Sunderland’s club topped D.C. United 2-0, and with Sockers FC and Baltimore Bays Chelsea playing to a tie, the Fire were assured of a place in the championship game.

Larry Sunderland and Captain Peter Beasley Preview Friday Night’s Game

Chicago Fire Finals Week Results

Date
Opponent
Result
Chicago Fire Goalscorer(s)
July 10
Sockers FC
2-1 W
Pineda, Albert
July 12
D.C. United
2-0 W

L. Medina, J. Medina

July 14
DeAnza Force
0-2 L
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THEY SAID IT: “We’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve come through and started to play well when it matters. We support each other on and off the field. We’re like a family, so we play well together.” – Peter Beasley, Chicago Fire Captain

Cal Odyssey
Last year’s runners up Cal Odyssey returned six players to the 2010 squad, and will be looking to build on its championship experience Friday night. JJ Wozniak’s team opened Finals Week with a 4-2 victory against CASL Chelsea FC behind two goals from team captain Villyan Bijev. Two days later, the Oxnard, Calif.-side overcame a 1-0 deficit to clinch the top place in Group 2 with a 2-1 win and a game to spare.

JJ Wozniak and Co-Captain Daniel Flores Preview Friday Night’s Game

Cal Odyssey Finals Week Results

Date
Opponent
Result

Cal Odyssey Goalscorer(s)

July 10
CASL Chelsea FC
4-2 W

Bijev (2), Rodarte, Flores

July 12
Internationals
2-1 W

Antognolli, Flores

July 14

Baltimore Bays Chelsea

0-2 L
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THEY SAID IT: “It’s not going to be easy, but we just have to go out and play hard. I still don’t think we’ve played our best game yet, but we’ll get there. We have to play hard and stay focused and do what we do.” –Daniel Flores, Cal Odyssey Forward

SEASON FINALE: The Development Academy playoff system was created to add to the number of meaningful games for Academy athletes, further enhancing the player development process. Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has improved the training environment, provided relevant, high-level matches on a consistent basis, increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with structured programming.

 

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Development Academy U18 headed to Nationals!

 
July 1, 2010 --   U18 boys as Champions headed to Nationals!  All expenses paid trip to Home Depot Center in LA from July 10-18th to fight for the National Championship vs. Real So Cal (CA-S), Baltimore Bays (MD), Crossfire Premier (WA), Concorde Fire (GA), FC Dallas (TX), CASL (NC), and Wolves (MI)
 

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ALL 16 TEAMS SET FOR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FINALS WEEK IN CARSON, CALIF.

 
July 1, 2010 --  

U-15/16 Teams Kick Off Finals Week July 10 and Crown Champion July 16

U-17/18 Teams Begin Group Play July 11 With Final Set for July 17

 
GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 29, 2010) – Every group during Academy Playoffs came down to the final day, but all 16 teams across two age groups have been set for the 2010 Development Academy Finals Week that will take place from July 10-17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In Carson, the eight teams in each age group will be split into two groups, with the winners of each group advancing to the championship match. The U-15/16 championship will be played on July 16 and the U-17/18 championship game will be July 17. Second place teams will meet for a third place match, following down into a seventh place match between the two fourth place teams from each group.

In the U-15/16 age group, top-seeded Baltimore Bays Chelsea earned three wins in Greensboro to advance to Finals Week. They will be joined in Group 2 by 2009 runner-up Cal Odyssey, CASL FC Chelsea and Finals Week newcomers, Internationals.

Group 1 includes a pair of Chicago-area teams as both Sockers FC and the Chicago Fire will do battle in the early stage. They will be joined by another member of the Central Conference, Internationals and the lone member of the West Conference, DeAnza Force.

The U-17/18 age groups feature last year’s U-15/16 champion Derby County Wolves, who are looking to repeat in 2010. They will be in Group 1 alongside Crossfire Premier, FC Dallas and CASL Chelsea FC Academy.

Group 2 for the older teams includes Real So Cal, the only representative of Southern California that will be at The Home Depot Center. Concorde Fire, Baltimore Bays Chelsea and Vardar round out the U-17/18 teams.

The Development Academy playoff system was created to add to the number of meaningful games for Academy athletes, further enhancing the player development process. Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has improved the training environment, provided relevant, high-level matches on a consistent basis, increased the level and efficiency of scouting for the national teams and provided players, coaches and referees with structured programming.

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Vardar Soccer Club and Coerver Coaching MI
are proud to announce a development partnership

 
July 1, 2010 -- Vardar Soccer Club and Coerver Coaching MI are proud to announce a development partnership.

Coerver Coaching is recognized as “The Worlds #1 Soccer Skills Teaching Method.” 

It has been endorsed by many of the worlds leading players and coaches.

 
 Among them are Jurgen Klinsman (Germany and Bayern Munich), Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Roberto Rivelino (Brazil World Cup Champion), Osvaldo Ardiles (Argentina), and Gerard Houllier (Liverpool and France).

