On August 6, 2019, 13 girls from Arlington Soccer went to Holland for a unique experience. The game – Arlington vs. FC Lise (Amsterdam) – was part of a series of five international friendly matches that pitted Arlington against local Dutch football clubs. In addition to the five friendly matches, the 08 Girls Red team also practiced as a team under the direction of Dutch coaches.
The girls went abroad with Arlington coaches Mo Tayari and Alexis Koppius, along with parents and family members. In addition to the practices and games, the girls also had a chance to sightsee in Amsterdam, including visiting the village of Gouda, touring the Anne Frank Museum, and taking in two professional soccer games.
Youth Director Mo Tayari commented, "The girls gained an awesome experience by playing against different styles of play in different facilities, being immersed in another culture, hearing a new language, seeing and visiting attractions, visiting museums, etc.. it was a great adventure for all the players and parents and an experience that will be remembered and talked about forever. We are looking forward to taking another Arlington team next year."
The girls cited several highlights from the trip, including biking to and from their practice sessions, staying as a team on a small Dutch farm, as well as visiting Ajax Stadium. But perhaps what the girls enjoyed the most was the opportunity to meet the girls on the opposing Dutch teams. Although they were reticent at first, the girls quickly found common ground, enjoying Tic-Toc and lunch together after the matches.
Members from ARL High School Girls team Storm recently visited several cities in El Salvador as part of a cultural and sports exchange sponsored by the Arlington Sister City Association and the San Miguel Committee.
As part of the exchange, eight players from schools in San Miguel were chosen to play with the Storm. Five games were played at local fields. The Storm distributed soccer balls to the teams they played that were generously donated by Arlington Soccer Association. Additionally, uniforms donated by DC Stoddert soccer were given to the Salvadoran players.
The trip was not just about playing soccer. The girls also visited an orphanage in San Miguel. The team had lunch with the children and spent time talking and playing. The children were delighted to interact with them.
During their stay, the team went to several different beaches for a day of leisure and had a great time swimming in the ocean and playing on the beach.
This was a rewarding experience for not only the Arlington and Salvadoran players, but also for the coaches and chaperones, as they recognized all of the many things they have in common even while separated by many miles.
The team is currently planning for a return visit in July 2020, as three other schools would like to be included in an exchange.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 28, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team’s (ARL) bid for its second US Youth Soccer National Championship in two years fell short with a one-goal loss to Solar ‘02 Castro-TX.
ARL surrendered only its second goal of championship week when Solar scored in the 61st minute of the finals to take a 1-0 lead. Although ARL continued to push the ball forward in the final 20 minutes of the match, Solar held on to its lead and thwarted ARL’s back-to-back effort.
ARL played very well throughout the week scoring 7 goals while giving up only 2 goals. As national runners-up, ARL completed the week with a 3-1-1 record.
On the way to its second national championship match in two years, ARL finished preliminary round play with a first-place finish in Group B posting a 2-0-1 record with 7 points. In the national semifinals, ARL defeated Baltimore Celtic 2-0.
|Teammates celebrate after Joe Core's goal that made it 2-0 in second half action vs Baltimore Celtic|
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 27, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: In the US Youth Soccer Championships, the Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) secured a semifinal victory with a 2-0 win over Baltimore Celtic. ARL will defend its 2018 National Championship in tomorrow’s finals versus Solar '02 Castro-TX.
ARL took a halftime lead of 1-0 in the semifinal match versus Celtic. ARL took advantage of a free kick by Jonah Garufi and James Canady found the back of the net at the 17-minute mark to put ARL up 1-0.
ARL scored its second goal in the 76th minute on a beautiful play started by Josh Morrobel who moved the ball up the field from his defensive position, made a deft pass to James Canady who fed it to Joe Core for his fourth goal of the tournament and sealed the ARL victory.
Throughout the match, ARL displayed a strong presence in the midfield on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Jonathan Lee continued his strong play in goal.
