Baltimore Mania Tournament Wins

We had a terrific showing from two of our boys teams that competed in the Baltimore Mania Tournament. Congrats to the 05B Green team Champions and the 02B Green team who went undefeated!

McLean Premier Tournament Success

We had several MYS team with excellent outcomes during out McLean Premier Tournament weekends. Congrats to our players and coaches and thank you to all clubs who particiapted during the three weekends of tournament play!

08G Green Finalist
08B Gold Finalist
07G Green (Pre ECNL) Champions
07G White Finalist
06B ECNL Champions
03B ECNL Finalist
02B ECNL Champions
02G Green Champions

Fredericksburg St. Patrick's Day Tournament Success

Congrats to our teams who competed in the Frederickburg St. Patrick's Day Tournament. Our 08G White and Gold teams both finished as Finalists and our 07G Silver team as Champions!

MYS Success at Arlington ASIST Tournament
Congrats to our MYS 07B White team and Coach Sona for battling in the Arlington Tournament this past weekend and winning their division! The boys went 3-1 for the weekend securing the win in the finals with a score of 4-2 over CYA. They played tough and never gave up in each of their matches.

And congrats to our MYS 2010G Gold team finalists and Coach Maire!

As we make preparations for the Spring season, we would like to share with you a HALFTIME REPORT summarizing age group/team activities from Fall 2018. The MYS travel program is comprised of 63 teams with more than 40 coaches serving our players! Our goal is to continue to strive towards creating a positive effect on everyone associated with the McLean brand.

Keith Tabatznik and Clyde Watson steward our Technical leadership team, along with Age Group Directors Jaon Ahmad, Jamil Faryadi, and Jamil Walker. We are proud of these leaders, coaching staff and all of the players who wear the McLean badge!

Please click on the picture below to open the report!

Thank you for your support of McLean Youth Soccer!

Louise Waxler, MYS Executive Director

MYS Players Named to Fall 2018 All-Met

Congratulations to our MYS players selected for the Washington Post's 2018 Fall All-Met Team!

All-Met Player of the Year - Natan Rosen
First Team All-Met - Daniel Diaz Bonilla
Honorable Mention - Ryan Machado Jones, Thomas Mande, Maverick McGann, and Nate Paolozzi
Second Team All-Met - Danielle Soto and Eliza Turner

MYS 01B Green Team State Cup 2018-2019 Champions
Congratulations to our 01 Boys Green team on their VYSA State Cup Championship win! After falling short in back to back finals against Arlington, the team prevailed in this 2018-2019 Championship game. Despite being down 1-0 at halftime, a tactical change in formation by Coach Portillo inspired the comeback and an early second half equalizer by Winston Agbara provided the boys with new energy. With seconds left in stoppage time, Alan Portillo delivered a flawless cross from a corner kick which was flicked on by Kiyaan Chavoshi and then netted by Shai Neal. This win brings the 01 Boys Green team one step closer to their ultimate goal of winning a national championship. Good luck to the coaches and players on their next stop at Regionals!
MYS Player Named 2018 Gatorade and All-Met Player of the Year

Congratulations to Claire Constant, who, for a second year in a row, has been named Virginia Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year! The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Constant is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Player of the Year to be announced in June.

And The Washington Post's 2018 Spring All-Met selections were announced:

All-Met Player of the Year - Claire Constant
First Team All-Met - Jordan Silkowitz, Amber DiOrio, Julia Leas, Aleigh Gambone, Lauren Flynn, and Serena Pham
Second Team All-Met - Bella Delew, Abbey Duncan, Bella Ponzi, and Natalie Wilson
Honorable Mention - Jordan Beverina, Faith Lee, Becky Myers, Elizabeth Zhou, and Kimberly Zhou

Congratulations to all!

MYS U12 Boys Development Academy Success at Futsal Showcase

Congratulations to the McLean U12 Boys Development Academy and coaches Sona Walla and Jaime Moreno for a superb performance at the US Soccer Development Academy North Atlantic/Metro Futsal Showcase which took place February 10-11, 2018 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The yearly tournament gathers all the region's Development Academies who form two balanced teams from their U12 squad for an intense two day Futsal competition.

