FC Stars Sends Two Teams to ECNL National Finals!!
The U15G and U16G FC Stars ECNL teams had outstanding performances at the ECNL Champions League Play-Offs in San Diego, CA. Both teams qualified as winner of their four-team brackets to face a quarter-final game to advance to the ECNL National Championships and were ultimately successful and will represent the club next week at the Maryland Sportsplex in Germantown, Maryland. FC Stars was one of only two clubs to send multiple teams to the National Championships. Congratulations to both teams on this great achievement!
The U15G Stars ECNL team started off their campaign with an amazing 5-4 victory over Eclipse Select from Illinois, then follwed up with a more comfortable 3-1 win over San Juan SC. Results elsewhere meant that the U15G Stars team was already assured of progress as winner of the group and the third game was a dead rubber that finished with FC Stars losing 0-2 to pre-tournament favorite, Solar, in the last game. As winner of the bracket, the U15G faced local rivals, FC Boston, for a place at the National Champioships. With a dominant performance translating into a 3-0 victory, the U15s were on their way to Nationals! Potential semi-final opponents are Slammers, West Coast and Mustang.
The U16G ECNL team also had a tough path to Nationals starting with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas, followed by a terrific 4-0 victroy over DeAnza Force. Results elsewhere meant then FC Stars were tied on 6 points with SoCal Blues, but Blues had a one goal advantage in goal differential, and Stars would need to win the final match in the bracket against Blues, widely regarded as one of the best teams in the country. In an intensely competitive match, Stars prevailed 2-0 to set up a quarter-final match with perennial contenders, Eclipise Select. The U16s played with intense desire for a 1-0 victory over Eclipse to clinch their berth at the National Championships. Potential semi-final opponents are PDA, Crossfire and Real Colorado.
STARS CUP 2016 - Sign up now for the Premier Tournament in New England
We are delighted to announce that the 10th Annual Stars Cup will be held at four primary locations in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts - Progin Park – 16 field complex and home of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, Forekicks Marlboro, Forekicks Taunton and the FC Stars Soccer Complex powered by Emerson Hospital.
The event is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and includes single age brackets from 2008 through 2002 for Boys and Girls.
Stars Cup is rated as a Premier Elite Tournament by GotSoccer, #1 in New England. With a considerably expanded capacity this year we hope to attract many new clubs from New England and beyond. In addition, Stars Cup also features the top referees in the area.
All teams will play a minimum of 3 full length games. The tournament is held primarily on 2 days (Saturday/Sunday). A limited number of games may be played on Friday afternoon/evening, mostly for local teams, but may be available for out of state teams by request.
Application Deadline: July 29th, 2016
Accepted Teams: August 5th, 2016
Accepted Teams / Brackets / Locations: August 12th, 2016
Schedules: August 22nd, 2016
Click here for full Stars Cup 2016 Tournaments details
FC Stars Begin Inaugural Women's Premier Soccer League Season
(May. 9, 2016) – FC Stars contest their first Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) game on Monday (May 16th) against Boston Breakers U20 team.
The game will take place at the FC Stars Complex powered by Emerson Hospital on Monday May 16th with a kick off time of 8.00pm. The FC Stars team, although in their inaugural season of the WPSL, boast a wealth of quality and experience in their squad. Made up almost entirely of FC Stars alumni and current FC Stars players the team hopes to have a successful season on and off of the field.
Entrance to the game on Monday night will be FREE for all spectators.
FC Stars Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst said “It’s great to add the WPSL to the top of our developmental pyramid. We are looking forward to getting the season started on Monday night against Boston Breakers U20. It will be great to expose our current players to the highest level local, national and international college players. In addition those players at FC Stars now have the opportunity to continue with the club after they enter college and beyond. We have a fantastic record of developing players to play in college and beyond at the very highest levels. We are excited to continue the development of the FC Stars players currently playing in college and providing the high level opportunity to other local college players.”
Former FC Stars player Stephanie McCaffrey is one example that progressed through the current FC Stars pathway. McCaffrey played college soccer at Boston College and was the No. 5 overall selection in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft. Stephanie has since been capped five times by the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring one goal.
