MYS Recreation Fall 2017 End of the Season SFL Tournament

During this Fall 2017 season, MYS had 36 teams play in the Suburban Friendship League. MYS fielded 21 boys teams and 15 girls teams in the U12-U19 age groups with 14 of the teams winning trophies at the end of the season tournament weekend. Congratulations to everyone on such a successful season, and we look forward to seeing you in Spring 2018!

U19B with a 2nd place finish in Division 3.

U12G McLean 1 team, coached by Noel and Tony, finished 2nd in the Division 5 finals.

U19G McLean 1 team finished a successful season winning Division 4.

U16B McLean 3 team, coached by Mike Calabrese and Mario Guillen, won 3rd place in Division 6 beating Lee Mt Vernon 2.

U14B Team Chitic won their championship match against Fairfax 2.

U14G McLean 2 won their match over Springfield in penalty kicks.

U12B Team Egorin won their championship game.

MYS Team Finishes First Place in All Star Father's Day Tournament

The U14 Girls All Star Team won First Place in the Championship final at the FPYC Father's Day All Star Tournament. The team played two games on Saturday with a 1-1 tie against The Arlington Lions and a 3-0 win over the FPYC Koldys. On Sunday, they played their first game against Vienna Youth Soccer bringing in a 4-0 win and qualifying for the finalist game. In the finals match, the girls played The Arlington Lions with a winning score of 3-0 to clinch the Championship first place title. The team was trained by Head Coach Rachel Deutsch and Assistant Coaches Ted Sibert and Kevin Tromp. The team played four full length matches with high energy, incredible teamwork, skill and model sportsmanship. The players and coaches had a fantastic time and a great season.

MYS Recreation Teams Finish Up SFL Spring Season with End of Season Tournament

Of the 31 MYS teams participating in the June 10-11th SFL Tournament, 11 won trophies with 8 Champions coming from the U13, U14, U16 and U19 Boys, and U16 Girls teams. One U16 girls team took 2nd place, while one U13 Boys and one U14 Girls teams finished in 3rd place.

The U14 Girls team, coached by Ted Sibert, won in the finals of the tournament in PKs. Coach Sibert says the girls "played their three best games of the season in which they demonstrated many of the skills and strategies we had developed in our practices. As a result, the games were fast paced and exciting to watch." Their first game of the tournament was a hard fought win and although the girls showed great teamwork in game two that day, they unfortunately lost to an Annandale team 2-1. On Sunday though, the girls battled a shortage of subs and the heat, to persevere and score a game tying goal in the last 2 minutes of regulation time and then prevailed in the penalty kick round to clinch their championship.

The U16 Boys competed in Division 10. Coach Steinbaum said "Our team of hard-working players achieved a winning season in the Spring of 2017, improving from game to game. Our strong performance continued into June as the team took the championship of Division 10 of the SFL tournament. After winning the first game by a decisive score of 5-2, the team demonstrated its tremendous heart, coming back three times to tie the game and sending it into penalty kicks, where we won 2-1."

U16 Boys McLean 3 improved with each game in the regular season that led them to an outstanding performance (3-0-0) as Champions of the U16B SFL Tournament Div 7. All of the tournament games were very competitive as McLean 3, with a mostly 8th grade roster, matched up well against teams with more 9th grade players. The tournament team was lead by Captains Kobe McCowan and Mark O'Shea. After defeating McLean 2 in the opening game, McLean 3 faced a fresh team on a hot day but came away with the victory over Haymarket 1. The final game was hard fought as the team responded to being down 2 goals in the first half with tougher defending, better possession, and creative attacking play to deliver 3 goals for the final victory (3-2) over Springfield 4 and the Championship. Over the course of the season, McLean 3 developed a theme based on: "show up, play hard, score goals, and have fun", which served them well in the tournament. The team was coached by Mike Calabrese with assistance from Craig Saunders.

U16 Girls McLean 2 (MYS Strikers) was seeded in Division 1 and at the end-of-season tournament, advanced to the championship game with a clear 3-0 win over Haymarket, to play NVSC for the trophy. The first half remained scoreless, and NVSC scored about 10 minutes into the second half. The girls remained calm and played a nice possession game, forcing many opportunities. With about five minutes left on the clock, they converted a free kick from 25 yards that curved nicely under the crossbar, to take the game to a PK shootout. We converted the first four PKs, while our goalie stopped two PKs of our opponent, which was enough to win the championship. The results from the tournament also took the team to the top of the table in Division 1, an incredible achievement! MYS Strikers are Elena, Tess, Caitlyn, Jessica, Martina, Jannah, Sammy, Kimberly, Nikki, Mehak, Sabrina, Elena, Esheka, Victoria, Ariana, Emma, Ella, Erin, Sara Grace, and coaches Beale and Juergen.

