Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Called in For U-17 Camp and Matches

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Called in For U-17 Camp and Matches

U.S. Under-17 women’s national team head coach Mark Carr has named his roster for the upcoming training camp and matches against Venezuela in Florida. Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter is among the 24 players called in.

The camp will run from January 10th to 19th in Bradenton, Florida, and will feature two matches against Venezuela. The first match is set for January 15th with the second on January 18th. Both matches kickoff at 12:20 pm PT.

This is Hunter’s first U-17 call up this year, and she is one of twenty players in the camp participating in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The team will use this camp as preparation for the upcoming 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Nicaragua this April.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.), Hailey Coll (Portland Thorns FC; Eugene, Ore.), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.) 
DEFENDERS (6): Tori Hansen (NC Courage; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues Soccer Club; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.) 
MIDFIELDERS (9): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Jaelyn Eisenhart (LAFC Slammers/Las Vegas, Nevada), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), MacKenzee Vance (United Soccer Alliance; Bluffton, S.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.) 
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy — Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues Soccer Club; Mission Viejo, Calif), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

U.S. Bank Hosts Reign Academy Financial Workshop

U.S. Bank Hosts Reign Academy Financial Workshop

An official partner of the Reign Academy, U.S. Bank works to make community possible through their financial education efforts. As part of their partnership, U.S. Bank hosted a financial workshop for Reign Academy families to help build financial literacy for players and families preparing for college.

“It is important to educate youth because they have limited financial knowledge, and as they enter early adulthood, they bring misconceptions and poor money habits that can have a negative impact in their lives,” said Ederick Lokpez, U.S. Bank director of engagement strategies, who presented the financial literacy workshop. “The girls and their parents were especially interested in talking about saving and budgeting, two ways we can help set them up for financial success as adults.”

IMG_0038.jpg

The workshop covered topics such as credit and the importance of balancing a checking account. Attendees learned how to avoid overdraft fees, the intracacies of using credit, and how to build a budget to maximize savings. Players also had the chance to win prizes, and learn more about U.S. Bank’s collegiate scholarship opportunities.

“My favorite part of the US Bank Financial Workshop was that it was organized for young people like me, in a way I could understand,” said Reign Academy player Alivia Uribe. “It was a fun afternoon with lots of useful information. I will always remember from the workshop that when I go to use my debit card or checkbook, if I don’t have enough money in my account to pay for what I want to buy, don’t buy it!”

U.S. Bank is committed to beginning financial education early, so young people can learn to make responsible financial decisions that positively impact their future.

IMG_0097.jpg

“U.S. Bank is committed to providing financial education in our communities,” said Sheri Oberg, U.S. Bank senior project manager. “Our partnership with Reign Academy provides us a unique opportunity to teach young women — and their parents — about the importance of financial literacy.”

For more information on U.S. Bank and their financial education efforts, visit them online.

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

Photo Essay: Winter Showcase

Photo Essay: Winter Showcase

The Reign Academy participated in the first ever Development Academy showcase in Florida earlier this month. The Academy faced new competition from outside their region, and had the chance to be seen by college and U.S. Soccer scouts.

GDARA120617593.JPG
GDARA120717988.JPG
GDARA120717811.JPG
GDARA120717814.JPG
GDARA120717815.JPG
GDARA1208171224.JPG
GDARA1208171225.JPG
GDARA120717812.JPG

Academy Update: Reign Academy Cap Off 2017

Academy Update: Reign Academy Cap Off 2017

The slate of 2017 programming is officially complete for the Reign Academy, concluding with the first-ever Development Academy Winter Showcase in Florida earlier this month. Facing off against clubs they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to play, the showcase provided the Reign Academy a chance to play new competition.

“The competition we encountered from top clubs across the country was outstanding all week long,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “It was incredible to watch our teams’ creativity offensively, collective defensive effort, the trust they established with each other, and finally the fun they brought to the game. This epitomized and standardized to me what the pinnacle of the experience could be for players and a team.”

The showcase also gave players an opportunity to be seen by scouts from colleges across the country. One Reign Academy match had 67 colleges in attendance, and college coaches lined the sidelines to get in as many games as they could all week long.

“Exposure to all levels of colleges in attendance is paramount to our players and the next stop on the soccer path for most of our excelling student-athletes in the Academy,” said Calkins. “The majority of players at the Reign are also top performing students and will have positioned themselves to academically be eligible for institutions. The opportunity to play soccer at the college level is a credit to the players’ own hard work on the field and in the classroom.”

GDARA120717807.JPG

U.S. Soccer also had at least three scouts at every match, with various youth national team coaches in attendance. Academies had the unique opportunity to take in U-20 Youth National Team friendly matches between Brazil, England, United States, and Finland while onsite at the event.

“U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams has made the youth level a priority,” said Calkins. “They know these players and have detailed notes on all top players coming through the DA system thanks to their consistent scout attendance at these showcase events and league games. We look forward to the continued output from the U.S. scouting network in this area.”

This was the final event of 2017 for the Academy, a year which has seen the teams take huge strides forward in their development. As focus turns to 2018, Calkins feels the progress made in the Academy’s second year is worth celebrating.

“The showcase event at this time of the year lends to pulling together all of the physical and mental development over the course of the fall,” said Calkins. “We get to enjoy a rare and top-level environment that the players have worked hard to achieve.”

GDARA1208171252.JPG

“While the players get a much deserved and needed down time from playing for the next few weeks, the program will be hard at work prepping and excited for the players return in 2018,” said Calkins. “We look forward to the continuous opportunities to get better throughout the inaugural DA season.”