The McLean squad performed superbly in a tournament that was very competitive. Garnering many compliments for their smart possession play, technical skills and collective spirit, one of the McLean teams went undefeated during the tournament wining matches against the NY Cosmos, Cedar Stars and PA Ukrainians in the group stage. They then concluded the tournament in style by winning their bracket in a thrilling final vs Lehigh Valley by 6-4.

Coach Sona Walla underlined the benefits of the US Soccer Futsal tournament stating, "Futsal with its small-sided 5v5 format, fast-paced play and rapid transition places unique challenges on young players who are called to respond with a high level of technical dexterity as well as extremely rapid decision-making. It is a critical development tool for younger age groups.

US Soccer Academy technical advisors and scouts are present at all regional Futsal events.

MYS Former Player Eric Calvillo Signs with Toluca

Congrats to former MYS '00 Green player Eric Calvillo for signing a contract with Mexican powerhouse, Toluca! "Congratulations to Eric for making the first step in what I hope is a long and successful professional career. I am so happy for him the he is pursuing his dream. Eric was a pleasure to have within the team and made a lasting impact on our team. I feel honored to be a part of his journey and I know the team will miss him. The entire McLean Hotspur family sends our best." - Coach Jamil Walker

MYS 00B Green Wins Virginia State Cup Championship

McLean 00B Green won the Virginia State Cup in Fredericksburg, VA on November 5th. The team now advances to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships in June 2018 for a shot to advance to the National Championships in Texas in July 2018. The team is no stranger to competing at the highest level having advanced to Nationals for the past 3 years including winning the National Championship in 2016.

In the State Cup semi-finals, the team beat Virginia Rush advancing them to the finals where they defeated Braddock Road Elite Academy 2-0. The team is coached by Jamil Walker, former MLS professional player and NSCAA National Youth Coach of the Year in 2014.

MYS Announces New Age Group Directors


The latest addition to MYS' impressive AGD lineup is Jamil Walker - the new U13-U19 Boys Age Group Director. Jamil has been a member of the MYS coaching staff since 2008 with a proven record of excellence in the club and beyond. Jamil played collegiately at Santa Clara University and upon graduation, was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. In 2005, Jamil was traded to DC United where he played until 2007. Jamil's success with the MYS 01B Hotspur includes 3x US Youth Soccer National Championship appearances (2015, 2016, 2017), capturing the title of Champions in 2016 as well as several USYS Regional appearances and State Cup Champion titles. In 2014, Jamil was honored by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches of America) as the Youth Boys Coach of the Year. Jamil holds a US Soccer A coaching license.

Filling the role of the U8-U12 Boys Age Group Director is Jamil Faryadi. Jamil has been a member of the MYS coaching staff since 2003 and has served the club in numerous capacities throughout the years. MYS is excited to have Jamil transition to the younger age groups to mentor and work with the players and coaches in these age groups. Jamil currently holds a US Soccer B coaching license and is completing his US Soccer A coaching license which he hopes to complete by the end of the year.

Congratulations and welcome to the "Jamil brothers"!

MYS Players Selected to TopDrawer Soccer's Spring East All Region Team
Four of the 11 players selected to the team are MYS players. Congratulations Shannon Lee, Cayla White, Julia Leas and Claire Constant!
MYS U17 Green Team to Defend National Championship Title

For the third year in a row, the MYS U17 Boys Green team will represent Virginia at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. This most prestigious event in youth soccer will be held at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas from July 24-30, 2017. The Hotspur will be defending their title as the 2016 National Championship team.

The boys earned their spot in this years National Championships by finishing first in their National League bracket, with 5 wins and 2 ties competing against leading teams from California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, and Missouri. In addition to winning the National Championships last summer, the Hotspur won the Region 1 Championship in 2015 and the Virginia State Cup Championship in 2012 and 2014. The team is currently comprised of players from Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's oldest national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players, on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation. Live broadcasts of the championship games will be available on the official website, including daily reports and complete results. The McLean Hotspur will play their first match on July 25 at 9 a.m. local time.