MYS 2017 Recreation Coach of the Year and "Above and Beyond" Awards
Rec Coach of the Year Awards and the "Mike Calabrese Above and Beyond Award" were handed out at our 2017 Annual General Meeting on June 6. Congrats to our awards recipients!
Jane Scott-Jones, Suburban Friendship League Commissioner
Jane won the "Mike Calabrese Above and Beyond, Lifetime Achievement Award" for her tireless work on and off the field to promote youth soccer with enthusiasm, dedication and a sense of community that transcends the sport.

Coach Tony Schiavetti - U6-U12 Boys

Tony is a first-year coach and was excited to share his love of the game with his son and the team. He works as a lawyer for the Justice Department and is in the US Army Reserve. Parents praised his unfailingly positivity, patience, and focus on bringing out the best in each child on the team and in promoting good sportsmanship at every opportunity.

Coach Steve Trembler - U6-U12 Girls

Steve is a native Washingtonian and father of four who has lived in McLean for 12 years. He coaches all of his kids in various McLean Youth sports and has been an MYS coach for 9 seasons. He is passionate about sports, but more passionate about team building. Parents say he is truly an amazing and very talented coach who makes everything he does so positive for each and every girl on the team regardless of their skill level.

Coach Scott Marinus - U13 and older Boys

Scott's been coaching for MYS for about 8 years and has coached for teams that both his son and daughter have participated on since they were U6, including a few All-Star teams. He has played soccer all his life and was inspired to coach by his father who coached him when he was in youth soccer. Parents say Scott is calm, never raising his voices to players, and makes soccer fun while at the same time teaching dedication, teamwork, and the value of working hard.

Coach Rachel Deutsch - U13 and older Girls

Rachel has been a head coach and All-Star coach since 2012. Her favorite part of Recreational sports is that every player gets a chance to play and thats so important because she believes every kid is capable of doing great things. Her players' parents say Rachel is amazing, encouraging, positive, motivating, kind and is an incredible role model for their daughters.

Coach Garza and the U7 Boys Play on the DC United Pitch
Coach Garza and her U7 Boys enjoyed a day at the DC United stadium on May 20th. As part of the Play on the Pitch program, the team had a chance to play games on the field, and then sit together and watch the DC United game. All the players were chanting up a storm "DC United" with their 'thunder sticks' . Thanks, Coach, for providing this awesome opportunity for the team! If you want to schedule an opportunity like this for your rec team, please email admin@mcleansoccer.org!
MYS Rec Team Help Out as Ball Girls

The U12 Girls house team lended a helping hand to Langley High Schools Girl's Varsity team as ball girls. The team is coached by Brad Pace and Paul Tourbaf. Pictured in the center are Eliza Tourbaf, Lia Carbone, Mary Redd, Tara Alathari and Gabby Flamish. Thanks, Langley, for allowing our girls to join in the game!

MYS Teams Participate in All-Star Tournament

MYS fielded 16 teams and over 200 players competed in the 2016 Herndon All-Star tournament over the weekend of November 19-20.

Thanks to all the All-Star coaches for providing this opportunity to the players! See below for some team reports.

Congrats to the U13 Boys who were finalists, and the U9 Boys, U12 Girls, U14 Boys and U14 Girls who were all Champions in their brackets!

The MYS Under 14 Boys won a Championship for seeds 8-14 in the 14 team Black Division of the Herndon Soccer Tournament All Star Cup. The effort was outstanding and the individual and "team" play continually improved into the exciting semifinal game vs Annandale FC (4-3), and final game versus Annandale 1 (2-1).The experience gained in the 4 mini-games on Saturday, and the excellent preparation in demanding weather for all 3 Sunday games, enabled the "team" to build the confidence that carried to the Championship in 180 minutes of soccer over 11 hours. The team was coached by Mike Calabrese and Mario Guillen.

U12 Girls team won the tournament Annandale fielded an exceptionally strong team which beat us 3-0 in the first game, but we came back to beat them in the semifinals via penalty kicks.

The U14 girls won the Championship in the top division this weekend at the Herndon All Star Cup. After playing four mini games on Saturday we were tied for 3rd place. We started Sunday winning a PK shoot-out at 7:30 am to break our tie for 3rd place and then we played a full match with Vienna winning 2-1 and our final match with CYA winning 1-0. The girls played with skill, incredible teamwork and a highly competitive spirit and they did not let the frigid cold stop them from playing some fantastic soccer all weekend. The team led by Head Coach, Rachel Deutsch and Assistant Coaches, Ted Sibert, Kevin Tromp and Brian Dunch had 16 players comprised of 7th and 8th grade girls from four separate SFL teams.

