Onward and Upward for Harpo’s FC

The cinderella story for Harpo’s FC continues on, as the Colorado team edged past the BYU Cougar’s in Round One of the 2015 Lamar Hunt Open Cup. Players took the field at 7:30 p.m., MT, before a mountainous backdrop at the BYU Men’s Soccer Complex in Provo, Utah. After ninety minuets of back-and-forth regulation play, the score was locked 0-0. The gridlock continued through 30 minutes of overtime, though both teams created dangerous opportunities throughout. Harpo’s, now lovingly described by Open Cup aficionados as “ The Pub Team,” was outshot 24-12, but through team-wide defensive vigor, they pushed on the PK shootout. Harpo’s keeper Zac Gibbens showed up with a second-slot save against BYU that would swing the momentum in the Pub Team’s favor. Harpo’s put away four PKs, and the shootout concluded 4-2.

In Round Two, Harpo’s will take on USL’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Wednesday, May 20th. The interstate matchup, hosted by the Switchbacks’, will kick off at 9:00 p.m., ET. Stay posted for more information.

For a recap of all U.S. Open Cup First Round play, visit U.S Soccer:

http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/05/14/01/58/150513-usoc-first-round-round-up-rel

Cover photography via Facebook; Avery Brewing FC.

Harpo’s FC Advance in U.S Open Cup

USSSA’s Harpo’s FC clench the US Open Cup Preliminary Round win over KC Athletics.Harpo’s FC, established in Boulder, Colo., has been one of the most dominant teams in the state for years. Now, the 2015 squad will be the first to represent Colorado in the US Open Cup since 2004.

The April 25th matchup marked the third time Harpo’s FC and KC Athletic met on the road to the Cup this year; their first two contests arose in the USSA National Tournament. During number three, Harpo’s edged KC Athletics 2-0, with second-half goals from midfielder Dan Campbell and forward Shane Wheeler. 

Preceding the USSA National Tournament, a USSSA representative had the opportunity to speak with Harpo’s manager John Freeston. Harpo’s have created massive success this year, but according to Freeston, the team’s work is not done. Freeston holds a strong vision. It’s not a dream come true yet. The dream come true is to become the Cinderella Story this year… to beat the PSL teams, the USL teams, and the MLS team.” 

The dream continues, as Harpo’s prepare to take on the BYU Cougars (PDL) in the First Round of the Cup, on Wednesday, May 13th. Details to follow. 

For more official tournament information, please visit thecup.us 

* Cover photograph courtesy of Richard Laemming Wheeler©, pocketsofpeace.com

2014 Youth Tournament Series

USSSA Soccer is pleased to announce the 2014 Youth Tournament Series events that will run in Kansas City, MO and Wisconsin Dells, WI. Lee Summit Soccer Association (LSSA) and Woodside Sports Complex have been chosen to host the youth events for the fall.

Woodside Sports Complex will host two events with the Fall Classic in September and then both Woodside and LSSA will host an Octoberfest tournament. Below is the fall schedule for USSSA Youth Tournament Series:

Woodside Sports Fall Classic – Wisconsin Dells – September 27-28, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2014

Tournament website

Octoberfest Tournament hosted by Lee Summit Soccer Association – Lee Summit, MO – October 3-5, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2014

Tournament Website

Woodside Sports Octoberfest – Wisconsin Dells – October 11-12, 2014

Playing Formats and Cost
U8 – U10 6v6 $350
U11 – U12 8v8 $400
U13 – U14 11v11 $450
U15 – U19 11v11 $475 Girls Only

Register Here
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2014

Tournament Website

They’re Rover the Moon

Colorado Rovers defeated hometown KC Athletics to win their second consecutive USSSA Elite National Championship in Overland Park, Kan. this past weekend.

In frigid conditions Colorado Rovers became the first side in USSSA history to win back to back championships when a Marc Herschberger goal gave them a lead in the first half of extra time. KC Athletics rebounded strongly and controlled the majority of the second period of extra time with Rovers looking to catch them on the counter attack.

However much possession and chances they created in the second period they were unable to find a way to beat the game MVP – goal keeper Mark Saxby. This was apparent in the post game interview, “Mark Saxby was unbelievable,” said Rovers head coach Erick French. “Some of the best goalkeeping we’ve had in years.”

Colorado Rovers will now represent USSSA in the oldest soccer tournament in the country when they compete in the U.S. Open Cup. More information and first round pairings can be found at; TheCup.us

For a full round up of the tournament results and standing click here.

USSSA Road to U.S. Open Cup in Sight for Elite 8

The qualification process for USSSA teams into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ends next Sunday in Overland Park, Kan, where eight teams from across the Midwest will compete over a three-day trial.

Last year was the first time a USSSA team received a bid into the oldest soccer tournament in the country. It is on this stage that successful, amateur teams can be matched against MLS teams in later tournament rounds.

Colorado Rovers will be in Overland Park next weekend, attempting to navigate their way into the tournament and repeat on last year’s success. The Rovers earned the bid in 2013 by winning the 2012 USSSA National Tournament, and were unlucky not to advance into the next round after losing a highly fought opening game in penalties to Georgia Revolution.

Group pairing, schedules, live updates, final scores and standings throughout this years USSSA National Tournament can be found here.

For more information on the U.S. Lamar Open Cup visit here.

USSSA Launches “Team of the Week”

Each week, amazing things happen on the soccer field- champion efforts, game-winning goals, slide tackles, shining displays of sportsmanship and more. But often times, these achievements go unnoticed. That is all about to change.

 

In an effort to highlight the remarkable action of top players, USSSA Soccer is excited to introduce “Team of the Week”.  Representatives are encouraged to nominate two exceptional players, one male and one female, from their organization. USSSA will review the applicants and carefully compile a virtual all-star team of the week.

 

USSSA Soccer Team of the Week will start September 1, and the first nominations will be due by Thursday 12, September with the first team being released Monday 16, September.

 

Players who have made the USSSA Soccer Team of the Week will be recognized across all USSSA Soccer channels including the monthly newsletter, USSSAsoccer.com, Facebook and Twitter. Players will also receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.

 

A completed nomination form will include the player’s name, jersey number, position, club, Facebook or Twitter accounts, club and league Facebook or Twitter accounts and a brief explanation describing why the player is being nominated. A photograph is optional.

 

Coaches, team managers, leagues, and tournament directors are all encouraged to nominate players. Each nominee is not guaranteed a spot on the all-star team of the week. Players who do not earn a position will receive honorable mentions. All nominations will be sent through the nomination form found at www.usssasoccer.com, under the forms section of the website or by clicking here.

 

At the end of the 2013/14 season, USSSA Soccer will announce both a player and team of the year.

 

USSSA Soccer is also thrilled to announce a new, monthly photography competition. Do you have any prize-winning photographs of that muddy slide tackle or 2 v 1 header? Send them in! League members and players are encouraged to submit all photographs to Maggie MacDonald with information including the name, number, team and league of the player or players featured. USSSA will select the top three photos and post them on the USSSA Soccer Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

For more information contact Media Director Maggie MacDonald at Maggie.MacDonald@usssa.com.