Vardar Boys Ranked 9th in
Soccer America released their annual Best Youth Clubs 2007
edition and the
Vardar Boys were ranked 9th in the nation. Soccer America, a
widely respected soccer publication, annually ranks all the youth
soccer clubs in the nation and the Vardar boys find themselves
alongside the best clubs in the country.
We wish to congratulate all the young
men and women that have made the Vardar Soccer Club one of the elite
soccer clubs in the nation. We would also like to thank our staff
for their hard work and commitment.
BEST YOUTH CLUBS:
2007 Soccer America Top 20 Boys Clubs
For the third
straight year, the Chicago Magic is first in the Soccer America Top
20 boys rankings, edging the Dallas Texans. Arsenal FC of Southern
California is the third team on the podium.
2007 Soccer America's Top 20 Boys Clubs
1 Chicago Magic (Ill.)
2 Dallas Texans (Texas)
3 Arsenal FC (Calif.)
4 Real So Cal (Calif.)
5 Sockers FC (Ill.)
6 FC Delco (Pa.)
7 Baltimore Bays (Md.)
8 Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
9 Vardar Stars (Mich.)
10 Solar FC (Texas)
11 CASL Elite (N.C.)
12 FC Greater Boston (Mass.)
13 Bethesda SC (Md.)
14 PDA (N.J.)
15 Nomads SC (Calif.)
16 Irvine Strikers SC (Calif.)
17 Texas SC (Texas)
18 Colorado Rush (Colo.)
19 Schulz Academy (Fla.)
20 Real Colorado (Colo.)
Soccer America selects the top 20 clubs, based on success of
their teams in national youth championships over the last three
years and national recognition for players (including U.S. national
youth team selections and U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Interregional
All-Stars) from these clubs in 2006.
CHICAGO MAGIC. While the Magic's two finalists came up short at the
U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships last summer, it captured
two boys titles %97 and a girls title %97 at the Super Y-League's
North American Finals for its third boys double in of the last four
years. U-17 residents Josh Lambo (one of the nation's top goalie
prospects) and Brendan King (son of U.S. Soccer executive Tom King)
were among five Magic NSCAA/adidas Youth All-Americans. Rising Star:
Jesse Ortiz, U-14 MVP at the Super Y-League finals.
DALLAS TEXANS. The %9188 Red team may be the best U.S. boys team
ever assembled: the first to win the Dallas Cup's Super Group and
repeat U.S. Youth Soccer winners. Jonathan Villanueva (Virginia) and
Andre Akpan (Harvard) earned spots on the U.S. U-20s. The Texans'
only blemish in three years is a barren '04 campaign. On the
horizon: the six-field Ross Stewart Soccer Complex in suburban
Farmers Branch. Rising Star: Conor Doyle (son of former Dallas
Sidekicks David Doyle) scored two goals at the %9106 USYS U-14
ARSENAL FC. The Southern California club became the first boys team
to win three consecutive U.S. Youth Soccer championships. The %9189s
beat Solar of Dallas in the final for the second straight year,
winning, 3-1, in the 2006 U-17 final. Arsenal was a minute away from
winning the U-19 final before falling to Javanon on two late goals.
Arsenal had six players attend a U-18 national mega-camp in 2006.
Rising Star: Alan Mota attended the 2006 U.S. Soccer U-14 national
identification camp in Concord, Mass.
REAL SO CAL. Formerly known as Samba and So Cal United soccer clubs,
Real So Cal has won back-to-back U.S. Youth Soccer national
championships at the U-14 (2005) and U-15 (2006) levels. What Coach
Alberto Bru liked most about his team: %93They listen to me and
their parents and they respect their opponents.%94 After last year's
finals, star Evan Raynr earned a place in U-17 residency. Rising
Star: George Pantelic scored three goals at the U.S. under-14 boys
national team's 2006 camp in Guadalajara, Mexico.
