Welcome back to another year of soccer! School is in full swing and so is our fall soccer season.
We are coming off the most successful soccer year we have had as a club! SOFC sent SEVEN teams to Regionals (Girls 02 Elite, Girls 00 Elite, 04 Boys Elite, 00 Boys Elite, 99 Boys Elite and 98 Boys Elite). Two of those teams made it the Regional finals and one went on to the semi-finals. These events were all records broke by the state of Nebraska! In addition, the Girls 02 Elite and Girls 00 Elite teams advanced to the National Championships in Dallas, TX! This was also a record for the number of teams to advance from the state of Nebraska, from a single club, to Nationals. Both teams went on to represent Sporting Omaha FC and the state very well. Congratulations to each of those players, parents and coaches from those teams.
Besides the team successes, we recently sent 6 girls to the first ever U.S Soccer National Training Center held in Kansas City, KS. Training Centers (TCs) are free, single-day player identification opportunities for players with high potential to train under the directions of U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors. TCs are a critical element to the U.S Soccer Development model and are designed to improve talent identification/evaluation, player development, and coaching development. TCs are the pathway to Youth National Teams. We congratulate the following girls on their selection:
Anna Bragg - 06 Girls Elite coached by Sean McCoy Julia Witt- 06 Girls Elite coached by Sean McCoy Olivia Mauch - 05 Girls Elite coached by Alex Mason Alexis Morrison- 05 Girls Elite coached by Alex Mason Lily Husley - 03 Girls Elite coached by Alekis Berzins Sidney Anderson - 02 Elite coached by Alex Mason
We are proud to have the only girls representing the state of Nebraska for this event.
On a club note we kicked off the season with our annual tournament, the SOFC Labor Day Invitational. It was a great success! The tournament hosted over 150 teams from seven different states. A special thanks goes out to Karl Ostrand, our Tournament Director, for a job well done; and many thanks to our army of volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you! Besides the great competition and weather, we were able to partner with Omaha Rapid Response to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and with the Red Cross for the annual blood drive. Thank you to all the families who donated!
With such a great start to the fall season, I canâ€™t wait for what is next! Thank you for all that you do for Sporting Omaha FC! It is truly appreciated!
Have fun and score goals!
Sporting Omaha FC
Rob Gale has been a great friend and asset to Sporting Omaha FC for years. Rob was in town for training clinics, both in the classroom and on the field, and worked with a number of our teams. His input and the knowledge about the game and player development is something the club values very highly.
On top of sending two teams to Nationals, THREE of our players made the Best XI selection:Sporting Omaha Football Club's Alyssa Judkins and Allie Napora were selected by U14 national team coaches and Allison Romero by the U16 national team coaches.
The Best XI team was first introduced at the 2011 National Championships. Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.
The Best XI join the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Fair Play awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl. At Sporting Omaha FC Christina Lewis has been leading the way in our community with this program for 8 years. SOFC has one of the largest TOPSoccer program in the Omaha area.
Sporting Omaha FC caught up with Peter Schropp. Peter is an Alumnus for Omaha FC, Chicago Fire, Omaha Creighton Prep, U.S. national teamâ€™s under-17, and now he is a Junior/Starter at Georgetown.
What was your biggest soccer accomplishment? And what would you say what was the hardest part about achieving the accomplishments?
My greatest soccer accomplishment to date was making the u17 world cup qualifying roster. It is always an honor and privilege representing the US on the field. The hardest part about accomplishing this was living away from home for a year and the very intensive training. We would train for 3-4 hours every day to prep for international tournaments and qualifying.
Did you always play defender? If not, what other positions have you played and which do you prefer?
I only played defense for the national team growing up. Playing with OFC my position was always center mid. I loved to win the ball in the middle of the field and open up play with long balls. I prefer left back, with the style of play that most teams are playing the outside backs must be very technical and able to get forward in the attack. Thatâ€™s my favorite part, making runs up the field.
What does it feel like to return to Omaha to play Creighton?
It is always very special to come back to Omaha and play. Soccer has taken me all around the world, but Omaha will forever be my home and whenever I get to play and compete in front of an Omaha crowd I am happy. Even if they may not be rooting for my team to win.
Do you have any advice for kids who want to go further with their soccer skills?
Always put the team first. I went through a phase where I focused a lot on myself and being scouted when I should have been worried about the teamâ€™s success. College coaches want winners so if your team is having success you will have success as an individual player being scouted.
Who has influenced you the most in soccer?
