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MYS Travel Opportunity

MYS has partnered with WorldStrides Excel Programs to provide our club with the opportunity to travel and compete abroad. Over the past two years, we have sent three teams abroad with Excel:

  • 2006 Girls - Scotland, August 2017
  • 2002 Boys - Scotland, August 2017
  • 2003 Girls - Italy, March 2018

Additionally, our 2007 Girls are set to travel this week to London for a tour featuring competition against Arsenal and tickets to the Community Shield!

Our plan for 2019 is to offer a trip to the Women's World Cup for any McLean team that would like to travel. If you feel your team has interest in the tour, please email Dan Dicce from WorldStrides at danield@worldstrides.org

View the Presentation here.

 
MYS Celebrates Our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give." - Winston Churchill

In honor of National Volunteer week, April 16 - 20, 2018, we would like to recognize the volunteers that help our organization thrive!

Without the help from our volunteers we would not be able to have the success we have had both on and off the field. Our volunteers do it all - from helping to organize practice space to organizing food drives, volunteers play a huge role at MYS.

We understand that there are many different things vying for everyone's time. We are grateful hat we have volunteers who have sacrificed their time to help MYS continue to serve others.

Our Director of Soccer, Keith Tabatznik, shares: "No youth sports organization can run efficiently without willing, able and enthusiastic volunteers. In my 2 years at McLean I have witnessed many examples of these people giving of their time to help give our players and families a positive and rewarding experience. Many thanks to all of the parents, coaches, players!"

Take a minute to thank a volunteer today!

Thank you all!

 
McLean Youth Soccer Boys Accepted to National ECNL League

McLean Youth Soccer's top boys teams will join 63 of the strongest youth soccer clubs nationwide in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). Like the US Soccer Development Academy, ECNL focuses on developing players for college soccer and US national teams. Unlike Academies, ECNL allows participation in high school soccer and the Olympic Development Program.

The new program will build on McLean's successful Girls ECNL which announced 33 player commitments to mostly Division 1 college soccer teams, more than other Girls ECNL or Development Academy programs in the DC area. It also includes two US National Team players.

"This is a big step for our boys," McLean's Director of Soccer and former Georgetown Head Coach Keith Tabatznik, "The benefits for players throughout the club will be great."

McLean will move top level 12-19 year old teams into ECNL and its current 11 year old Development Academy teams into pre-ECNL. The club's ECNL teams will play in a Mid Atlantic conference and older teams will be guaranteed spots in ECNL college showcases.

McLean's Clyde Watson, who built the clubs nationally-ranked Girls ECNL program, says ECNL will help players at all levels, "We have 3,000 kids in our system, from casual to very serious players. We are confident we can leverage the ECNL development program and its resources to benefit all of our players."

"With over 3 million US youth soccer players, clubs, leagues and training programs have proliferated. Young players and parents face a dizzying array of options," said McLean's Executive Director, Louise Waxler, "This is all about the kids. We share the sentiments of the incoming president of US Soccer has said about bringing America's soccer fragments together for the good of our players and the game."

 
Leidos Sponsors McLean Youth Soccer

McLean Youth Soccer is pleased to announce a sponsorship with Leidos Incorporated, a leading technology company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Founded in 1969, Leidos landed their first long term client the following year, the Defense Nuclear Agency, and has since worked with several government and civil agencies. Since coming under the leadership of Robert Krone in 2014, Leidos has expanded to more than 32,000 employees worldwide. One of their most recent awards was being ranked the #1 government contracting business in 2017 by washingtontechnology.com.

As a science and technology solutions company, Leidos looks to provide answers to some of the biggest problems in the world pertaining to national security, health and engineering. Leidos mission is to, "make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through information technology, engineering, and science." Leidos also has a proud history of helping to support veterans and their families as over 21% of Leidos employees are veterans.

Those familiar with the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. sports scene may recognize the Leidos name. They have been partners with D.C. United since 2014. Leidos also has sponsorship ties with The Wizards, The Capitals, The Mystics and Leidos Field in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Leidos commitment to the sports world has extended beyond the realm of professional sports. McLean Youth Soccer is proud to announce that Leidos will now be the official jersey front sponsor of our Recreation program for the next two years! We know that our coaches and players will thrive with help from Leidos.

"We love supporting organizations in the communities where we live and work - especially those geared toward helping position future generations for success and healthy lifestyles," said Roger Krone, Leidos Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This sponsorship will help us inspire local youth who may one day help us solve the tough challenges of tomorrow."

"McLean Youth Soccer is grateful to have been given the opportunity to partner with Leidos joining other prestigious sports organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. We look forward to being associated with a great company that recognizes the value of our brand and to bring the Leidos story to the MYS membership," said Louise Waxler, MYS Executive Director.