SOCKERS FC. The Sockers won their third U.S. Youth Soccer national
title in 2005, capturing the McGuire Cup, giving them one more than
their Chicago rival Magic. Last year, they sent 12 players on to
Division I soccer programs, and Mike Cklamovski on to play football
at Illinois. Sockers alums include Jonathan Spector, the youngest
American to start in the English Premier League, and Mike Fisher,
the former Hermann Trophy winner. Rising Stars: Albert Keaton and
Alex Wetterman, '93 Thanksgiving Interregional all-stars.
FC DELCO. The Pennsylvania club was No. 1 in Soccer America's first
Best Clubs rankings in 2004 and was on the rebound in 2006,
producing three Region I champions (U-19s, U-18s and U-15s).
Perseverance paid off for the U-18 Crunch, which earned its first
trip to the National Championships after seven regional appearances.
Delco teams looks to be strong again in 2007 after going 6-2-1 at
December's Nike Friendlies. Rising Star: Max Kurtzman, goalie for
U-14 regional power FC Delco (formerly Lower Merion) Roadkill.
BALTIMORE BAYS. Steve Nichols, the boys coach at Maryland's McDonogh
High School, won two national titles with the Casa Mia's Bay before
moving under the Bays umbrella. His Baltimore Casa Mia Bays won the
2006 U-16 U.S. Youth Soccer championship. Keeper Dan Louisignau from
Delaware attended the recent U-18 national team training camp. The
Bays are named after one of American soccer's original pro teams.
Rising Star: Zak Wenger, one of 36 U-14 national team players picked
to attend January camp in Mexico.
SCOTT GALLAGHER. The St. Louis-based club is one of the nation's
longest established superclubs, founded in 1976-77 by Jim Scott and
named after his sheet-metal company. It's won 11 national titles at
the youth and amateur levels. The 2006 season saw the Scott
Gallagher U-17s finish third at the U.S. Youth Soccer nationals. The
club has launched a fundraising drive to build a soccer facility.
Rising Star: Zambian-born Charles Renken is at only 13 the youngest
player at U.S. Soccer's residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
VARDARSTARS. No. 14 in 2004 and
No. 20 in 2005 but absent from the 2006 Soccer America rankings,
VardarStars return in 2007. The Michigan club was formed in 1982 and
named after Macedonian club Vardar Skopje. They've won three
national titles and 82 state finals. Vardar had seven players who
had been through the program named to the 2006 Michigan %93Dream
Team.%94 Alumni include former MLS stars Brian Maisonneuve and Mike
Clark. Rising Star: Interregional all-star Sean Cunningham, captain
of the '93 Region III team.
SOLAR FC. The Dallas club's current U-18 team is one of the great
teams in the youth ranks. Too bad it's in the same division as
Arsenal FC. Solar has won the Region III title the last three years
and finished second twice and third once at the USYS national
championships. The U-18s, who feature Youth All-Americans Corben
Bone, Cameron Brown and Kaoru Forbess, won the 2006 U-17 Dallas Cup
title and are one of two American teams to qualify for the '07 Super
Group. Rising Star: Sophomore Alexei Reyes has played on U-15
CASL ELITE. The depth of talent coming out of the Raleigh, N.C.,
program was evident at the 2007 SuperDraft, where four former CASL
players, including No. 3 pick Michael Harrington, were taken by MLS
clubs. CASL Elite produced two regional champions and three regional
runners-up in the last three years. It also won the inaugural U.S.
Club Soccer Champions Cup competition in 2006. Established in 1974,
CASL now has more than 20,000 members. Rising Star: Nick Millington,
a member of the Super Y-League U-16 select team.
FC GREATER BOSTON. The Greater Boston Bolts have emerged one as of
Region I's best clubs, winning a national title in 2005 and sending
two teams to the regional finals in 2006. Sheanon Williams, who is
expected to represent the USA in U-17 CONCACAF qualifying, came out
of the Bolts program. Harvard coach and former U.S. international
John Kerr Jr. is the coaching director and his father, John Kerr
Sr., is now technical director. Rising Star: William Packwood, who
played for the U.S. U-14s at the Thanksgiving Interregionals.
BETHESDA SC. The Maryland club returns to the Boys Top 20 after a
one-year absence and has been a fixture in the Girls Top 20 since
the inception of Soccer America's Best Club rankings in 2004.
