High-SchoolGirls-Soccer: Maryland Girls Soccer News

PDA Showcase: Teams make playoff push

May, 27, 2012
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ZAREPHATH, N.J. – Bethesda SC had just pulled off its most significant win of the year, yet there was no fist pumps, no celebration, in fact, no reaction at all.

Following Sunday’s 3-1 win, the under-16 team from Maryland simply traded handshakes with top-seeded Slammers of California, well aware that business was far from complete.

This weekend’s Elite Clubs National League national event at the PDA Showcase offers a unique clash of priorities. For playoff-bound teams such as Slammers, which get most of the media attention, the weekend’s results only tweak their postseason standing. For the college coaches in attendance assessing talent, the results are meaningless. Then, there are programs such as Bethesda, needing positive results while clinging to the hope of making the playoffs.

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PDA Showcase: ECNL Under-16 Preview

May, 23, 2012
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PDA Showcase ECNL Previews: Under-15 | Under-16 | Under-17

More than 200 teams from across the country head to Zarephath, N.J., this weekend for the annual PDA Showcase, one of the nation’s most esteemed club soccer events. In recent years, the Showcase has taken on new meaning, serving as the final stop for many ECNL teams before June’s playoffs. Forty-four ECNL clubs will send a total of 110 teams to this year’s PDA Showcase and the results will have major implications on which teams makes the playoffs in their respective age groups.

ESPNHS breaks down the teams to watch, the players to watch, and the matches to watch at U16 this weekend in New Jersey.

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PDA Showcase: ECNL Under-15 Preview

May, 23, 2012
5/23/12
5:35
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PDA Showcase ECNL Previews: Under-15 | Under-16 | Under-17

More than 200 teams from across the country head to Zarephath, N.J., this weekend for the annual PDA Showcase, one of the nation’s most esteemed club soccer events. In recent years, the Showcase has taken on new meaning, serving as the final stop for many ECNL teams before June’s playoffs. Forty-four ECNL clubs will send a total of 110 teams to this year’s PDA Showcase and the results will have major implications on which teams makes the playoffs in their respective age groups.

The U15 age group only includes about half as many teams as the older groups, but ESPNHS breaks down the teams to watch, the players to watch, and the matches to watch at U15 this weekend in New Jersey.

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U.S. U17s prepare for World Cup qualifying

May, 1, 2012
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The U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team kicks off the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship on Thursday, May 3, when it faces the Bahamas (4 p.m. ET) in what will be the first-ever match for a U.S. WNT against the island nation. The USA will continue Group B play against Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday, May 5 (4 p.m. ET) and finish the first round against Mexico on Monday, May 7 (6:30 p.m. ET). All the matches will be played on an artificial surface at the Estadio Cementos Progreso, home to popular Guatemala professional side C.S.D. Comunicaciones.

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ECNL San Diego: U17 event outlook

March, 29, 2012
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The ECNL National Event this weekend in San Diego features 38 clubs from across the country competing in southern California over three days. In total, 231 matches from across all five age groups make up the fourth national event of the 2011-2012 season.

At U17, we’ll see an early test for a strong squad, a chance to keep an undefeated season alive and a team looking to earn the final ECNL playoff spot. ESPNHS breaks down the featured storylines from this weekend’s games in San Diego.

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ECNL San Diego: U14-16 event outlook

March, 29, 2012
3/29/12
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The ECNL National Event this weekend in San Diego features 38 clubs from across the country competing in southern California over three days. In total, 231 matches from across all five age groups make up the fourth national event of the 2011-2012 season.

In the younger age groups, we’ll see a few first place teams in action, a couple of rivalry games and a long winning streak put to the test. ESPNHS breaks down the featured storylines from this weekend’s games in San Diego.

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National League: What a day for Legends

March, 26, 2012
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Legends FCUS Youth SoccerLegends FC (Calif.) went 6-0-1 through National League Under-15 play to secure a spot in this summer's US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Legends FC (Calif.) and its partner club Legends Breakaway (Calif.) combined to win four US Youth Soccer National League titles over the weekend in Las Vegas, securing national championship berths for the California power this summer.

