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KANSAS CITY UNITED TEAMS WIN 2012 STATE CUP

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Two Kansas City United teams dominated their age groups to win Kansas State Cup.

The U14 Kansas City Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller and Chris Arcuri, secured back-to-back Kansas State Cup Champions! The team went 5-0-0 in Championship Series with 11 goals for and zero goals against. The Rangers won nine Championships this year, including State Cup.




Metros wins State Cup

 

The Kansas City United Metros U18 girls, coached this year by Rich Wolf and Alex Aiman, capped off the year with a 4-1 domination of KCFC. Like the Rangers the Metros were seeded first in their age group. The Metros not only won Kansas Youth State Cup, they also won the Kansas Adult Women’s Cup and will be going to the Adult Region II Championships in Fort Wayne, Indiana June 14-17. They will then go to the Youth Region II Championships in Saginaw, Michigan, June 22-27. The Metros are capping off a season that saw them make their successful debut in the US Youth National League and win six different tournaments.

The U17 Kansas City United boys, coached by Emilio John, and the U14 Kansas City United Magia boys, coached by Jose Velasquez, both came up one goal shy of advancing to the State Cup Finals, falling in their semi-final matches.

The U14 Kansas City Brass Navy won the Kansas President’s Cup and will advance to the Region II President’s Cup tournament held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, June 14-17.
KC UNITED U14 RANGERS GIRLS PROMOTED TO MRL PREMIER DIVISION

The Kansas City United Girls traveled to Nebraska at the end of May with the Midwest Regional League title to the First Division of the Midwest Regional League on the line.

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Tied in the league standings with Gretna (who they played in Regional last year), the winner would be promoted to the MRL Premier Division. The Rangers also had to meet the always strong Toro Club team during the trip.

Gretna scored first, but the Rangers came back to score the last two goals winning 2-1. The Rangers, drained from the first game, tied Toro the next day 0-0, finishing the League with a 6-1-1 record and 19 points, six points ahead of the second place team, which finished at 4-3-1.

With the MRL First Division Championship, the Rangers earned promotion to the Premier Division, which hosts the top eight to 10 teams in Region II. With a good showing in the Premier Division and a team can earn promotion to the US Youth National League, open to the top ten teams in the nation and a possible berth into the US Youth National Championships. The U14 Rangers become the second team from the Club to qualify for the Premier Division of the MRL.

2012 TOURNAMENT SUCCESS IN LATE MAY – KCI AND SALSA CUP

The end of the month of May brought more success for Kansas City United Teams.

Beginning with the Kansas City Invitational – a tournament in which the Club has had at least one champion since 1994 – the Kansas City United Rangers U13 Boys, coached by Mike Popoola, went undefeated in the primary rounds, tallying 10 goals to their opponents’ one.

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Kansas City United Alliance U10 Boys with their medals

In the final they met the Harambe U13 Boys, and won a closely-matched game, 2-1, to secure the Championship.

In the U14 Boys Gold Division, the Kansas City United Magia squad, coached by Jose Velasquez, fell in the final round, taking second place to Nemesis FC from Parkville, Mo., 1-0. It was a disappointing loss. In the first round of the tournament Magia defeated the Nemesis 3-2, but we could not pull off the win the second time around.

A week later two other teams from the Club competed in the Salsa Cup in Missouri. The U10 Kansas City United Alliance boys, coached by Jose Zarate, took second place. In the U17 boys division, the Kansas City United Fire boys, coached by Mike Popoola, advanced to the semi finals, only to fall a goal short.
2012 TOURNAMENT SUCCESS IN EARLY MAY

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Kansas City United U13 Rangers

Kansas City United U13 Boys Rangers - From Mike Hahn, Manager of the U13 Kansas City United Rangers: The KCU Rangers U13 Boys 98/99 Team, coached by Mike Popoola, went UNDEFEATED (record 4-0) in the Nutmeg Cup and were crowned champions of the Boys U13 Red Division, winning the Division Final game, 3-2, versus the Topeka Select Fury. It was a great Final Game, our KCU Rangers were down 2-1 at the half, but came back from behind in the 2nd half to take the game 3-2.

CONGRATS go out to Coach Mike Popoola, all of our Players, and to the Parents who supported our players throughout the tournament. The team we played against, the Topeka Select Fury, had a “nice run” of victories in the Cup leading up to the Final, they came into the Final with a 3-0 Record and + 13 Goal differential. Our players played tough, they did not get down losing at the Half, and were crowned CHAMPIONS.

In League Play, our record has improved to 4-2, and we have a firm grasp of 2nd Place in the Heartland U13 Boys Division 3, with 1st Place in sight, as we have 2 remaining league games over this coming weekend. The Boys are playing well together, improving with each week; we look forward to a successful run these next 2 weeks in both League Play and in our next tournament.

Kansas City United U14 Girls Rangers – The Kansas City United Rangers U14 Girls, coached by Doug Miller, have owned the Midwest Mother’s Day Classic Tournament held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex since its inception. This year was no different with the team. In the preliminary rounds the girls dispatched Bayern Munich 4-0 then VSA 3-0. In the semifinals, the Rangers eliminated CRSA Premier from Iowa 1-0 and then by the same score defeated Sporting BVSC. Over four games the Rangers scored nine goals and allowed zero to be scored against them.

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Kansas City United Santa Fe U12 Boys

Kansas City United U12 Santa Fe Boys - The Kansas City United U12 Santa Fe Boys, coached by Dalio Mercado, traveled to St. Louis the first weekend in May and competed in the 15th Annual Tony Glavin Soccer Classic Tournament. Over the course of the two day event the boys faced teams from Missouri and Illinois to reach the finals where they defeated the home club.

 

 

 

 

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Kansas City United Attack U13 Boys

Kansas City United U13 Attack Boys - Also at the 15th Annual Tony Glavin Classic was the year older U13 Attack, coached by Dalio Mercado. The older boys also advanced to the final round, but fell in overtime, taking home Second Place. In League play the Attack is currently 3-3-1 and one game out of second place with one game left to play.
GIRLS SPRING HIGH SCHOOL NEWS, MAY 1, 2012

A number of KC United members are enjoying success this spring in high school play. Of those, three deserve special mention. The following is from the ESPN POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings: Week 9, which ranks the top 50 Spring High School teams in the Country.

Ranked at No. 8 in the Country is Olathe East, Olathe, Kan., 12-0

ESPN Had this note about their play last week: "Kirstyn Corder scored four goals last week as Olathe East rolled up a 10-0 win over Shawnee Mission North and an 8-0 win over Shawnee Mission Northwest."

At No. 18 in the Country is Blue Valley West, Overland Park, KS, 10-1-1

And ESPN had this comment: "Alexis Aiman and Becky Blinzler each scored twice in Blue Valley West's 8-1 win over Bishop Miege last week."

Kirstyn Corder, Alexis Aiman and Becky Blinzler all play for the Kansas City United Metros team.