After the match, ARL head coach Eduardo De Souza said, “The boys knew the game plan today. We play one match at a time with respect for every opponent. We are excited for the finals tomorrow and we are all in.”
ARL will play Solar ’02 in tomorrow’s championship game that features a rematch of the 2018 semifinals won by ARL by a score of 2-1. ARL looks to repeat as national champions as the finals will kick off at 7:15 am (CDT) and be available to watch live via US Youth Soccer http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/live/.
You can also follow the action on Sunday morning on Twitter by following @ArlingtonSoccer.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 25, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) advanced to the semifinals of the US Youth Soccer National Championships with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara Sporting Green (SC). By earning 3 points today, ARL finished in first place in Group B with 7 points and will play in the semifinals on Saturday at 10 am (EDT).
Today’s match versus SC was a physical game from the outset with the teams playing to a 0-0 tie at halftime. ARL began its ball control late in the first half and that momentum carried through into the second half as ARL took the lead in the 69th minute off of a penalty kick by Jose Alvarado. With a 1-0 lead in the match, ARL directed the tempo for the final 20 minutes. ARL demonstrated a great deal of poise during the match and played solid defense throughout. GK Jonathan Lee anchored the defense with 7 saves, one of those was an incredible save early in the second half.
ARL completed preliminary round play with two wins and one tie for a total of 7 points. ARL netted 5 goals in three games while only surrendering one goal. ARL will play in the national semifinals on Saturday morning versus Baltimore Celtic (BC) at 10 am (EDT). BC concluded preliminary round play with two wins and one loss for a total of 6 points and a second-place finish in Group A.
Group B final standings: ARL – 7 points; Michigan Jaguars – 5 points; OK Energy FC Central – 3 points; SC – 1 point.
Group A final standings: Solar 02 Castro (TX) – 7 points; BC – 6 points; Washington Premier Black – 2 points; Coral Estates Strikers Blue – 1 point.
OVERLAND PARK, KS, July 24, 2019. BREAKING NEWS: The Arlington Soccer ’02 Boys Red Team (ARL) secured a victory on day two of the US Youth Soccer National Championships. With a 3-0 win, ARL sits atop of Pool B with 4 points. Today’s match featured a controlling possession game by ARL over OK Energy FC Central (OK) and a hat trick by Joe Core. ARL put 10 shots on goal while securing 7 corner kicks to 1 shot on goal and 1 corner for OK.
ARL dominated the second half and quickly led off the scoring at the 51:00-minute mark. Jose Alvarado placed a corner kick into the 18 and Joe Core finished with a header for his first of three goals. ARL maintained its pressure and three minutes later, Core headed in his second goal of the day off of a free-kick from Jonah Garufi.
For the remainder of the game, ARL continued its solid defense and maintained control of the pitch. Jonathan Lee was stellar in goal and made some critical plays throughout the game. With about 6 minutes remaining in the match, Core capped off the win with his 3rdgoal on an assist from Alvarado.
While the first 45 ended in a scoreless half, ARL consistently pushed the pace of play. Early in the match ARL was aggressive on the offensive end but OK fought back and put pressure on ARL midway through the first half. Defender Garrett Ross made a terrific save of a ball in the box that kept the game scoreless. ARL closed the first 45 with several shots and regained control of the possession.
ARL will play its third and final game of pool play on Wednesday morning at 7am central time against Santa Clara Sporting 02 Green (SC). The current standings for Pool B: ARL – 4 points; OK – 3 points; Michigan Jaguars – 2 points; SC – 1 point.
Additional coverage of today's match: usyouthsoccer.org website
The 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will feature top teams in the 13U through 19U age groups, kick off Tuesday, July 23, with games running through Sunday, July 28.