Before Sunday’s strong finish, only the Dallas Texans had ever won more than one National League title in a single year -- accomplishing the feat three times:

2010-11: Dallas Texans won U16 Girls and U17 Boys division titles.
2008-09: Dallas Texans won U16 Girls, U17 Girls and U16 Boys titles.
2007-08: Dallas Texans won U15 Girls and U16 Boys titles.

ESPNHS recaps each of the National League age groups following the final round of play this season:

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National League: Six titles are on the line

March, 23, 2012
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The US Youth Soccer National League wraps up play for the 2012 season this weekend in Las Vegas with six age group titles on the line. Each group winner advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championships this summer.

ESPNHS previews this week's National League's key match-ups:

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ESPNHS Fall All-America girls' soccer list

March, 15, 2012
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The fall high school soccer season annually showcases the most, and usually the best, college-bound talent during the school year.

Of the 36 members of the ESPNHS Fall All-America teams, 15 either are or have been part of the U.S. Soccer National Team player pool in the past year. The All-America teams feature 25 seniors, eight juniors and three sophomores -- which represents a higher than usual number of underclass players. While all 25 seniors have signed with NCAA Division I programs, the only uncommitted junior in the group is a youth national team member.

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Fall All-America first-team player bios

March, 15, 2012
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Meet the 12 ESPNHS Girls' Soccer Fall All-America first-team members and the Coach of the Year:

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ESPNHS Fall girls' soccer state all-stars

March, 15, 2012
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The following list of state-by-state top players from the 2011 fall season was compiled based on recommendations from coaches and media members, in addition to observations by ESPNHS soccer editor Sheldon Shealer. Players are listed with high school (city, state), grade in school and college signing/commitment, if available.

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ECNL action heats up in San Antonio

February, 23, 2012
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Today’s high in San Antonio is 87 degrees.

It won’t be quite that warm this weekend when 36 Elite Clubs National League programs head to the Lone Star State for the league’s third national event for the 2011-12 season. But forecasts call for 60s and 70s this weekend, a welcome break for most soccer players nationwide.

This weekend’s ECNL National Event has too many good games to count. Clubs from all eight conferences will participate in 189 matches, and ESPNHS has done its best to highlight five from each age group to keep an eye on.

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Ten ECNL teams to watch this spring

February, 17, 2012
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The winter months are a down time for the Elite Clubs National League, as only a handful of matches were played January and February. But next weekend’s national event in San Antonio will spark life back into the league, as 36 clubs head south for warmer weather.

A week ahead of that event, ESPNHS takes a look at Ten Teams to Watch on the ECNL schedule this spring. From established national powerhouses to young and upcoming clubs, these squads look to make waves in the months ahead.

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International players fulfill recruiting dreams

February, 1, 2012
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Karlo MorellMorell familyKarlo Morell will make good on a childhood dream when he signs a national letter of intent to play college soccer in the U.S.
Karlo Morell and Alexandra Mack, like thousands of high school seniors, plan to ink National Letters of Intent this week. However, their path to NCAA Division I scholarships was anything but ordinary.

Morell, a 17-year-old living in Puerto Rico, and Mack, a 17-year-old residing in Naples, Italy, are products of American military schools. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, Morell and Mack did not have the benefit of playing at club soccer showcases in front of college recruiters. They were not part of a high school soccer system that provided opportunities. There were no coaches lobbying for them.

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ECNL names Sanford all-event teams

January, 19, 2012
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Morgan ReutherSheldon Shealer/ESPNHSMorgan Reuther was named to the ECNL All-Event Team for the Under-17 players.
The Elite Clubs National League All-Event Teams are selected based upon nominations from coaches and scouts based upon individual and team performances over the course of the three-game event. At the Sanford, Fla., event held in late December, 13 clubs placed at least a pair of players on all-event teams, including three players each from Eclipse Select Soccer Club and Concorde Fire.

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