To see the entire ranking at ESPN go here.
U13 BOYS ENJOY SUCCESS AND SHOW IMPROVEMENT THE ENTIRE YEAR

The following is a report from Mike Hahn, Manager of the U13 Kanas City United Rangers, coached by Mike Popoola:

I just wanted to share some great news with you about the KCU Rangers U13 Boys 98/99 Team. We are on the move, improving weekly, and we just came off a very positive weekend at the Challenger Cup.

CONGRATS go out to Coach Mike Popoola, all the players, and to the parents who endured a most rainy weekend to support the team efforts. Our team won its’ Pool with two wins and one tie, and eventually lost in the Group Final to Futura Udinese, 3–1. The Boys played very well over the weekend, quite frankly, the 1–1 Tie against KC Fusion Academy could have been a 3–1 victory. The Futura Udinese team consisted mostly of Futura Inter players who are currently in first place in Heartland U13B Div 2. That said, our boys played tough against a very physical Futura Udinese team, and were in the game, down 2-1 only until the last few minutes of the game.

Another IMPRESSIVE factoid, earlier this spring we lost our first game of the season to KC Legends Black, 5–0, back on March 18. At Challenger, we were grouped in the same pool with that very same KC Legends team, Division II guest players and all, and we beat them most convincingly, 3–0, impressive turnaround of fortunes for our team.

Our team is on the move, in league play, we are one point out of first place, with 3 games to play. As for Tournaments, we are playing the Nutmeg Tournament (May 11-13), grouped with that same Futura Udinese team, and we just entered the KC Invitational. Come out and watch us, we are on the move UP. Our Boys are really playing well together, between the boys from last fall, the new additions, and the couple of free agent pick-ups, our team has really started to click and mesh well together. Most important, this positive improvement could not have happened without Coach Mike Popoola’s leadership and direction, he has these boys focused on winning, sportsmanship, and teamwork, game after game.
KANSAS CITY UNITED GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL PLAY

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Becky Blinzler (12) for Blue Valley West, winning a head ball over Mackenzie Hanson of Blue Valley. West won the match, 3-0.

On the five Kanas City United girls teams that are playing with their high schools this spring there are 52 girls playing at the varsity level and another 23 playing with their school’s junior varsity sides. A third of the way through the season a number of girls have distinguished themselves.

As of April 15, the number one-rated team on the Kansas side was Olathe East, whose top scorer is Kirstyn Corder from the U18 Kansas City United Metros. She is joined on the Olathe East Hawks varsity team with four other girls who played with the Club for at least two years. East is 7-0 currently.

Olathe East will square off against the No. 2 team in the State, Blue Valley West, on April 16. Blue Valley West boasts four senior starters form the U18 Kansas City United Metros, who together account for half (16 of 32) goals scored so far. Led by Lexi Aiman with 9 goals and 26 points in six games, the West Jaguars also include Maddie Aiman, Becky Blinzler and Claire Richards from the Metros. In the last week, West, 6-0, has beaten the No. 1 ranked team in Missouri, St. Teresa’s Academy 4-2, as well as the seventh ranked team in Kansas.

On the Missouri side of the state line three other Metros players. Ashley Chandler, Katie Blevins and Remi May are part of the 10-0 Raytown High School team that is ranked 15th State wide in Missouri. Further North, the Park Hill South Panthers are 9-1, receiving votes in the most recent Missouri State Poll and feature two U18 Metros players: Haley Shelton and Katy Lindsay.

Other teams high in the polls with players from the U18 Metros include; Shawnee Mission East, with Alex Dressman, ranked sixth in the State; Keilly Lonnecker at Lawrence Free State, ranked No. 1 in the Central Region; and Mac Baird at Blue Valley Southwest, ranked seventh overall and No. 2 in the 5A Class; Hailey Parker at Olathe Northwest, ranked fifth in the Northeast Region.

Many other Kansas City United players can be found playing on other varsity squads, including: Oak Park, Liberty, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Garcner-Edgerton, Bishop Miege, Notre Dame de Sion, St. James Academy, Spring Hill, and Raymore-Peculiar.
LEXUS TULSA CUP

Held April 13-15, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla., the Kansas City United U14 Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller, went undefeated in their preliminary rounds. They fell in the semifinal 1-0 to Tournament host and ultimate Champion, TSC HURRICANE 98 BRADSHAW.
KC CUP TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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Kansas City United Fire, U17 Boys, Finalists, KC Cup

The KC Cup, played April 13-15, 2012, at the Raytown, Missouri Soccer Park, saw the U17 Kansas City United Fire boys, coached by Mike Popoola, go undefeated in the preliminary rounds of the Senior Boys Division. In the Finals they squared off against Joplin 94 Blacks, but came up short 2-0.
KANSAS CITY CHAMPIONS CUP CHAMPIONS

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Kansas City United Attack U11 Boys celebrated winning the Kansas City Champions Cup.

The Kansas City United Attack U11 Boys, coached by Jimmy Perez, claimed the Championship of the Kansas City Champions Cup at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, on April 13-15, 2012, against teams from across Kanas, Iowa and Missouri. In the preliminary round they secured first in their division with a record ion 2-0-1. In the Finals they defeated the AC Columbia Panthers, from Columbia, Mo., 3-2.
TWO KCU U14 BOYS MEET IN EMERALD CUP FINAL

The Emerald Cup was played at the Overland Park Soccer Complex March 23-25 and featured over 200 teams from nine states. Three Kansas City United Teams competed.

In the U14 Gold Division the Kansas City United Magia, coached by Jose Velasquez, and the Kansas City United Galaxy, coached by Jim Schwab, closed out their respective divisions with identical 3-0 records. The two then met in the Final, with the Magia team winning 2-1. This is the second year in a row these two teams have closed out a final in the top division of a tournament at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

Joining them was the U12 Kansas City United Rangers, coached by Jimmy Perez. The Rangers also played in the highest Division in their age group, but lost two close games to finish with a 1-2 record.
INDOOR LEAGUE RESULTS

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Kansas City United Attack U12 Boys

Fifteen Kansas City United teams completed a very successful indoor soccer season over the winter winning their respective League Championships. Another eight took second place. Teams competed at the All American Indoor arenas, at Simply Soccer, and in different futsal Leagues.

Among those winning Championships at All American Indoor were the U12 Kansas City United Attack, coached by Ron Pruitt, pictured to the right. In outdoor play the Attack is currently winning their division in the Heartland Soccer Association.

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Kansas City United Kemistry U9 Boys


They were joined by the U9 Kansas City United Kemistry team, coached by Kem Thomas. The Kemistry team won both sessions at All American. They also competed in the Futsal League sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer League, taking First Place there as well. The Kemistry team is pictured to the left.


 

 

 

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Kansas City United Attack U11 Boys

The U11 Kansas City United Attack secured First Place in the All American U12 Division. Coached by Jimmy Perez and assisted by Ricky Olivares, the Attack continued a three year trend of reaching the finals in their division at All American. The Attack players and coaches are pictured to the right.

