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

Teams Set For National Championship

The road to USSSA Nationals is a step closer for many teams as we release the tournament details below. The event is the culmination of the adult tournament and league series for USSSA teams. It is also where our Elite Champion will receive USSSA’s U.S. Open Cup bid into the 2015 tournament.

For all bracket, schedule and latest information please visit here.

2015 USSSA ADULT NATIONALS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

The road to USSSA Nationals is a step closer for many teams as we release the tournament details below. All teams must register by the March 1, 2015 deadline in order to be eligible for acceptance into the tournament. The event is the culmination of the adult tournament and league series for USSSA teams. It is also where our Elite Champion will receive USSSA’s U.S. Open Cup bid into the 2015 tournament.

2015 Tournament Details:

Venue: Overland Park Soccer Complex, KS.
Date: March 13-15, 2015 (games will be played on Friday)

Brackets: Men’s Elite (USSSA registered teams only), Men’s Open (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer), Men’s DII (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer), Women’s Open (Unrestricted and open to all members of U.S. Soccer).

Registration Fees:
Men’s Elite – $700 (Higher fee due to qualification for U.S. Open Cup)
Other brackets – $600

Register Today Here.

Tournament Housing – visit here for the best pricing in the area.

Information will follow here shortly on playing rules, tournament housing, weekend event calendar, other tournament information. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact; soccerinfo@usssa.com.

Get Ready for International Play

Utd Sports Aca

USSSA Soccer is pleased to announce partnership with United Sports Academies, a sports travel organization founded in 1998, run for sports people, by sports people.

“With United Sports Academies, the world is USSSA’s playing grounds,” Bill Fisher, Executive Director of United Sports Academies explained as he regarded the new cooperative between the two associations.

Members of USSSA will now have the opportunity to travel and compete on an international platform with United Sports Academies. The United Sports Academies tailors specific programs and tours based upon each specific sport and team. “International programs are based on the ages of the players, the competitive level of teams, and the goal of traveling abroad from a sporting and cultural standpoint,” said Fisher.

As described by Fisher, every tour provided by United Sports Academy varies both on and off the playing field. The concentration of the global travel is on the individual sporting program (75%) and a positive cultural experience (25%). Oversea tours range from 7 to 21 days, and may include tournament competition, friendly games/exhibitions, clinics and camps and attending professional games. “The cultural component is also very important from quality sightseeing excursions to being able to interact and socialize with the foreign teams and players on the field,” said Fisher.

For individual player development, competing on an international level presents multiple benefits. “Players learn to deal with adversity, whether it be from officiating to a challenging atmosphere in an arena or on the field to dealing with off field distractions. Players learn the importance of being able to adapt on and off the field and the importance of staying focused on the task, competing with American pride,” Fisher contends. He continues, “Through sport the world is made smaller, different cultures are brought together, we gain a much better understanding and compassion for one another. Sport is the language of the world.”

“This opportunity and program has been a goal of mine for some time and I am excited to see it start to develop,” said Vice President, Craig Scriven. “Our member teams, clubs, and leagues now have an excellent organization which can organize an experience of a lifetime.”

United Sports Academies management staff has over 28 years of experience and has traveled to over 26 countries to uphold their mission to ‘dedicate and provide teams and organizations with the best possible, highest quality international travel and competition experience, both on and off the field.’ Through their quality, excellence and dedication, United Sports Academies has developed a first-class reputation.

For more information contact Jairon Moreno. Reference USSSA Soccer in order to receive special offers. You can visit United Sports Academies website here.

Juggle Dribble Shoot Starts This Weekend

Juggle, dribble and shoot. Throw the three words together and it sounds like your typical soccer practice, right? Not anymore! Juggle Dribble Shoot (JDS) is a new and exciting soccer-based skills competition that is shedding new light on the sport. The competition, unique to the world of soccer, is the sport-specific competition athletes have been waiting for. USSSA has partnered with creator Erin Mahan to develop and expand the program.

JDS will challenge the skill of participants across a range of sport-related trials. Juggle Dribble Shoot, true to its name, includes maximum count juggling, timed dribbling through a series of cones and shooting with precision through targeted area. Each individual competition has a point scale, and a player’s final JDS score is a culmination of points earned across all three trials. JDS also includes Goalie Wars, a competition tailored to measure skills specific to the goalkeeper position.

Qualifying JDS events will be held around the country, and the top five finalists from each gender’s age group will advance to the final at Swope Soccer Village, Sporting KC’s official training facility in Kansas City, Mo.

This weekend New York City Soccer League will kick off the JDS National Competition and we will have updates at both @NYCSoccerLeague and @SoccerUSSSA.

If you would like more information on hosting a Juggle Dribble Shoot event contact USSSA Soccer @ soccerinfo@usssa.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

USSSA Soccer joins Sporting Club Network

The Sporting Club Network continues to grow as Sporting KC’s athletic partnership program welcomes its newest member: the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). USSSA Soccer is a non-profit, sports-governing body that aims to develop and expand the game of soccer in the United States.

The USSSA first began as a slow-pitch softball organization in 1968 before expanding to other sports in 1997, making it the first multi-sports governing body. USSSA Soccer was added in 2001 by becoming a member of US Soccer.

Since then, the organization has continued to grow and, in 2006, USSSA appointed a new soccer committee to lead the National program. Increased interest and growth continued among both the youth and adult populations and, in 2007, the USSSA held its first State Championship in Kansas City, Mo. By 2008, ten other states had hosted their own State Championships and the first National Championship took place in Las Vegas, Nev. in December 2008.

The Sporting Club Network is a free affiliation program aiming to create a closer tie between Sporting Club, the parent company of Sporting Kansas City, and sports communities locally as well as nationally. Together, the Sporting Club Network and USSSA are working to provide athletes — youth and adult, soccer and non-soccer — with exclusive access to opportunities and events unique to Sporting Club and Sporting Kansas City.

“I am very excited in announcing our partnership with Sporting KC through the Sporting Club Network,” said Craig Scriven, USSSA’s National Director as well as the Kansas and Missouri State Director. “Sporting KC is a leader both on and off the field and I am delighted to allow our members a unique and positive way to network with the MLS Champions.”

As part of USSSA’s inclusion into the Sporting Club Network, the two groups will work to host the finals of a new Juggle, Dribble, Shoot (JDS) competition in Kansas City. JDS is a competition unique to the sport of soccer. Participants challenge their skills across a range of soccer-related trials: maximum count juggling, timed dribbling through a series of cones and shooting with precision through targeted areas.

Each individual competition has a point scale, and a player’s final JDS score is a culmination of points earned across all three trials. JDS also offers Goalie Wars, a competition tailored to measure skills specific to the goalkeeper position. Qualifying events will be held around the country, and the top five finalists from each gender’s age group will advance to the final at Swope Soccer Village, Sporting KC’s official training facility in Kansas City, Mo.

“Over the past few months, both Sporting KC and myself have been speaking about how we can create a great relationship between our organizations and support each other’s programs,” Scriven said. “I am excited to be a part of the Sporting Club Network and seeing the relationship develop to give our members another positive benefit.”

The relationship between the Sporting Club Network and USSSA will aim to play a large part in the overall growth of soccer across the country by elevating the level of youth soccer in several different regions, while also offering extensive new benefits to directly impact the improvement of local players.

Additional details on USSSA’s JDS Qualifying events, as well as information on the finals, will be posted in the near future. For all the latest information regarding these events and other events through the Sporting Club Network, follow the SCN on Facebook and Twitter.

USSSA Soccer information and details on the up and coming events can be found by following USSSA Soccer Facebook and Twitter.

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.