The Reign Academy will return to Development Academy play in February of 2018. The first day of matches is set for February 24th, when the Academy faces Lamorinda Soccer Club at Wilder Field. Then on February 25th, the Academy will face Placer United SC at Sierra College.

Reign Academy College Update

Reign Academy College Update

The Reign Academy has several academy alumni now suiting up for college teams across the United States. Below is a wrap-up of how players are doing with their college squads.

Goalkeeper Sam Foy, Freshman — Austin Peay State University

The Governors ended 2017 with an 8–7–3 overall record, going an undefeated 7–0–2 at home. With a 3–4–3 Ohio Valley Conference record, Austin Peay fell 2–1 to Southeast Missouri in the first round of their conference tournament.

Goalkeeper Serena Toney, Freshman — California State University, Monterey Bay

The 2017 season came to a close for the Otters, ending the year with a 5–9–4 overall record. Despite a conference record of 2–8–2 there is a lot of potential to come from this team in the future as they lose only three seniors.

Defender Katy Mockett, Freshman — Washington University in St. Louis

Ending the regular season with a 17–2–1 overall record, the Bears won the University Athletic Association conference to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Wash U made the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, where they fell 2–1 to the University of Washington La Crosse. Mockett was one of just five players to appear in all 20 matches this season, tallying two goals and one assist.

jy4n57fgkaw0cyhz.jpg

Midfielder Maiya Pacleb, Freshman — University of Puget Sound

The Loggers notched 13 regular season wins for the 18th consecutive season, finishing out the year with an overall record of 13–4–3, going 11–3–2 in conference play. Pacleb appeared in two matches during her freshman season, a double overtime 0–0 tie with Eastern Oregon and a 3–0 win over Evergreen State.

Forward Tasha Tennyson, Freshman — Pacific Lutheran University

Ending 2017 as Northwest Conference champions with a 17–3–2 overall record, the Lutes advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they fell in penalty kicks to California Lutheran University. Tennyson appeared in eight matches during her freshman season, starting one.

Defender Nalani Ogawa, Freshman — NYU

Starting and playing in all 22 matches this year, Ogawa finished her freshman season with three goals. Helping the Violets to a 13–5–4 overall record and a 2–3–2 record in University Athletic Association play, Ogawa earned All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Honorable Mention honors for her season.

xrxlyeopquadttr0.jpg

Defender Claire Trop, Freshman — Dartmouth

Trop featured in 14 matches for the Big Green, starting nine, and tallied one assist in her freshman season. Dartmouth finished out the year with a 7–10 record, going 1–6 in conference play. Their lone win came in the season finale, when Dartmouth defeated Cornell 1–0.

Forward Chloe Lamenzo, Freshman — Earlham College

Finishing her freshman season with 12 goals, good for most on the team, Lamenzo played in 17 matches, starting 16. The forward also added five assists, and was named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference team for her efforts. Earlham finished the season with a 7–10–1 overall record, going 3–5–1 in conference play.

IMG_2790_thumb.jpg

Forward Gabby Crenshaw, Freshman — Washington State

The Cougars made history this season, making the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Washington State would fall to Florida in the round of 16, finishing the season with a 10–8–4 overall record. Crenshaw featured in two matches during her freshman season, both victories for Washington State.

Reign Academy’s Sakura Yoshida Called in For U-18 Camp

Reign Academy’s Sakura Yoshida Called in For U-18 Camp

U.S. Under-18 women’s national team head coach Jaime Frias has named his roster for the upcoming training camp in Chula Vista, California. Reign Academy midfielder Sakura Yoshida is among the 24 players called in.

“Sakky [Yoshida] is relentless in her pursuit to get to a next level and challenge her game,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “She arrives to Reign training before any other player and is always the last to leave, putting in as much work as she can because of her love for the game. She is no stranger to a top level national competitive environment and excited for the opportunities she is awarded.”

The camp will run from November 26 to December 3. This is Yoshida’s second U-18 call up this year, and she is one of sixteen players in the camp participating in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (NTH Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), MacKenna Carmichael (San Diego Surf; Mission Viego, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire Academy; Granger, Ind.) 
DEFENDERS (9): Cassandra Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Anastasia Kravitz (California Thorns FC; Hillsborough, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Emily Smith (UC Berkeley; Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.), Isabelle Verdugo (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.) 
MIDFIELDERS (6): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Erin Hohnstein (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Addison McCain (Texas A&M; Lavon, Texas), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.) 
FORWARDS (6): Aleigh Gambone (McLean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sydny Nasello (Tampa Bay United; Land o Lakes, Fla.), Anna Podojil (Ohio Elite Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC: Medina, Ohio), Brooke Wilson (San Diego Surf; Vista, Calif.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

Academy Update: Reign Academy Closing out 2017

Academy Update: Reign Academy Closing out 2017

The Reign Academy has officially wrapped up the first half of their inaugural U.S. Girls’ Development Academy season. The Academy has faced strong clubs week in and week out, and Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins is excited with how the teams have grown and competed.

“The continued growth and positive results from players and teams this past fall are indicative of a focus in training including player, team, and coach development,” said Kim Calkins. “The Academy has high standards and goals and we won’t rest until they are met and exceeded. I am confident we are a standing on a solid foundation of youth and professional club support, philosophy, and we’re on the right path to achieving excellence.”