Coerver MI and Vardar Soccer Club will be hosting its first of many programs for the Vardar players, this summer from July 5th through August 12th a five week program designed to increase player development. The core areas that will be emphasized during this program will be:

Ball Mastery: 1 player 1 ball groundwork developing quick touch and control with both feet, developing into increased difficulty.
Passing and Receiving: Improving first touch control on the ground and in the air and developing accurate and creative passing in the final third where time and space are limited.
Moves: 1v1 learning to attack with and defend against game winning moves.
Finishing: Focusing on techniques and instinctive play in around the goal and encouraging players to ‘take responsibility’.
Small-Sided Games: 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 improving small group play with an emphasis on speed.

This program has a unique flexible approach running Monday through Thursday.  Attend once a week, twice a week, three times a week or for the full four days. Sign up for multiple weeks or just one week.

Location: Borden Park  Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

Cost: $25 per session
1 Day per week $25, 2 Days per week $50, 3 Days per week $75, 4 Days $100, 5 weeks $500, sign up for 3 full weeks and receive a $25 Coerver coupon, sign up for 5 weeks and receive $50 Coerver coupon redeemable at any future Coerver MI program. 

For any questions or concerns please contact: Tony Deacon, Technical Program Director for Coerver MI and Vardar coach. Email: AnthonyTLD@att.net   Phone: 248-217-6363

For registration information go to the Michigan link at www.coerver.com
 

 

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State Cup Results -- June 8, 2010

 
  • Vardar U13 Boys won 1-0 over Alliance Academy.

    • MVP is Nebojsa Popovic

    • Most Valuable Goalie is Matt Wilkie

    • They are coached by Curtis Ward with assistants Eric Pogue and Kevin Callaway

  • Vardar U15 Boys won 4-0 over Waza East Kelly.

    • MVP is Mike Leone
    • Most Valuable Goalie is Matt Smolinski.

    • They are coached by Morris Lupenec.

  • Vardar Wests 18 Boys lost to the Wolves 3-1.

  • Vardar U13 Girls lost in penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie after regulation time and two ten minute overtime periods

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U9 Vardar-Michigan & Vardar-East face off
in Pacesetter Final

 
June 1, 2010  - Congratulations to the u-9 Vardar and Vardar East girl’s teams that made it to the final to face each other at the Pacesetter tournament.

The game was 1-1 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Vardar scored and ended up winning 2-1. What a great weekend for both teams and an exciting hard fought final.

 

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Carolynn Ashley Cosan

 
Carolynn left this life as we know it on Friday, May 14, 2010, to continue her mission with God to give guidance and support to all who know her and all who she has ever touched. She will be playing and coaching soccer from Heaven; whispering in each striker’s ear when to shoot, shouting at the defenders when to clear the ball. Her presence in our family, on the team, in school, and in the community will surely be missed. Carolynn was born May 01, 1992.

Carolynn was a Senior at Mt. Pleasant High School. She played varsity soccer for all four years, demonstrating her leadership abilities as Captain her senior year. She had recently been accepted at Northern Michigan University to play varsity soccer for the Wildcats and is the first woman from MPHS that had ever received a soccer scholarship to play at a Division I/II university. Carolynn played recreational and premier soccer since she was 8 years old. She was a member of the Vardar Premier Soccer Club. She refereed all ages of soccer teams and coached U-10 soccer for the City of Mt. Pleasant, when she wasn’t playing herself. In the winter, however, her true love was snowboarding. Her love of snow and the thrill of the ride was like no other. Her friends and family will always remember their trips to Caberfae, Boyne, Marquette Mountain, Colorado, and Utah to enjoy the thrill of downhill sports. Carolynn also liked to hunt turkeys, deer, ducks and geese with her Mom and Dad.

Carolynn was a Girl Scout from Kindergarten through high school; she joined Youth Services Cadets during junior high; she ran track, cross country, played softball, and competed as an AKC Junior dog handler in the show ring and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Carolynn was a certified snowboard instructor with Professional Snowboarding Instructors of America; she was also a certified soccer referee with Michigan Youth Soccer Association and Michigan High School Athletic Association and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

 
 

Adam Puvalowski

 
Adam Puvalowski, Beloved son, brother and uncle passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident.  Age 18 years.  Adam was born on January 2, 1992 in DeKalb County, Indiana. 

He was a senior at Nouvel Catholic Central High School and would have graduated June 6, 2010.  Adam was dedicated to soccer most of his life and was an All District and All State First Team Soccer player.  Adam was also licensed to coach soccer and referee at various levels.  He had the unique opportunity to play in Brazil at the age of 14.  Over the past couple of years, he traveled extensively across the United States, playing on several elite teams.   As a result of this dedication, he was awarded a full ride scholarship to Saginaw Valley State University this fall.    Adam was an extremely humble and selfless person and most often thought of others before thinking of himself.   He took it upon himself to train and mentor young children and his peers.  He had a gift in bringing out the very best in others and was a role model for so many.

 

http://obitmichigan.com/Obituary/2465/Adam-Puvalowski

 

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Zachary Carroll training with the U.S. U17 National Team
- Vardar U15/16 Academy -

 
April 28, 2010 -- Zachary Carroll, a member of the Vardar U15/16 Academy team, will be spending the rest of his sophomore year at the IGM Academy in Bradenton, FL, training with the U.S. Mens U17 National Team.