 
MYS Alum Wins Top College Recognition

It is only fitting that one of McLean's best ends her college career being named the nation's best. On Friday January 5, 2017 Andi Sullivan was awarded The MAC Hermann Trophy - soccer's version of the Heisman Award, awarded to the NCAA top player of the year. She now finds herself in the same company as Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, Kelley O'hara and other women soccer legends.

To many it comes as no surprise that Sullivan won such a prestigious award. Her former coach at McLean, Brent Leiba, has fond memories of her impressing both on and off the field. The current Howard Bison Head Coach remembers Sullivan having an "exceptional work rate" that was unmatched by anyone. Coach Leiba describes Sullivan as a "great leader that leads by example."

Everyone at McLean congratulates and thanks you, Andi, for giving our current players something to aim for. Best of luck to you at this year's NWSL Draft and in all your future endeavors. #McLeanProud

Read more about Andi's Hermann Trophy win in this article by Steven Goff.

 
Mars, Incorporated Becomes Official Supporter of MYS

McLean Youth Soccer announced today a partnership with Mars Incorporated, the 6th largest privately held company in the United States by Forbes. More than 100 years ago, Frank C. Mars started making candies in his Takoma, Washington kitchen. From that simple beginning, his son Forrest built Mars into the mature company it is today, first by creating the MILKY WAY® bar with his father and later by expanding the business overseas and diversifying into new categories like pet care and food. Today, the Mars family of Associates is more than 100,000 strong in over 80 countries around the world. Through all that growth, they have remained a private, family-owned business, headquartered in McLean, Virginia.


"I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to partner with such a prestigious company - Mars Incorporated," said Louise Waxler, Executive Director of McLean Youth Soccer. Our partnership with Mars provides us with the opportunity to provide additional financial resources to our need-based players ensuring they are given the opportunity to participate in McLean Youth Soccer. In addition, this partnership will elevate the MYS brand at the local, regional and national levels of the youth game."

The Mars logo will appear on the official MYS uniform jersey of all competitive teams between the ages of 13-19 effective January 2018.

 
MYS Fundraising Effort for Lombardi Cancer Center
McLean Youth Soccer leaders and players presented the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center with a check for $2000.00 as a result of a fundraising effort held by the club and supported by its players during the month of October. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, MYS teams purchased sets of pink socks and laces and sported them during the month of October!
"Georgetown's Lombardi Cancer Center seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community; guided by the principle of cura personalis, "care for the whole person. The McLean Youth Soccer club's fundraising efforts will allow us to continue our lifesaving mission in the Washington, DC area," states Justine Weissenborn, Director of Development for the Center.
"There may be no more a terrifying moment in a woman's life than being diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a disease that affects everyone in a women's life with all of those lives changed forever. The soccer community has an opportunity to ensure that every year fewer and fewer women must have that terrible conversation by supporting the efforts of such institutions as the Lombardi Cancer Center. I am extremely proud of our players for making a difference and helping to continue to raise awareness," Louise Waxler, Executive Director, McLean Youth Soccer.
For more details about the lifesaving work performed at the Center visit - https://lombardi.georgetown.edu/
Photo: Check presentation of McLean Youth Soccer leaders and players joining Justine Weissenborn, Lombardi Cancer Center
Director of Development.
 
Exciting Weekend Of Play for MYS
Posted Nov 3, 2017

MYS has two teams competing in the State Cup Finals this weekend!  "01 Athletic Green is excited for the chance to play for the state title on Sunday in Fredericksburg. A rematch of last year's championship should make for an exciting, highly anticipated match up!",  shares 01B Green Coach Alan Portillo.  Games are scheduled for Sunday, November 5 at the Publix Virginia Soccer Training Center in Fredericksburg, VA:

00B Green vs BRYC Elite Academy at 9am
01B Green vs Arlington 01B Red at 11am

We have eight U11-U15 CCL Boys and Girls Green teams heading to the Club Champions League Generation adidas Club Invitational this Saturday and Sunday in Williamsburg, VA.

And this weekend marks the end of our Recreation Program's 2017 Fall Season with final games being played.  

We wish all MYS players and coaches good luck this weekend! And don't forget to set your clocks back one hour, as Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 5th at 1 a.m.

 
MYS Hurricane Relief Fund

There are people in the Gulf Coast area wondering how they will rebuild their lives or ever recover from the disaster that destroyed their homes this past week. In response to this catastrophe, McLean Youth Soccer has created a relief fund to support the desperate needs of our friends and fellow citizens whose lives have been devastated by the flooding of Hurricane Harvey.

Please join MYS by contributing to the families who have suffered catastrophic losses and are struggling to make it through one of the darkest moments of their lives. All donations - which are tax deductible - will go directly to organizations providing support to disaster victims.

