Update - November 26th
Based upon the success of his first trip Crossfire USSDA defender Julian Takagi-Stewart is being brought in again to play with the Canadian U16 National Team, December 10-18 in Sunrise Florida.
Julian Takagi-Stewart, starting center back for the Crossfire Premier U-15/16 USSDA Academy squad, received his first call-up to the Canadian U-17 Youth National Team, which recently took part in a series of international exhibition games in Panama this week.
Takagi-Stewart, a 6'2" 180-pound high-school junior who was born in 1998, started 29 games last season for Crossfire U-15/16 and started the first four games of the 2014-15 season. He retains dual citizenship (Japan / Canada) and this is his first call-up to international soccer. Takagi-Stewart was the only player called into the Canada camp who is playing for an American club--13 of the remaining 17 in fact hail from just two clubs, Toronto FC Academy and Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency, the latter being a conference opponent of Crossfire's in the US Soccer Development Academy.
During the weeklong stay in Panama, Julian started two of the three games, playing all 90 minutes vs. U.S. Under-17 YNT at the Estadio Maracana in Panama City, Panama, and then all 90 again vs. Costa Rica on Sunday, October 5.
The trip was in preparation for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, which will take place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, next spring. Canada is vying for one of four spots available for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 that will take place in Chile.
Crossfire ECNL Players Named to Youth All-America Team
Beginning in September, Crossfire is offering a new, completely free street soccer program for club players ages 7 through 15. The program will be offered on Friday nights at Marymoor Park and is open to any registered player in the club.
WHAT IS CROSSFIRE STREET SOCCER?
Crossfire staff will set up four fields for small-sided games at Marymoor, provide colored bibs and supervise from the sideline, without coaching or assisting. Players are free to organize games and teams as they wish, determine rules and play. Player ages and genders may be mixed.
A street soccer schedule will be posted at www.CrossfireSoccer.org each month with days and times. For November, the street soccer offerings are as follows:
Friday, November 7 5 – 7 p.m. Marymoor Park #2
Friday, November 14 No Session Due to Predicted Extreme Temperatures
The schedule will be updated weekly.
Players may arrive at anytime during the two hours and just join the play. A Crossfire staff coach will be in attendance throughout to provide adult supervision, but again, there will be no coaching.
WHY STREET SOCCER?
Organized team training with a professional coach is not the only place to learn to play soccer at the highest level—for example, Johan Cruyff and George Best didn’t hone their skills in a professional academy; they learned on the street. In fact, it’s well known that countries in which most children continue to play unstructured soccer in streets, parks, vacant fields or even beaches tend to develop the most gifted soccer players. This is because these players are allowed to experiment, take risks and be creative without outside influences. But cultural changes in Europe have seen street football decline for 30 years. In most of America, it’s never been big.
UEFA Coach of the Century Rinus Michels agrees wholeheartedly with the need to find ways to keep young players playing unstructured games. “My position is that street soccer is the most natural educational system that can be found. It is where youth players learn from their mistakes, unconscious of the technical, tactical, mental and physical qualities they are developing through the scrimmages being played.”
Soccer is a game that constantly changes, the ball is always moving and there are many contests, individual, group and team, all over the field. These myriad situations in each game compel players to make adjustments, and a player’s continuing development requires that he or she is given opportunities to explore solutions to the problems presented in a game. Crossfire Street Soccer is designed to provide that—a chance to play outside the team-training environment, without coach or parent interference, as players might in a park or vacant field if no one was watching. The coaching-free format is set up to encourage improvisation and taking risks with the ball, recreating an environment where there is more spontaneity and freedom of expression.
Crossfire Academy Forwards Top Nation
With the first third of the US Soccer Development Academy season in the books, Crossfire Premier features a pair of players off to as hot a start as anyone in the country.
Uriel Herrera of the Crossfire U-17/18 USSDA Academy team, has scored an even dozen goals in the fist ten games, the second-highest total in the 80-team league. His 1.2 goals-per-game average also puts him near the top of the country, ranking fourth, a even more notable achievement considering Herrera primarily plays outside midfield for Crossfire, unlike most of the rest of the top ten, who are out-and-out strikers.