Here are the other teams in the Club winning League Championships:
  • Kansas City United U18 Metros girls, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Girls High School Division.
  • Kansas City United U17 Fire boys, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Boys High School Division.
  • Kansas City United U9 Energy girls, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Girls U9 Division.
  • Kansas City United U10 Attack girls, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Girls U10 Division.
  • Kansas City United U13 Santa Fe boys, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Boys U13 Division.
  • Kansas City United U15 Rangers boys, Kansas City Kansas Soccer Association and the Kansas United Soccer Futsal League, Boys U15 Division.
  • Kansas City United U11 Attack girls, Simply Soccer Indoor, Girls U12 Division.
  • Kansas City United U14 Rangers girls, All American Indoor Soccer, Girls U14 Division.
BORDER BATTLE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Three Kansas City United teams competed in the Border Battle in early March taking home a Championship, a Second Place, and losing on a tie breaker to make the finals.

The U9 Kansas City United Energy girls, coached by Joe Waldon, went 2-1, losing on a tie breaker to the St. Louis Scott Gallagher top team.

U14 Kansas City United Rangers boys, coached by Doug Miller, posted a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary rounds, scoring 12 goals and conceding zero. In the final they met the Blitz United squad from Tulsa, ranked the number eight team in the country. The Rangers fell 1-0 in a very close contest.

The U12 Kansas City United Attack (pictured here), coached by Jimmy Perez, also had a perfect sheet in the preliminary rounds, going 3-0, scoring 17 goals while conceding zero. They won the Championship game, scoring six goals in the process. They also had an indoor game the day of the Final at 7 a.m. – they also won that indoor game with a shutout.

U12 Kansas City United Attack
WINTER MAGIC TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Ten teams from the Club competed in the Winter Magic Indoor Tournament, the largest such event in the Midwest. Four teams advanced to the finals with three securing the Championship.

The U14 Kansas City United Rangers Girls, coached by Doug Miller, competed in the U15 Girls Gold Division, going undefeated and untied, besting a year-older Harambie team, 3-2, in the final.

The U18 Kansas City United Metros Girls, coached by Tait Einerson, also playing a year up in the U19 Gold Division went undefeated and untied, defeating the KCFC Ice, 7-1, to win the Championship.

The U11 Kansas City United Kemistry Boys, coached by Kem Thomas, won their final, 4-0, over the Elkhorn La Masia side. The U14 Kansas City United Academy Boys fell a goal shy, losing in the final, 5-4, to the Legacy Strikers Chivas.

KCU TEAMS ARE DEMONSTRATION TEAMS NSCAA CONVENTION

Four teams from the Club were invited to participate as Demonstration teams at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention, held in mid January at the Bartle Convention Center, in Kansas City. The convention brought over 5,000 soccer coaches to Kansas City for a week on seminars, training sessions and meetings.

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Kansas City United U10 Girls

The U10 Kansas City United Girls (pictured above), coached by Nicole Ortiz, were asked to assist US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Sam Snow in a session on diagonal passing and the use of triangles in forming lines of support.

U17 Boys coached by Emilio John and Mike Popoola, were the demonstration team for Paul Power, U-15 Academy Team Coach with English Premier League leader Manchester City FC, in a session entitled, "Movement of Strikers".

The U18 Girls Kansas City United Metros, coached by Rich Wolf, were asked to assist two sessions. The first held Friday, January 13, was entitled, "Teaching Creative Play" and coached by Albertin Montoya, Head Coach of the U17 Women's National Team, US Soccer. The second on Saturday afternoon was "Special Considerations to Effectively Coach Female Soccer Players" with Vanessa Martinez-Lagunas, FIFA Women's Soccer Instructor and UEFA Pro License Candidate.

Finally on Saturday the U9 Kansas City United Energy girls, coached by Joe Waldon, and the U9 Kansas City United Attack girls, coached by Wilmer Pena, helped with "Striking a Ball", NSCAA Youth Level II Diploma course, with Vince Ganzberg, NSCAA Associate National Staff member and former Director of Coaching for Indiana Youth Soccer.

As members of Demonstration Teams the players had the chance to work with high level coaches from throughout the world. After their sessions were finished the players also had the opportunity to attend other sessions or they could visit the Exhibitors” Hall and seek free swag from the almost two hundred vendors present. You can see which option the U10 girls took by looking at the picture below.

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Kansas City United U10 Girls

LATE FALL AND LEAGUE RESULTS

Kansas City United teams have had a very sucessful fall season. Thirty five teams in the Club posted winning seasons in league play with at least six earning promotion to higher divisions next spring. Leading the way were the U9 Kansas City United Energy girls coached by Joe Waldon. The U9 girls won their division going 8-0, scoring 54 goals while conceding only 4 goals. Following close behind were the U12 Kansas City United Santa Fe boys coached by Dalio Mercado, who won their division with a 6-1-1 record, amassing a 37 goals while only conceding only 15.

In October, we played in the Challenger Sports Invitational where the U14 Kansas City United Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller, went undefeated securing them Championship.

Later in the month at the Governor's Cup, the U9 Kansas City United Energy girls took home First Place, winning every game.

In early November at the Heritage Invitational Tournament, two Kansas City United teams earned Gold. The U9 Kansas City United Kemistry boys coached by Kem Thomas, went undefeated take the Championship. The U18 Kansas City United Metros girls, coached by Rich Wolf, defeated teams from Iowa and Nebraska, scoring ten goals while conceding only one in winning everything.

In December, the U18 Kansas City United Metros girls will start competition in the elite US Youth National League with events in Atlanta and Orlando.

KANSAS CITY UNITED AWARDS OVER $50,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

For the third year in a row Kansas City United has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to members based solely on finacial need. All scholarships are awarded based on submission of tax returns and a statement of financial need. Since its founding 19 years ago the Club has worked to provide members the highest level of training and play, all the while working to insure that no player is denied an opportunity to play due to family finances.
MORE EARLY SEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The U9 Girls, coached by Joe Waldron, had their tournament debut in mid September playing in the Prison Break Tournament in Leavenworth, Kansas. In the preliminary rounds the girls scored 15 goals while allowing none in going 3-0. In the Championship round the girls defeated the KC Fusion 2-1.
TWO KCU COACHES INDUCTED INTO KANSAS SOCCER HALL OF FAME

Emilio John and Barry Wallace were inducted into the Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame on September 10, 2011. Both were recognized in the category of Lifetime Achievement. Since its founding four years ago, three coaches with Kansas City United have been inducted, more than any other Club.