The teamis coached by Jamil Walker, a former MLS professional player for DC United and the 2014 National Youth Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year. We wish Coach Walker and the boys the best of luck!

MYS Players Named to All Met Team

Congratulations to the following MYS players named to the Washington Post's All-Met teams for 2017! #mcleanproud

All-Met First Team: Cayla White, Shannon Lee, Julia Leas, Claire Constant, Maria Pareja and Serena Pham

All-Met Second Team: Jordan Silkowitz, Amber DiOrio, Olivia Tripoli, Rebecca Crouch, Aleigh Gambone

Honorable Mention: Kiley Westhoff, Bella Ponzi, Emma Lee, Natalie Farrell, Isabella Armstrong

MYS 00 Girls White are NCSL Champions!
Mclean Real White U17 girls, coached by Patrick Finney, were crowned champions of NCSL Division 1. A competitive season boiled down to a final game between the first and second place teams that were separated by a single point. The Real White girls were focused on the championship and controlled the game from the kickoff. Throughout the final match, they showed the skills and teamwork that had improved with each game during the season. Timely goals built through possession and grit and an unyielding defense resulted in a convincing 2-0 shutout. It was truly a team win built on communication, consistency, high pressure and possession maintained through rapid speed of play.
Real White is a small team of scholar athletes that moved up through the division structure over the years. They successfully integrated new girls in the new age structure of the 2016-17 season. Throughout the Fall and Spring seasons, Real White built a cohesive and selfless team that produced goals from 10 different girls in the championship spring season and the fewest goals against in the division. Coach Finney praised his girls as "One of the best groups in regards to chemistry, work ethic, and love for the game." Finney also noted the team's clean disciplinary record of no yellow or red cards and said the girls won "the right way with sportsmanship, but also determination."
MYS Teams Enjoy a Successful Memorial Day Weekend!

Coach Todd West and the McLean 2003 Boys Green Team capture the Championship Title at the Potomac Memorial Tournament.

The McLean 2005 Girls Silver Team competed in the Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament this past weekend. The team achieved three consecutive wins over the weekend, defeating ODFC Quest 3-1, Herndon Curve Red 4-0, and Arlington Black 4-2, which earned them a spot in the final playoff game against the Burke Athletic Strikers. While McLean played and fought hard in the finals match, unfortunately we lost 3-0. Despite the outcome, the McLean Silver girls have had a fantastic journey and experienced so much growth as a newly formed team this year. Congratulations to Anya, Anna M., Petti, Naomi, Anna T., Megan, Virginia, Gabby, Avery, Brooke, Petra, Sofia, Kylie, and Coach Homer on a great tournament and year together!

Coach Alex Minton's 2004 Girls Green team took first place in the Elite Division of the Columbia Invitational on Monday, May 29th. The girls entered the semifinals round of play as the "wildcard" team, securing that spot based on goal differential during regular play. They advanced to the finals with a 2-0 victory in the semifinals. The finals match paired McLean against the only team to beat them during regular play. Final score was a 2-1 victory for the McLean 2004 girls green team. An overall spectacular weekend for the 2004 green team who outscored their opponents 10-3 over the course of five games. Well done green!

2001 Boys Green Capture Eastern Regional Championship
In Eastern Regional League competition, Green 01 Athletic played on semifinal Saturday versus a strong Pipeline SC team. Jared Dubose's 1st half goal versus Pipeline was the clincher to advance McLean to championship game on Sunday. Then Captains Eric Eichler and Tyler Smith squared up against a very talented Ukrainian Nationals team from Philadelphia for a spot at the Region 1 Championships in Fredericksburg, VA from June 29th to July 4th! After a back and forth 1st half, Jared Dubose's 2 goals (assists by Alan Portillo & Oswaldo Cruz) saw them in the lead at the break. McLean had defend for large parts of the second half but were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory and the title! The championship caps an undefeated season of league play in ERL. Congrats to the entire team!
2007 Boys Green Advance to Championship Game of McLean Premier Tournament

The 2007 Boys were finalists this weekend. They finished with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss.

