Ivan Cruz played a huge part in his team's 2-1 win over Loudon Black.
Technical Director Matt Lacey had the following to say about Ivan:
"Ivan had a fantastic game on Sunday in a hard-fought win in which the whole team produced a gutsy performance to grind out a win. Ivan stood out with a hard working display which has earned him the honor of player of the week, well done Ivan."
Team of the Week
U10 Girls White
U10 Girls White picked up their first weekly award of the season with a 2-1 win over FCSC United.
Coach Danny Free had the following to say:
"The girls thoroughly deserve this award, not only for their performance at the weekend, but for their hard work and endevour they have shown all season. They are a fantastic group of girls to work with and we hope to take Saturday's performance into the tournament this weekend and also into our remaining games."
Two U11 Girls Selected for U.S. Soccer Training Center
Avery Tharrington and Isabella Cahall to attend ID session
VSA are delighted to announce that two of our U11 Girls have been selected to attend a U.S. Soccer Training Center session.
Congratulations to the following players:
"This is a tremendous opportunity for these players to measure themselves against some of the best players in the area along with working with some of the best coaches in the country," said Technical Director, Matt Lacey. "It is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to more players being part of this process in the future."
Here is some more information about the U.S. Soccer Training Center, taken from ussoccer.com
"U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth National Team potential. Training Centers (TC) will be conducted by a member of the U.S. Soccer National Team staff. TCs are a new platform designed to improve player identification, player development and coach development. Each TC will be administered by the Academy conference’s Technical Advisor, assisted by Academy coaches and National Team coaches. Most TCs will be aligned with the Youth National Team calendar to evaluate players before trips and camps. Top players from each Academy club at both age groups will be invited to attend the training sessions. Non-host coaches are encouraged to attend. After piloting the program during the 2008-09 season in large markets such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, positive feedback was given by both Academy players and coaches and has led to an increased number of TCs that continue to improve the everyday environment."
VSA are delighted to announce that the club has joined the Virginia NPL - starting in the Fall of 2015. As well joining a new league, the club has released the Coaching Slate for the 2015/2016 season. Please see all the documents listed below:
The Virginia Soccer Association (VSA) is a non-profit charitable soccer education organization serving the youth of Western Prince William County since 1977. Our players are boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18 who live in Haymarket, Gainesville, Catharpin, Bristow, and neighboring communities in Virginia. The VSA organizes a recreation/instructional league during the spring and fall seasons and sponsors travel/select teams to travel leagues in Northern Virginia. The VSA is an affiliate of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
VSA add four USSF Licensed Coaches
Three "A" and one "C" License coaches join the club for 2015/2016 season
VSA are delighted to announce the addition of four new staff coaches for the 2015/2016 season. Graham MacLean, Garrett Budd and Tim Krout – who are all USSF “A” License coaches – and current “C” License coach, Bronson Gambale, will join VSA’s coaching slate in the Fall. Graham MacLean will also join the club as a Director of Coaching for the U16-U18 age groups.
"We are really happy about the new staff that we have added to our coaching slate for the 2015/2016 season, they are all extremely experienced coaches and will provide us with a strong platform to be successful in the future,” said Technical Director, Matt Lacey. “More importantly above all else they are good humble people who have a passion for teaching soccer the right way and will provide VSA with a level of quality that can only improve us. They are all extremely excited to get started and have already been spending time watching teams games and practices in preparation for the fall."
Here’s a profile of our new coaches, welcome to VSA!
Matt Lacey on Graham
"In his role as our very first Director of Coaching for our U16-U18 age groups, Graham will provide us with unmatched experience in this role. He has a good understanding of how to develop competitive teams, players, and provide a pathway into college. He has been an outstanding Technical leader for Roanoke Star in the CCL and I have always been impressed by their clubs integrity and development of players. He is a good person and someone I respect greatly and I look forward to working with him."
Graham on VSA
“I am excited and delighted to join the coaching staff at VSA. The club is making great strides forward with a fantastic staff and overall direction that will provide some incredible opportunities for the players in the area. I hope to be an integral part of player development at VSA for many years!”
United States Soccer Federation "A" License
United States Soccer Federation "National Youth" License
United States Soccer Federation "National GK" License
NSCAA "Premier" Diploma - distinguished pass
NSCAA "Director of Coaching" Diploma
Scottish Football Association - National "C" License
Virginia ODP State 1999 Girls Assistant Coach
Roanoke Star Director of Coaching & Player Development
Virginia ODP West District Program Head Coach
New Orleans Soccer Academy (NOSA) Director of Coaching Boys
New Orleans Soccer Academy (NOSA) Director of Coaching Girls
Extensive playing experience at various levels growing up in Scotland
Matt Lacey on Garrett
"I have known Garrett through coaching education and ODP for many years and his professionalism, teaching ability, and organization has always impressed me. I think that Garrett will not only bring quality as a coach but his experience in coaching education will really help us develop the quality younger coaches we already have at our club. I look forward to seeing what he brings to our club.
Garrett on VSA
"I am excited to be part of a club that has a goal of developing young athletes to meet their individual potential and looking forward to working with the VSA community and coaching staff.”
US Soccer “A” License
US Youth Soccer National Youth License
NSCAA Youth Diploma
M.S. Athletic Coaching Education
VYSA District & State ODP Staff
VYSA Coaching Education Staff
VYSA District Academy Staff
Bishop O’Connell High School
DC United Training Staff
Loudoun Training Staff
PWSI Training Staff
Fairfax High School
Wheeling Jesuit University
1982 WVSA ODP Team
Matt Lacey on Tim
"When I knew Tim was available he was someone I knew would be a great fit for VSA. Tim has been a big part of my development as a coach and I have always enjoyed learning and sharing ideas with him as part of the ODP Central district program which he led in Richmond. He has achieved great things as a coach and I know the kids will enjoy working with him as much as I will"
Tim on VSA
“I am extremely excited to join the VSA coaching staff. I'm thrilled for the opportunity to be part of an organization that focuses on all aspects of a player’s development and provides a training atmosphere that encourages creativity and learning. I look forward to working with all the VSA coaches, players and families in their continued quest for excellence. We Are VSA!”
USSF “A” License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
Virginia State ODP Coach
Over 15 years of experience as
Executive Director & Technical Director at the club level
Central District VYSA ODP Head Coach
1996 Girl's State Staff - 2012 National Championship Finalists
Brazilian Istituto Brasileiro de Futebol Course
Played Soccer at Messiah College and York College of Pennsylvania
Matt Lacey on Bronson
"I met Bronson many years ago at coaching license and we have kept in touch over the years and followed each other’s careers. Fortunately for us at VSA Bronson and his family have moved back to area after time in Florida coaching at the college level. He brings to us vast experience of the college level and youth soccer in this area. His personality is infectious and he is someone who is always striving to him improve himself and the players he coaches. He is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met and I look forward to that rubbing off on our players"
Bronson on VSA
"I could not be more excited to be joining the VSA coaching staff, after long consideration VSA is the clear choice. Their vision to develop a club holistically, focusing on excellence in life, excellence on the field, and excellence in our staff resonates with my philosophy as a coach. Coming along side and supporting this club is exciting and I look forward to continuing to push this program to the next level. Go VSA!"
United States Soccer Federation "C" License
Colonial Forge High School
Staff Coach – NVSC, Stafford, PWSI
North Central University (Minnesota)
Weekly Awards - May 18th
Two U11 Girls Selected for U.S. Soccer Training Center