The Hall of Fame Committee recognized Emilio by noting:

Emilio John made the final stop of his professional career as a member of the Kansas City Comets in the early 1980’s. An accomplished player, John played for both the National and Olympic teams in his native Nigeria. He played college soccer at Quincy (Ill.) College and helped them win three NAIA national championships in 1974, 1975, and 1977. He was a finalist for the Herman Award. He was named Rookie of the Year during his first year with the Sacramento Gold of the American Soccer League (ASL) and played for the St. Louis Steamers before joining the Kansas City Comets. After his professional career he began coaching youth players and co-founded the Attack Soccer Club (now know as Kansas City United) in 1994. He coached three of the club’s original teams, each of which won State Championships during John’s tenure as coach. John has coached dozen of players from the Kansas City area who appeared for youth national teams and co-founded the Kansas City Brass in 1997.

The Hall of Fame Committee recognized Barry Wallace as follows:

Barry Wallace gave to developing soccer in Kansas not just as a youth coach, but also as a teacher of the game. That involved more than just coaching youth players the technical and tactical aspects of the game. Wallace taught players to love the game and to experience the joy in the accomplishment that comes when players grow in the game. Wallace began playing professional soccer when he signed with Queens Park Rangers in 1975 at age 16. His career in England and the United States lasted until 1996. Wallace coached teams in what is now the Kansas City United Soccer Club. He was also quick to help other teams and players when asked, going to games and watching other players when asked. . . . Unfortunately, that teaching ended when Wallace suddenly was taken due to cancer in 2006 at the age of 47. After his death, the Barry Wallace Memorial Foundation was established. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to help young players afford to play soccer when they might not otherwise be able to do so. The Foundation recently awarded a $500 scholarship to a 14-year-old boy this year for just that purpose. Barry Wallace’s legacy continues today through the Foundation.
EARLY SEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Over the Labor Day Weekend, the Kansas City United U14 Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller and the U18 Kansas City United Metros girls coached by Rich Wolf competed in the Heartland Midwest Classic held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.Over the Labor Day Weekend, the Kansas City United U14 Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller and the U18 Kansas City United Metros girls coached by Rich Wolf competed in the Heartland Midwest Classic held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

The U14 girls played in the U15 age group and faced stiff competition including last years U14 Kansas State Cup Champions, and the new Prodigy U15 United team, which has consolidated the top players from Topeka. Despite playing a year up, the Rangers won their bracket, posting a 3-0 record and allowed no goals. In the Finals, they faced the KCFC Magic team they last met in the Kansas State Cup Championships last June. In a hard fought contest, the Rangers came out on top 2-1 to win the Tournament Championship.

In the U18 girls’ bracket the Metros continued their domination on local competition going 3-0 in the preliminary rounds and then meeting last year’s Kansas State Cup semi-finalists, Kansas Rush, in the Final. The Metros won the Championship game 2-0 to go undefeated in the tournament. Over the four games, the Metros scored 15 goals and allowed only 2.

In mid August, the U14 Kansas City United girls went to Edmonds, Oklahoma to play in the Beat the Heat Tournament. This year the name was all too true with every game played in temperatures over 100 degrees. In the preliminary rounds, the Rangers won all three of their pool games by a combined score of 14-2. In the Final they met the home town hosts, OFC and came up short 2-1 to take home Second Place.

The U14 girls played in the U15 age group and faced stiff competition including last years U14 Kansas State Cup Champions, and the new Prodigy U15 United team, which has consolidated the top players from Topeka. Despite playing a year up, the Rangers won their bracket, posting a 3-0 record and allowed no goals. In the Finals, they faced the KCFC Magic team they last met in the Kansas State Cup Championships last June. In a hard fought contest, the Rangers came out on top 2-1 to win the Tournament Championship.

In the U18 girls’ bracket the Metros continued their domination on local competition going 3-0 in the preliminary rounds and then meeting last year’s Kansas State Cup semi-finalists, Kansas Rush, in the Final. The Metros won the Championship game 2-0 to go undefeated in the tournament. Over the four games, the Metros scored 15 goals and allowed only 2.

In mid August, the U14 Kansas City United girls went to Edmonds, Oklahoma to play in the Beat the Heat Tournament. This year the name was all too true with every game played in temperatures over 100 degrees. In the preliminary rounds, the Rangers won all three of their pool games by a combined score of 14-2. In the Final they met the home town hosts, OFC and came up short 2-1 to take home Second Place.
MORE U18 KANSAS CITY UNITED METROS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

More players from the U18 Kansas City United Metros are accepting offers and making commitments to college programs.

The most recent include:
  • Kylee Loneker - Fort Hays State University
  • Ashley Chandler – Benedictine College
KANSAS CITY UNITED METROS COLLEGE UPDATES

The College season is underway and already many alumni are making an impact.

At UMKC, Kaely Tott has started every game as a freshman for the Roos. UMKC is off to their best start in the programs three-year history, and in the first seven games has already achieved a better record than they did for all of last year. Kaely was undecided where to go to college and eventually walked on to UMKC.

At Western Michigan, freshman Tiffany Woodruff has played in two of the five games, as the team is off to a 3-2 start, most recently defeating Tulsa 2-1.

Closer to home, Kelsey Clubine was in the first game played by the Fort Hays State Tigers as they broke in their new stadium by defeating Newman 1-0.
U18 KANSAS CITY UNITED METROS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

The Metros girls are making their verbal commitments to colleges and universities. Here are those who have declared as of early August:
  • Alex Dressman – William Jewell College
  • Haley Shelton - University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • Kirstyn Corder - University of New Hampshire
  • Claire Richards - University of Central Missouri
  • Becky Blinzler - University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Jade Gifford - William Jewell College
  • Katie Blevins - Johnson County Community College
  • Jordan Hester - Fort Hays State University
  • Hannah Johnson - University of Central Missouri
  • Alissa Kohmetscher - Creighton University
  • Kasha Meyer - University of South Dakota
  • Reilly Burns - Drake University
  • Nicole Pond - University of Central Missouri
The remaining eight girls are considering the Air Force Academy, Truman State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, among others. Look for other commitments in the next month.
U18 KCU METROS TO PLAY IN THE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL LEAGUE

US Youth Soccer National League The Kansas City United Metros U18 girls, coached by Rich Wolf, have been invited to play in the US youth National League. The National League is only open to teams that have performed well at the highest levels of their Regional Leagues. Last year the Metros competed in the Premier Division of the Midwest Regional League, defeating eventual National League Champion St. Louis Scott Gallagher i2-0 in Saint Louis. The U18 National League Division for next year will also include the two Finalists from the US Youth National Championships and nine other teams from across the United States, in addition to the Metros.
FIVE KCU TEAMS SELECTED FOR MIDWEST REGIONAL LEAGUE

The Midwest Regional League (MRL) Web Page describes the MRL in the following way:

The MIDWEST REGIONAL LEAGUE (MRL) mission is to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region II (the Midwest Region) and to assure the continued growth and development of elite level players.

Very simply we are here for the BEST TEAMS…BEST PLAYERS…BEST COMPETITION.

All of us associated with the MRL strive to provide the absolute best high-level competitive environment for our teams. We are here to serve the elite US Youth Soccer affiliated teams and are cognizant of the choices that these teams have in participating in events, tournaments and leagues in order to showcase their players. The MRL offers the absolute best league competition in our area as teams vie for the chance to earn spots into the Midwest Regionals as part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.