1.jpeg

To close out 2018, the Reign Academy will head to Florida for the first U.S. Development Academy showcase. The Winter Showcase gives the Academy an opportunity to face new competition outside of the squads they usually play in their DA region. It’s also a critical opportunity for players to be seen by both college coaches and U.S. youth national team coaches.

“Culminating the 2017 year with the inaugural DA showcase in Florida will be an exciting experience for the teams to showcase and compete against top clubs and teams from across the nation,” said Calkins.

The showcase is the final set of matches for the Academy in 2017. Once it’s complete, Calkins and her staff will begin to look forward to the rapidly approaching new year. One major change set to occur with the arrival of 2018 will be new Seattle Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski fully stepping into his role as executive director of the Reign Academy.

2.jpeg

“Vlatko has already made it a priority to visit Academy training and will step right into a technical leadership role with players and staff,” said Calkins. “We look forward to the impact of his work with Seattle Reign FC and the Reign Academy.”

Andonovski has an extensive coaching history in youth soccer, including teams in the Olympic Development Program, Elite Clubs National League, and Girls Development Academy teams.

“I’m very excited for the chance to work with the Reign Academy. I was always involved with youth soccer in Kansas City and have almost 20 years of experience now,” said Andonovski at the time of his hiring. “I’ve spent time at every level with almost every age group. I’m excited to get involved with the Reign Academy.”

3.jpeg

The importance of getting to interact with the first team is not lost upon Reign Academy players and staff. It is a unique opportunity that not all Academy teams have across the DA.

“The first team is our model and these young Academy women are incredibly fortunate,” said Calkins. “They have direct access and daily opportunities to learn on and off the field from professionals.”

As preparation for 2018 continues to unfold, Calkins and her staff are excited to see how their teams will grow across all levels of the Reign Academy in the next year.

“The US Soccer Development Academy influences each club to have a clear purpose and soccer philosophy to grow the individual player, the team as a collective, and the Academy as a whole,” said Calkins. “As we move into 2018, the Reign Academy, Academy 2, and Pre-Academy will keep striving to teach and empower the balance of competition and development with each individual youth player we have the privilege to coach. The Academy staff and players are motivated for the next chapter in 2018.”

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Called In for U-17 Camp and Matches

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Called In for U-17 Camp and Matches

U.S. Under-17 women’s national team head coach Mark Carr has named his roster for the upcoming November training camp split between Sunrise, Florida and Mexico City, Mexico. Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter is among the 22 players called in.

“We believe Smith is ready to thrive during this opportunistic time in her young soccer career,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “She has an uncanny ability demand quality of herself and her teammates, is one of the first people to acknowledge and encourage a great performance from someone else, will deliver an inspirational word to the team amidst disappointment, and bring a consistent work effort which is unrivaled. We understand what moments like this mean for her and she has the support and encouragement from an entire Academy.”

1.jpeg

The camp will run from November 11 to November 19. The team will train in Florida for a few days before traveling to Mexico to face the Mexico U-17 WNT in two matches. This is Hunter’s second U-17 call up this year, and the defender has also been part of three U-16 camps in 2017.

The matches will take place on November 16 and November 18, and will serve as preparation for the 2018 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Nicaragua next Spring.

“Smith is no longer getting called in for a camp or an opportunity to play up. She is now positioned to work toward a roster spot for the U17 World Cup qualifying games,” said Calkins. “This selection is not only an honor and a considerable amount of responsibility for her while she is with US Soccer, but also when she is transitioning in and out of the Academy environment for Reign trainings and games. She is a player whom opponents will now talk about before games, whom teammates and club players will look to as a standard for US Soccer, and whom coaches will want to continue to assist in preparing her to represent her country.”

2.jpeg

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.) Cayla White (Washington Spirit — Baltimore Armour; Arlington, Va.) 
 DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.) 
 MIDFIELDERS (7): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.) 
 FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit — Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Lia Godfrey (United Soccer Alliance; Fleming Island, Fla.), Samantha Meza (Solar SC DA; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

Reign Academy College Update

Reign Academy College Update

The Reign Academy has several academy alumni now suiting up for college teams across the United States. Below is a wrap-up of how players are doing with their college squads.

Goalkeeper Sam Foy, Freshman — Austin Peay State University

The Governors ended their regular season with a 8–7–3 overall record and went 3–4–3 in Ohio Valley Conference play. After finishing up their regular season with a 2–0 win over Morehead State to end with an unbeaten home record of 7–0–2, Austin Peay fell 2–1 to Southeast Missouri in the first round of their conference tournament.

1.jpeg

Goalkeeper Serena Toney, Freshman — California State University, Monterey Bay

The 2017 season came to a close for the Otters, following their 1–0 loss to UC San Diego this past Saturday. The Otters end the year with a 5–9–4 overall record, going 2–8–2 in conference play. A team with only three seniors and 15 freshman, there is a lot of potential to come from this team in the future.

Defender Katy Mockett, Freshman — Washington University in St. Louis

With a 14–1–1 overall record and a 5–1 record in University Athletic Association conference play, the Bears can win the conference and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a win at University of Chicago. Mockett has played in all 16 matches so far this season, and has scored one goal.

Next Match:
Saturday, November 4 at University of Chicago

2.jpeg

Defender Nalani Ogawa, Freshman — NYU

Starting and playing in all 17 matches this year, Ogawa has scored two goals in her freshman season. Helping the Violets to a 10–5–2 overall record and a 2–3–1 record in University Athletic Association play, Ogawa and NYU close out their season this Saturday.

