National Women’s Soccer League preseason officially began for all nine clubs on Monday, and the kickoff to the 2014 season is now just a month away. The Thorns continue to operate without the services of U.S. striker Alex Morgan, who has considerable recovery left — there is not even a timetable — on a stress reaction in her left ankle. So with Danielle Foxhoven shipped north to Seattle this offseason, who could fill in alongside Christine Sinclair in the interim?
Mexico forward and former Lonestar player Jackie Acevedo could have her opportunity, the Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg reports.
“I love her,” Thorns coach Paul Riley said of Acevedo. “I hadn’t seen much of her, just game tape. But just to see her with our kids – she’s good, she’s sharp, she’s got a good brain on her, she moves well off the ball and she’s crafty around the net.”
We will be watching Jackie!
Lonestar SC's own Orrin McKinze Gaines put on a show for all in attendance on Wednesday night, scoring all three goals as the U.S. U17 Men's National Team defeated Portland 3-2 at Merlo Field.
Great work McKinze!
The Elite Clubs National League has released the roster for its upcoming Texas ECNL PDP (Player Development Program) being held at Toyota Park, in Frisco, on March 8-9, 2014. Player selections are made based on individual performance in all ECNL competitions as well as by ECNL staff coach recommendations. Final rosters and selections are then formed by ECNL PDP Director Sean Nahas and other non-affiliated ECNL National Staff members.
Lonestar players attending the PDP include:
Katie Uhler: Lonestar 96 ECNL/ Notre Dame
Patricia Fernandez: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ West Virginia
Katie Glenn: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ University of Texas
Claudette Lassandro: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ Texas A&M University
Nakia Graham: Lonestar 98 ECNL/ University of Texas
Emily Strouphauer: Lonestar 99 ECNL/ US U15 National Team Player
A seventh and eighth Lonestar Player was also selected (Chrissy Pitre and Mikaela Harvey) but was unable to attend.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals:
(i) Provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play
(ii) Provide a high quality developmental experience
(iii) Recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.
The ECNL PDP in Dallas will include a training session and two 11 vs. 11 games for each player. Top players from each ECNL PDP, along with other players scouted in ECNL competition throughout the year, will be considered for invitations to the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in August and potential inclusion in US Youth National Team training camps.
The ECNL will be hosting nine PDP events across the country between February and May 2014, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club. There are no player costs for participation and the ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for each event. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation (if necessary).
About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.
Chivas USA have signed defender and former '90 Lonestar SC player for their upcoming season - making a total of 5 Lonestar Alumni going pro just this Spring!
The 23-year-old last played for the Charlotte Eagles in the USL PRO. Okiomah, whose brother Karo was a Supplemental Draft pick of the Houston Dynamo in 2012, played four years at High Point University in North Carolina from 2009-12. He also featured for the USL PDL's Carolina Dynamo while in college. Listed as a midfielder by his college, it will be interesting to see if he will play in central defense or as a full back with Chivas.
He also has been around the Chivas set-up for some time, as he played in the friendly against FC Tucson last November and also featured in MLS Reserve League action for the Goats.
Everyone at Lonestar is so proud and look forward to watching your further success with Chivas USA!
The former '87 Lonestar SC forward Jackie Acevedo moves up from the Houston Aces to the NWSL after earning her first Mexican cap in November. The NWSL revealed its national federation allocation list for the 2014 season and in Portland, where the Thorns are holders of the league's inaugural championship, only one change came through the allocation process - Jackie Acevedo, a 5'1" Mexican-born forward from Austin, Texas has been added to the Thorns' roster through the Mexican Football Federation (FMF).
Acevedo, 26, an impact player for the Houston Aces of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2013, Acevedo ranked among the league’s scoring leaders with five goals and four assists in nine league appearances and earning All-WPSL Team honors. Her assist total was tied for third-best in the league. Acevedo helped the Aces to a 12-1-0 (36pts) record, capturing both the division and conference titles as the team reached the WPSL Championship match, and she scored the team’s lone goal in the final.
Brilliant work Jackie, best of wishes to you in Portland!
Congratulations to Katie Turner, goalkeeper for the '96 ECNL team who won the national championship in 2011, on her signing to Houston Baptist University.
Coach Jones on Turner: "We are excited to add Katie to our mix of stellar goalkeepers. Katie has played at the highest possible level of club soccer, with her Lonestar ECNL team, winning a national title in 2011. Her experience at such a high level will make her an immediate competitor for a starting position in the net. We have watched her make numerous game-changing saves in the past few years. She has fantastic distribution and is a dominant force in the box."
Turner on why she chose HBU: "I chose HBU because I really liked the school and the coaches when I visited. I want to attend a school where I could see playing time and receive a good education." on her signing to Houston Baptist University!
Congratulations to our Senior player Nikki Belts on the announcement of her signing to Liberty University.
We at Lonestar SC would like to congratulate one of our coaches - Zack Pope on being appointed Assistant Coach at the Austin Aztexs. Zack will continue to coach for LSC whilst in this role and we wish him the best of luck.