Read more about the Midwest Regional League

This fall five teams from Kansas City United will be competing in the MRL.

The U18 Kansas City United Metros Girls will compete in the Premier Division, the highest level of competition in the League. Coached by Rich Wolf, the Metros will square off against Teams ranked in the top twenty in the nation, including National Champions NSA Fury out of Chicago. Other teams in the U18 Premier Division include:

  • Chicago Fire Juniors U18 Red 11 - Illinois
  • Michigan Jaguars U18 Girls Green - Michigan
  • Toro Bravo - Nebraska
  • Lou Fusz SC Premier-Paulsen - Missouri
  • Kolping St Louis-Schmitt - Missouri
  • Canton Celtic 94 Black - Michigan
  • FCX North Black - Illinois
Joining the Metros this fall in the MRL will be the U16 Kansas City United Santa Fe (Rangers) Girls, coached by Dalio Mercado; the U15 Kansas City United Rangers Girls, coached by Adam Blinzler; the U14 Kansas City United Rangers Girls, Coached by Doug Miller; and, the U14 Kansas City United Academy, coached by Wayne Francis.
KANSAS CITY UNITED BOOT CAMP

For the sixth year, the Club hosted its annual “Boot Camp” for U8 through U14 aged players. The Camp, designed to serve as a start to the fall season, features most of the Club’s coaches. Held the last week in July, at a cost of $25 it is one of the least expensive summer camps in the area. Almost 100 players took advantage of the opportunity to train with Club coaches they would not ordinarily be exposed to.
KCU METROS PLAY AT MUSCATINE COLLEGE SEARCH SHOWCASE

At the first event of the year, the U18 Girls ventured to Muscatine, Iowa for the College Search Kickoff, the largest College Showcase in the Midwest. Placed in the top flight, the Metros defeated JB Marine for St. Louis 6-1 and then finished off the Chicago Fire in a close match 3-2. The Metros will return to action over Labor Day weekend in the Heartland Midwest Classic Tournament.
KCU RANGERS U13 GIRLS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

The U13 Kansas City United Rangers Girls, coached by Doug Miller, after winning Kansas State Cup advanced to the Midwest Regionals. Competing against other State Champions the U13 Girls won their pool 3-0, defeating State Champs from Missouri, Kentucky and Nebraska, scoring seven goals, while allowing only one. The Rangers fell in overtime in the semifinals to the Michigan Hawks. The Rangers accomplishment has earned them a ranking as one of the top 15 teams in the Nation in two different polls.
KCU U16 BOYS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL PRESIDENT CUPS FINALS

After finishing Third in the Kansas State Cup, the U16 Kansas City United Boys, coached by Emilio John, reached the Finals of the Presidents Cup, played in Indiana in mid June. The United Team dispatched President’s Cup teams from three States before falling to the Imo’s side from St. Louis in overtime during the Finals.
U13 KANSAS CITY UNITED RANGERS GIRLS WIN STATE CUP

The Kansas City United Rangers U13 girls, coached by Doug Miller, won the Kansas State Cup, defeating the KCFC Magic in a 1-0 thriller. The girls will be playing in Wisconsin at the end of the month at the US Youth Region II Championships. The Regional Championship Tournament is one of four regional tournaments comprising the next-to-highest level of a nationwide tournament whose objective is to determine regional champions and national champions. At the Regional Championship the Rangers will be facing State Champions from 13 other States across the Midwest.

KC United Rangers U13 girls
U13 Kansas City United Rangers – 2011 Kansas State Champions


U16 KC UNITED BOYS, U17 KC UNITED MAGIA BOYS THIRD IN STATE CUP;
QUALIFIED TO PLAY IN REGIONAL PRESIDENTS CUP

Disappointing first round losses knocked the U16 and U17 boys out of contention for a State Cup Title. Both teams, however, went undefeated in the consolation bracket to place third in the State.

The U16 Boys, coached by Emilio John, gained a measure of revenge in the process. After losing a physical game to Kansas Rush in the opening round of the tournament, the Kansas City United U16’s played Rush in the third round of the consolation bracket, defeating them 3-0.

The U17’s, coached by Jose Velasquez, lost 1-0 to the eventual State Cup Finalists in the first round, and then went undefeated and unscored on to take Third Place.

Both team will now travel to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Regional Presidents Cup competition, held in mid-June. If they win through against similar level teams from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa they will qualify for the National Tournament, held in mid-July.

The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for top-level teams who did not qualify for further advancement in the National Championship Series, allowing them to experience and prepare for an eventual national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.
FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS JUNE 2011

With the end of League play in early June, a number of Kansas City United Teams are at the top of ledger in their divisions. Here is a list of teams in first, second place, third place, or who were playing up in age:


Team

Coach

Final League Record

U8 Boys, Kemistry

Kem Thomas

4th Place, U9 Division 4, 5-3

U9 Boys, Spirit

Shaun Slack

3rd Place, U10 Division 2, 5-3

U10 Boys, Attack

Jimmy Perez

3rd Place, U10 Division 1, 3-4-1

U11 Boys, Rangers

Jimmy Perez

2nd Place, U11 Division 1, 4-2-2

U11 Boys, Santa Fe

Dalio Mercado

6th Place, U12 Division 3, 2-3-3

U12 Boys, Attack

Dalio Mercado

3rd Place, U12 Division 1, 4-3-1

U13 Boys, Brass

Kem Thomas

1st Place, U13, Division 2, 6-2

U13 Boys, Galaxy

Jim Schwab

5th Place (out of ten), U13, Division 1, 3-3-2

U14 Boys, Rangers

Kem Thomas

1st Place, U14 Division 2, 6-1-1

U14 Boys, Attack

Kem Thomas

3rd Place, U14 Division 4, 6-1-1

U16 Boys, United

Emilio John

Tied for 1st, U16 Division 1, 6-2

U13 Girls, Rangers

Doug Miller

Tied for 1st, U14/15 Division 1, 6-2



KCU U13 BOYS SWEEP KANSAS CITY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Memorial Day Weekend brings the Kansas City Invitational tournament, one of the oldest and biggest in the Kansas City area.

The U13 KC United Galaxy Boys, coached by Jim Schwab, playing in the Gold Division, and the U13 KC United Brass, coached by Ken Thomas, playing in the Silver Division, both reached the Finals.

The Galaxy, which went 2-1 in pool play. They played the KCFC/Futura Academy team that beat them 1-0 in pool play. This will also play this same KCFC team on June 5th in the final pool game of State Cup. The game ended tied 0-0 and went to penalty kicks to resolve the matter. The Galaxy boys came out on top 3-2.

The U13 Brass, which went 3-0 in pool play, scoring 16 goals and allowing zero, played their final immediately after the Galaxy game. Facing WSA from Oklahoma, the score was 3-3 at the end of regulation, and for a second time it was settled by penalty kicks. This time the KC United team cam up short, taking home second place.