My father has influenced me the most. He has always been the first person I call after a game to discuss what went well and what could be worked on. He has given me so much support throughout the years and has always given me great advice. Before I walk out on the field no matter the game I always look for him in the stands and give a smile and thumbs up.
As an affiliate program of Sporting KC, Sporting Omaha FC had the opportunity to have players participate in the Affiliate All-Star weekend September 29th - October 1st, 2017. The All-Star Experience included four All-Star teams, two boys and two girls. Each of the 15 Academy Affiliate clubs could send their top U11 and U13 boy and girl players to Sporting Kansas City's official training facility, Swope Soccer Village, to be a part of this All-Star Experience. This experience consisted of a full weekend of events including but not limited to the following:
Welcoming ceremony which includes handing out All-Star gift bags, intro from guest speaker & more!
Two high-level training sessions with Sporting KC's Academy technical staff
Potential for a unique fitness/classroom session with a Sporting KC technical staff member
Possibility of watching Sporting Club's pro teams train
An All-Star exhibition match versus the top boys & girls teams in the KC area
Exclusive chalk talk lead by Sporting KC's technical liaison, who breaks down the tactical side of the SKC match pre-game
Congratulations to the following Sporting Omaha FC players that were in attendance:
Sporting Omaha FC 05 Boys All-Stars: Sam Schendt & Caedmon Schwanke Sporting Omaha FC 05 Girls All-Stars: Olivia Mauch, Alexis Morrison & Maria McLeay Sporting Omaha FC 07 Boys All-Stars: Carson Hutteger & Jordan Igwenma Sporting Omaha FC 07 Girls All-Stars: Lia Rilantono & Presley Douglas
Paul Devine, part of the 2001 Sporting Omaha FC Elite soccer team, has fought his way back to the field! After suffering a severely sprained ankle, Paul was treated at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and was able to return to play safely and confidently! Check out Paulâ€™s Q & A below!
1. How did you get injured and what was your injury?
I sprained my ankle. It was an early morning game and the field was wet. I went to turn with the ball and rolled my ankle to the outside.
2. What was the toughest part about being injured?
A couple things. Our team was preparing for National League and I was nervous that I might not get back to 100%. It was also tough watching my team practice from the sidelines while I was still healing.
3. What did you learn from being injured?
To listen to my Physical Therapist and be patient with the physical therapy process. I also appreciated that my Physical Therapist was constantly in contact with my coach so he knew how hard I could push myself.
4. What advice would you give someone that is sidelined with an injury?
Trust your Physical Therapist. Listen at sessions and do the stretching and exercises at home. It's about building to full strength and gaining confidence.
5. What did you enjoy the most about your experience with OPTI?
The one on one attention was great. I liked that everything we did tied back to soccer. My rehab was soccer-specific and I was able to get some sessions in at the Athletes In Motion (A.I.M.) Clinic out at the Omaha Sports Complex which was pretty awesome! I felt confident in returning to play! 6. What have you accomplished since returning back to soccer after your injury?
I was been able to play in all 7 games in the National League with my SOFC soccer team and we finished 3-1-3! I also made varsity at my high school as a freshman. I did all of this without any issues with my ankle!
Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic with itâ€™s main location at 144th & Dodge and itâ€™s secondary location inside of the Omaha Sports Complex on 144th & Giles. OPTI is a proud sponsor of Sporting Omaha FC!
Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic with itâ€™s main location at 144th & Dodge and itâ€™s secondary location inside of the Omaha Sports Complex on 144th & Giles. OPTI is the BEST place for physical therapy in Omaha!
Xplosive Edge Coach Brent Bahl and Xplosive Edge/SOFC Coach Aleks Berzins recently visited Sporting KC to observe the SKC sports performance and fitness. They met with SKC coaches and discussed day-to-day operations of the teamâ€™s fitness programing. Each level (MLS, USL, Academy), has a Performance Coach allocated to implement fitness programs throughout the season. The X-Edge staff watched the implementation of Postural Restoration techniques that they, themselves recently started adding into the warm-ups before workouts and practice. In discussion, Sporting KC programming is geared for more fitness development and coaching in youth athletes, as opposed to the majority of MLS and USL athletes that have more of a maintenance phase. The incorporation of explosive and plyometric exercises, as well as bilateral and unilateral lower body strength exercises are essential in the training. They thoroughly enjoyed their time with the entire Sporting KC staff and will continue to use them as a resource to better facilitate our soccer athletes.