The FC Stars WPSL Team will play in the North East conference and will compete against Seacoast United Mariners, Seacoast United Phantoms, Rhode Island Reds, Aztecs and the Boston Breakers Reserves, Academy and U20 teams. The team will provide opportunities to current FC Stars players, FC Stars Alumni and other high level players based in the New England.
The 2016/2017 season schedule is shown below.
For full rosters, schedules and current standings please click on the following link-
About the WPSL - The Women's Premier Soccer League is an independent highly competitive national league whose main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women's soccer teams. The league has over 100 teams participating from all over the United States. The WPSL was formed in 1998. It is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), who is an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States and FIFA the world's ruling body for soccer.
More about the WPSL; http://www.wpsl.info/about/
FC Stars Girls NPL Program Approaches 50 College Commitments in First 3 years
FC Stars joined US Club Soccer's Northeast Girls National Premier League (NPL) in season 2013-2014, following a similar format to the Northeast Conference of the ECNL. Now approaching the conclusion of the third season of play in the Northeast Girls NPL, the league has further strengthened and FC Stars teams continue to impress on the NPL stage, with multiple teams poised to qualify for the final four weekend, hosted by FC Stars in 2016, with a berth at the NPL National Finals in Colorado this summer at stake. Additionally, our Stars West satellite also qualified its U17G team for the New England NPL this season.
The NPL platform has proven highly successful for FC Stars players with regard to attracting college interest and securing commitments. To date, 48 NPL players have committed with over 50% of these commitments to D1 schools, with the remainder split between D2 and D3 programs. At the conclusion of just three years of play, FC Stars expects more than 50 NPL players to be committed, almost every player to have gone through the platform at this time. In addition to our ECNL teams, the FC Stars NPL teams provide excellent college exposure from NPL league games and participation in high profile tournaments like CASL Girls Showcase, PDA Girls Showcase and Jefferson Cup.
Maddie Vergura and Olivia Wingate join FC Stars DOC Jason Dewhurst on U16G USWNT Trip to 1st International Women's Tournament in Gradisca, Italy
Madeline Vergura and Olivia Wingate from the FC Stars U16G ECNL team were selected for the U16 WNT for a trip to Itlaia, Croatia and Slovenia to particpate in an international women's tournament agaont other top international sides. They will be joined by FC Stars Director of Coaching who will be in attendance as part of the National Team coaching staff. A great achievement for players and Coach! Way to represent the club!
The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will travel to Italy from April 19-29 to participate in the 1st International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca. These will be the first international matches of the year for the U.S. U-16s and first since the program was re-instated last year.
The six-team tournament will take place in Gradisca d’Isonzo, which is located in northeast Italy close to the border with Slovenia. The USA will compete in Group A with Italy and Iran. It will be the first meeting between the USA and Iran in women’s international soccer at any age level. It will also be an historic match of sorts as it will be the first time a U.S. Women’s National Team at any age level has ever faced a country from the Middle East.
The tournament has existed for boys’ U-15 teams for 13 years, but this is the first year to feature a girls’ competition as well. The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team will also be competing in the tournament.
Head coach Tricia Taliaferro has called up 20 players to the U.S. squad for the tournament, featuring 17 players born in 2000, two in 2001 and one in 2002. The USA will be playing against older sides made up of players born in 1999, which is the age cut-off year for the upcoming 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
France, Mexico and England are in Group B. The USA will face Italy on April 25, Iran on April 26 and play a placement match on April 28.
After the group stage, the top two teams in each group will play for the championship, the two second places teams will play for third and the two third place teams will play for fifth.
The group matches will be feature 35-minutes halves while the placements games will be 40-minutes halves.
This age group is in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
FC Stars Announces Residential Camp 2016
FC Stars is proud to announce the 6th Annual 2016 Residential Camp at Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, New Hampshire 03461. The camp will take place from July 17-22, 2016.