Our U14 Boys, KC United Attack, coached by Kem Thomas, also reached the finals after going undefeated in pool play, but lost in the Championship 2-0.

We had two teams with heartbreaking runs.

The U15 Girls KC United Santa Fe went 2-0-1 and tied their final opponent in every category, from score in their head to head game, to goals scored and allowed overall. They went to penalty kicks to decide who advanced to the Finals and our Girls lost 3-2.

The U10 Boys, KC United Attack (which Grace's brother plays for) coached by Jimmy Perez, ended pool play in a three way tie - each team was 2-1 and lost on the tie breaker to advance out of pool.
BRASS GAMES ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, AND SATURDAY, JUNE 4

We need ball boys and girls on June 1, and 4, for the Kansas City Brass game. I would appreciate it your child helping. Both games start at 7:30 pm at the Overland Park Soccer Complex on Field 1. Every year three to four players from the Brass go on to play professional soccer. The Brass is made up of U23 players who grew up in Kansas City or attend College here.

Here is the remaining Brass schedule after June 4:
Wednesday, June 8 vs. Springfield Demize
Wednesday, July 13 vs. St. Louis Lions
Friday, July 15 vs. Real Colorado Foxes
Saturday, July 16 vs. Real Colorado Foxes
Last week the Brass beat the Des Moines Menace 2-1 in a very close game. Des Moines is returning this week from a rematch.

While the children are being ball boys and girls, you can sit and watch for free some truly top-level soccer. Earlier this year you may recall the Brass defeated KC Sporting in a friendly when Chad Ochocinco was trying out for Sporting.
KCU U13 GIRLS RANGERS SECOND PLACE IN U14/15 LEAGUE

With wins on both April 30 and May 1, the U13 Rangers girls have amassed 12 points in five games earning second place in the 1st Division of the U14/15 Heartland League. More impressively, they have played the top three teams in the league and have the bottom of the table to finish off the season.
KANSAS CITY UNITED TEAMS WIN CRYSTAL THE FIRST WEEKEND IN MAY

01/02 Kansas City United girls

The Kansas City United U9 Girls Rangers, coached by Nicole Ortiz, won the Challenger Cup during the first weekend in May, scoring an impressive 25 goals while conceding only two, the girls went undefeated and also avenged a loss from their first league game last March.

The Kansas City United U12 Boys Rangers, coached by Brandon Schmidt, successfully defended the Championship they won in the same tournament last year. The Rangers have been playing up a year at U13, and took the opportunity of the Challenger Cup to reassert themselves in their own age group. Over the three pool games and the final, the boys scored 17 goals, while conceding only five in going undefeated over the weekend.
U11 RANGERS CHAMPIONS AT WINTER MAGIC TOURNAMENT

00/99 Kansas City United Rangers

The 99/00 Kansas City United Rangers, coached by Jimmy Perez, are champions at the 2011 Winter Magic Invitational Tournament.
LEAGUE STANDINGS AT THE MIDDLE OF THE SPRING SEASON

At the end of April, a number of Kansas City United Teams are at the top of ledger in their divisions. Here is a list of teams in first, second place, third place or are playing up in age.


Team

Coach

Standing

U8 Boys, Kemistry

Kem Thomas

1st Place, U9 Div. 4, Record 3-1

U9 Boys, Spirit

Shaun Slack

1st Place, U10 Div. 2, Record 4-0

U10 Boys, Attack

Jimmy Perez

1st Place, U10 Div. 1, Record 2-1

U11 Boys, Santa Fe

Dalio Mercado

1st Place, U12 Div. 3, Record 2-0-1

U12 Boys, Attack

Dalio Mercado

3rd Place, U12 Div. 2, Record 2-1

U13 Boys, Brass

Kem Thomas

3rd Place, U13, Div. 2, Record 2-1

U14 Boys, Rangers

Kem Thomas

2nd Place, U14 Div. 2, Record 2-0-1

U14 Boys, Attack

Kem Thomas

1st Place, U14 Div. 5, Record 3-1

U16 Boys, United

Emilio John

1st Place, U16 Div. 1, Record 2-0-2

U9 Girls, Attack

Nicole Oritz

2nd Place, U9 Div. 2, Record 2-0

U13 Girls, Rangers

Doug Miller

Tie for 5th, U14/15 Div. 1, Record 1-1

MID-APRIL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The U13 Kansas City United Galaxy Boys, coached by Jim Schwab and the U13 Kansas City United Rangers Girls, coached by Doug Miller, went to Tulsa in mid April to compete in the Tulsa Soccer Club’s Friendship Cup. Matching against teams from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas both teams reached the elimination rounds.

The Girls fell in the semifinals 1-0 to the eventual Champions, who won the finals, 6-0. It was the only goal the girls surrendered. The Boys reached the finals, falling to the hometown Tulsa Soccer Club.

Back home in the Kansas City Champions Cup, the U16 Kansas City United Boys reached the final, losing after regulation and overtime on kicks from the mark. Unfortunately, Austin Aiman was taken out from behind on a slide tackle near the end of the game, suffering a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. Our wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery go to Austin.


EMERALD CUP RESULTS

We had our U9 through U12 boys teams compete in the Emerald Cup. The weather was miserable. Snow with wind chills in the teens made for a tough weekend.

Our U12 Kansas City United Attack boys, coached by Dalio Mercado, took second place in the blizzard. Going 3-0 in the prelimiary rounds they fell, 2-0, to Quincy United Black. Here is the picture of the "award ceremony."

U12 Kansas City United Attack boys

Our U9 Spirit boys, coached by Shawn Slack, went 2-1 as did the U10 Kansas City United Attack, coached by Jimmy Perez. Both played in the highest division, missing out on advancing to the finals by a single goal.

The U11 Kansas City United Rangers, coached by Jimmy Perez, suffered a heartbreaking weekend. Placed in a six-team gold bracket they played the No. 1 seed in the other pool and beat them 3-2. They tied the top team and crushed the other team in their bracket for a record of 2-0-1. But they did not get the chance to advance to the finals. The team they tied had a better goal difference because they played a weaker team in their cross over. As a result that team advanced out of their pool and the team they beat advanced out of the other pool. Tough to tie and beat the teams that go to the finals, go undefeated, and have to watch.


EARLY LEAGUE RESULTS

The first three weeks of League play are in the bank and already Kanas City United Teams are making a strong showing. As of March 28, here are the boys' standings:

Divisions in bold reflect teams playing up in age.