Arlington Soccer Association is so very proud that our 2002 Boys Red team are returning to defend their national championship in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Journey Back to the Championships
"No pain, no gain!” is a phrase that sums up where the team found themselves against the OC Boca Juniors in April. The game between the two sides was to determine who would go on to advance to this years National USYS Championship Series via the National League. After losing a heartbreaking state cup in the Fall, the defending National Champions wanted to create a different result, which was their only hope at defending the crown.
After a hard-fought match by both sides, the ASA Red ‘02 Boys found themselves on the right side of things, with a 3-0 victory. The victory propelled the boys into the Elite 8 final at this years USYS National Championships. With a pool of 3 competitive teams to go through first, the ASA ‘02 Red Boys team has its sights on a second title.
Scheduled Matches (EDT)
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- Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 am vs Michigan Jaguars Green
1-1 TIE - Goal by Kyle Burbage
- Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 am vs OK Energy FC Central
3-0 VICTORY! HAT TRICK (3 GOALS) for Joe Core!
- Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 am vs Santa Clara Sporting Green
1-0 VICTORY! Penalty Kick by José Alvarado!
Recording of Match: https://youtu.be/yPW
- Semifinals! Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 am EDT!
2-0 VICTORY! Goals by Canady and Core!
- FINALS! Sunday, July 28 at 8:15 am EDT!
1-0 Loss. Great effort, boys!
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ODP Virginia State Team in the International Trip friendlies to Holland and Germany this past Spring season.
Arlington Soccer is proud to report that five 2005 Travel program players are representing the club in the Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP).
- Colton Jensen (VA Northern District, VA State, and Region)
- Daniel Bollman (VA Northern District, VA State, and Region)
- Farouk Boudjemaa (VA Northern District and VA State)
- Tai Bhalla (VA Northern District and VA State)
- Jake Furce (VA Northern District and VA State)
"With great honor, we have some of our 2005 Red players representing ASA in the ODP VA Northern District, VA State, and Region level. We are pleased and proud of their achievement and I am looking forward to continuing working in their development." - Coach Eddie Lima
What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP)?
The U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
Girls 03 Pre-DA Team Advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships
Congratulations to our 2003 Girls Pre-Development Academy team for advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Eastern Regional Championships being held in Charleston and Barboursville, West Virginia June 28-July 4.
Excerpted from an article prepared by EDPSoccer.com:
"The team yielded only one goal in EDP Atlantic Development League play…while scoring 31! Arlington posted eight clean sheets in its final eight league games and finished the season with a 9-0-1 record to finish at the top of the table and clinch a spot in the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships.
Arlington, the No. 1 team in Virginia, has also performed well in tournaments over the past few years. Those showings, along with its solid results against the strong competition in the EDP League has Arlington feeling confident heading into Regionals.
“Our team’s work ethic is unmatched,” Head Coach Mo Tayari commented. “I am fortunate to coach a team that has such natural chemistry, both on and off the field.”'
Arlington Soccer Unveils Updated Logo
Arlington, VA, May 31, 2019: Arlington Soccer revealed a new and modern logo today.
“Arlington Soccer is proud to announce today a refresh of our core brand elements including an updated logo. The new look reflects the growth and development of Arlington Soccer over the past five decades,” said Adam Brick, Executive Director. “The new logo is a symbol of our ‘One Club’ vision where all players are at the center of our mission and we strive to create an environment that empowers youth and strengthens community.”
Arlington Soccer has grown to serve almost 9,000 players per year and more than 6,000 families through a wide variety of after-school programs, camps, clinics, recreational, developmental and travel soccer.
“The modernization of the Arlington Soccer brand coincides with the 50 th anniversary of the Club. As we move closer to 2020, we will mark this milestone in several ways beginning with this fresh new look for our brand,” said Allie Signorelli, Board President.
Included in the rebranding, Arlington Soccer will adopt a new official club abbreviation: ARL. “The strength of our brand, particularly on the national and regional level, is the name Arlington and the new abbreviation provides consistency across our programs,” said German Peri, Director of Coaching. The abbreviation ‘ARL’ replaces the use of ‘ASA’.