2007 Boys Silver - Tournament Finalists!

McLean '07 Boys' Silver team made a strong impact on the McLean Premier Tournament by advancing to the championship match in their flight with three consecutive victories heading into the final. Led by Coach Billy Brush, the team scored a total of 16 goals over four matches. Billy Brush stated, "The silver boys have made large strides in their development with the strong leadership of Andrew Gooding and Danny Butler and are playing a fast-paced, team-oriented brand of soccer where problem-solving and constant challenge has been key to success." The boys gave MSI Academy Green a run by scoring first and making the game interesting and exciting. The Silver boys were awarded the second place trophy plaque at the end of the tournament. Congratulations to Alex, Malcolm, Zac, Kellan, Kevin, Leo, Sebastian, Felipe, Logan, and Jahan for their outstanding achievement in the tournament.

2008 Boys White Capture McLean Tournament Championship!

Congratulations to the 2008 Boys White team for winning the McLean Premier Tournament U9 Regional Division! Led by Coach Vince Carter, the boys won a thrilling championship game with a 5-4 victory over a previously undefeated Chantilly team. Special recognition goes to Nolan and Andrew for their courage and willingness to play in goal during the championship game. Well done Nolan, Andrew, Colton, Camp, Aadi, Joaquin, Marcus, Paxton, Luke, and Lawson!

2007 Girls Green Undefeated at Jefferson Cup!

The 07 Girls Green team went undefeated in the Jefferson Cup this past weekend, scoring the winning goal in the last minute of the finals to secure the championship!

2006 Boys Capture Tournament Championship!

The MYS 06 Boys Green team captured the McLean Premier Tournament Boys U11 National Division championship with a perfect record of 4-0 over the weekend. The team defeated a very talented and competitive Bethesda SC Blue 06 team twice in two consecutive games 4-3 and 8-1 respectively. Coach Jeff Carroll has the team geared up for a strong season in CCL this spring.

05 Girls White Finalist at ASIST

Mclean 05 White was a finalist in the Arlington tournament. They were 3-0 going into the final. They lost to SOCA's top team in an exciting overtime final.

05 Boys Silver Advance to ASIST Championship

McLean '05 Boys' Silver participated in the Arlington ASSIST Spring Invitational and advanced to the championship match with three consecutive victories in round robin play. Led by Coach Doug Homer, the squad scored a total of 13 goals over four matches and concluded the competition with a goal differential of +5. Congratulations to Adam, Aoi, Arthur, Brayden, Jack, Joshua, Lawson, Leo, Logan, Matthew, Noor, Sam I., Sam N., and Wes for their outstanding achievement in the tournament.

2003 Boys Green Win APC Cup

Congratulations to the MYS 2003 Boys - winners of this year's APC Premier Cup, Boys U14 Predator Group! This tournament is one of the top boys' events in the country with teams competing from across the country. Led by Coach Todd West, the boys earned their first tournament championship with a 2-1 victory in the final match. Well done!

MYS 04 Girls White Kick Off Spring Season

This past weekend, the McLean 04G White team began the Spring 2017 season with a second place finish in the Arlington Spring Invitational. The girls opened up the tournament Friday evening with a 3-0 win over the SYA Cardinals, with goals from Maya Reedich, Sarah Doane, and Eloise Descheneaux. On Saturday, the girls came from behind to tie VYS Phoenix with a goal from Sydney Gleason. On Sunday, in a match that would determine who would advance to the finals, McLean defeated the Bethesda Scorpions 2-0, with goals from Maya Reedich and Avery Hayward. Later on that afternoon, McLean came back to tie the finals 1-1 with a great goal from Francesca Mitchell, however, Loudoun 04 Black was able to score the go head goal in the final minute to secure the 2-1 win. Goalkeepers Whitley Gilchrist and Campbell Wolff both played extremely well throughout the tournament. The team's hard work over the winter is paying off, and the girls are looking forward to a strong Spring season in CCL II.

