U.S. Soccer is making a statement with Pride Crest during World Cup in Qatar
There are many reasons to criticize FIFA for the way they’ve handled the Men’s World Cup that is about to begin in Qatar, and at the top of that list is that they chose to have it in a nation with egregious human rights violations.
Will the U.S. men blow their chance for a World Cup spot, like they did for the 2018 event?
Nearly five years after the United States men’s national soccer team famously blew a spot in the 2018 World Cup by losing to a vastly inferior Trinidad and Tobago squad in October of 2017 in the final game of qualifying, the moment of redemption has finally arrived for the Americans.
Former Kalamazoo Hackett stars leave WMU men’s soccer for Kentucky, Wisconsin
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Western Michigan men’s soccer team will be without a pair of homegrown talents next season, as former Kalamazoo Hackett stars Brennan Creek and Max Keenan have announced their intention to leave the Broncos for Conference USA and the Big Ten. Both players completed their sophomore seasons at WMU in the fall and will have two years of eligibility at their new destinations. During his three seasons at WMU, the younger Keenan started 21 of 47 games and collected 19 points on six goals and seven assists. At Kalamazoo Hackett, Creek and Keenan led the Irish to four state semifinal appearances, two Division 4 state title games and a 73-19-5 record. 3 WMU hockey heading into grueling finish to regular seasonWMU hockey forward, nation’s top goal scorer Ethen Frank nominated for Hobey Baker AwardNo.mlive.com
AFC Ann Arbor, local organizations launch new community youth program in Ypsilanti
Association Football Club Ann Arbor and Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, in partnership with the Hart & Tay Train Foundation, the Rob Murphy Foundation and the Mighty Oak Project, have launched a new community youth program called CLR Academy.
AFC Ann Arbor withdraws men’s season for second year due to pandemic
ANN ARBOR – AFC Ann Arbor officials announced on Tuesday that its men’s team will not participate in this year’s USL League Two season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The club is currently consulting with the United Women’s Soccer division’s leadership to determine whether or not the women’s team will compete this year. “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been precautious about our return to play and have followed the guidance and advice of our state’s top medical expert, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun,” Bilal Saeed, Chair of AFC Ann Arbor said in a statement. “Under these guidelines and current state restrictions, we cannot in good conscience bring players in for a league season,” the club said in a statement. “We understand AFC Ann Arbor’s decision to withdraw from participation in the 2021 League Two season,” USL Vice President Joel Nash said in a statement.
Meet Metro Detroit’s 2020 all-state boys soccer players, vote for top performer
The Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association has released its all-state teams and many Metro Detroit players made the list, including Mr. Soccer selection Bosh Tanyi of Grosse Ile. With so many great performers, we want to know who your favorite player was this season. Here are all the players selected to the MIHSSCA all-state lists. Vote for your player as often as you want in the poll at the bottom. If you are having trouble viewing the poll on your browser, please click here to vote.mlive.com
Mattawan, Gull Lake soccer play to 3-3 draw in battle of Mr. Soccer hopefuls
RICHLAND, MI - Star-studded casts were on the pitch and high stakes were at play in Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup between Mattawan and host Richland Gull Lake. Gull Lake senior and Mr. Soccer frontrunner Roni Sylejmani scored the Blue Devils' second goal on a perfectly placed free kick that tucked itself inside the post, under the bar and out of reach from Mattawan goalkeeper Carson Foor. Gull Lake coach Matt Streitel was impressed, though not at all surprised by Sylejmani’s 18th goal of the season, but what excited him more was his star player’s willingness to take on a bigger defensive role against Mattawan’s powerful offense. “We always say, ‘Next five, next five,’ and that means we work harder for those five minutes,” Mattawan senior defender Tommy Martinic said. If both Mattawan and Gull Lake win, they’ll meet again Saturday in the SMAC tournament finals.mlive.com