Herrera’s goals have helped the Crossfire U-17/18 squad get off the mark to a fast start, currently sitting in a tie with the Seattle Sounders for third place in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference, only behind the San Jose Earthquakes and the undefeated (9-0) Vancouver Whitecaps. Herrera and Crossfire have a chance to better that mark in two weeks, when they face the ‘Quakes in San Jose on Saturday, November 15.
Also ranking second in goals scored nationally, Crossfire U-15/16 forward Simon Lekressner has tallied ten times in ten games. His 1.0 goals-per-game average puts him second in the country as well, along with an even ten other players with the same average.
Lekressner and the U-15/16 squad continue their climb towards a playoff position the weekend of November 15-16 when they face Juventus FC and San Jose Earthquakes in northern California before returning to the Pacific Northwest for a trip to Portland to face the Timbers.
Both Crossfire Academy teams will be in Sarasota, FL, in late November for the US Soccer Development Academy Showcase. Each team will play three matches against Academy competition from across the country, with more than 400 NCAA and 25 professional scouts in attendance, as well as technical advisors and youth national team staff coaches from US Soccer.
Crossfire ECNL Pair Selected for US Youth National Team
A pair of Crossfire United ECNL players were selected for the U.S. Under-14 Girls' National Team training camp to be held November 1-9 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
The players are Sakura Yoshida and Sophie Hirst, both of whom participate in the club's Elite Clubs National League program. Yoshida, a midfielder, plays for Crossfire United G00 ECNL squad coached by Tim Reynolds, while Hirst is a forward for Crossfire United G99 ECNL, coached by Billy Wiskel.
U.S. Under-14 Girls' head coach April Kater made the selection, and Hirst and Yoshida will depart for California next week to take part in the weeklong training camp.
Kennedy Kieneker Named to All-American Game
2nd Annual Girl’s High School All-American Game Coming to Raleigh, NC.
42 of Nations Elite players and 8 of Nations top coaches to participate in the event
Quincy, IL. October 24, 2014: Forty-two of the nation’s elite girl’s high school soccer players from fall playing states will take part in the Second Annual High School All-American Game on December 13, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. The players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represent their high school teams during the fall season. These players have achieved many regional and national awards and will attend some of the top universities across the country.
The game is being held the same weekend and in the same proximity as the men’s NCAA Division I College Cup. The participants arrive on Thursday, December 11th and will attend the semi-final games of the College Cup on December 12th and will also have the opportunity to attend the national championship on December, 14th.
The players are chosen based on their career high school achievements only and must have played their senior season in High School. A list of participants is below and can also be found on the website under the 2014 girl’s rosters tab.
The event is being sponsored in part by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Adidas, Noxin Trucking, and Soccer.com. If you would like to inquire about being a sponsor or to advertise in the program, you can contact Eric Stratman at 217-257-1103.
With players from a variety of clubs participating in additional training and match days, the launch this year of the Crossfire Advanced Development Program has gone better than even expected. In fact, the overriding success of the program has allowed Crossfire to expand the scope of the ADP program, adding a few more travel opportunities as additional competitive outlets for these outstanding young players. Below is a full list of current ADP travel opportunities for the year.
New! - October 24-26
Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup
Boys 2003 and 2004 ADP
New! - November 13-16
US Soccer Development Academy U-13/14 Showcase
StubHub Center, Los Angeles
Crossfire U-13/14 Academy (2000 and 2001 ADP)
New! - February 6-8
SC Del Sol Desert Classic Tournament
Girls U-11 ADP
SC Del Sol Presidents’ Day Tournament
Girls U-12, U-13 ADP
Boys 2002, 2001, 2000 ADP
New! - March 30 – April 7
Milano Football Festival *
Crossfire U-13/14 Academy (2000 and 2001 ADP)
*This trip includes the tournament, as well as a trip to watch Inter v. Parma in Serie A, and two days training at Inter Milan, culminating in an exhibition match vs. the Inter U-14 team.