Melanie Roberts, a seasoned graphic designer, assisted Arlington Soccer in the design of the logo. Her children have played soccer for the Club and Melanie served a volunteer coach. She has worked on corporate branding and identity projects for more than twenty years. Some of her past work can be seen at https://www.behance.net/gallery/23335069/Logos.
About Arlington Soccer: Founded in 1970, Arlington Soccer provides quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. Arlington Soccer offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps and clinics to more than 9,000 children per year. Arlington Soccer is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential.
Later this week, in anticipation of its 50th Anniversary in 2020, Arlington Soccer will unveil a revised and more modern logo. Let’s take a quick look back to the origins of the club.
Recreational youth soccer in Arlington, VA began in 1968. It was started by the Arlington County Department of Recreation with four boy’s teams for ages 15 and under. Games were played at Tuckahoe field on Sycamore Street. Games were scheduled, referees assigned, and fields lined by County personnel (as they did for other sports).
In January 1970, a group of soccer parents wanting to enlarge the youth soccer program met and formed Arlington Soccer Association (Arlington Soccer). When Arlington Soccer asked to be able to play soccer during the spring months, the County made fields available but due to budgetary restraints said that they could only provide personnel for a fall soccer program. In many ways, that decision of the County was the defining moment in the life of the Arlington Soccer. Volunteers began registering players, scheduling games, arranging for the assignment of referees, lining fields and otherwise taking over the management of the youth soccer program.
By the fall of 1970, the soccer program had expanded to 20 boy’s teams with U15 and U12 divisions of 10 teams each. Registration increased to 300 players. Today, over four decades later, the Arlington Soccer recreation program is made up of 6,000 players on more than 550 teams from Arlington and Falls Church.
A major factor in the growth of Arlington Soccer was the inclusion of girls in the Recreational soccer program. While girls did participate on some teams during those early years, the Association started forming all-girl teams in the fall of 1973.
Another milestone of the club was the development of travel teams. Initially, all-star teams were created early in Arlington Soccer’s history to play in tournaments over holidays. From those early all-star teams developed the Travel program, which now has 90+ teams playing in national and regional leagues. In 2018, the U16 Boys team won the club’s first US Youth Soccer National Championship.
In February 2020, Arlington Soccer will host a celebration to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the club.
Arlington’s 2003 Girls Pre-DA team punched its ticket to the Eastern Regional Championships, held June 28-July 4 in Charleston, WV, through its outstanding record in the EDP Atlantic Development league. Arlington went undefeated in 10 games and concluded with a record of 9 wins – 0 losses – 1 tie, scoring 31 goals and conceding only 1.
The team consists of Amelie Kovacevic, Brenna Meehan, Eliza Franklin, Emma Bates, Emma Koppelman, Emma Ricchetti, Grace Franklin, Jackie Turner, Katy Talotta, Lauren Bouchoux, Lilly Neubauer, Megan Munson, Michaela McCormack, Nora Green-Orset, Olivia Duvall, Sarah Watchman, and Summer Sanie, and is coached by Mo Tayari.
Coach Mo said of his team, “I’m so proud of these girls. Their character, discipline, and commitment allowed them to succeed and have an impressive record this year.”
The team also participated in the National League (1 – 1 – 5) and is currently at the top of standings for the EDP South Atlantic Premier I league (6 – 1 – 0) with two remaining games.
Arlington Soccer Initiative to Reach Out to Elementary School Aged Girls
In partnership with Arlington County Extended Day and the 4-H program, Arlington Soccer has created Girls with Goals - a new pilot program for elementary aged girls. After realizing that elementary aged girls are under-represented in the Arlington Soccer Rec program, we wanted to find a way to encourage them to try the sport. Girls with Goals is a six week, no-cost afterschool club designed to eliminate the potential barriers of transportation and cost, which may limit some girls’ participation. We hope to continue this program and expand to other Title 1 schools around the County, where we believe transportation and cost may present significant obstacles for families. In the pilot program, sessions are coached by professional coach, Candace Chapman, with the assistance of two high school students. Each session includes 4-H character building activities, designed to reinforce the principles of fairness and sportsmanship. You can also read recent local press about the endeavor here.