Read the official Press Release below for more information:
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"I am very pleased to be working with Zack," Aztex Head Coach Manuel Buentello said. "He thoroughly understands the goals of the organization and what it takes to achieve them. Zack has been involved with the Aztex since the beginning and he is intimately linked to its success. He has represented the organization very well during his time as a player."
Pope, 27, was the team captain for the Austin Aztex and appeared in 32 games during their previous two seasons. Playing as a defender, Pope helped the Aztex stand among the league leaders in fewest goals allowed through both seasons.
"Zack was not only the captain of the team, but also a leader off the field,” Buentello said. “Through his hard work and dedication, he earned respect from both his teammates and the coaching staff.”
“We are Austin's team and I was looking for the perfect candidate that could represent the Aztex's heart and soul. With the success we achieved on the field last season, I felt it important to keep the same continuity. After looking at a long list of possible candidates, I was delighted to hear of Zack's interest in moving his career in a new direction. He is a product of Austin and has been a constant in Austin's soccer scene from his early beginnings as a successful local youth player to playing for the PDL National Championship team in our city.”
Pope has an extensive history of playing soccer in the Austin area. Pope attended Stony Point High School in Round Rock and played collegiately at Duke University, where he graduated with a psychology degree and a minor in sociology.
Pope was drafted 40) — Austin Aztex Head Coach Manuel Buentello has named Zack Pope as assistant coach of the reigning USL PDL Champions as they look to defend their title in the 2014 season.th overall in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Fire and appeared in reserve games for the Fire and FC Dallas. In 2009, Pope made seven appearances for the Austin Aztex USL1 team.
Pope gained coaching experience as an assistant coach with Southwestern University men’s soccer team, Stony Point High School’s boys varsity team, and head coach of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s girls varsity soccer team. Pope served as trainer and technical director of Cen Tex Soccer Training from 2008 to 2010 and is the owner of Acurix Elite Performance Training. In addition, Pope serves as staff coach for Lonestar Soccer Club, with whom he will continue to coach.
“It is an honor to be able to continue my relationship with the Aztex organization and I look forward to being part of its growing success,” Pope said. “There's no better way I can think of making my transition to the other side of the game than to be here with Austin’s team. It means a lot that Manuel and the Aztex front office believe in me and provided this opportunity to continue with the organization on a new career path. That's what the Aztex are all about.”
Returning members of the Aztex coaching staff include Assistant Coach Ben Crawley and Goalkeeper Coach Ric Granryd.
The Aztex return to the field in 2014 to begin their title defense when they host the Houston Dutch Lions on at House Park. The Aztex will conduct their final try outs with the Collegiate Trial on and the Open/Community Trial on .
About the Austin Aztex
The Austin Aztex compete in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) under the helm of head coach Manuel Buentello. The team won the 2013 League Championship in just their second year in operation. The Aztex finished the 2013 season with one of the top records in the league as well as individual accolades, including Coach of the Year (Paul Dalglish), PDL Most Valuable Player (Kris Tyrpak), and PDL Championship MVP (Sito Seoane). The Aztex finished the 2013 campaign with five consecutive single-game attendance records and were among the top ten highest-drawing teams in the league, earning the USL PDL Franchise of the Year award. The franchise is owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, chaired by Rene Van De Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group and founder David Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies. For more information, visit www.austinaztex.com.
Your Hometown Soccer Store has moved!!
SOCCER CITY has consolidated operations and moved to the following new location:
Soccer City Austin
5446 US HWY 290 West Suite 106
Austin, Texas 78735
Phone: 512- 320-8447
Murray Hanson Lonestar Golf Classic to be held Monday, April 14th, 2014
Lonestar Soccer Club cordially invites you to the 7th annual Lonestar Golf Classic. In honor of our friend, colleague and Lonestar coach, we have dedicated our annual golf tournament to Murray Hanson by officially renaming it the Murray Hanson Golf Classic. At the request of the Hanson family, all donations and proceeds raised will go to the Lonestar SC Financial Assistance Program.
To: U5-U12 LSC- CCU & CBA Players
Re: Soccer Skills & Fun Games Preseason Clinic
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: U5-U8 Age Division Players 10-11am & U9-U12 11-12pm
Location: Milburn Park
The Lonestar SC Recreation program is proud to announce that we are now partnering with the University of Texas Women’s Soccer staff and players to host our 1st ever preseason Soccer Skills & Fun Games Clinic. Come out to learn, have fun and jump start the soccer season with some of our former Lonestar players, top level college coaches and our professional soccer staff.
The sessions will be for Lonestar SC Recreation members only in the U5-U12 age group divisions both boys and girls. Please wear your LSC-AUC team uniform and bring a soccer ball and water bottle. We look forward to seeing you at Slaughter Creek Metro Park on Saturday, February 1st.
“We are Lonestar” and Hook ‘Em’ Horns
Huge Congratulations to all of our Senior Players who have committed to playing soccer at college. Our National Signing Day Ceremony held on Wednesday 5th February 2014 was a great success.
