The 13th Annual ASIST Tournament (Arlington Spring Invitational Soccer Tournament) will take place March 2-4, 2018 (Boys) and March 9-11, 2018 (Girls) and provides sponsorship opportunities at various levels.
With 350 Boys and Girls teams, 5,000 players and 6,000 fans at over 10 locations, this tournament provides a fantastic opportunity for your business to receive extensive exposure ranging from e-communications to social media to signage, as well as other marketing media and swag.
For information on Sponsorship Opportunities click here!
Almost 350 members of #TeamArlington came out to enjoy our 2nd Annual Casino Night! We hope everyone had an awesome time!
A BIG thank you to event producer, Sara Franklin, DJ Pat Premier and the X-Magnetics for helping make this night special. We would also like to thank Sean Haley of CSI for donating all of our cool signage for the night. Additional thanks to our volunteers who helped us prep and during the event: moms Camille Scarborough, Wendy Green, Judy Stoker, Nicole Hurren and Holly Radus. As well as our #TeamArlington players who ran registration: Maggie Stoker, Maria Lewis and McKay Evans. Great job all and thank you for your help!
This event will net approximately $15,000 for #TeamArlington and that makes an impact to our ability to support Financial Aid and our Real Madrid After School Program; thank you for your attendance and support.
One last thank to all of our sponsors: Brad & Tandy Bondi, your generosity is amazing. Clayton Dean, Joseph Hall & Seema Majeed, Allie & Mike Signorelli, Sean Haley and CSI, Jason Rigoli, The Enlightenment Capital, TJ & Mark Jensen – all of your amazing sponsorship and support is deeply appreciated.
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.
DC United traded Williamson’s Homegrown Player rights to Portland on Tuesday, receiving $100,000 in 2018 General Allocation Money, $100,000 in 2019 Targeted Allocation Money, a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and a 2018 International roster slot. Also a fixture in the United States U-20 national team, Eryk Williamson is one of the top prospects to come out of D.C. United’s academy in recent years, but he’s turning pro with the Portland Timbers.
“Eryk is a dynamic young midfielder that has shown his abilities at the youth levels in this country, and his talents were on display this summer with the United States at the U-20 FIFA World Cup,” said Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese in a club release. “We believe Eryk is capable of further growth and development, and has the potential to become a quality player at the next level. He is a forward-thinking player and approaches the game with an aggressive mindset, which are traits that we believe will fit well within our group moving forward.”
On Monday evening the Washington Post’s Steve Goff reported that United were unable to agree contract terms with Williamson and confirmed as much with general manager Dave Kasper. That impasse led to inquiries from other MLS clubs, with the Timbers eventually winning the race to acquire the player’s rights.
Williamson, 20, was most recently a junior midfielder at the University of Maryland who played a significant role on Tab Ramos’ US U-20 side during both CONCACAF qualifying and FIFA U-20 World Cup action last year, scoring a goal and two assists in 12 games (10 starts) across all competitions. He netted 14 goals and 13 assists over three years with the Terrapins before foregoing his senior season to turn pro.
Said veteran Arlington coach Chris Smith of his former #10, “As a young player, Eryk had the ability to make the most imaginative and complex ideas look easy. Where most players could execute their tricks on the training ground, Eryk was plying his in matches against top competition. I enjoyed having the best seat in the house as I watched him play.”
“[Eryk] creates goals and assists from absolutely nothing. Technically he was gifted; he was so good that many times I changed his position just so he could adapt to all aspects of playing on the field” says former coach, Mo Tayari. “Once I played him as a sweeper, and yes, he made it look like he had been playing there all his life. He certainly has the potential to be a great professional player. I truly enjoyed coaching him. ”
Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Eryk featured for DC United’s U-18 Academy for one year after transitioning from Arlington as part of ASA’s affiliate relationship with DC United. Eryk first joined Arlington as a member of the then U15 (1996 Boys) Strikers Red, playing for Coach Chris Smith. In his first season with Strikers, Eryk contributed to a playoff run at the prestigious Disney College Showcase, a Virginia State Cup semifinal, and victory in the Colonial League (formerly Division 2 of the Eastern Regional League) which earned an automatic birth to the Regional League – then the highest competitive level for club soccer programs. Over the next three years, then under the guidance of Coach Mo Tayari, Eryk and Strikers would win back-to-back Virginia State Cups, reach the final of the Regional Championships, defeat the defending national champion in the championship game in the top flight at Disney, and achieve a host of other accolades. Eryk was also known to distinguish himself by supporting younger players in the club at ASA camps and clinics.
Arlington Soccer and its staff are very proud of Eryk for these fantastic accomplishments and wish him the very best as he starts his professional career in Portland.
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
President’s Cup Finalists: 02G White, 03G White, 01B White & 04B White
Successful weekend all-around. Well done #TeamArlington!
Adam Brick appointed Executive Director of Arlington Soccer Association.
(Arlington, VA), (November 1, 2017): The Board of Directors of the Arlington Soccer Association has selected Adam Brick, as its next Executive Director.
“Adam truly understands ASA and is a great fit to lead our organization,” said Ron Malachowski, Board President. “He brings new ideas, a wealth of experience, a renewed focus on the player experience, and a desire to strengthen our community and business partnerships.”