Thank you for helping McLean Youth Soccer to support the thousands of families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Louise Waxler, MYS Executive Director

 
MYS Alum Gives Back to Ivory Coast Community

McLean Youth Soccer alum Axel Levry was a member of the McLean FC team which advanced to Nationals in 2008. As a teen, his family moved from the Ivory Coast to the United States. Axel went on to play at George Mason University and then professionally with the Vancouver Whitecaps and also in Germany. Recently, MYS donated gear to Axel as he was returning to the Ivory Coast. He shares his story and photos with us below.

"Sometimes we are put in certain situations in life so that we can be a blessing to others. A few years ago, I started a small mission in Ivory coast. My mission was simple, to inspire people in my community and fill them with hope. Because hope was all I had as a 7-year-old running around in the Street of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Two weeks ago I returned to the Ivory Coast to donate new and gently used soccer equipment such as running shoes, cleats, soccer balls, jerseys, shorts, socks, shin-guards, and backpacks. I can relate to most of these kids because I was once in their shoes. Through these donations, people are giving hope to the kids/adult by making it possible for them to accomplish their dreams.

Those gifts are reminders to people in those communities that they are not forgotten, that strangers who never met them are willing to help them. I always believe that life is more meaningful when you're able to positively influence those around you.

The vision of my mission goes way beyond the soccer field. Therefore, it's important for me to continue to work hard in my personal life to create more opportunities for others. I am so grateful to everyone contributing to making my vision a reality. Many thanks to Mclean Youth Soccer for your generous donation. I think it's safe to say that Mclean soccer is well represented in Abidjan, Ivory Coast :) "

 
McLean Youth Soccer Chooses WorldStrides Excel for International Soccer Tours

WorldStrides Excel, the nation's largest and most trusted sports travel provider is pleased to announce it is partnering with McLean Youth Soccer to deliver international soccer tours for their players.

McLean Youth Soccer is one of the preeminent youth soccer clubs in the Mid-Atlantic and has always held a forward-thinking vision towards the development of its players. The establishment of this international travel program is among the first of its kind in the country and promises to expose McLean's players to exciting opportunities both on and off the field.

Louise Waxler, Executive Director of McLean Youth Soccer stated: "McLean Youth Soccer is excited to announce this partnership with WorldStrides Excel. I have experienced first-hand the quality work Excel has done building an international travel tradition during my tenure on the Maryland State Youth Soccer Board of Directors. Their reputability for offering a quality experience to players is outstanding and we look to having the players of McLean experience the international soccer stage."

This summer will be the first of many trips overseas for McLean with Excel. August will see McLean boys headed to Scotland and Manchester for a series of friendly games as well as McLean girls headed to London for friendly matches and guest training sessions with professional staff. The partnership will also offer exciting opportunities in coaching education for McLean.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with McLean Youth Soccer. I have long admired the club and the vision they have for their players. This partnership will open the door to new challenges for both McLean and Excel and promises to be one of the most robust international travel programs in the country." said Eric McAleer, Vice President, WorldStrides Excel Programs.

About WorldStrides

WorldStrides Excel Programs is the leader in international tours for U.S. soccer teams and is a specialist in meeting the unique requirements of international team travel at the recreational, travel, ODP, and collegiate team level. Founded in 1998 by Eric McAleer, a former European professional soccer player, Excel International Sports was acquired by WorldStrides in 2015. For more information on WorldStrides Excel programs, visit www.worldstrides.com/excel.

 
MYS Annual General Meeting - 2017
**June 7 Update: Thank you for joining us at the meeting. Please visit the MYS Board webpage for the Presentation!**
The McLean Youth Soccer Board of Directors invites you to the upcoming 2017 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 6th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the McLean Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road (located next to the Police Field).
The meeting will include:
  • MYS highlights for 2016-17 year
  • Recognition of outstanding team and coaching accomplishments
  • Presentation of the Recreation "Coach of the Year" awards
  • Election of new MYS board members

The MYS Chair of the Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates for nomination for election to the Board of Directors at the June 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee for re-election for 2-year terms are:

  • Kirk Robertson
  • James Socas
The Nominating Committee nominates Michael Dalakis, Brian Luwis and Whitney Bergendahl for election as new directors for a 2-year term.
Michael Dalakis - Attorney with strong governance and entrepreneurial business experience. Lifelong soccer play who has coached and managed teams from the recreation level to the elite level. Strives to continuously stay educated on the constantly changing soccer landscape at all levels from the local to the international. Currently has one child in an MYS travel program.

Brian Luwis - Local architect and commercial real estate developer. Co-founded one of the largest international adoption agencies. Previously served on MYS Governance Committee. Currently has two children in MYS programs.