Boys

Division

Place

Record

U16 Kansas City United

U16, Division 1

1st

2-0-1

U16 Kansas City United - Slack

U16, Division 2

8th

0-2-0

U14 Kansas City United Rangers

U14, Division 2

5th

0-0-1

U14 Kansas City United Attack

U14, Division 5

3rd

1-0-1

U13 Kansas City United Galaxy

U13, Division 1

No games yet

0-0-0

U13 Kansas City United Brass

U13, Division 2

Tied for 1st

1-0-0

U12 Kansas City United Rangers

U13, Division 4

10th

0-3-0

U12 Kansas City United Attack

U12, Division 2

Tied for 1st

1-0-0

U11 Kansas City United Rangers

U11, Division 1

No games yet

0-0-0

U11 Kansas City United Santa Fe

U12, Division 3

1st

2-0-0

U11 Kansas City Attack

U11, Division 3

8th

0-3-0

U10 Kansas City United Attack

U10, Division 1

Tied for 1st

2-0-0

U9 Spirit

U10, Division 2

1st

3-0-0

U8 Kansas City United Kemistry

U9, Division 4

Tied for 1st

1-0-0



BORDER BATTLE FINALISTS

Two Kansas City United teams competed in the traditional kickoff tournament in the Midwest, the Border Battle held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex. Playing in wind chills in the single digits, the conditions tried all teams, but our U13 girls and boys kept their focus and won through to the Finals. The KC United teams faced opponents from Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas in the early spring contest.

The U13 Kansas City United Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller went 3-0, notching 10 goals and allowing only one, in winning their Bracket, before falling in the finals to the Blitz National team from Oklahoma.

The U13 Kansas City United Galaxy boys, coached by Jim Schwab, also went undefeated in winning their bracket. In the finals they lost to Panathinaikos United Knights out of St. Louis 1-0.


U9 SPIRIT BOYS WIN FUTSAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Competing against teams from Ohio, Missouri, and Kansas, the U9 Boys, coached by Shaun Slack, put on an incredible display of technical skill in winning the Super F Champions Cup, National Tournament held in Kansas City in mid February. The U9 Boys went undefeated squaring off against the Cleveland Super F 9’s from Cleveland, Ohio in the Championship Game. Never trailing in the Final, the Spirit Boys won 8-5.


SECOND SESSION WINTER INDOOR LEAGUE RESULTS

Kansas City United teams competed in indoor facilities across the metropolitan area since the first of the year, earning gold in each facility.

The U12 Girls, coached by Jimmy Perez, played in the Super F Futsal League, winning the Competitive U12 Division with a record of 5-1-2. They also played at Simply Soccer and again took the Championship with a record 8-0-1 and a plus 67 goal differential.

Also, at Simply Soccer the U15 girls coached by Dalio Mercado, split into two teams, taking second and third place respectively in the U15 Division.

At All American Indoor the U13 Kansas City United Rangers, coached by Doug Miller went 8-0 to win the U14 Division 1 Championship. Their sister team, the U13, Kansas City United LOD girls, coached by Alex Aiman, took 5th place in the U14 Division 2 League.

Meanwhile up north at Soccer Dome, the U17 Kansas City United Metros, coached by Rich Wolf, went 8-0 to win the High School Division 1 League, scoring 68 goals, while allowing only 19.


U15 KC UNITED SANTA FE GIRLS SECOND AT THE WINTER MAGIC

The U15 Kansas City United Girls, coached by Dalio Mercado, took second place going undefeated over the four-game event.

The U15 girls have placed in six of the last eight tournaments they have entered against teams from throughout the Midwest.


KANSAS CITY UNITED COLLEGE SIGNINGS

A number of players who grew up in Kansas City United signed Letters of Intent last month to play in college.

Tiffany Woodruff, who plays with the U17 Kansas City United Metros and has been part of two State Championships with Blue Valley West High School has committed to going to Western Michigan.

The Western Michigan press release had this to say about Tiffany: “Woodruff comes to WMU from Kansas and Blue Valley West High School, as an outside back and outside midfielder she helped lead Blue Valley West to a Kansas 6A State Championship in both 2009 and 2010. The 2010 team finished the season as the NSCAA seventh ranked team in the nation. She has lettered on the varsity level all three seasons with her senior year yet to be played.

"Tiffany is very good with both feet," said Grech (the Western Michigan coach). "She'll give us a hard and aggressive presence on the left side of the field. I love her tenacity on defense and her willingness to sacrifice her body when needed. She is going to be a tough competitor on our back line."

Western Michigan went 10-7-5 making the 2010 MAC Championship in 2010.

Madison Smith who played with the Club for five years, first with Kansas City United Attack, coached by Fatai Ayoade, and later with the U18 Kansas City United Metros coached by Tait Einerson, signed with Southwest College. Southwest described Madison as follows: “Sunday, January 23, 2011, Madison Smith a senior from Spring Hill, KS signed her official letter of intent to join the Lady Builders for the 2011 soccer season. Smith is a forward from Olathe Northwest High School where she was also a tennis standout. She will join the team after several years of Olympic Development and Club soccer participation including leading her team as a captain and fitness standout. Smith will add fire to the Builders attack while pursuing a degree in Applied Behaviors and Biology. She has been an academic and athletic leader, and the Builders hope Smith will make the same caliber of contributions while attending Southwestern.

Brooklyn Sipp played with the Kansas City United Metros for the last two years has committed to attending Benedictine College. Benedictine, one of the top NAIA schools in the Nation, coached by Lincoln Roblee, said this of Brook: “Sipp, an All-State midfielder player from Topeka, plays at Topeka Seaman High School for Coach Louis DiLeonardo. Sipp made an impact immediately at Topeka Seaman as a freshman in 2008 receiving All-League and First Team All Central Region. Sipp was named Top Newcomer and Offensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore Sipp repeated All-Region Honors. As a junior in 2010, Sipp received 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All League, and 1st Team All Central Region, and 1st Team All-State. Brooklyn Sipp has played club soccer in the Comets, KCFC, and KC United clubs for Gino Schiraldi, Huw Williams, Rich Wolf, and Tait Einerson, winning the Kansas State Cup Championship in 2009. Also a member of the Kansas ODP team, Sipp attended ODP Region II Camp 2004-2008. Also outstanding in the classroom, Brooklyn Sipp is a member of the Honor Roll and National Junior Honor Society. Brooklyn Sipp is the daughter of Tom and Paige Sipp. She has one younger brother, Brogan, and an older sister, Brittany, who is attends South Dakota State University.”

Kelsey Clubine, who played with the U18 Kansas City United Metros, will be attending Fort Hays State. Coach Shaw had the following to say about Kelsey:

“Kelsey is a current senior at Liberty High School. A 5-3 forward, Clubine plays on the Liberty High School team which won the 2010 Class 3 Missouri State Championship. They went 22-3 on the season and Kelsey scored 10 goals and 5 assists with 3 of her goals coming in the state series.”

“Kelsey has a turn of speed that will cause defenders problems at either outside forward or outside mid,” said Coach Shaw. "I coached her about three years ago at a camp and her bubbly personality was infectious and I am glad she is a part of this program. Her desire and work rate will help her grow as a college soccer player and I expect exciting things from her during her four years here.”

Madison Knight, who played with the U18 Kansas City United Metros and the Liberty High School Missouri State High School Champions, wanted to stay close to home and has signed her letter of intent to play for Maple Woods Junior College.