Arlington Soccer is excited to host a US Soccer ID Center on Wednesday, May 8 at Long Bridge Park.
U.S. Soccer YNT Identification Centers (IDCs) are free, single-day player identification opportunities for top talents to train under the direction of U.S. Soccer Talent Identification Managers. IDCs are a critical element to the U.S. Soccer development model and are designed to improve talent identification and evaluation, player development, and coaching development. Approximately 100 regional sessions are conducted per year in key markets throughout the country.
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Get your team together for a great night of professional soccer!
Grab tickets now for a special Arlington Soccer night at Audi Field as our own DC United and Wayne Rooney take on San Jose Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm at beautiful new Audi Field.
Jackie Shores and Kira Waller Selected for the U13/14 Girls Team
Once again, Arlington Soccer players make us proud! Two Super Y players, Jackie Shores and Kira Waller, have been selected to participate in the prestigious USL Experience (USLX) on the U13/U14 Girls...
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Arlington, VA, February 20, 2019:
US Soccer has recognized the achievements of Arlington Soccer and awarded the Club an expansion of its Girls’ Development Academy to a complete lineup of 6 age groups. In the fall of 2019, the club will add three age groups (U-16, U-17 and U-18/19) to its current U-13, U-14, and U-15 age groups. Arlington Soccer is the only club in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be awarded the...
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2019
Two Arlington Soccer Association Coaches Win Prestigious Awards
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Arlington Soccer Association is pleased to share that the Virginia Youth Soccer Association announced their annual Awards and two of our coaches received accolades.
Coach Mo Tayari was awarded the...
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Arlington Soccer Association Announces Appointment of Matt Badiee as the Director of Coaching Education
Arlington Soccer Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Badiee as the Director of Coaching Education for the club. In this role, Matt will develop the club’s education department with a focus on a club-wide curriculum. To that end, the coaching education staff will serve all programs in Arlington Soccer working with volunteer and professional coaches. Matt will work...
Arlington Soccer is pleased to announce that our 3rd Annual Casino Night tickets are now on sale!
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For Immediate Release – Sept. 11, 2018
D.C. United Academy announce the “DMV Pathway 2 Pro” Program
The Black-and-Red join forces with elite youth soccer clubs in the DMV to provide development plans for players
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Congratulations to the following nine travel teams on their acceptance to compete in the 2018-2019 State Cup Series:
2004 Boys and Girls Red
2003 Boys and Girls Red
2002 Boys and Girls Red
March 22, 2018
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March 16, 2018
Congratulations to the 2004 Girls Red for clinching a spot in Nationals! This is the first time an Arlington Soccer Association girls team has ever achieved an invitation to this tournament.
March 15, 2018
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March 9, 2018
Arlington Soccer Association Awarded US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy and Expands its Boys’ Development Academy
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February 14, 2018
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February 7, 2018
Almost 350 members of #TeamArlington came out to enjoy our 2nd Annual Casino Night! We hope everyone had an awesome time!
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January 29, 2018
Arlington Soccer Association is proud to share the announcement of former Arlington Striker (1996B) Eryk Williamson in signing his first professional contract with the MLS Portland Timbers.
November 7, 2017
Congratulations to our State and President Cup Winners and Runner-up!
State Cup Winners: 03G Red & 01B Red
State Cup Finalists: 02B Red
President’s Cup Winners: 02B White & 03B White
November 2, 2017
Adam Brick appointed Executive Director of Arlington Soccer Association.
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October 16, 2017
ASA alumnus, Nelson Blanco, has signed his first professional contract with North Carolina FC. Click herefor the full story and more information about Nelson and his stellar career.