Whitney Bergendahl - Management consultant with the federal government. Lifelong soccer player including DII NCAA at Notre Dame College. Has served on the MYS Travel Committee for the past year. Volunteer coach for MYS and currently has two children in MYS programs.

The following directors are not up for re-election and will continue serving their term on the Board: Sharon King Donohue, Rich Irons, Bryan Judd, Michael Kunz and Laura Mattis.

We welcome all members to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting!

Marc Noe, MYS Chairman of the Board

 
MYS Seeks Board Nominations

MYS volunteers selflessly give of their time so the youth in our community can play soccer. Without their active support, MYS could not effectively serve its membership. One of the many volunteer roles is serving on the MYS Board of Directors. Each director is elected by the membership at a vote held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held this year on June 6, 2017. Directors are typically elected for a two-year term and may serve two consecutive terms. A Nominating Committee comprised of existing directors and at-large members of MYS determines which candidates it believes are best qualified to put on the slate for consideration by the membership at the AGM. We anticipate that there will be at least 2 Board positions available to fill at this upcoming AGM. More details on MYS governance and the Board, including a list of current Directors is available on the MYS web site.

It you are interested in being considered for possible nomination to join the Board in June, or would just like more information about the Board, please contact Sharon King Donohue, MYS Vice-Chair at Sharon.KingDonohue@mcleansoccer.org. Applicants for the Board should submit a brief statement detailing their interest and background to Ms. King Donohue no later than May 5, 2017.

 
McLean Youth Soccer Teams Travel to Italy for a "Trip of a Lifetime"

On April 9th, members of the 2004 Girls ECNL and U12 Development Academy teams boarded a flight to Italy - the start of what many players would end up calling "the trip of a lifetime". 17 girls and 14 boys, with 5 members of the MYS technical staff, as well as many parents and siblings, traveled to Coccaglio and Pordenone competing in a number of friendly matches culminating in the participation in the Gallini Cup.

The teams enjoyed sightseeing excursions in Milan, Lake Como, Verona and Venice, as well as a Serie A AC Milan match! At the tournament, the Boys had a strong showing in the U13 Boys bracket of the Galini Cup - with a final tournament record of 3-1-1. The Girls captured the Championship title with an exciting championship match against the Ferencvaros team from Hungary.

Academy Coach Jeff Carroll shares, "The team experienced great success during the Gallini World Cup. I could not be happier or more proud with how our boys competed and carried themselves during the trip. To quote a few of the boys, this was a 'trip of a lifetime'. And ECNL Coach Diane Drake adds, "This was a truly special experience for parents and players alike. By the end of the tournament our parents were cheering European chants in the stands showing their love of the game and the 3rd place team was cheering USA USA USA, while our players were knocking in the game winning goal to capture the trophy, a prideful moment for us coaches and our club."

Thanks to Soccer Network who put together a trip of a lifetime these parents and players truly will never forget. Hats off to Keith Tabatznik, our Director of Soccer for such an opportunity.
 
MYS Player Travels to Scotland to Train with Celtic
Caitlin Moon traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to train with the Celtic FC Womens 1st Team of the Scottish Women's Premier League February 18 - 28th. Caitlin was the only girl from the United States invited to attend training at the Celtic FC facilities and enjoyed a full week learning from professional level coaches and players from Europe. While there, the coaching staff evaluated Caitlin's level of play and invited her to guest play a friendly match in England against Sunderland AFC Ladies of the English Women's Premier League. Caitlin said her game will benefit from the many things she learned while there and hopes to earn another opportunity to do it all again in the future. "The experience was more than I could have imagined. The ladies on the team were extremely talented and accepted me as one of their own. Getting to travel and play a professional match with them in England was the highlight of my visit. I am very grateful to Willie McNab for all his work putting this together, Coach David, Coach Peter and Ross Hester for getting me to all the trainings!"
Caitlin's family also was able to travel to Scotland, and her mother shares: "The Celtic FC family made us feel at home from the start. They could not have taken better care of us. Whether escorting us to and from events or working Caitlin into the team's trainings and games, they made us feel an important part of the Celtic family. We certainly hope to return soon to see our friends again."
This opportunity was part of the McLean Youth Soccer partnership with the Celtic FC. As part of the Elite player program, MYS Coaches nominate players to attend the Elite Camp. Then, at the Camp, players are selected to travel to Scotland.
Congratulations, Caitlin! Way to represent!!
 
The Fab 4 in McLean

Cam, Emily, Camila and Naomi are affectionately known as the FAB 4 throughout our club. They are currently seniors in high school preparing to attend college this fall as student-athletes. They began playing soccer in the Recreation leagues and worked their way up through MYS's travel program. Read more about this great group of young women here!