Next Match:
Saturday, November 4 at Brandeis University

Defender Claire Trop, Freshman — Dartmouth

Trop has featured in thirteen matches for the Big Green, starting eight, and has tallied one assist this season. Despite a 6–10 overall record and a conference record of 0–6, Dartmouth has found most of its success at home, where they have a winning 4–2 record.

Next Matches:
Saturday, November 4 vs Cornell

3.jpeg

Midfielder Maiya Pacleb, Freshman — University of Puget Sound

The Loggers are currently on an impressive 11-game unbeaten streak to improve their overall regular season record to 12–3–3, with a conference record of 10–2–2. Pacleb has appeared in two matches, a double overtime 0–0 tie with Eastern Oregon and a 3–0 win over Evergreen State.

Next Matches:
Saturday, November 4 at Willamette
Sunday, November 5 at Pacific

Forward Chloe Lamenzo, Freshman — Earlham College

Playing in all but one match for the Quakers this season, Lamenzo has amassed 12 goals through 17 matches this season, good for first on the team. The forward has also added five assists, to lead the team in points with 29. Earlham finished the season with a 7–10–1 record overall, and closed out the year with a 4–3 win over Manchester.

4.jpeg

Forward Tasha Tennyson, Freshman — Pacific Lutheran University

In the month of October, Tennyson and the Lutes went an impressive 7–2–0 to improve their overall record to 15–3. The Lutes are 12–2 in conference play. Tennyson has appeared in six matches, with five of them shutout wins for the Lutes.

Next Matches:
Saturday, November 4 at George Fox
Sunday, November 5 at Lewis & Clark

Forward Gabby Crenshaw, Freshman — Washington State

The Cougars have a 9–7–2 record this season, which includes wins over #2 ranked UCLA and #14 Nebraska. Crenshaw has played two matches so far this season, both victories for Washington State. The Cougars close out their regular season against the University of Washington before waiting to see their postseason fate.

Next Match:
Friday, November 3 at Washington

Reign Academy Goalkeeper Heads Abroad with U.S. U-15s

Reign Academy Goalkeeper Heads Abroad with U.S. U-15s

U.S. Under-15 girls’ national team head coach Tracey Kevins has named the roster for the team’s upcoming training camp and two matches against the Germany U-15 girls national team. Reign Academy goalkeeper Neeku Purcell is among the 20 players selected to head to Germany.

“Neeku is gaining incredible international experience representing her country and we could not be prouder,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “The young goal keeper is witty, competitive, and the consummate teammate. She will look to grow and learn as much as she possibly can and embrace an opportunity that is given to a very few.”

This is the third U-15 GNT call-up for Purcell this year, having previously been called into camp in September. The camp and matches mark the first international trip for this age group and the U-15s’ first international matches abroad.

1.jpeg

The U-15s will face Germany on Wednesday, November 1st in Marburg, Germany. The match is closed to the public. The teams will meet again on Friday, November 3rd at Stadion Wetzlar in Wetzlar, Germany. The second match will be open to the public.

This group of U-15 players is in the first year of a two-year cycle before transitioning to U-17s in 2019, when they will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Haley Craig (Hawks-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Neeku Purcell (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.) 
 DEFENDERS (6): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.); Andrea Kitahata (San Jose Earthquakes; Hillsborough, Calif.), Phoenix Miranda (Leahi SC; Aiea, Hawaii); Ayo Oke (Gwinnett SA; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United; Roseville, Calif.), Lilly Reale (South Shore Select; Hingham, Mass.) 
 MIDFIELDERS (7): Colby Barnett (Strikers FC; Los Alamitos, Calif.), Summer Denigan (Cincinnati Development Academy; Union, Ky.), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Olivia Peña (Solar Chelsea; Irving, Texas), Isabella Piete (San Diego Surf; Alpine, Calif.), Ally Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.)
 FORWARDS (5): Simone Jackson (Slammers FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.); Arianna Manrique (Tophat SC; Bufort, Ga.), Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Jillian Shimkin (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Amelia White (Fort Wayne United; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

Reign Academy Duo Called In for Concurrent Training Camps

Reign Academy Duo Called In for Concurrent Training Camps

U.S. Under-18 women’s national team head coach Jamie Frias and U.S. Under-17 women’s national team head coach Mark Carr have named their rosters for the upcoming concurrent training camp for the two squads at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Reign Academy midfielder Sakura Yoshida will be training with the U-18s, and defender Smith Hunter has been called in for the U-17s.

“Sakky’s [Yoshida] call-up is a tribute to her diligence and dedication as a soccer player. She is entirely crafty, a scoring threat, and soccer’s version of a gym rat,” said Reign Academy Technical Director Kim Calkins. “She is well respected in the local and national soccer communities amongst her peers and coaches. The University of Oregon commit can often be found at the fields before and after trainings putting in extra work. She is no stranger to a Youth National Team call-up and will look to embrace the challenge and opportunity.”

1.jpeg

The camp will run from October 21 to October 28. This is the first call up for Yoshida at the U-18 level. While this is Hunter’s first U-17 call up this year, the defender has been part of three U-16 camps in 2017.

“Smith Hunter continues on her upward trajectory of soccer dominance as she has earned the nod from Youth National Team staff to train with an older age group,” said Calkins. “Many of the soccer greats have been given this opportunity and Smith is now presented with a vote of confidence and an opportunity to continue to push her own development as a player. We believe this will provide her a training environment of continued excellence and she will undoubtedly give it her all.”