Brick’s diverse career in athletic administration spans thirty years in the Washington metropolitan area. He served in multiple capacities at Georgetown University, including Athletic Director in 2004-05. At Georgetown, he was the sport administrator for men’s and women’s soccer, and helped launch the women’s soccer program in the 1990’s while continuing to work with coaches across a wide range of team and individual sports.
Most recently, Brick led external relations for athletics at George Mason University. At George Mason, Brick was a member of the leadership team that successfully secured the naming rights for EagleBank Arena, and he was a key figure in the university’s successful move from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Atlantic 10 Conference.
He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and received his Juris Doctorate and BS in Marketing from Georgetown University. He worked as a consultant and taught Sports Ethics, Sports Marketing and Sports Law at several universities. Brick is also an accomplished high-school basketball referee and worked numerous state tournaments.
Upon his selection, Brick commented, “I am honored and excited to lead ASA into its next era. ASA has a solid foundation built on the strength of its players, coaches, staff, volunteers and the relationship with its community partners. While there may be some challenges ahead, it is clear to me that they are far outweighed by the opportunities, particularly when we all work together with the common purpose to provide a transformative experience for our players.”
About Arlington Soccer Association: Founded in 1970, the Arlington Soccer Association 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. ASA offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps and clinics to more than 9,000 children per year. ASA is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential.
ASA alumnus, Nelson Blanco, has signed his first professional contract with North Carolina FC. Click here for the full story and more information about Nelson and his stellar career.
Attention Goalkeepers! ASA offers goalkeeper training to all recreational goalkeepers who have an interest in playing the position! Instruction will include basic GK fundamentals, such as handling, footwork, distribution and shot-stopping techniques. We offer both free and paid training options for grades 3-8, depending on the type of instruction you are looking for:
Free Rec Soccer GK Clinics (3rd through 6th grade) – These clinics are available for 3rd through 6th grade rec players who have an interest in learning more about the position. There are several sessions available, and all are ran by professional coaches. However, players may only sign up for a few classes (as opposed to all) to make sure there is enough room for everyone to attend. This is for beginner goalkeepers only. For more information, and to register: 3rd/4th Grade Clinics and 5th/6th Grade Clinics
Paid Rec Soccer GK Clinics (3rd through 8th grade) – These clinics are once a week for six weeks, are led by professional coaches, and are for players who want more dedicated and consistent instructions on developing and honing their ability between the posts. This is for beginner or intermediate goalkeepers. The following times are available for the paid sessions:
Monday GK Sessions – Grades 3-4 ONLY. The group will meet from 5:00-6:30pm each Monday at Williamsburg Middle School. The dates are September 25th, October 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th, and November 6th. The cost for the clinic is $125 per player.
Wednesday GK Sessions – Grades 3-4 ONLY. The group will meet from 5:00-6:30pm each Wednesdat at VA Highlands. The dates are September 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, and November 1st. The cost for the clinic is $125 per player.
Friday GK Sessions – Grades 5-8 ONLY. The group will meet from 5:00-6:00pm each Friday at Williamsburg Middle School. The dates are September 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, and November 3rd. The cost of the clinic is $90 per player.
ASA is still accepting donations of used ASA uniforms (Travel, ADP, or Recreational) to help children at the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) in Uganda. ASA players will organize and package the uniforms for shipment to Uganda.
More information on AAH can be found online at aahuganda.org.
In the fall of 2015, ASA families donated enough uniforms pieces to make over 300 full uniform kits. These kits were delivered to the AAH school in February, 2016. During this year’s collection period, there will be plastic bins at several collection sites in Arlington (see below link). Clean shirts, shorts, and socks will be accepted. A full kit is not necessary, but if you have a full kit, it would be wonderful for you to organize the kit in a gallon plastic bag and mark the outside of the bag with the size – ex. Youth Large. Unfortunately, we can’t accept cleats, shin guards, or balls as part of this uniform drive.
We also have a need for 3-4 large roller suitcases if you have a used one to donate. Volunteers traveling to Uganda will use these to transport the uniforms. (Please contact Zach to schedule a time to pick it up.)
6300 26th St N
ASA seeks candidates for our Administrative Services Specialist position
ASA’s Administrative Services Specialist works in the ASA office, interacting with the public on ASA’s behalf as well as working with all ASA staff members, handling inquiries (by phone, email and in-person) and assisting with various tasks & projects. This is a year-round, part time position that reports to ASA’s Finance Director. Fluency in English & Spanish is required. Extreme sense of customer service is critical. Financial experience is helpful. The candidate should be available for 25 hours per week during weekdays. Very occasional non-weekday hours may be requested as well.
If you like working in a fun, youth-oriented environment, and especially if you are interested in working in the soccer “field”, this could be a great opportunity for you. This position may be ideal for parents seeking part time work while their children are at school. For more info, please read a full description of this opportunity below.
To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter by Friday, September 22nd to email@example.com
Jacobs Chiropractic Partnership
We are so proud to announce that Jacobs Chiropractic has signed on as a sponsor.
You will notice upcoming blog pieces in Off The Post and a banner at Long Bridge.
Check out their practice and thank you Jacobs Chiropractic!