Please click here for full details
Stars Alum Stephanie McCaffrey scores vs Brasil on USWNT Debut
Stars alum Stephanie McCaffrey scores in USWNT debut vs Brasil![+]
FC Stars 1st Annual FC Stars Soccer-Thon raises over $30,000
Equally benefiting AccesSport America and F.C. Stars, Inc. Financial Aid Program
October 23-October 24, 2015
Wow! We are blown away by the show of support for our first ever Soccer-thon. It was a huge success and we are thrilled to announce that over $30,000 was raised in pledges and donations. It was amazing to see how many players joined us at the fields at all sorts of crazy hours to play soccer and raise money. And of course we can’t forget about all the parents who came out to play at 4 am on top of driving their kids to their playing times!
Here’s a recap of the 1st Annual F.C. Stars Soccer-thon:
And we are pleased to announce our Grand Prize Winner. The GU13 ECNL team raised over $3,000! The team will get a new custom designed Nike game jersey donated by Wegotsoccer. Thank you WGS!
Thank you to our players and their families. It showed the commitment to FC Stars and our community to have so many people participate. And a huge thank you to our coaches who volunteered their time, got the kids organized and kept the ball rolling.
Stars U18G Goalkeeper Shelby Hogan Called into U18 WNT Camp in San Diego,
FC Stars U18G ECNL goalkeeper, Shelby Hogan was called into the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team camp from Oct. 18-25 for its fourth event of the year when 26 players travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Shelby is the fourth FC Stars player to be named to a National Team Camp in the last month, joining U16G ECNL players, Maddie Vergura and Kayla Duran who attended the U16 and U17 WNT camps, respectively, and U18G ECNL player Sydney Brackett who was invited to the U19 WNT camp.
The U-18s, who are coached by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, are coming off a trip to Mexico City in August where they drew and lost to the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team. During this event, the U-18s will play the San Diego Sea Lions of the W-League on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at Cathedral High School.
All the players in this camp were born in 1998 and all are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but the goal for this age group is ultimately the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Kayla Duran Selected to U17 Womens National Training Camp in Carson, California
FC Stars player Kayla Duran became the fifth member of the rising U16G ECNL team to have been selected for National Team Camps when she attended the recent U17 Womens National Team training camp at the US Soccer National Team Training Center in Carson, California from August 9-16. Head Coach B.J. Snow called up 24 players in total with 16 of those born in 1999, the cut-off year for the 2016 U17 Womens World Cup with the remaining eight players born in 2000.
FC Stars Achieve Highest Ever Placing at #6 in the ECNL Overall Club Championship
At the conclusion of the recent ECNL National Championships in Virginia the Michigan Hawks club was crowned the overall ECNL National Club Champion for 2015 and FC Stars achieved its highest ever ranking at #6, a phenomenal achievement for a Northeast club with the challenges that our weather presents compared to many other warmer regions of the country. The overall club championship is determined via points earned in Conference play, National Playoffs and National Championships. FC Stars won the conference at all ages for U14 to U18 and was one of only 6 clubs in the country to send all teams from U14-U18 to the top Champions League flights of the National Playoffs in Seattle and the U16G ECNL team went all the way to the National Championship game where they lost narrowly to West Coast FC.
Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst was dellighted with the club's performance and remarked "As a club, FC Stars sets out each year to be one of the most competitive clubs. Once again we have done that in the most competitive girls league in the country. To finish 6th as a club in a league as tough as the ECNL is a fantastic achievement. Day in and day out, our teams have to show up and perform to have success in this league. A huge thank you to all of the parents, coaches, and especially to our players at FC Stars for making this possible."
Maddie Vergura selected to U16 US Girls National Team Camp in San Diego
Rising U16G ECNL player Maddie Vergura has been selected as one of 24 players to attend the US U-16 Girls’ National Team training camp from Aug. 1-9 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. This will be the third camp of the year for the U-16 GNT, which features 21 players born in 2000 and three born in 2001. The U-16 camp will be run by Women’s Development Coach, Tricia Taliaferro, who is U.S. Soccer’s main scout for the ’00 birth year. All of the players in this camp are age-eligible for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.This age group is in a two-year cycle that will graduate the players to the U-18 and then the U-20 WNT with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
Five FC Stars Players Selected to Roster for the 2015 Nike National Training Camp Powered by ECNL/id2. Brummett selected to top 11.