 
Free Leadership Soccer Clinic for McLean Girls

On February 12, American University hosted a free clinic for MYS players. The clinic was a great opportunity for the McLean players and our student-athletes to connect. Our American University Future50 Leadership program is all about cultivating leadership skills while implementing soccer development. The biggest part of all is the mentorship between the Division 1 athletes and the local youth to provide confidence as a young female athlete. Thank you to the players and staff at American University, and especially, Coach Jimenez Hering, for proving this opportunity to our young athletes. For information about the program go to http://www.future50leaders.com/american-university

 
MYS Connections to Hermann Trophy Race

Congratulations to Ian Harkes and Andi Sullivan who have been identified as finalists for the Hermann Trophy. The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967

Both players are local products. Andi Sullivan is an MYS Alum, and the daughter of former MYS Recreation Director, Marianna Sullivan. Ian Harkes is the son of Cindi Harkes, current MYS U13 - U18 Girls Age Group Director.

The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 6, 2017 to formally announce this year's winners. Read More Here.

Congratulations, Andi and Ian!

 
Jaime Moreno Joins MYS Staff
McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) has hired DC United legend Jaime Moreno as our new Player Development Advisor. Moreno will focus predominantly on the technical development of the 8-12 year olds, but will also have a hand in the development of players in all age groups. Moreno will work closely with Technical Director Clyde Watson and Director of Soccer Keith Tabatznik.

Jaime's knowledge and experience at the Tahuichi Academy of Bolivia, as well as his experience as a professional in MLS and England, will be shared with MYS players and coaches.
"Jaime's experience at Tahuichi soccer academy in Bolivia and his ability to impart some of that training to our kids will benefit our club, and it is a privilege to have him with us." - Clyde Watson, MYS Technical Director

"To have someone with Jaime's professional background and experience at one of the best youth academies in the world will be a tremendous boost to what we are trying to do here at McLean." - Keith Tabatznik, MYS Director of Soccer.

 
MYS Top Teams Play This Weekend

Come out and support our teams - and support the local homeless shelter too!

Located just 10 minutes from Lewinsville Park, Homestretch provides housing and support services for homeless families with children. Through a series of comprehensive programs of job counseling, family mentoring, and children's programs, Homestretch provides skills, knowledge, and most importantly, hope -- all necessary for these families to attain permanent housing and become productive participants in the community.

With your help, McLean Youth Soccer is collecting supplies for these homeless families at Homestretch.

This year, we are specifically collecting the following 3 items:

  • - liquid hand soap
  • - body wash
  • - razors

Please join us to support our MYS teams at the games this weekend, and bring along something for the families at Homestretch. There will be a box at the entrance to the field to drop off your donation! THANK YOU!

Friday, December 9

CCL College Showcase Games - McLean v DC Stoddert

  • U16 Boys 5 pm at Lewinsville Park # 3
  • U17 Boys 5 pm at Lewinsville Park # 2
  • U16 Girls 7 pm at Lewinsville Park # 3

Sunday, December 11

ECNL games v Maryland United

  • U15 Girls - 9 am at Lewinsville Park # 2
  • U16 Girls - 11 am at Lewinsville Park # 2
  • U17 Girls - 1 pm at Lewinsville Park # 2
  • U18 Girls - 3 pm at Lewinsville Park # 2
 
MYS Executive Director Honored by NSCAA

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced the recipients of its 2016 Long-Term Service Awards for college, high school and youth soccer. The awards are presented annually to members who have exhibited a career of contributions and service to both the NSCAA and the game at their constituent level. MYS Executive Director, Louise Waxler, has been recognized and awarded the Charlotte Moran Youth Long-Term Service Award. Read more here. The three honorees will be presented their award at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles in conjunction with the 70th annual NSCAA Convention. Congratulations, Louise!

 
MYS U19 Boys Recreation Teams Play 7 v 7 McLean Cup Mini-Tournament
In preparation for the Suburban Friendship League Tournament, players from MYS/SFL U19 Boys recreation teams held a 7 v 7 McLean Cup Mini-Tournament on Monday November 7 at the Police Field. With the change in age brackets, we now have over 80 U19B players on four teams making it one of the largest U19B groups of players to represent MYS in the SFL. The players really enjoyed the small-sided fast pace of play and had fun playing with their friends.
 
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, McLean Youth Soccer unveils this awesome Gildan Performance tee. Recognize a survivor, encourage a fighter, and memorialize a fallen victim of this dreadful disease. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center. For more details about the life-saving work performed at the Center, please visit https://lombardi.georgetown.edu/

The shirt is available in Adult, Youth and Women's sizes through the month of October, and will be mailed directly to your home.
$20 for Adult and Women's sizes.
$15 for Youth sizes. Supplies are limited.


Visit the MYS Store to place your order today!
 