This group of U-17 players is gearing up for their attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay. In preparation for the tournament, the squad has played tournaments in Slovenia, Italy and China, while defeating England in two August games in Portland, Oregon by a 12–3 aggregate score this year.

2.jpeg

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.) Ruth Jones (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Maciah Lipsey (Michigan Hawks; Southfield, Mich.) Cayla White (Washington Spirit; Arlington, Va.) 
 DEFENDERS (9): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Brecken Mozingo (Celtic Storm; Sandy, Utah), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.) 
 MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.)
 FORWARDS (9): Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Canniff (Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Lia Godfrey (United Soccer Alliance; Fleming Island, Fla.), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Proper, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4): Katherine Asman (Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Claudia Dickey (CSA; Charlotte, N.C.), Samantha Estrada (Houston Dash; The Woodlands, Texas), Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.) 
 DEFENDERS (8): Claire Constant (McClean SC; Alexandria, Va.), Chai Cortez (Maui United SC; Kahului, Hawaii), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns; San Jose, Calif.), Shea Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.) 
 MIDFIELDERS (8): Brianna Atterbury (Sereno; Gilbert, Ariz.), Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton Colo.), Laura Fuentes (Palo Alto SC; Newark, Calif.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion; Sewell, N.J.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers SC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pac NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Seattle Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.) 
 FORWARDS (8): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Rachel Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Penn.), Aleigh Gambone (McClean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Anna Podojil (Ohio Elite; Cincinnati, Ohio); Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

Academy Update: Development Academy Play Rolls On

Academy Update: Development Academy Play Rolls On

Now six matches into their inaugural Development Academy season, the Reign Academy have posted an overall record of 9–9–6 across all teams. Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins has seen many successes, big and small, each weekend of play.

“Competition level has been very good across the board,” said Calkins. “I’ve seen a lot of positives from individual players and teams as a whole.”

One highlight from the first few weeks of play included an undefeated weekend against California Thorns FC across all age groups. Each team is beginning to emerge with their own skilled players and unique team culture.

1.jpeg

The U-14s are a true mix of players from the Reign Academy’s initial partnership with both Seattle United and Eastside FC. So far this season their defense has posted two shutouts, and the offense has generated 14 goals.

“The way they’ve been able to come together as a team and their focus and drive in trainings, whether it’s on the field or off the field, they are getting as much out of their experience as they’re putting into it,” said Calkins. “It shows as they develop as a team and in their play. I would say the future looks really bright for them if they’re able to continue that level of commitment to each other and the program.”

2.jpeg

Currently in second place in the standings for the U-15 West, the Reign Academy U-15s are on a two-game win streak. Thanks to the team training environment they’ve created, they’ve been able to put on strong performances.

“They have shown a lot of resilience and fight as they push each other, to make each other better in trainings,” said Calkins. “They’ve created a strong environment. The way they push each other during training continues to find its way out to the field and will only get better.”

3.jpeg

Despite stiff competition, the U-16/17s have fought hard in tight matches and are growing in their play thanks in part to their team dynamic.

“They’re a talented group who have achieved a level of camaraderie that will make them an extremely difficult team to play against as they year goes on,” said Calkins. “Their pace will continue to challenge them as they have to play quickly and technically sharp.”

4.jpeg

In the oldest age group for the Development Academy, the U-18/19s are in third place on the U-18/19 West standings.

“Their wide range of individual player strengths has been important for this team,” said Calkins. “This group has been very dynamic in their play.”

Up next, the Reign Academy teams head to face Burlingame Soccer Club on Saturday, October 28th at Burlingame High School and PSV Union Football Club on Sunday, October 29th at the Stanford Palo Alto Community Fields. For all of the Reign Academy’s results and upcoming matches, visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy site here.

Reign Academy College Update

Reign Academy College Update

The Reign Academy has several academy alumni now suiting up for college teams across the United States. Below is a wrap-up of how players are doing with their college squads.

Goalkeeper Sam Foy, Freshman — Austin Peay State University

Foy has been a part of a Governors team that’s gone 7–3–1 overall and 2–1–1 in conference play. With an undefeated 6–0–0 record at home, Foy and Austin Peay have enforced the idea of home field advantage.

Next Matches:
Friday, September 29 at Jacksonville State
Sunday, October 1 at Tennesssee Tech

1.jpeg

Goalkeeper Serena Toney, Freshman — California State University, Monterey Bay

Despite a 3–3–3 record overall and a conference record of 1–2–1, Toney and the Otters have kept an unbeaten record in home contests this season. The Otters are still mid-table in the standings, currently in eighth place overall with four total points.

Next Match:
Sunday, October 1 at San Francisco State

2.jpeg

Defender Katy Mockett, Freshman — Washington University in St. Louis

Mockett has played in all nine matches for the undefeated Bears, who currently boast a 8–0–1 overall record. Helping a strong defense, Mockett and the Bears have earned six shutouts so far this season.

Next Match:
Saturday, September 30 at Emory

3.jpeg

Defender Nalani Ogawa, Freshman — NYU

Starting and playing in seven of the Bobcats’ nine matches this season, Ogawa has scored one goal in 532 minutes played. Ogawa’s goal was the opening goal in a 2–0 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. The Bobcats are 5–2–1 overall this season.