FC Stars Players, Kayla Duran, Maddie Murphy Alexandra Keohan, Shelby Hogan and Gabi Brummett were selected to attend the 2015 National Training Camp powered by ECNL/id2 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon from July 28- August 1. For the list of attendees for the camp, click here. For a tentative schedule of the camp, click here. In addition, Maddie Murphy and Alexandra Keohan were selected to a team of the top 16 players born in 2000 from the id2Training Camps held in the past 12 months to participate in the camp and play 2 friendly representative games. Kudos to rising U17 ECNL striker Gabi Brummett for being selected as one of the top 11 players at the entire camp by camp and US Soccer staff.
Highlights included a visit and motivational speech to the players by NBA legend Kobe Bryant and another by Portland Thorns players Tobin Heath and Allie Long and a visit to the Portland Thorns stadium for a game.
The camp included approximately 80 of the top female youth soccer players born in 1997, 1998, and 1999 from across the United States. Players have been selected based on their performances at ECNL competitions, ECNL/id2 PDP events and other events throughout the year.
Participants will have the opportunity to play with and against the best athletes in the country, and be coached by an elite staff of youth coaches from across the country. U.S. Soccer National Team Scouts will also be in attendance to observe and evaluate players for inclusion in Youth National Team programming. Beyond the trainings, competitions, and presentations scheduled for the camp, players will also attend a Portland Thorns NWSL match to watch the highest level of women’s professional soccer in the world in person.
The 2015 Nike National Training Camp Powered by ECNL/id2 is a joint effort between the ECNL, U.S. Club Soccer’s id2 National Player Identification and Development Program, and Nike. The camp is open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation, or lack thereof, and is sanctioned as an Olympic Development Program by US Soccer and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
“The Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2 is one of the most elite training environments in the country, and is an opportunity for some of the country’s best young players to train and compete at the highest level, at a world-class facility” said ECNL Commissioner, Sarah Kate Noftsinger. “The collaboration between ECNL, US Club Soccer, and Nike is an example of how great organizations can come together to create more opportunities and programs that can help raise the level of play in this country.”
There is no cost to players aside from travel to and from the camp. Lodging, meals and training gear are provided by the ECNL, US Club Soccer and Nike.
Keohan and Murphy Represent id2 National Selection Team at the 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2
FC Stars rising U16G ECNL team players Alexandra Keohan and Maddie Murphy were included in the sixteen elite girls players born in 2000 to represent the id2 National Selection team at the 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2, July 28-Aug. 1.
This is the third year of the National Selection programming element for the girls id² Program, as the event returns to the prestigious Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The id2 National Selection team will play a pair of games against older teams made of players selected from NorCal and Washington Player Development Program (PDP) events held in the region over previous months:
FC Stars BU16 NPL Team: US Club Soccer National Cup XIV Finals - Champions!
The FC Stars BU16 NPL team, coached by Tony Marino, qualified for the US Club Soccer National Cup XIV Finals held in Westfield, Indiana from July 17th-20th by winning the New England Regional event in June. The boys returned home National Cup Super Group Champions ! Results and details below:
The FC Stars boys topped the group with 6 points after wins against Stronghold SC Falcons and Roadrunners SC Select. The weather-affected game vs West Florida Flames 98 Elite was eventually lost 1-2 after T-Storms wiped out Friday’s games.
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 4 - 1 Stronghold SC Falcons
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 1 - 2 West Florida Flames 98 Elite
- FC Stars BU16 NPL 2 - 1 Roadrunners SC Select
The FC Stars boys reached the final after a solid 3-1 win in the semi-final vs PSAFC 98 with goals from Nahuel Aligbay (2) and Michael Ward. Nick Resca in goal also saved a PK. The final was a tight game vs LDC United Italia 98-99, with FC Stars going into HT 1-0 up after a goal from Nahuel Aligbay. LDC United equalized after HT, the winner for FC Stars was scored late on by Liam Donelan to take the National title.
- Semi-Final: FC Stars BU16 NPL 3 - 1 PSAFC 98
- Final: FC Stars BU16 NPL 2 - 1 LDC United Italia 98-99
Click on the link below for the full schedule and results:
Congratulations to the BU16 NPL team and coach Tony Marino on this great success !