Train with Megan Rapinoe and Lori Lindsey!

World Cup Champion and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe will be running two soccer performance training events for female players, ages 10-18. This is an opportunity to be coached by Megan Rapinoe and other world class professionatl athletes.

McLean Youth Soccer is hosting this event, and our members will have the first opportunity to register before it is promoted to the general public.

Sessions are held October 13, 5-8 pm and October 14, 5-8 pm. $150 per player.

Register at rapinoe.us

View full flyer here

 
Executive Director Louise Waxler Joins Panel at Congressional Briefing

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) today released the first interactive online course developed to educate soccer coaches on how to teach safer heading techniques. The course was unveiled at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. hosted by Congressman Tom Rooney (R-Florida), co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

The 30-minute course titled 'Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer™ is available at no charge on NSCAA.com/heading with an NSCAA Diploma awarded upon completion. The course, featuring an introduction from retired U.S. National Women's team star Abby Wambach, illustrates specific techniques, exercises and practice activities that are available for coaches to download or print.

"Eliminating head injuries in soccer is likely impossible, but reducing exposure and enhancing player safety is not," said Ian Barker, the NSCAA Director of Coaching Education, whose instruction in the course focuses on techniques, practice activities and preparations. "What's important here is that coaches emphasize correct positioning and stance for executing safe, purposeful, and effective headers."

This announcement follows a recent ruling by U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in America, stating that as part of increased focus on player safety there should be no heading in games or practice for any players age 10 and under and a limited amount of heading for those ages 11 to 13.

"As players come into the 11 to 13 age group with limited heading exposure, coaches are seeking direction on how to best bring them up to speed safely," said Lynn Berling-Manuel, Chief Executive Officer at the NSCAA. "We're pleased to help lead this effort by partnering with leading health and industry experts to provide the trusted resources they need."

In developing the course, the NSCAA worked together with the University of Delaware Concussion Research Laboratory. Where soccer technique leaves off, the science of strength and conditioning comes in with Dr. Tom Kaminski, an expert at the University of Delaware in the areas of kinesiology and applied physiology.

"The foundation of preventing injury is through neck and core strengthening exercises," said Dr. Kaminski. "When we teach 11 to 13 year olds how to unite their torso, neck and head, they will protect themselves from injury. You could say we prevent the 'bobble head' effect."

Dr. Kaminski has been studying concussions in soccer for most of his career starting in 1998 with the University of Florida's women's soccer team. In more recent years he has been able to incorporate a new piece of monitoring technology to his research. The Smart Impact Monitor, developed by Triax Technologies, Inc., is essentially a headband with an embedded sensor designed to track head impacts in real-time. This measurement tool adds objectivity and documentation to the concussion management process and the teaching of heading in soccer.

"As the father of three boys who all play sports, I have long advocated on Capitol Hill to make youth sports safer for America's children," said Congressman Rooney. "While we all know it is impossible to eliminate all the risks of playing contact sports, educating coaches, players and parents is a key component in reducing such risks. This initiative is an innovative step to increase widespread awareness in how to properly head a soccer ball, to increase safety and decrease injury among players at all ages."

Others who attended the Congressional Briefing include Hank Steinbrecher, a long time college coach, former player, NSCAA member, NSCAA Honor Award winner and former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer; and Louise Waxler, Executive Director of McLean (Va.) Youth Soccer and past president of the NSCAA.

"Most youth coaches don't know how to properly coach heading technique," said Steinbrecher. "Based on some of the recent studies, I'm confident the course developed by the NSCAA will assist young players to enjoy the game safely for life."

"As leaders of youth soccer organizations, we have a responsibility to our membership to ensure that our coaches are properly educated on every aspect of the game," said Waxler. "The NSCAA has always been a leader in the area of soccer education at a global level and I will want every coach at McLean Youth Soccer to complete this new NSCAA Diploma."

 
McLean Twins Grow Up in MYS and Give Back to the Club

Since they were 5 years old, twins Elizabeth and Kimberly Zhou, have played soccer. It was the only sport they tried and the only one they fell in love with since their first touch of the soccer ball.

Elizabeth and Kimberly played in the MYS recreation league until they were 10 years old. After their all-star team won the 2009 Father's Day tournament, the twins and their teammates tried out for the MYS Travel program, and were selected for the Silver team.

Every year since then, the twins have worked hard on their games and skills. And year after year, they moved their way up to increasingly competitive teams. They now are stalwarts of the ECNL program.

In 2015, Elizabeth and Kimberly were selected for the McLean High School Varsity team. The Highlanders beat long-time rivalry Langley High School 3-0. Kimberly scored 2 goals and assisted 1 goal, her first career goal in 10 years!

Being a team player has always been part of Elizabeth and Kimberly.