More signings will be coming in the next month.


ALEX AIMAN AWARDED NSCAA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR

Alex Aiman, coach of the Kansas City United U13 Girls LOD team and Head Coach at Blue Valley West High School was awarded the National Soccer Cocahes Associaton of America’s highest high school coaching honor in Baltimore, Md., on January 15, 2011, when he was recognized as the High School Coach of the Year. The NSCAA noted that, "Aiman has guided his Jaguars to back-to-back Kansas 6A state titles while playing in the highly-competitive East Kansas League. In the last two girls’ seasons, they have a record of 39-3-0. They concluded the spring 2010 season No. 18 in the NSCAA national rankings. He also led his boys team to the state title last fall with a 20-1-0 record."

Here is the full story from the NSCAA web site.

Congratulations Coach Alex!


KC UNITED BOYS TEAMS WIN FIVE WINTER MAGIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

For 25 years the Winter Magic Indoor Soccer Tournament has been the penultimate winter soccer event in the Midwest. The tournament attracts teams from Minnesota to Texas and from Colorado to Illinois. This year's tournament, held at five indoor soccer venues across Kansas City, attracted over 250 teams.

From U8 through U13, Kansas City United boys teams were in each Championship game, winning five of seven and taking second in the other two.

At the U8 age group the KC United Kemistry boys, coached by Kem Thomas went undefeated securing the championship with a 4-3 win over local rival KCFC Extreme.

The U9 Spirit Team, coached by Shaun Slack, also went undefeated dominating the Edmond Soccer Club from Oklahoma 6-1 in the Final.

The U10 Kansas City United Attack, coached by Jimmy Perez, reached the Championship game but fell to the Air Capital Destroyers out of Wichita.

At U11, the Kansas City United Rangers, coached by Jimmy Perez, won each of their games, capping off the Championship with a 5-1 win over the Panathinaikos Academy Elite team from St. Louis.

The U12 Kansas City United Attack, coached by Dalio Mercado, defeated the Omaha Futball Club U12 team 1-0 in a game dominated by both goal keepers.

In the U13 boys age group there were two divisions. The Gold Division saw the Kansas City United Magia team, coached Jose Velasquez fall in the final to the Wichita Lightning. In the Silver Division the Kansas City United Brass, coached by Kem Thomas, won the championship, defeating the Wichita Lightning Black side 7-3.


U17 KCU METRO GIRLS ROCK AT THE FINAL FOUR SHOWCASE

The U17 Kansas City United Metro girls, coached by Rich Wolf, left little doubt why they are ranked in two separate National Polls in the top 50 teams their age in the county with their play at the Final Four Showcase in Raleigh, NC. The Metros first dispatched the Dallas Sting U17 girls, 3-0, and in their second game, playing in front of over 50 college coaches, dominated a Las Vegas Premier girls team, 5-0. The final game of the Showcase was snowed out. The Metros return to action at the end of December when they will be playing at the prestigious Disney Girls Showcase in Orlando, Florida against teams from Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio.


Clair Richards with a Metros flip throw in Raleigh
Photo courtesy of Dan Blevins

FIRST SESSION WINTER INDOOR LEAGUE RESULTS

A seven Kansas City United teams won their indoor leagues, securing first place in games played in the waning days of December. Many other teams in the Club are making a strong showing at their mid season mark in either Futsal or the Outdoor Winter League.

At All American, the U14 Kansas City United Rangers boys, coached by Kem Thomas, went undefeated, capturing first place in the U14 Boys Premier 1st Division. Meanwhile the U11 Kansas City United Attack girls, coached by Brian Bright, avenged their only loss of the indoor season when they defeated the U12 Legends 6-3 to win the Championship of the U12 girls Select 1st Division.

Further south in Olathe at Simply Soccer, the U10 Kansas City United girls, coached by Jason Farmer, took home the U11 Championship with a record of seven wins, no losses and one tie. Not to be out done the U12 Kansas City United Santa Fe boys, coached by Dalio Mercado, took the U13 boys Championship with an unblemished 8-0 record. Finally, the U15 Kansas City United Santa Fe girls capped their indoor season taking second place in the U15 Division at Simply Soccer.

In other winter leagues, the U12 girls, coached by Jimmy Perez, are in first place at the midseason mark in the Super F Futsal League, while the U9 Spirit boys, coached by Shaun Slack are a point out of first in their U10 Fist Division Futsal League. The Kansas City United Attack U9 girls, coached by Nicole Ortiz and Alan Blinzler, are in 4th place, playing three years up in the U12 3v3 League at All American. In the Outdoor Winter League, the U16 boys are undefeated and currently in 2nd place in the High School Division.


U15 Girls receiving their 2nd place medals
COACH AIMAN’S BLUE VALLEY WEST BOYS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Blue Valley West won the Boys Kansas 6A State Championship this November. This makes the third High School State Championship in as many tries for Coach Alex Aiman, who coaches the U13 Girls in the Club. The Blue Valley West girls have won back to back State Championships over the last two years.
MORE FALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

As October ended and November started, teams in the club turned to season-ending tournaments across the Midwest. Beginning with Governors Cup in late October, the U18 Kansas City United Metros girls, coached by Tait Einerson, were undefeated reaching the finals. They fell on penalty kicks after a scoreless Championship game.

The U13 Kansas City United Rangers girls, coached by Doug Miller, went to St. Louis for the Metro Showcase in early November and reached the semifinals before falling to Warren County, Ohio. The same weekend at the Heritage Invitational Tournament the U15 Kansas City United Sante Fe girls, coached by Dalio Mercado, also took home third place.

The weekend of November 12-14, saw a number of our boys teams competing in the second weekend of the Heritage Invitational Tournament. One of our youngest, the U9 Spirit coached by Shaun Slack, won the Championship in the Gold Division. At U16 the Kansas City United team, coached by Emilio John, took home second place in its Gold Division. Meanwhile, the U12 Kansas City United Attack, coached by Dalio Mercado, and the U13 Kansas City United Brass, coached by Kem Thomas, reached the semifinals.

In the coming weeks a number of teams will be rounding out the fall season in events across the country. From November 19-21, the U17 Kansas City United Metro girls coached by Rich Wolf, the U18 Kansas City United Metro girls coached by Tait Einerson, and the U16 Kansas City United boys team, coached by Emilio John, will all be in the Global Invitational Sports College Showcase at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, where the 2010 USYSA National Championship was played.

The next weekend, the U9 Kansas City Attack girls, coached by Alan Blinzler and Nicole Ortiz, will participate in their first tournament, the Turkey Shoot Indoor Invitational. The Attack went 8-0 scoring 58 goals while conceding 18 in winning their first League Championship this fall.

In early December, the U17 Kansas City United Metro girls will be traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina for the Final Four Invitational, a tournament hosting the top teams from across the country. At the end of the month, the Metros will be ending further south to compete in the Disney, perhaps the most competitive tournament for girls in the country other than the National Championships. Check back later to see their results.