Former Lonestar SC Development Academy Player Michael Nelson (94) is having a great year so far at Old Dominion University. Michael was part of the first ever Lonestar SC team in 2004 playing his entire career with LSC. Michael continues to be an important part of ODU's success as he was named to Topdrawer team of the week!
Congrats to Michael!
Congratulations to Axel Picazo and Grant Vernon on being invited to the Boys U14 US Youth National Team. Both boys are part of the U14 United States Development Academy Team here at Lonestar Soccer Club. Good Luck this week in Carson, California!
Congratulations to Roel Gutierrez (Lonestar 97B Red) for being invited to the US Men's Deaf National Soccer Team Camp and Tryouts.
We wish you the best of luck!
Logan Hellinghausen who played for the Lonestar SC 94B Premier and the 94B Red team is now playing in the PDL. He is currently a senior at John Brown University and plays for the Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors which is in the South Atlantic Division of the Premier Development League.
Well played Logan!
Sam Stone from our 00B Red team is making his second appearance this year with the Region III 2000 BODP team. They are in Costa Rica from February 19-26 for the team's International trip. The team is also coached by Steve Allison Executive Director of Coaching & Director of College Placement.
The team is training and playing games against some of the top Costa Rican professional youth teams during their week long trip. In addition will observe training of the pro teams and attend the El Classico between the top two teams Saprissa & Alajuela at the National Stadium.
The team played it's first match February 21st defeating Heredia's U15's 4-0. Sam started at right back helping the team to the win and shutout.
The team has now played 3 matches defeating Berlin 4-1 and drawing with Alajuela 1-1 the U15 Costa Rican Champions. They have one match left on February 25th against Saprissa before returning home on the 26th.
Former Lonestar players and more recently of Stephen F. Austin women’s soccer team, defender Megan Dunnigan and goalkeeper Morgan Glick signed professional contracts with IA Akranes FC!
Join us on Tuesday, February 10th at 7 PM to see our Lonestar U18 USSDA boys face off against the Aztex!
Where: Kelly Reeves Stadium off of Parmer Lane.
All Lonestar players encouraged to attend, entry is FREE!
Hope to see you there!
Emily Strouphauer of the 99 ECNL team has recently received an invitation into the upcoming U18 US National team camp. The first camp of 2015 will be held at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego and will run Feb 1 - 8 under the guidance of coach April Heinrichs and her staff.
Emily has verbally committed to play at the University of Texas when she graduates and currently leads the 99s with 5 goals on the season.
Lonestar Soccer Club is proud to announce that USSDA U14 player Grant Vernon has made the U14 National Team Roster.
"We are pleased to continue the tradition of placing our players at the highest level and getting recognized for doing so. Grant has worked very hard and has been part of the Lonestar Way for many years!" said USSDA Director Victor Pace.
Grant will travel to Spain in February to play and compete against some of the worlds elite players, we wish him all the best!
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has recognized Orrin "McKinze" Gaines as a High School All American for 2015. The NSCAA is the largest sports organisation is the United States and recognizes the outstanding people involved in the sport of soccer.
"We are once again very proud that a prestigious organization as the NSCAA has recognized McKinzie for this outstanding award" said Executive Director of USSDA program Victor Pace. Gaines will continue this Spring Semester in the US Soccer Residency Program in preparation for the U17 World Cup in Chile.
Congratulations to McKinzie Gaines and his Family!
LSC alum, Khiry Shelton, goes as 2nd pick overall in the 1st round to New York City FC! Congratulations, Khiry!
Khiry is the highest Major League Soccer (MLS)draft pick in Lonestar SC alumni history (#2 overall, Kekuta Manneh in second as #4 draft pick in 2013).
Congratulations to LSC alum, Bianca "BB" Brinson, on being drafted to the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League!
LSC alum and Texas A&M midfielder, Mikaela Harvey, secures a spot on the roster for the U20 U.S. Women's National Team camp taking place in Florida later this month.
Lonestar Soccer Club is very proud to announce that our very own Satara Murray has signed for Liverpool FC! Well Done Satara - this is a great achievement and truly shows that hard work pays off! Satara Murray on signing for Liverpool FC: I am so excited for this opportunity, I feel like not many people get this opportunity and I just am so thankful for getting the chance to play professionally, but also for a club such as Liverpool. I grew as a player through LSC and then ultimately became an even better player at UNC. Receiving the coaching I did from Lonestar was amazing. I don't think a lot of youth soccer players can receive such great coaching from a club and having that chance was just amazing. Then heading to UNC, getting the chance to play for Anson is like something i couldn't ever imagine. I learned so much throughout my 4 years at UNC and I became such a different player than what I was when I came in my freshman year. Very excited to play in the next level! From Coach Don: All the staff at Lonestar are delighted for Satara and her mum Glenda on her signing for Lverpool FC. Satara was an outstanding talent who has worked extremely hard to earn the opportunity to play collegiate soccer at UNC and now into professionally at Liverpool FC. Satara is a great ambassador for all our young female players and fingers crossed we may see her at the World Cup in the summer! From Glenda mum: " We dared to dream - and we dreamt in Technicolour"
One year ago, Lonestar SC player McKinzie Gaines was playing in the 2013 Academy Select Game and has since made significant strides in a blossoming soccer career. Barely a few months after capitalizing on this platform, he was called into the U-17 National Team and is now tied with teammate Haji Wright for the most appearances for the team in 2014.