As Clyde Watson said, "Talent alone will not make you a great soccer player. You have to work hard." Elizabeth and Kimberly not only have talent, but also work very hard to earn their spot on the travel teams, play time, and starting position.

For the fall 2016 season, the twins have chosen to give back to the MYS Community by coaching a U7 Boys Recreation team!

Thank you, Elizabeth and Kimberly, for your passion and dedication!

 
McLean Player Selected as ODP All-Star

Congratulations to Garrett Socas (U16 Boys Green) who was selected as a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) All-Star team. This team was selected from the 2015 US Youth Soccer ODP Thanksgiving Interregional event for the 2001 / 2002 Boys age groups. As part of the squad, Garrett will travel to Argentina competing in friendlies against youth teams throughout the country. For more details and the full roster, please visit http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/odp_thanksgiving_interregional_all-stars_travel_to_compete_in_argentina/

Congratulations, Garrett! Have a great trip!

 
U13 Boys Galaxy White Come Close to Capturing the Baltimore Mania Tournament

The McLean U13 Boys Galaxy White team finished as finalists in the Baltimore Mania tournament in Ellicot City this past weekend.

Having narrowly missed out on the playoffs of the Arlington Invitational a week ago, the MYS team won their bracket and went undefeated in their run to the final game with two wins and a draw. Unfortunately, they faced a strong team from New York and finally succumbed to goals in the second half of the championship game.

Playing teams and quality competition from throughout the region, including: Maryland, New Jersey and two teams from New York, served as great preparation for the team's upcoming CCII season.

 
McLean U9 Boys Green are Champions

Congratulations to Mclean U9 green for winning the top flight of the Mclean Premier Soccer Tournament. The boys overcame many talented teams and beat Reston's White team 9-6 to earn the championship. Way to go Coach Seth, Max, Mikel, Robert, Michael, Dylan, Zach, Nathan, Gleb and Liam!

 
U11 Girls Finalists at Arlington Tournament

Congratulations to the U 11G White team who ended as finalists in the Arlington Tournament over the weekend. They won three games, including an exciting come from behind win in the semi finals, to advance to the final match. They played hard but lost a close one in the finals. We look forward to a great season of soccer.

 
McLean U10 Girls Green Champions at Arlington!

Congratulations to Mclean U10 green for winning the top flight of the Arlington Invitational Soccer Tournament. The girls amassed 13 goals while conceding only 2 en route to the title. The girls overcame a tremendously talented Loudoun Red team 3-1 to earn their first team championship. Way to go Scooby, Bug, Officer Willis, Samurai, Ray, Jay, Em, Margit, Nin-Machine, Paly, Car-o, and Marin.

 
McLean U11 Boys Enjoy Strong Showing at Arlington Tournament

The U11 Boys teams had a busy weekend at the Arlington Spring Invitational Tournament (March 5-6, 2016). Led by a team of coaches including Ellis Pierre, Seth Jacobs and Kenric Vezina, all four teams showed their opponents what McLean players are made of.

U11 Magic Silver scored 5 goals and conceded 11 leaving them third in their bracket.

11 The U11 Magic Gold finished second in their division, and went on to take the Futsal championship later that night..

U11 Magic White went 4-0 en route to their first tournament championship, scoring 15 goals and conceding just one..

U11 Magic Green dominated the Premier division, also winning all four games on their way to the championship.

 
McLean U17 Girls Green Take Home Ultimate Cup

The McLean U17 Girls Spirit Green achieved success at the Ultimate Cup tournament in Richmond over the weekend of February 27-28. The girls faced stiff competition from teams from Maryland, as well as storied clubs from central Virginia.

Exhibiting a stingy defense that only allowed one goal in three games proved decisive as the championship was crowned based on the goal differential tie-breaker. Congratulations!

 
McLean Players Head to ODP National Championships

Congratulations to Becca Crouch, Lucy Kellogg, and Grace Sklopan - ODP participants and players on the McLean U16 ECNL team. Becca, Lucy, and Grace have been selected to attend the ODP National Championships which will be held February 26-28 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. Last June, with the help of these players, the Virginia 1999 ODP team won the US Youth Soccer Regional I Championship and earned the right to vie as one of four teams competing for ODP National Champion status. We wish them luck!

 
MYS Travel Coaches visit European Football Academies

Recently two of our coaches Jaon Ahmad (current U12 Lead Coach) and Jamil Faryadi (Age Group Director) visited some of the top clubs in Europe. The goal of their trip was to immerse themselves in the football culture of their respective youth academy setups to understand and learn some of the best practices and bring them to our players here in McLean.

Both coaches are VYSA ODP (Olympic Developmental Program) State staff coaches and were invited to attend this trip with other VYSA ODP coaches from across the state of Virginia.