It was a special night where we were all able to celebrate the accomplishments of all our players. We are proud and excited for them as they all move into the college ranks. We are appreciative of the loyalty of our players and families and have added some quality people to our LSC Alums.
The College Showcase also hosts a Collegiate game. This year we have the University of Texas vs the University of Houston. The game will be played Feb 15th at 7pm at the Univ of Texas' soccer field. "This is a great opportunity for the players to get out and see the next level of soccer" says JD Cochran Lonestar ECNL DOC. "Lonestar has several Alumni playing in this game Katie Gernsbacher, Julie Arnold, Sydney Shutter, Sharis LaChappelle, Isabelle Kerr.
MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its sterling start at the 2014 Aegean Cup by defeating Norway 5-2 on Tuesday to book its place in the tournament’s championship match.
The USA (2-0-0; 6pts) sits atop Group B and will play Scotland on Thursday before advancing to the tournament championship on Saturday. With France and Scotland drawing 1-1, neither team can catch the USA on points. Should the USA lose to Scotland and Norway beat France on Thursday, bringing the Americans and Scandinavians even on points, the USA will still go through as the top team in Group B by virtue of beating Norway head-to-head.
The USA’s victory against Norway was secured with three unanswered goals early in the second half, after the two teams went in to half time tied at 2-2. U.S. captain Alexis Velela scored the winning goal seven minutes after the restart, and Christian Pulisic added another three minutes later to give the USA some breathing room. Pulisic’s strike was his third goal in as many games dating back to the USA’s final match against Brazil at the Nike International Friendlies in December.
Nicholas Taitague, a call up from the U-15 Boys’ National Team, capped the proceedings after coming on as a second-half sub with his first international goal for the U.S. U-17 MNT in the 58th minute.
In the first half, forward Elijah Rice started off a late barrage of goals when he opened his U-17 account in the 21st minute. However, a pair of strikes from Norway’s John Hou Saeter and Sander Berge saw the match tilt in favor of the Scandinavians with five minutes remaining until the break.
The USA evened matters in the final minute of the half through newcomer McKinzie Gaines, who was just added to U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program this semester. After playing 11 minutes in the team’s 2-1 win against France on Monday, Gaines seized his opportunity to haul the U.S. level by scoring his first international goal in his first start with the U.S. U-17 National Team.
Brilliant work McKinze!
Lonestar Soccer Club alumni are about to dive into the world of professional soccer, as three former players were selected in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Congratulations Paul and Orrin from everyone at Lonestar SC! Well deserved, and best of luck to you both.
We are halfway through the Soccer Starter program and the children are having great fun. The 3&4 year olds are spending lots of time playing fun games with the ball, developing their skills and applying these to fun scrimmages.
The players are increasing in their confidence, team work & understanding of the game of soccer!
The Jr. Academy is a great experience for girls and boys ages 7-10 interested in the game of soccer.
Thanks Tanner and look forward to seeing you on the pitch!
Lonestar Soccer Club promotes an active, healthy lifestyle and develops complete soccer players with key core values. The Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant will go towards the club’s financial aid program. The organization used the team website, emails and social media to rally support for their grant effort. They also set up stations at events to allow parents and coaches to access the information. Louise Swain added, “The education process was good, the teamwork to achieve our common goal was great and best of all we can now help more young players with the funding from the grant!”
Thank you everyone for all your support in helping us to earn this community grant!
The 99,98,97 ECNL teams will be traveling to Sanford, Florida Dec 28th-30th for an ECNL National Showcase event. The three teams will play one game each day (over the three days) in front of hundreds of college coaches. Good Luck to all three teams and safe travels.
Last weekend saw female soccer players from all over the country desend on our Lonestar fields to be coached by our coaches JD Cochran, Tyra Ponce, Kelsey Rdzanek, Sophia Mundy, Jeny Mather and Taylar Sklar O’Sullivan alongside Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch, who combined have won 5 Olympic Gold Medals, 5 World Cup Winners Medals and 12 NCAA Titles.
And if that wasn’t enough, we were lucky enough to include current NCAA Collegiate Soccer Head Coaches Angela Kelly and Keri Sanchez as part of the coaching staff!! Both coaches played with Mia, Kristine and Tish at the University of North Carolina where they also were All-Americans and won 4 NCAA Titles.
The weekend was a truly excellent experience for all the girls that attended!
Day 1 consisted of team building, developing the girls personalities and skills, demonstrations from Mia, Kristine and Tisha and lots of competitions. Day 2 was a wet and cold day but the coaches brightened up the day with fun drills and skills indoors, an autograph and picture opportunity and some fun games. On the final day they braved the cold and finished up with a world cup tournament.
Look out for lots of action pictures on our facebook and twitter pages!
Big Well Done to our 01G White North who finishes as U13 State Champions this season.
Great Job Ladies!
Well done to the Lonestar U13 Cyclones who porgressed onto the DII STYSA State tournament and came away with 3rd place. They played three great matches with two of them ending 1-0, one a Cyclones win, the other a loss. As always the team played with integrity and played their hearts out. The girls were proud to represent Lonestar and we are very proud of them!
Great Job Girls!