Sporting Omaha FC Newsletter vol. 8
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Sporting Omaha FC family and friends:
Welcome back! Summer flew by but what a remarkable summer it was for Sporting Omaha FC.
We started the summer off by announcing our official re-brand to Sporting Omaha FC at our Excellence Banquet in May 2016. It was amazing to see what a wonderful response we got back from our membership about the new name and new logo. We are also looking forward to continuing our relationship with Sporting Kansas City. Within the next few months we will have more details regarding the new uniform and training gear transition for the fall of 2017. You can get into the spirit now with our SOFC spirit wear which is available at and at DiGiorgio’s Sportswear at 14111 Q Street. **DiGiorgio's will have an online ordering link starting November 1st. We will send out information when it is up and running.
At the Region 2 Championships in late June at Indianapolis, IN, we advanced four of our teams to the semi-finals; Alex Vazquez’s U18 Elite Boys, Jason Mimm’s U17 Elite Boys, Sean McCoy’s U13 Girls Elite and Alex Mason’s U18 Girls Elite. The U18 Boys Elite and U18 Girls Elite would later lose in the regional final. These were the most teams to EVER advance for our club. We are looking forward to Regional and then National championships are in our near future!
Due to this Regional success, SOFC was able to place 3 teams in the prestigious National League, Boys Elite 01, Girls Elite 02 and Girls Elite 00. This is the highest level of play for USYS in the country.  We know they will represent SOFC very well when play begins in December!  
After our re-branding announcement and regionals, SOFC headed immediately into team formation. With the birth year transition, we did not know what to expect. However, as a Club, we hosted over 1100 players during the two-week trial period. This was a Club record! The process went smooth and we are pleased you all have chosen SOFC as your soccer home. SOFC is truly becoming the destination club for all levels.

We just concluded our Labor Day Invitational on Sunday, September 4.  We hosted 148 teams from over 7 states. The weather was as close to perfect as the Midwest can be at this time of year and competition was excellent in every bracket. I want to thank all of our tournament volunteers for the hard work during the event!
None of these successes would be possible without the hard work of our players, their families and our coaching staff!  THANK YOU!
Good luck on and off the field this fall! If the summer is any indication of our future, we can’t wait for the fall to play out!
As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns never hesitate to contact me.
Tim Bennett
Sporting Omaha FC
Executive Director


Fall 2016 All-Star Player Experience

SKC Youth department hosted the Academy Affiliate Friendlies August 19-21st. SOFC had 21 teams attend the Friendlies.

SOFC teams played other Academy Affiliates from across the midwest, including those from Arkansas, Southern Indiana, Nashville, and Columbia, MO. 
Matches were played at top notch facilities in a professional, competitive atmosphere.

OFC U12 Boys All-Stars: Mitchell Baird, Jacob Garcia, Asher Shillcutt
OFC U12 Girls All-Stars: Jane Kidder, Lexi Zeiss
OFC U14 Boys All-Stars: Kobi Smith, Connor Williams
OFC U14 Girls All-Stars: Isabella Costanzo, Mia Rotella
This spring, the All-Star Experience will be held May 5-6, 2017.


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1998 Boy's Elite Player Achievements

Congrats to two of our SOFC 98 Boys Elite players, Erik Fahner and Matthew Smith.  

Matthew Smith recently went on trial with the 1998 Sporting KC Development Academy team and has been named as a Developmental Player on their roster.  Matthew participates regularly in training sessions in KC and has already seen field time with the top SKC DA squad.  Matthew is a senior GK at Creighton Prep.

Erik Fahner has committed to the Division 1 program, Drake University, in Dew Moines Iowa. Erik is a senior at Millard West High School.
Well done to both Erik and Matthew! We are especially proud of them as home grown players who have spent their youth careers with our club since it's inception!

Girl's Technical Director - U11-U13

Sporting Omaha FC is proud to announce the hiring of Sean McCoy as our Girls U11-U13 Technical Director/Youth Coordinator.

McCoy, will take the lead in helping develop curriculum guidelines, monitoring SOFC player development, coaching and oversight of all soccer-specific aspects of the SOFC player development system. McCoy has a United States Soccer Federation “C” License, awarded in 2003, and a United States Soccer Federation Level I Goalkeeping License, awarded in 2004. He also holds a long list of team and coaching achievements in the Midwest. Last year McCoy led the OFC 02/03 Elite Girls to the clubs first ever WAGS National Tournament Championships. The team went on to be ranked #16 in the nation.

Future Stars!

Twins bothers, Warren and Knox Pankoke, getting ready for their game! Sporting Omaha FC's YDP soccer program is in full swing. 

Registration for Spring YDP will open November 15th.

SOFC Labor Day Invite

SOFC had over 130 teams register this year. A huge thank you to Karl Ostrand, the tournament director, and all the volunteers for making everything a success.

OPTI Gets You Back in the Game

Did you know a study was performed that showed only 44% of people who have undergone ACL reconstruction surgery return to competitive sports?

Only 44%!

The same study showed that 90% of the participants achieved normal or nearly normal knee function. So why is it that if 90% of people have normal knee function that only 44% return to competitive sports?

The study concluded that the low rate of return to competitive sports despite the high rates of successful surgical outcomes is because factors such as kinesiophobia (fear of movement), decreased neuromuscular control, and lack of a gradual, supervised progression back to the sport are not addressed in physical therapy sessions.

This shocking statistic shows how special the rehabilitation at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) really is.  At OPTI, we have over a 95% return to competitive sport rate for our patients that have undergone ACL reconstruction surgery. That’s over double the national average!

The reason we are so successful in terms of returning our athletes back to their sport is because we incorporate sport-specific exercises into their rehabilitation programs. If you play soccer, we have you working with a soccer ball in different ways as soon as the first week of rehabilitation. If you play basketball, we incorporate basketball-specific exercises to help you regain confidence in the sport. Whatever you play, we find ways to incorporate that sport into your rehabilitation so that you have full confidence in returning to play once you are cleared by your surgeon.

In addition, OPTI’s “Athletes In Motion” (AIM) clinic located inside of the Omaha Sports Complex allows us to work with patients on field turf. This allows our patients to reintegrate back into activities and movements performed in their sport on a sport-specific surface.  Kicking, throwing, and sprinting can all be performed in the wide open space the AIM clinic provides. This is a huge physical AND psychological boost for the patients of OPTI. We can literally have patients perform 100 yard sprints in our facility. If you are a wide receiver nervous about running that out-route, we can break that down and help you perform it without any issues. If you are a soccer goalie, we can have you practice punting the ball or kicking goal kicks.  No other clinic in the Omaha area can provide this sort of sport-specific rehabilitation!

So, if you are an athlete that would like to return to your sport after undergoing an ACL reconstruction… give OPTI a try!  There is a good chance we can help you succeed!

Brent Cordery, PT

Return to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the state of play. Ardern CL, Webster KE, Taylor NF, Feller JA. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Jun;45(7):596-606.
For more information on these research articles, visit our website at
or contact Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) at (402)934-8688.  

Soccer Nutrition Guide for Players

Nutrition and hydration play a huge role in any athletes performance. Here is a quick guide to help you support your player so they can be "game ready" each week.

What's Ahead

Mark your calendars for October 9th. Gary Mayabb will be presenting. More details to come. Click HERE.