Next Matches:
Saturday, September 30 at Carnegie Mellon University
Monday, October 2 at Rutgers University — Newark

4.jpeg

Defender Claire Trop, Freshman — Dartmouth

Trop has featured in six matches for the Big Green, starting two, and has helped the defense post two shutouts this season. Despite a 4–5–0 overall record and a conference record of 0–1–0, the Big Green are unbeaten at home.

Next Matches:
Saturday, September 30 vs Princeton
Monday, October 2 vs University of Massachusetts Lowell

5.jpeg

Midfielder Maiya Pacleb, Freshman — University of Puget Sound

The Loggers have an overall record of 4–3–1 this season, with a conference record of 2–2–0. Pacleb has appeared in two matches, a double overtime 0–0 tie with Eastern Oregon and a 3–0 win over Evergreen State.

Next Matches:
Saturday, September 30 at Whitworth
Sunday, October 1 at Whitman

Forward Chloe Lamenzo, Freshman — Earlham College

Lamenzo has started all nine matches for the Quakers this season, and has been almost unstoppable offensively. With eight goals and three assists, Lamenzo is the team leader in points. So far this season Earlham has a 4–5–0 record overall.

Next Match:
Saturday, September 30 vs Bluffton

6.jpeg

Forward Tasha Tennyson, Freshman — Pacific Lutheran University

Tennyson and the Lutes are 7–1–0 overall with a perfect 4–0–0 record in conference. The Lutes are also undefeated at home this season, with a 5–0–0 record. Tennyson has appeared in four matches, all four of them shutout wins for the Lutes.

Next Matches:
Saturday, September 30 at Whitman
Sunday, October 1 at Whitworth

Forward Gabby Crenshaw, Freshman — Washington State

The Cougars have a sister connection on their team, as senior defender Kelsee Crenshaw is the older sister of Gabby. The Crenshaw sisters have helped the Cougars to a 5–2–2 record overall, and a conference record of 0–1–0.

Next Match:
Sunday, October 1 vs Utah

Photo Essay: Reign Academy Matchday

Photo Essay: Reign Academy Matchday

This past weekend the Reign Academy had their first weekend of Development Academy play at home. Here’s a few of our favorite photos from the weekend at Starfire.

1.jpeg
2.jpeg
3.jpeg
4.jpeg
5.jpeg
6.jpeg
7.jpeg
8.jpeg
9.jpeg
10.jpeg

Academy Update: Development Academy Successfully Kicks Off

Academy Update: Development Academy Successfully Kicks Off

The inaugural weekend of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy was marked by much fanfare, including a weeklong buildup that featured USWNT players and an extensive concussion awareness campaign. Even with new rules and new competition, for Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins the focus remained the same.

“The game is always the same. It’s always the objective to try to play well and score more goals than the other team,” said Calkins. “It wasn’t anything different in that sense, for the players and coaches. As far as the level of competition goes, it’s been good.”

1.jpeg

The weekend saw all four DA teams in action, with the U-14s, U-15s, U-16/17s, and U-18/19s competing against California Thorns FC on Saturday, September 2nd and the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, September 3rd. Overall, the Reign Academy posted a 3–3–2 record through the combined eight games on the weekend.

“We’re in the right competitive level, we deserve to be there, and we have room to grow,” said Calkins. “Saturday was a good start, and demonstrated we deserve to be in this mix, and playing with these players. Technically, we still have to be better to compete with the best of the best. We have to find that balance between athleticism and technique, while developing both.”

2.jpeg

After a weekend off from matches, the Reign Academy staff have had more time to focus on the practice curriculum. Now with a minimum of four training sessions per week, the staff are working on a well-rounded plan to provide the appropriate framework and support to develop the players to their full potential. This was submitted to the Development Academy well before the season started, and serves as a baseline for team’s in their sessions.

“We have training blocks set for each week, that were already set before the season started, so we’re trying to work within the parameters of those,” said Calkins. “It’s just like teaching in school. Having a purpose to what we’re doing is a preferred method.”

3.jpeg

Those “themes” change with each week of practice for the Reign Academy. Examples include movement to receive the ball in midfield, defending from the front, and counter attacking among others. The Reign Academy also takes the time to ensure the players have a break in training learning about proper nutrition and overall fitness.

By having a set course for each week of practice, this allows coaches and players alike to better understand the focus and build on those individual skills.

“The DA provides some accountability and standards that are good to have in place,” said Calkins. “That raises the standard of all level that are in place, so it’s good to have that initiative from U.S. Soccer.”

Up next, the Reign Academy teams head to face Portland Thorns FC on Satuday, September 16th at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. For all of the Reign Academy’s results and upcoming matches, visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy site here.

Reign Academy Duo Called In for U-15 Camp

Reign Academy Duo Called In for U-15 Camp

U.S. Under-15 girls’ national team head coach Tracey Kevins has named the roster for the team’s upcoming camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Reign Academy goalkeeper Neeku Purcell and defender August Hunter are among the 24 players selected.

“Neeku’s shot-stopping ability is one of the top of her age that I have seen in a long time,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “This opportunity will provide continued growth and development with some of the nation’s best.”

This is the second U-15 GNT call-up for Purcell this year, having previously been called into camp last June. This marks the first call-up for Hunter.

“August can rise to any challenge placed in front of her and has a true competitor’s spirit,” said Calkins. “She will undoubtedly demand the highest standard from herself in this environment and will not settle for anything but improving and making the most of this opportunity.”

The camp will run from September 10 to September 17, and will be held concurrently with a U.S. Under-14 girls’ national team camp. During the week the teams will scrimmage against each other, and it will be the first experience in a National Team training camp environment for many of the players.