New! – March 29 – April 5
Boys 1999 ADP (Crossfire U-15 Pre-Academy)
New! - June 2014
US Soccer Development Academy U-13/14 National Showcase
Crossfire U-13/14 Academy (2000 and 2001 ADP)
NPL National Finals
Crossfire ADP teams qualified through Northwest Champions League (due to league rules, only ADP players who are also registered to Crossfire Premier teams play for the NWCL squads)
These travel opportunities are in addition to the local ADP Match Days, when players are brought in to play scrimmages vs. other ADP teams, as well as local exhibition games vs. outside competition and scheduled U-13/14 USSDA exhibition games. Crossfire ADP pays for all travel costs for participants, and squads of 16 players are selected for each competition.
Local College Teams Rise to the Top with Crossfire Players
A pair of Seattle universities are making noise in the NCAA men’s soccer rankings this year, and both are doing it with rosters stocked full of players with ties to Crossfire Premier.
When the NSCAA Poll was released last Tuesday, the 9-1-0 University of Washington Huskies were the nation’s No. 1 team. Featuring a full dozen players who’ve taken the field for Crossfire, either in youth, Academy or PDL play, the Dawgs are in fact ranked No. 1 in every major poll, including Soccer America, TopDrawerSoccer.com and Bennett Rank. Washington is also ranked No. 1 by RPI, the formula used by the NCAA selection committee to determine postseason berths.
In NCAA Division II, sixth-ranked and unbeaten Seattle Pacific University continued their torrid start to the 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win over No. 22 Northwest Nazarene this past weekend in a battle of the top men’s soccer teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. With 7 former Crossfire players on the roster, the Falcons (10-0-1) are in the midst of their longest undefeated start in the 47-year history of the program, which includes five NCAA Division II championship teams.
Continuing the Crossfire connection, SPU is coached by Mark Collings, who doubles as the head coach of Crossfire Premier’s high-school-age boys teams. Collings was a four-year Falcons letterman and captain of the 1998 Final Four squad.
For UW, assistant coach Jeff Rowland also serves as an assistant with the Crossfire Premier USSDA academy teams, while UW goalkeeper coach Richard Reece coaches ECNL teams at Crossfire and also directs the club’s goalkeeping program.
Big games are on tap for both teams this weekend, as Washington travels to face No. 2 UCLA on Thursday and San Diego State on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
SPU puts their nine-game winning streak, longest in the nation, on the line versus a pair of Northwest rivals. The Falcons clash with four-time defending GNAC champion Simon Fraser on Thursday in Burnaby, B.C., before visiting Western Washington on Saturday in Bellingham.
Crossfire Premier Storms Northwest Champions League
With group play completed in this season’s itineration of the Northwest Champions League, Crossfire Premier is sitting pretty, with three teams each on the boys’ and girls’ sides qualifying for a spot in the U-11 to U-14 NWCL Finals to be held in March, 2015.
New for this season, champions from U-13 to U-18 for boys and U-13 and U-14 for girls receive a berth to the National Premier Leagues National Finals, held in July in Indiana. Below is a recap of where things stand after group play:
Group winner: Crossfire 2003 (+24 32 GF/8 GA)
Group winner: Crossfire 2001 (+29 32 GF/3 GA)
Group winner: Crossfire 2000
Overall Champion: Crossfire 1999
Group winner: Crossfire G02-A (+26 29 GF/3 GA)
Group winner: Crossfire G01-A (8-0 record 26 GF/3 GA)
Group winner: Crossfire G00-A
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Five Crossfire Players Selected for U-15 National Team Camp
Five members of Crossfire Premier ECNL teams have been invited to the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team training camp, which will run from January 4-11 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, CA. U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Damon Nahas has called up 24 players in all for the first event of the team’s 2014 programming.
Goalkeeper Anna Smith (Issaquah, WA), defenders Kai Henderson (Mill Creek, WA) and Joanna Harber (Bellevue, WA), midfielder Kali Trevithick (Redmond, WA) and forward Kelsey Turnbow (Liberty Lake, WA) make up the five Crossfire Premier players selected for attendance. Harber is an ECNL Discovery Player for Crossfire in 2014.
Of the 24 players selected for the U-15 GNT roster, all but Crossfire’s Kali Trevithick were born in 1999, with the midfielder who moved to Crossfire from Alaska earlier this year being born in September 2000. The selected group will have just two training camps as U-15s before transitioning to the U-17 Women’s National Team cycle under head coach B.J. Snow to begin preparation for qualification for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.