Bethesda's United and Roadrunner teams won Region I titles in 2006.
The Roadrunners captured the U-15 showcase division at the '06
Disney's Soccer Showcase. Three United players %97 Kevin Huang,
Nirav Kadam and Jesse Rodriguez %97 went to the adidas ESP camp.
Rising Star: Jordan Manley was picked to the %9193 Thanksgiving
PDA. The Players Development Academy of New Jersey returns to the
Boys Top 20 after a year's absence. The Conquistadors led the
resurgence, finishing second in the 2005 USYSA U-18 national
championships and losing in overtime in the 2006 U-19 regional
final. PDA's most famous product is Giuseppe Rossi, who has returned
to Manchester United after a loan spell at Newcastle. Rising Stars:
Robert Barrera and Alex Bramall from the deep '92 PDA (Henrik)
Larsson played for the U.S. U-15s at the Nike Friendlies.
NOMADS. The La Jolla (Calif.) club was a pioneer in youth soccer,
developing top youth talent in the San Diego for more than 30 years.
It has been producing national team players, beginning with goalie
Jeff DuBack in the mid-1980s, up to the present with U.S. World Cup
defender Steve Cherundolo. The Nomads U-14s captured a U.S. Club
Soccer title in 2004, and two Nomads teams (U-19s and U-15s) won
U.S. Youth Soccer regional titles in 2005. Rising Star: Earl Edwards
is one of the top goalkeeper prospects at the U-15 level.
IRVINE STRIKERS SC. The Strikers emerged as one of the power clubs
in Southern California's Orange County in the 1990s and remained a
local power despite increasing competition from upstart programs.
ISC won the U.S. Club Soccer's U-14 Super Group at the 2006 National
Cup V Championships. The Strikers continue to feed players to the
U-17 residency program, where Jesse Paredes and Dersu Abolfathi
trained in the fall. Rising Star: Michael Hoyos' goal decided the
U-14 final against the Chicago Magic at the National Cup V finals.
TEXAS SOCCER CLUB. TSC was formed in the spring of 2005 following
the merger of the Texans, Classics and girls power Challenge. The
Texans have won the only three USYS boys titles won by South Texas
teams: U-19s (2002), U-18s (2001) and U-16s (1994). Their most
recent success came in 2004 when the U-16s and U-18s advanced to the
USYS National Championships. Rising Star: Chicago area transplant
Sasha Pilipovic-Wengler is one of the most promising midfield
prospects in the U-15 national team pool.
COLORADO RUSH. The biggest of the super clubs, the Rush now has
clubs in 11 states as far away as Alaska, Hawaii and Virginia. Its
Denver program operates a European-style academy in conjunction with
the Collegiate Academy, a Jefferson County charter school. The Rush,
which has had four USYS regional finalists in the last three years,
recently named former U.S. World Cup defender Steve Trittschuh its
director of coaching. Rising Star: Zach Foxhoven, a 15-year-old
forward, represented the U.S. U-15s at the Nike Friendlies.
SCHULZ ACADEMY. The Boca Raton, Fla., club made history when it won
three straight championships at the Super Y-League finals: '04 U-14,
'05 U-15s and '06 U-16s. Schulz Academy finished second at the U.S.
Club Soccer's Champions Cup competition. Its staff is headed by
Josef Schulz, a former Austrian professional player. His most famous
product is New York Red Bulls teen star Josmer Altidore. Rising
Star: Forward Donovan Henry played for the U.S. U-15s at December's
Nike Friendlies in Bradenton, Fla.
REAL COLORADO. The Real Colorado National boys program came into its
own in 2005 when the U-17 and U-18 teams won titles at the U.S.
Youth Soccer Region IV championships. Former Colorado Foxes coach
Lorne Donaldson is the director of coaching of the program, which is
affiliated with the Douglas County Soccer Association. Rising Star:
Amadou Dia, nicknamed %93T,%94 was one of three Real Colorado
players to attend the '92 and '93 Boys Thanksgiving Regionals. Dia
made the '93 all-star team.