This group of U-15 players is in the first year of a two-year cycle before transitioning to U-17s in 2019, when they will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Haley Craig (Hawks-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Isabella Grust (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Neeku Purcell (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.) 
 DEFENDERS (7): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.), August Hunter (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.), Andrea Kitahata (San Jose Earthquakes; Hillsborough, Calif.), Phoenix Miranda (Leahi SC; Aiea, Hawaii), Ayo Oke (Concorde Fire; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United; Roseville, Calif.), Lilly Reale (South Shore Select; Hingham, Mass.)
 MIDFIELDERS (7): Korbin Albert (Eclipse Select SC; Gurnee, Ill.), Colby Barnett (Strikers FC; Los Alamitos, Calif.), Summer Denigan (Cincinnati Development Academy; Union, Ky.), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Carina Lageyre (Weston SC; Cooper City, Fla.), Olivia Pena (Solar Chelsea; Irving, Texas), Isabella Piete (San Diego Surf; Alpine, Calif.), 
 FORWARDS (7): Simone Jackson (Slammers FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Caetlyn Johannes (Valley Isle SA; Kihei, Hawaii), Arianna Manrique (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.). Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Dorrian Savage (San Diego Surf; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jillian Shimkin (FC Fury; Rockville Center, N.Y.), Amelia White (Fort Wayne United; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com

Nine NWSL Clubs to Participate in U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy

Nine NWSL Clubs to Participate in U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy

Nine clubs from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) are set to participate in the launch of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which will begin its inaugural season Sept. 2.

The opening weekend will feature 108 games across the country — highlighted by the Girls’ Academy’s first feature match in Somerset, N.J. between Sky Blue — PDA (Bernardsville, N.J.) and FC Virginia (Chantilly, Va.) in the U-16/17 age group (2002/2001 birth years). The game will be streamed live at 11 a.m. ET on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

The Reign Academy begin their inaugural DA season this weekend, facing the California Thorns on Saturday, September 2, and the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, September 3.

Eleven youth teams affiliated with NWSL clubs are among the 69 member clubs with more than 6,000 players as the NWSL looks to promote and support the long-term growth of the women’s game with the development of world-class players and coaches through the Girls’ Academy.

1.jpeg

List of NWSL affiliated clubs in U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy:

Boston Breakers Academy (Watertown, Mass.)
FC Kansas City (Prairie Village, Kan.)
Houston Dash (Houston)
NC Courage (Raleigh, N.C.)
Orlando Pride (Orlando, Fla.)
Portland Thorns FC (Portland, Ore.)
Seattle Reign Academy (Seattle, Wash.)
Sky Blue — NYSC (Chappaqua, N.Y.)
Sky Blue — PDA (Bernardsville, N.J.)
Washington Spirit Academy — Baltimore Armour (Boyds, Md.)
Washington Spirit Academy — Virginia (Fairfax, Va.)

The Girls’ Academy is the highest level of girls’ youth soccer in the U.S. and will prioritize individual development ahead of winning team trophies by shifting focus to training — with a minimum of four training sessions a week for each club.

The Academy will feature four age groups: U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 competing in seven divisions across the country — with clubs set to compete in a 10-month season from September to July that will include showcase competitions in the winter, spring and summer before culminating in the Academy Championships.

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

For more information on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, please visit ussoccerda.com.

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Earns Call Up for U-16 Camp

Reign Academy’s Smith Hunter Earns Call Up for U-16 Camp

U.S. Under-16 girls’ national team head coach Kacey White has named the roster for the team’s upcoming camp and matches in Germany. Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter is among the 20 players selected.

“This is an excellent opportunity, reward, and challenge for Smith as she continues to grow and develop as a player,” said Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins. “It is no doubt an honor for a soccer player to put on the United States jersey and represent her country. Smith is a dedicated, hard-working, and committed player who can make an impact in any game.”

After their third training camp of 2016, the U-16’s will head to Germany from September 6th to 15th for their second international trip of the year. The U.S. will face their German counterparts in two matches during the trip, on September 12th and 14th. The matches will take place at venues to be determined in and around Wildeshausen, Germany.

The players, who moved up from the U-14 level last year, will spend two years on the U-16 GNT before moving on to the U-18s. This group of players will eventually be the core group for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (2): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Mia Justus (Sky Blue -PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kayla Colbert (Legends FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Caroline Gray (Concorde Fire; Johns Creek, Ga.), Katherine Groff (NC Courage; Raleigh, N.C.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Devi Dudley (La Roca Futbol Club; American Fork, Utah), Tatiana Fung (LAFC Slammers; Fullerton, Calif.), Maggie Graham (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Michaela Rosenbaum (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Dilary Heredia-Beltran (SPORTING Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kansas), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.)

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy to Launch on September 2

U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy to Launch on September 2

The U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy is set to kick off its inaugural season on Sept. 2, marking the start of competition for more than 6,000 players from 69 member clubs. The Academy develops world-class players by impacting everyday club environments across the country.

The Reign Academy begin their inaugural DA season this weekend, facing the California Thorns on Saturday, September 2, and the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, September 3.

Following 10 years of success for the Boys’ Academy, the Girls’ Academy launches this fall to bring the development initiative to female youth players.

A total of 108 games will kick off on opening weekend, highlighted by the Girls’ Academy’s first feature match in Somerset, N.J. between Sky Blue — PDA (Somerset, N.J.) and FC Virginia (Chantilly, Va.) in the U-16/17 age group (2002/2001 birth years). The game will be streamed live at 11 a.m. ET on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Facebook Page.