2006 Boys Gold Capture Arlington Tournament Championship
After a good winter futsal season but without having played soccer together on a larger field since November, the March 4-5 Arlington Spring Invitational Soccer Tournament was going to be an opportunity for McLean Youth Soccer's U11 Boys Gold team to come into its own and prove its mettle. And that they did! They started strong on Saturday with 3-0 and 4-0 wins against tournament host Arlington Gold and Loudoun Gray, respectively. Already qualified for the final, the boys nevertheless did not let up in their last Sunday morning bracket game, dispatching Southwestern Black 8-0. Preceded by a pep talk from DC United pro midfielder Julian Buescher, the final proved to be equally devoid of suspense, with another 8-0 romp over Vienna White. This weekend was the perfect start to the Spring season, and a confidence booster ahead of their own home tournament in McLean on March 18-19.
MYS U14 Girls White Team at Ultimate Cup

The McLean U14 Girls White team had a successful experience at the Ultimate Cup tournament in Richmond this past weekend. In a three team bracket of the Classic division, the MYS program faced teams from Chesterfield and Potomac in the group stages. After a great win in the first game, the team faced local CCL II rivals Potomac in a battle for first place in the group. In what was a hard-fought match, McLean unfortunately succumbed to Potomac in the final eight minutes and went on to the semi-finals as the second seed. As the second team in the group, the McLean team were scheduled to play the other #1 seed who happened to be another CCL II rival - a Fredericksburg team who had recently beaten McLean at the Capital Fall Classic and was previously undefeated in the tournament. McLean went up early, and despite giving up a goal, was able to hold on to a 2-1 lead and avenged their previous defeat, setting up a third game of the day and second meeting with Potomac in the final. The game was a tense, physical back and forth battle, and even with a truly valiant effort from the McLean team, Potomac went on to win the championship. The U14 Girls White Team represented McLean well throughout the tournament and was grateful to have such a great warm-up for the upcoming CCL season.

MYS U12 Development Academy Teams Compete in DA Futsal Event

On Saturday, February 11, the McLean Youth Soccer U12 Development Academy teams traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Futsal Showcase. With an overall record of 4-2 for the two teams, one of the teams went undefeated, outscoring their opponents 26-5, against the squads from DC United, TSF Academy, and Cedar Stars Academy. The coaching staff is looking forward to the upcoming spring season.

2005 Girls are Virginia State Futsal Champions!

Congrats to the 05 girls, coached by Diane Drake and Marc Cascio, for winning the Virginia State Futsal Championship. Anchored by Kasey's stellar goalkeeping, the girls went 6-0 in overall tournament play to capture the title. Well done Ava,Sophia, Kai,Haley, Kasey, Anna, Irene, Alex and Caroline. Mcleanproud!!

Long-time MYS Player signs Letter of Intent to Play Soccer in College

McLean Travel Soccer player, Christina Hall, senior at Marshall High School student has signed her official Letter of Intent to play soccer at Central Christian College in McPherson, KS. Christina played for various McLean Youth Soccer teams since she was 5 years old. She is currently playing on the U17/18 McLean 1998 Girls White travel soccer team. Christina shares: "I would like to thank all of the coaches I had over the years, especially Coach Stephen Bloom and Coach Mark Johnston in the house league for always supporting me, as well as Coach Patrick Finney from my travel team." Coach Finney congratulates Christina, saying: "Chistina came to travel at a later age, U16, but fit in immediately. Her experiences in the rec program and the coaching there prepared her to play at the next competitive level. It is great she has found herself making another step up to continue her career, after her experiences in travel. She was a good listening and worked hard while playing for me and I am excited to see how she does."

Congratulations, Christina!

MYS Teams Shine at CCL Generation Adidas Event

The MYS Girls were the overall Girls Champions of the adidas ACE division at this weekend's CCL Generation adidas Club Invitational. Overall the club took championships in the U13 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls and U11 Boys age groups!

The 2005 Boys green had a great weekend of attacking soccer. Scoring 13 goals and 7 against made for exciting games. CCL Club invitational event was a great atmosphere with quality competition.

The 2005 girls displayed amazing teamwork as they went undefeated over 3 games to end as overall champions. Their goals came from various ways showing a tremendous flare in attacking style. 4 Goals in the final game came from recent Corner kick set pieces showing their tactical comprehension to implement a set piece to perfection. From game one to game three, they demonstrated hard work, determination and perseverance. Giving up is never an option for the 05 squad.