The United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) is the elite level of youth soccer in the United States for male soccer players. The USSDA is by invitation only for the top 72 clubs in the country and Lonestar SC is the only club in the USSDA in Austin. The league was created by the USSF to improve player development at the highest levels by increasing the number of high quality training sessions and creating more meaningful games throughout a ten month calendar.
Advancing elite players to professional contracts and USMNT opportunities is a goal of the program, though importantly, as with all our programs, the Lonestar SC USSDA program is designed to maximize collegiate opportunities through our college placement program. For more information on the USSDA contact Victor Pace
We look forward to your next feat McKinzie!
We are Lonestar!
Read Lonestar SC's Executive Director of Coaching and Player Development for U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) and the Texas Pre-Academy League (TEPAL), Victor Pace, featured here in the latest National Premier League article
"The NPL’s Texas Pre-Academy League (TEPAL) is preparing top players from clubs in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio for successful careers in the U.S. Development Academy and beyond. TEPAL includes all nine U.S. Soccer Development Academy member clubs in Texas, and is the top level of competition for these players at U-13 and U-15 before they enter the Development Academy and then as they move between Development Academy age groups.
Executive Director of Coaching Victor Pace at Lonestar SC (Austin) has seen firsthand the club and player development the NPL offers. “The Texas Pre-Academy League is one of the strongest leagues, not only in the region, but in the country. The league provides us great competition each weekend to test and develop our players, so that they may continue on the path to the Development Academy,” Pace said. “The league schedule mirrors the DA schedules, which gives our staff the ability to watch and coach games consistently.”
Lonestar strongly believes in the league’s developmental focus, and the entire club embraces the long-term athletic development model viewpoint. “’Winning through development’ is printed on every training shirt throughout our entire club,” Pace added. “Our philosophy is to teach the technical, tactical, physical and physiological parts of the game, while instilling a winning mentality. Our goal every year is to develop top players with our core values that may go on and be successful at whatever they choose to do.”"
Pictured above is Lonestar SC's U15 TEPAL team coached by Steve Bailey
Big congrats go to the 02G Black team and coach Maca for winning U13 gold division at the Texas Cup over Thanksgiving weekend!
Only the second Lonestar team to ever win this event. The girls went 4-1-0 record for in the tournament and beat andromeda 3-1 in OT of the final to win the U13 gold division! 02G Red won their U12 bracket last year, so 4 Lonestar players have been on both these winning teams:
Huge win for the Black team! Way to go girls!
We are Lonestar!
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster that will represent the USA for three international matches in Chile. Among roster is Lonestar Soccer Club's own Orrin McKinze Gaines!
Good luck in Chile!
The PDP held at Town & Country this past weekend, was hosted by the NPL’s Texas Pre-Academy League, included 29 players from all nine clubs within the league and from our own Lonestar SC!
Participating players in the PDP in Austin were invited to attend based on scouting over the past several months and recommendations submitted from in-region scouts and directors. Players were led through dynamic warm-up sessions, technical passing exercises, possession drills and small-sided games by coaches Phil Duhon, Robert Lopez and Alex Para.
Congratulations to the 04B Red A team for winning first place at the Rush Cup tournament earlier this month in the Woodlands!
Playing in the U12 bracket they had a great weekend. Way to go boys!
We are Lonestar!
The Lonestars 03G Red team took 1st place in the Houston Rush Cup Tournament earlier this month!
As U12s playing up in the U13 White Bracket, they finished 4-0-0 with 13 goals for and 1 against. This was their first action in 11v11 play making the transition from 8v8.
Congratulations ladies on a job well done and good luck in the upcoming Lonestar Austin Labor Day Cup Tournament!
We are Lonestar!
Our U23 ECNL girls are third in the nation, winning 5-4 in PKs to secure the honors in RIchmond earlier this month.
Congratulations girls for a great finish to the season!
The U23 ECNL team played FC Dallas night in Dallas to 1-1 draw. We then played the 2nd leg in Austin night; the way the conference worked out the team who won would advance to the National Championships. The game was great end to end. Both teams hit the crossbar and posts and it looked like it was going to go to overtime. In the 82nd minute FC Dallas hit a great shot to go up 1-0. Lonestar threw everything at FC Dallas trying to tie the game. In the 90th minute Sophia Mundy tied the game up on a goal mouth scramble. With the emotion of the game Lonestar went for it pressing and winning the kickoff. The ball was sent into Jamie French who looped it over the FC Dallas GK to win the game 2-1 in the 92nd minute!
Tremendous work ladies!