Zach came to the attention of the national coaching squad during a US Development Academy Training Session in early April at the Columbus Crew Stadium. He was noticed by Gerson Echeverry, U17 assistant coach, and was asked to play with the U17 National Team the following weekend in Chicago.  From there Zach was asked to attend an April 18-24 mini-camp in Florida.   At the camps conclusion, Zach was approached by Wilmer Caberra, head coach of the U17s, and was offered a spot in the residency program.

 
     
Zach is one of 40 U17 players who live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, and train in the morning under the guidance of Cabrera and assistant coaches  Paul Caffrey, Echeverry, Keith Fulk and Paul Grafer. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at Bradenton Preparatory Academy. While in the full-time residency program, the players not only train daily under Cabrera, but also have access to the IMG Academy’s spacious facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists that work at the Academy. The IMG Academy includes top-of-the-line soccer equipment, three Bermuda grass fields, an indoor dome with artificial turf, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Zach is a student at Grand Blanc High School and will graduate in 2012.

 

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2010 Blue Chip Hammer Cup Champions!

 
April 12, 2010  -The Vardar U9 Boys team picked up some championship hardware at the 2010 Blue Chip Hammer Cup in Cincinnati, OH this past weekend.

Using the first game to knock off some winter rust, the boys tied a tough Warren County United team 3-3. Their next opponent was the host team, Hammer FC, which Vardar won 6-0.

On Sunday morning the boys played Knoxville FC team. The outcome was a 3-1 victory for Vardar.

Vardar won the championship game 3-1 in a rematch against Warren County United.

Congratulations to all the boys for a well deserved championship!

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Vardar Ann Arbor U14 Girls win the Javanon Cup

 
April 12, 2010 – Congratulations to the Vardar Ann Arbor U14 Girls Team for winning the Javanon Cup.
Great Stuff Girls!

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U 17 Boys win the Nike Academy College Showcase!

 
March 31, 2010 – The U 17 Vardar Boys were the Champions of the Men’s U 18 Division of the 2010 Nike Academy College Showcase.  The boys won all 3 games, racking up 8 goals while giving up only 1. 

Vardar beat the Eden Prairie SC Dynasty Eagles from Minnesota 4 to 1 in the first game.  In the second game, Vardar faced the U 18 Chicago Sockers and won a 2 to 0 victory.   In the third game, Vardar beat the St. Croix SC Celtics from Minnesota, 2-0.

Good job, boys!   

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U13 Boys win the Virginia Alliance Cup!
 
March 31, 2010Vardar U13 boys went to Virginia to play Division 1 of the Alliance Cup where they went undefeated the entire weekend. 

They won the championship game in penalty kicks after double over time against #6 ranked team in the nation, The Baltimore Bays.  The Vardar U13 boys are currently ranked #1 in the State, #1 in the Region and #5 in the Nation by Gotsoccer national rankings

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Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) expands
for 2010-11 with addition of 12 clubs

 
March 3, 2010 – The Vardar Soccer Club has been selected to participate in the prestigious Elite Club National League (ECNL). 
This is an honor for the club as only two teams in Michigan were invited to participate. 

The selection affirms Vardars continued growth and development of its girls team and provides national recognition for the girls program.  

 
   
From nearly 60 clubs that applied for membership, the ECNL Board of Directors recommended 12 new clubs for membership in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

The ECNL member clubs approved these recommendations, increasing the number of member clubs to 52 for the 2010-11 season.  

An announcement relating to the 2010-11 ECNL regular-season events will be made in late March.

The clubs granted membership for the 2010-11 season are:

About the ECNL:
The ECNL is a non-profit national youth soccer league founded in 2009 to provide the best possible developmental environment for American female youth soccer players through the creation of the highest level of national competition and an identification and development program to provide an avenue for players to participate in U.S. Soccers National Teams. The 2009-10 season is the ECNL’s inaugural season. Each of the 40 member clubs in 2009-10 will have a team in the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups, each competing for the ECNL National Championship, the ECNL National Club Championship, and promotion and relegation between flights. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.
 

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VARDAR GOALIE HEADS TO SPAIN
WITH U-18 WOMENS NATIONAL TEAM

 
February 1, 2010 -- Anna Sieloff, a member of the Vardar U-18 team, has been selected to represent the United States as part of the U-18 Womens National Team at the 2010 Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, Feb. 26-Mar 6. 
 
     
Sieloff has been attending national team training camps for the past year and most recently attended a January training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, where 24 players were vying for a spot on the team heading to Spain.   "I thought I had played pretty well in California," Sieloff said, "but the quality of players competing for spots is so high you just never know what the coaches are expecting or looking for.  Im thrilled at the opportunity and Im very grateful that Ive been given this chance."

Sieloff has been a member of Vardar since 2002.  With her team she has won six State Cup Championships in which she was selected as the Tournament Most Valuable Goalie all six times.  A senior at Country Day High School, Sieloff will continue her soccer career and goalkeeping at the University of North Carolina.  As a Tarheel, Sieloff expects to pursue a major in physical therapy

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