Read more about the event here!

Congratulations Teams!

McLean U19 Girls Advance to Finals of National Championships

Nadir Moumen's '96 Girls Green Team reunited this summer to compete in the Virginia State Cup one last time, won the coveted Region I Championship on July 5 to advance to the USYS National Championships. In Texas, the team advance to the finals to face SoCal. The team, composed primarily of players who have finished their first year of collegiate soccer (along with a few who will start school this coming Fall), finished the Region I tournament 3-0-1, scoring 17 goals and conceding six in a total of four games. Head Coach Nadir Moumen, who has trained the team since 2011, has now seen his squad finish as Champions (U16, U18, and U19) and Semi-Finalists (U17) in four consecutive Virginia State Cups, as Champions (U19) and Finalists (U18) in two Region I Championships, as ECNL National Semifinalists (U18) and as ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions (U16, U17 and U18). At Nationals, two team members were selected for the Best XI. Julia Suarez and Sara Grace DeGooyer were recognized as the top 11 performers in each age group as voted by the coaches of the participating teams.

Congrats to Coach Moumen and the outstanding 96 Girls Green! Best wishes for continued success as you all return to your college teams!

U15B Players win Awards at National Championships

McLean Youth Soccer Hotspur Green U15 Boys were crowned National Champions on July 31. In addition three of the team's players were awarded the tournament's Best XI including Nathan Paolozzi, Jack Rosener and Daniel Diaz-Bonilla. The Best XI award was introduced to the USYS National Championships in 2011. Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each gender age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group. Nathan Paolozzi also won the tournament's Golden Glove award which recognizes players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships.

Congratulations to McLean's U15 boys!

McLean U15 Boys Green Win National Championship

McLean Youth Soccer Hotspur Green U15 Boys from Virginia were crowned National Champions Sunday, August 31 at the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the most prestigious event in youth soccer, at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. Out of 10,000 teams competing in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the team returned this year to claim the National title after placing fifth in 2015. McLean Hotspur was one of two Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) teams to become 2016 National Champions, an impressive showing for Virginia and its youth soccer programs.

In the championship match, Hotspur faced the Chicago Fire Academy Raiders (IL) who had gone undefeated to that point. Both teams fought in the grueling mid-day Texas heat which was close to 100 degrees. In the eighty minutes of regulation play, the game was tied 1-1. The game went in to extra time, but no goals were scored. Ultimately the game was decided in a penalty kick shootout with McLean scoring the winner after eight rounds of shots.

"I'm so proud of the boys. We worked very hard for this honor," McLean head coach Jamil Walker said. "All the teams we competed against were top-level, and to break out of this strong group as National Champions is a dream come true." Walker, is a former MLS professional player for DC United, and was the 2014 National Youth Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

McLean U15 Boys Claim USYS National Championship

Kicks from the mark were needed to determine a winner in the Under-15 Boys age group between CFA Raiders (IL) and McLean 00 Green (VA), which ultimately saw McLean claim the national title. The match between two teams who qualified via the US Youth Soccer National League was also a rematch of the second day of group play, which resulted in a 2-1 CFA win. CFA Raiders (IL) got on the board in the 51st minute when Fernando Barragan finished off a cross from the right side for the point-blank goal. However, just like in the group stage match between the two sides, McLean would respond when 2015 National Championships Best XI player Daniel-Diaz Bonilla's near-post striker beat the keeper and found the back of the net to knot things up at one apiece.

Both sides would produce chances in the final minutes and extra time, but a goal was not in the cards. Things were still knotted up after the initial five kicks, and it took until the eighth set of kicks, when McLean keeper Nathan Paolozzi blocked Julio Acosta's shot before Spencer Gregory buried his kick to give his side a national title.

CCL 23 Women's Team Captures Inaugural CCL 23 Championship

In the Inaugural season of the CCL PRO23 league, McLean Youth Soccer's U23 team defeated the Potomac team in PKs. The team coached by Clyde Watson, Nadir Moumen and Brent Leiba consisted of players from both the MYS and Arlington Soccer clubs.