1.jpeg

“In support of U.S. Soccer’s long-term plan for player and coach development, launching a Girls’ Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women’s game,” said U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs. “This program will directly impact the everyday environment for clubs and further connect players and coaches to our National Teams.”

The Girls’ Academy is the highest level of girls’ youth soccer in the U.S., and its start represents the implementation of the Academy’s philosophy and standards for the most committed youth clubs across the country. Academy clubs have an increased focus on training (minimum four training sessions per week) and play fewer total games in favor of more meaningful contests using international standards. The program prioritizes individual development ahead of winning team trophies and titles.

A U.S. Soccer player development initiative, the Academy provides direct access to the Federation’s resources. Clubs receive a wealth of support with coaching education, scholarship funding, Academy staff dedicated to serving clubs, and support from Academy Technical Advisors that reside and work in club markets.

It also provides a clear pathway to National Team programs. More than 92 percent of players selected to Youth National Teams in the 2016–17 cycle came from Academy clubs, and 65 players from the most recent Women’s and Girls’ YNT rosters will feature in the Academy this season.

3.jpeg

“The U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy program will raise the standards and assure that the pathway for the most talented and dedicated female players exists, and that we will be able to continue to compete with the elite players and teams in the world,” Girls’ Academy Director Miriam Hickey said. “To achieve this, we must commit to a positive training and game environment at the club level to ensure the best players are playing together and not one talented player is overlooked.”

Hickey and Heinrichs will hold a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the Girls’ Academy launch.

A global leader in women’s soccer, U.S. Soccer’s implementation of the Girls’ Academy is part of the Federation’s efforts to grow the game and ensure that future National Teams continue to win at the highest level. Several current and former Women’s National Team players are involved in the Academy to further this mission. Their experiences winning FIFA Women’s World Cups and Olympic gold medals will be invaluable in raising the standard for female youth players.

U.S. Soccer is launching the Girls’ Academy with backing from the National Women’s Soccer League. Now in its fifth year, the league is the longest-tenured women’s professional league in United States history. A total of 11 Girls’ Academy clubs are affiliated with NWSL teams, marking a major step forward in the league’s player development initiatives and the long-term growth of women’s professional soccer.

4.jpeg

For its first season, the Girls’ Academy will feature four age groups: U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 competing in seven divisions across the country. Teams play consistently during a 10-month season from September to July, featuring Winter, Spring and Summer Showcases and culminating in the Academy Championships. The inaugural 69 clubs were chosen based on a variety of factors, including club leadership, infrastructure, resources, history of player production for National Teams, market and depth of the player pool and more.

Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the U.S. soccer Development Academy. Providing female players in the Pacific Northwest with an unrivaled platform to develop both as players and as individuals in a female-centered environment, the Reign Academy is built around the unique needs of the elite female soccer player. For more information on Reign Academy visit reignacademy.com.

For more information on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, please visit ussoccerda.com.

Academy Update: Development Academy Play Quickly Approaching

Academy Update: Development Academy Play Quickly Approaching

On the job for just over a month, Reign Academy technical director Kim Calkins has hit the ground running. With the Development Academy season beginning in September, Calkins has been focused on preparing the Academy for its upcoming matches and learning all she can.

“I’ve been getting to know the culture of the Academy and focused on learning how to build off the foundation that’s already there from year one,” said Calkins. “We’re seeing how can we make it match Laura’s [Harvey] philosophy and be a world-class academy. I’ve spent the first few weeks doing a lot of listening, whether it’s coming from the Reign organization, our partner groups, players, coaches, or parents. I’m getting my feet wet and I’m excited to move forward. I’m excited about the people I get to work with.”

1.jpeg

The Academy recently returned from the SilverLakes Summer Showcase in California. With new staff figuring out their squads, the goal for the weekend was to see as many players take the field as possible and get quality minutes for all of them. As Calkins put it “it was a time for us to get to know the players, and for the players to get to know us.”

It wasn’t just an opportunity for Calkins and company to see and learn from their players, but also a chance for college coaches and scouts to see Reign Academy prospects. Many national team scouts for all age groups were on hand to take in the showcase as well.

“There’s a time to say we’re focusing on development, building trust between the staff and players, and giving them the opportunity to play. This was definitely one of those weekends,” said Calkins. “Plenty of the teams got results, and we were excited to see them compete against some other great academy teams, and it’s exciting.”

2.jpeg

Teams are now training four times a week, as well as working on sports nutrition and player development plans. Just as the players are prepping for the upcoming season, so are the Academy staff. Calkins and her team have spent the past few weeks finishing up their 12-month plan to submit to U.S. Soccer.

“We’ve been doing a lot of planning and discussing how this year is going to be mapped out for the players and the teams,” said Calkins. “We’re excited to implement that, with all of the players mirroring what the Reign philosophy and mirroring that with what the DA requirements are. I’m definitely excited to get working with that for the next month before we step out onto the field and start league games.”

3.jpeg

The Academy’s first Development Academy game is set for September 2nd, when they face California Thorns FC at Creekside Park in Cupertino, California. With the inaugural DA season rapidly approaching, Calkins is excited about the opportunities ahead.

“To be in the middle of U.S. Soccer DA and partner that with the Reign’s desire to build into the youth game as well, it’s exciting,” said Calkins. “I think the timing is just right and I look forward to being a part of it.”