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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
The 96G Red battles in Brenham on Monday night to earn a 2-0 win, falling one goal short of advancing to regionals. They beat Challenge Kingwood to end up tied for 1st place in state—with….12 players!
They were amazing as Rob Ferguson will attest.
Great job ladies! We are so proud of you and all your your hard work!
The ECNL 96s qualified for the U18 ECNL National Championships this past weekend with a 5-3 win over Albion.
The 96s have qualified for the ECNL National Championships 4 straight years at U15,16,17,18! The team won the National Championship in 2011. The National Championships take place June 24-29th in Seattle Washington. "I know this is the team's fourth appearance at the National Championships but this one is special to me, says ECNL DoC JD Cochran. We have played every game with injured players, down a man or with players helping the team from other rosters. Every player has played out of position to make this happen. I am so proud of this group for pulling through and sticking together to achieve another chance at winning a National Championship. We are into the the sweet sixteen now 5 games away from winning it all. Congrats to the Club, Parents and Players for this years achievement."
Congratulations to our 00G White South team who won the State Cup this weekend for the second year in a row.
The team advance to Regionals in Alabama in June!
Good luck girls!
Good Luck at Regionals Ladies!
On Saturday May 10th the U23 Lonestar ECNL team traveled to Carl Lewis Stadium in Houston, TX to play the WPSL Professional Team Houston Aces.
The game was in a great environment. The players had locker rooms, pre-game food, recovery food and Showers! The Aces put on a great atmosphere for the team. The game was end to end in the first half, ending 0-0. night's U23 Team was comprised of College Players from Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, Texas Tech, University of North Carolina and University of Texas. The players have been off for 4 weeks finishing school and wrapping things up. "Fitness was a big issue for us in the 2nd half, said ECNL DOC JD Cochran, we had 13 players and we ran out of gas.
The U23 program is about getting these players opportunities to stay fit. This was our first day of preseason and it showed. We have 21 days to get ready for FC Dallas who went to the National Championships last year. Our goal is to train and play as much as possible and go to the National Championships in Seattle ." The Aces game ended 2-0.
Thanks to the entire Houston Aces Staff and program for the event!
Congratulations LSC CCU Breeze for winning Western District Director’s Cup and LSC CCU Infinity for Winning Western District South Texas Cup!
What a great night celebrating all of your successes last night at the Red & Black Banquet!
Lonestar 96,97 and U23 ECNL teams combined to play the Houston Aces to a 0-0 draw.
Lonestar was the first team to shut out the Houston Aces and only the second team to tie them this season. "Our ladies played great today, says ECNL DOC JD Cochran. "With 3 teams combining and playing together you worry that their could be miscommunication. I was very impressed on how each player worked together. This was a great opportunity for Lonestar Players and we are very fortunate to have a relationship with Ted Brumbaugh and the Houston Aces.
The Lonestar u23 team will travel to Houston May 10th to play the Aces in a rematch at Carl Lewis Stadium in Houston TX @ 6pm.
Sunday 27th April at 5pm the Houston Aces will play Lonestar SC at St Stephens Episcopal School.
The Houston Aces are a professional team from Houston, TX. They are the 2013 USASA National Open Cup Champions, Midwest Conference Champions, Big Sky Champions, and WPSL Finalists. They have defeated Houston Baptist University 2-0, Lamar 5-1, University of Houston 3-0, tied Texas A&M University 1-1 and lost to the Houston Dash in their preseason so far.
The Lonestar team is comprised of ECNL 96, 97 and u23 players. This is a great opportunity to come and watch a very high level of soccer.
The game is free and open to the public. Come along and support our girls!
Where:- Build-a-Sign Location: 11525a Stonehollow Dr. #100 Austin TX.
This year's Murray Hanson Lonestar Golf Classic was a great success and honored our dear friend so well.
We appreciate all of your support in this event and fundraiser. Thank you to all who came out in the windy cold conditions to make this a brilliant time!
A special thanks to the Hanson brother's for flying in to join us.
The 'Hole in One' Prizes have now been announced:
April 29 - May 1, Registration Now Open!
Sade Adamolekun, a member of the Lonestar U14 (00) ECNL team, has received an invitation to participate in the U.S. U15 National Team camp to be held April 19 – 26 in Carson, CA. Sade has 9 goals and 4 assists so far this season with her 00 ECNL team that currently sit undefeated atop of the Texas Conference.
Sade recently showcased her talents at the ECNL Dallas National Event after U.S Soccer Officials requested to ECNL coach Darren Warham to see her play. She didn’t disappoint them playing 2 games with the Lonestar 97 (U17) team and scoring 2 goals in the 3-0 win over the Colorado Storm.
Don Cameron, Executive Director of Select Soccer, had this to say: “I am delighted to hear of this great opportunity for Sade. To be selected for a National Camp two years up is an outstanding achievement. I have known Sade since she was a young girl in the club and she has an outstanding skill set and work ethic. I am sure she will make the most of this opportunity. Sade will be a great ambassador at the National Camp for all the outstanding female soccer players at Lonestar Soccer Club.”