Jamil and Jaon traveled across Scotland and England to attend lectures, coaching sessions, and tactics analysis with the Scottish Football Association (FA), Celtic FC, Rangers FC, Everton FC, Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, and a significant discussion with the Tactics Managers for Leicester City FC who is currently in 1st place in the Premier League.

 
MYS College Information Night

Thank you to Coach Brian Wiese (Georgetown), Coach Dirk Vandeveer (George Mason), Coach Declan Coll (American University) and Coach Greg Andrulis (George Mason) for sharing their insight and expertise at the MYS College Information Night on February 17, 2016.

As moderator of the panel, Coach Diane Drake (McLean AGD), provided a great deal of information and interesting anecdotes about her many years as a college coach.

Over 100 attendees learned in depth about the college process and had the opportunity to ask questions from our expert panel.

The presentation from the meeting and other important information for the college-bound athlete can be found on the Travel Player Resource page.

 
MYS Hosts 2016 New Referee Class

McLean Youth Soccer hosted the 2016 New Referee class at the McLean Community Center. Instructors were Rich Serota and Tom Costigan, with guest presentations by State Referee/Instructor Will Aten and USSF Assignor Jesse Rosenthal. For more information about the MYS Referee program, please visit http://www.mcleansoccer.org/referees

 
IMPACT Concussion Baseline Testing

Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Center will be hosting an open registration for ImPACT Baseline Testing (www.impacttest.com) on February 20, 2016, between 9am and 1pm at Inova's Epic Training Center (8111 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042). The testing sessions are 1 hour long, but usually take closer to 45 minutes. Testing sessions are for athletes age 10 and above. ImPACT Baseline testing is a useful tool for evaluation and management of concussion. We recommend that athletes complete a baseline test on a yearly basis prior to the start of their sport.

We would like to invite you to register your son or daughter for an ImPACT Baseline test by using the following link ( www.inova.org/concussioneducation ) , select "Register for the In-Person Test". You will be directed to the registration window.

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  1. Select "IMPACT CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING."
  2. Select a class time from the list provided.
  3. Select Add to Cart on bottom right of page
  1. Select Checkout
  2. Please complete the registration form for the athlete attending the Baseline Testing session.
  3. You must read the cancellation policy before being able to check the box.
  4. Select "Continue."
  5. Verify your information, then click "Confirm Registration."

**** Your shopping cart will indicate that there is no fee, but a $30.00 fee is required and will be collected onsite prior to testing via credit or debit card. *****

Your registration will be complete and you should receive a class registration email. Please contact Inova Sports Medicine's Concussion Hotline with questions and comments at (703) 970-6427.

 
ECNL ’99 Girls Post 16-Game Undefeated Streak Across Five Tournaments This Fall
Posted Feb 1, 2016

McLean Youth Soccer's ECNL ‘99 Girls Team went undefeated in all five tournaments it competed in during the last half of 2015, starting with the OBGC Capital Cup over Labor Day weekend and ending with the ECNL Winter Showcase in late December.

The team went 15-0-1 and were Champions at OBGC, the Bethesda Premier Cup and the CASL Showcase. In 16 games, the team’s offense scored 56 goals (an average of 3.5 per game) while its defense conceded just seven (an average of 0.43).

“I was very happy for the team because not only were they very successful in terms of results, but they also played excellent soccer and showcased very well in front of the college coaches who came to watch them,” said Head Coach Nadir Moumen. A total of more than 230 coaches watched the team from the sidelines at the Bethesda, CASL and ECNL venues (126 watched the ECNL games alone).

Major tournaments scheduled for the team in 2016 include the prestigious Jefferson Cup showcase, which takes place March 24-26 in Richmond, VA, the ECNL San Diego National Event from April 1-3 and the ECNL U16 Playoffs in Oceanside, CA, from June 23-28.

As of January 2016, two players on the team (both of whom will graduate from high school in June of 2018) have committed to college programs: Claire Constant (University of Virginia) and Grace Sklopan (Virginia Tech).


 
McLean 99 Girls White are WAGS Champions
Posted Feb 1, 2016

 Congratulations to the McLean 99 Girls White team, coached by Patrick Finney. Real White were the undefeated Division 2 WAGS champions.  WAGS "awards" were presented to the team this past weekend.   Congratulations! 


 
McLean U13 Girls Have Fun With TOPSoccer Players
Posted Feb 1, 2016

McLean soccer parent, Kristin Lincoln, recruited most of the McLean 02 Girls White team to volunteer some of their time on a Saturday to visit some of the disabled kids as part of a program sponsored by TOPSoccer.  The players were able to literally represent the sport of soccer to these kids and the smiles were on both sides the whole way.  TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement, which is, to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the McLean TOPSoccer program, please email admin@mcleansoccer.org