CCL PRO23 provides former CCL players and current collegiate players an opportunity to find professional, meaningful training as well as superior competition during the summer months, (during their off-season) all while preparing them for a successful collegiate season in the fall. CCL PRO23 becomes the apex of the CCL Player Development Pathway. Clubs that participate in the CCL now extend the long-term developmental opportunities for soccer players ages eight through 23, and older.

Two McLean Youth Soccer Teams Head for National Championships

Each summer, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series crowns the boys and girls National Champion in seven age groups (Under-13 through Under-19). The finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels which provides approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams from 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation.The 2016 USYS National Championships are set to take place in Frisco, Texas, from July 25-31.

Representing McLean Youth Soccer at this prestigious event are the '00 Boys Green (U15 Boys) and the '96 Girls Green (U19 Girls).

McLean 96 Girls Green, a team of under-19 players who reunited this summer to compete in the Virginia State Cup one last time, won the coveted Region I Championship on July 5 and will now compete for a national title. The team, composed primarily of players who have finished their first year of collegiate soccer (along with a few who will start school this coming Fall), finished the Region I tournament 3-0-1, scoring 17 goals and conceding six in a total of four games. Head Coach Nadir Moumen, who has trained the team since 2011, has now seen his squad finish as Champions (U16, U18, and U19) and Semi-Finalists (U17) in four consecutive Virginia State Cups, as Champions (U19) and Finalists (U18) in two Region I Championships, as ECNL National Semifinalists (U18) and as ECNL Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions (U16, U17 and U18).

The McLean 00 Boys Green return to the US Youth Soccer National Championships where they will face the winners of the other regions of the US as well as qualifiers from the prestigious National League. The team earned their berth by placing second in the highly competitive National League. Last year, in the 2015 US Youth National Championships, Hotspur placed 5th. The team is coached by Jamil Walker, a former MLS professional player with DC United and who was named the 2014 NSCAA National Youth Boys' Coach of the Year.

US Youth Soccer will provide ongoing live coverage of the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, with more than 80 live games available next week. All live games will be available at no cost and in high definition, with commentators calling the action to further showcase the nation's top athletes. To access the live streams for group play games on July 26-28, as well as semifinal and final matchups July 30-31, go to

Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In addition to the live broadcasts, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results are available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.or

Congratulations and Good Luck to both teams!

McLean Youth Soccer Selected to Train with Celtic FC Youth Academy

At the recent Celtic FC ID Camp in Florida, there were 4 players from the entire country who were selected to travel to Scotland and train with the Celtic FC Youth Academy. The four players selected were:

  • Rupert Postma (Microfootie, Vancouver)
  • Christian Martinez (Oklahoma Celtic, Oklahoma)
  • Nkosi Graham (YMS, Pennsylvania)
  • Caitlin Moon (McLean, Virginia)

Caitlin shares, "The experience I had training with the Celtic FC staff was incredible! I am a creative player and felt like I fit right in with their style of play. I learned so much and had a great time. Thank you to Clyde Watson and Celtic FC for creating this amazing experience!"

Congratulations, Caitlin! We are all looking forward to hearing about your experiences in Scotland!

McLean Youth Soccer Players Invited to Celtic FC Elite Player Camp

Selected by the MYS Technical Leadership, seven of the top players in the club traveled to IMG Academy in Florida to participate in the Inaugural Elite Player Camp. Available only to Celtic FC partner clubs, these players showcased their skills and trained with Celtic FC coaches.

The players representing the club in Florida included:

  • Daniel Diaz-Bonilla
  • Christian Eggen
  • Jordan Felton
  • Josh Fordyce
  • Leyah Hall-Robinson
  • Caitlin Moon
  • Tim Sabene

Technical Director, Clyde Watson, attended the event, and was impressed with the experience. Coach Watson shared, "The staff was excellent, and the players and coaches were able to get a taste of what a professional Academy is like. The program was well organized, professional, and a tremendous experience. MYS' relationship with Celtic FC continues to be very beneficial to our players and coaches, and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the years to come."

Congratulations to All!