U13 boys All Star team had a fantastic tournament! We went 3-1 on Saturday with our only loss was by a goal in 50 mph winds. This however put us as the 4th seed in the top division, which meant an 8AM game on Sunday. Despite only have 13 players for the first game, we played our best game of the weekend, with excellent possession and total team play for 2-0 victory. The semi-final game saw a return of high winds which changed the complexion of the game, but we managed to gut out a 2-2 tie in regulation leading to a shootout. In the shootout our goalie made fantastic save after fantastic save to shut out the other team in penalty kicks and it was on the to championship round. In another high wind game we finally ran out of steam after a tied first half, however I couldn't be more proud of the effort this team displayed. We have 7 boys that are playing up an age group and they showed no fear against much bigger competition, and played as a team.

In spite of playing a great tournament and scoring 7 goals while allowing only 3, U16 Girls "MYS Freedom" were unlucky on November 20, losing in PKs to the eventual champion before the finale.

MYS Recreation Teams Wrap Up SFL Season with End of Season Tournament

MYS had 20 boys and 11 girls team in the SFL for the Fall season. Of the 31 teams 12 have won trophies: 6 boys teams and 6 girls. There are Division Champions in the U13, U14 and U19 boys; the U13 and U16 girls also have Champions. There are Finalists in U13 and U16 boys, and U14, U16 and U19 girls.

Success is not just measured by winning trophies, and MYS compliments all the SFL teams playing this season, one made more challenging with the change in the year of registration and team formation. There were more teams playing in Division 2 this season, and the SFL expects to have better-balanced divisions in the spring. The SFL had over 500 teams and 9,000 players participating in the Fall season. There were 450 games during the tournament weekend.

U19 Girls won their first two games in penalty kicks but lost the Sunday final to Burke Athletic 1 to place 2nd in the Division 6 U19 girls tournament.

U16 Boys: Despite a dominating performance filled with creative passing combinations, stiff defense, and several goal scoring opportunities, McLean 5 was unable to come away with a win during regulation time of its final tournament game for 3rd place against Braddock Road 2. A shoot-out ensued and the teams were tied at 2-2 going into the last shots. McLean 5, which had lost in several emotional shoot-outs in the past, celebrated the victory and applauded the great competition and sportsmanship of their opponent.

U16 Girls Dragon Warriors co-coached by Reid Jackson and Juan Aguilar wrapped up an undefeated season with a 1-0 victory over Annandale 1. Heading into the tournament weekend, the Dragon Warriors had only conceded one goal in eight regular season games, and their 2-0-1 (WLD) record in the tournament led them to first place in their tournament division. With over half the team opting to "play-up" due the "birth year transition", the team was newly formed this season and brought together former rivals, the Emerald Dragons and the Warriors.

U16 Girls Strikers won first place at the SFL end-of-season tournament. In a tough group of seven teams, we clinched the top spot after decisive wins over Gunston (5-1) and Alexandria (2-0). MYS Strikers are Elena, Tess, Caitlyn, Fiona, Jessica, Aya, Martina, Jannah, Sammy, Kimberly, Nikki, Mehak, Sabrina, Elena, Ava, Esheka, Kate, Ariana, Emma, Ella, Erin, Sara Grace, and coaches Beale and Juergen.

U19 boys PUMAS FC squad, coached by Chris Peterson and Michael Palumbo, took first place in the Division 4 this past weekend. The PUMAS had outstanding goalkeeping from James O'Malley, tenacious team defense spearheaded by Oscar Auza and David Todd, great restarts by Luke Scarano, fast-paced and incisive ball movement, and spectacular finishing by a variety of players. Opponents praised MYS' speed of play. Way to go PUMAS!

U14 Boys The Lions finish a great season by winning 1st place in their division tournament!

U13 Girls Champions - Final game ended in a tie; the shootout that followed was incredibly stressful, as it was the first shootout most of the girls had ever been in and some are only 11 year old playing U13. It went past the first 5 shots dead even, then 5 more…even, then…sudden death. On the 13th shot from each side our player put a beautiful ball in the upper corner, and our goalkeeper saved their shot …definitely the MVP of the match. What a great way to end the year.

U14 Boys Champions This was by far the fastest and most cohesive game we played all year. We definitely played some of our best soccer of the year in the Final under the lights, and I couldn't ask for a better squad to coach.

Recreation Players Enjoy Special Evening of Goalkeeper Training

McLean Youth Soccer was thrilled to have Eric Steele (currently with the English Football Association and formerly with Manchester United), Andy Quy (currently with Stoke City) and Matthew Pasquinelli of 192sqft provide goalkeeping training for our recreation players on June 16.

Having coached at the very highest level in soccer, winning English Premier League and European Champions League titles, the coaches enjoyed their time working with our recreation goalkeepers, providing their expertise in this specialist area of the game for our players, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

SFL Teams Enjoy Success at SFL Tournament

Congratulations to all the SFL Teams!

MYS had 25 boys' teams and 16 girls' teams, U12-U19, participate in the SFL for the Spring 2016 season. Of the 41 teams, 20 teams (10 boys and 10 girls) won trophies in the end of season tournament; winning is not as important as participating, as coaches like to say, but to receive Champion trophies after having a challenging season can make it all worth while.

One U19 girls and 1 U19 boys team won Champions, while the 2nd U19 girls team took Finalist; the only U16 girls team and 1 of the U16 boys teams both took Finalist.There were 4 Champions and 4 Finalists among the 12 U12 teams; 3 U13-14 girls teams won Champions, while 2 took Finalist as did 3 U13-14 boys teams.

There were 24 clubs, with 535 teams and 9,300 players, aged U11-U19, participating in the SFL in the spring season. This amounted to 2,468 regular season games, and 471 over the tournament weekend. During the regular season 54% of games ended with a 2-goal or fewer difference, while during the tournament this rose to 72%; 14% of regular season games had a 6+goal difference in the score, and in the tournament this was 4.7%.


Coach Jahromi: McLean's U12 boys of team #6 celebrate finishing up a great season by winning their division's tournament!

Coach Sarver: Mclean 2 played Burke Athletic 1 on Saturday. Game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation so we went to penalties, where we outscored Burke 5-3.On Sunday, we played Northern VA 1 in the final. We were down 2-0 with 15 minutes to go so we pushed our defense forward to try to score. Our strategy backfired; Northern VA scored 2 more goals to make it 4-0.

Coach Klenk: U14 Girls "Strikers" (McLean 3) faced a tough tournament draw, with Annandale as our first opponent. As expected the game was very tight with several chances on both sides. The game remained scoreless until five minutes before the final whistle, when we scored the winning goal and avoided the dreaded PK shootout. In Sunday's final we faced SYC, another formidable opponent. We scored the early lead after just 3 minutes. SYC pressed but we played a strong counter-attack game. Early in the second half our strategy worked out when we had three attackers rushing on goal to receive a cross from the right on a quick counter-attack. SYC defenders were overwhelmed by the pressure and ended up pushing the ball into their own net. We kept our goal clean and won the championship 2-0.

Coach Schum: Our semifinal over Prince William ended in a thrilling shootout; my injured goalie (hyperextended wrist after saving the fourth shot) got back on the line for the fifth shot and stopped it cold (she subsequently got an x-ray and, fortunately, there is nothing broken). My fifth shooter knocked it in for the win, causing mild hysteria in both her parents; her mom because she couldn't believe I put that pressure on her daughter, and her dad because he was elsewhere and relying on text updates; his wife's desire to send the footage of the goal rather than texting the result caused a near-interminable five-minute delay. The overnight drama of the Springfield team's extremely suspicious hand-written roster, and their subsequent disqualification set up the all-Mclean final. As one dad said afterwards, the was great fun to watch, featuring end-to-end drama and many shots on goal; an unfortunate takedown in the penalty box with 10 minutes to go led to a penalty kick and our 1-0 win.

Coach Parker: The U16 Girls team had a 50% turnover of players from the fall season to the spring season. We had two players participate who had no prior soccer experience and made valuable contributions. We also had 8 of our players in McLean HS's production of Cinderella which kept them off the field for a few weeks. At the end of the season, we competed well, taking second place in our tournament and the players really, really enjoyed being together and playing together. They are strong and accomplished young women.

Coach Marcos: The U19B Mclean Wolves won first place in their 4 team tournament division. Out of 32 Teams in their SFL division they came in tied for 3rd with a Game Point Percentage of 80% for the season. The tournament game on Sunday was hard fought ending 0-0 at the half. The Northern VA1 team scored about half way thru the second half, but the wolves tied in dramatic fashion with 4 minutes left in the game. The Wolves won in the subsequent shootout 4 goals to 2 goals, with the Wolves Goalkeeper blocking our opponent's 1st and 4th shots in the shootout.