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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By Charley Nordin

The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, which kicks off its first season in September, has named its first five Technical Advisors, who are charged with developing scouting networks and evaluating and aiding DA clubs in their region.

All five of the women appointed hold a U.S. Soccer ‘A’ or UEFA 'A' license

“This is the next step in creating a better pathway for girls to navigate the club environment in this country,” Girls Development Academy director Miriam Hickey said. “We were able to acquire the most passionate and qualified individuals to fill these roles. These new Technical Advisors bring outstanding knowledge of the game in the U.S. and internationally. With a deep understanding of the standards required at the club, collegiate and professional level, the TAs will provide invaluable insight into preparing our elite young athletes for the highest levels.”

The TAs will develop scouting networks comprised of U.S. Soccer scouts and collegiate coaches to help identify elite talent. The TAs will provide scouting reports and player data to the Director of Talent to identify players to be invited to Training Centers and the youth national team camps.

At least three more TAs will be hired.

Morgan Church (Southeast Division)
Church has worked as an assistant at Gonzaga University and Florida State University. She has served as the Technical Director for the United Soccer Alliance and the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth, and has been an ODP and U.S. Soccer Training Center staff member.



Katie Cole (Frontier Division)
After playing four years at the University of Texas, Cole’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. She founded youth club AZ Fury in 2004 and served as the Arizona club’s Director of Coaching before joining Sereno SC, and has served as an Arizona ODP director.



Diane Drake (Atlantic Division)
Her two decades of college coaching included stints at Georgetown and George Mason. A public-school teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, she has been part of the technical staff of the McLean Youth Soccer Association. She has also served on the NSCAA board of directors. She played at the University of Dayton and for the Raleigh Wings in the USISL.



Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven (Southwest Division)
A Netherlands native now living in New Jersey, Tienhoven has worked with coaches and players of the Dutch women’s national team program and served as an assistant coach for the Netherland’s U-15 national team. She has been head coach of ODP Region 1 teams and a member of the Super-Y League National Scouting Staff.



Zahra Lechak (Northwest Division)
Lechak played at the University of Connecticut, where she earned degrees in molecular cell biology and chemistry. She has been a head coach and course instructor for the Washington Youth Soccer Association, an ODP staff member, and was 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She also served as an assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders women’s team and helped found Seattle United FC and served as its assistant Director of Coaching.
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By Charley Nordin

The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, which kicks off its first season in September, has named its first five Technical Advisors, who are charged with developing scouting networks and evaluating and aiding DA clubs in their region.

All five of the women appointed hold a U.S. Soccer ‘A’ or UEFA 'A' license

“This is the next step in creating a better pathway for girls to navigate the club environment in this country,” Girls Development Academy director Miriam Hickey said. “We were able to acquire the most passionate and qualified individuals to fill these roles. These new Technical Advisors bring outstanding knowledge of the game in the U.S. and internationally. With a deep understanding of the standards required at the club, collegiate and professional level, the TAs will provide invaluable insight into preparing our elite young athletes for the highest levels.”

The TAs will develop scouting networks comprised of U.S. Soccer scouts and collegiate coaches to help identify elite talent. The TAs will provide scouting reports and player data to the Director of Talent to identify players to be invited to Training Centers and the youth national team camps.

At least three more TAs will be hired.

Morgan Church (Southeast Division)
Church has worked as an assistant at Gonzaga University and Florida State University. She has served as the Technical Director for the United Soccer Alliance and the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth, and has been an ODP and U.S. Soccer Training Center staff member.



Katie Cole (Frontier Division)
After playing four years at the University of Texas, Cole’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. She founded youth club AZ Fury in 2004 and served as the Arizona club’s Director of Coaching before joining Sereno SC, and has served as an Arizona ODP director.



Diane Drake (Atlantic Division)
Her two decades of college coaching included stints at Georgetown and George Mason. A public-school teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, she has been part of the technical staff of the McLean Youth Soccer Association. She has also served on the NSCAA board of directors. She played at the University of Dayton and for the Raleigh Wings in the USISL.



Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven (Southwest Division)
A Netherlands native now living in New Jersey, Tienhoven has worked with coaches and players of the Dutch women’s national team program and served as an assistant coach for the Netherland’s U-15 national team. She has been head coach of ODP Region 1 teams and a member of the Super-Y League National Scouting Staff.



Zahra Lechak (Northwest Division)
Lechak played at the University of Connecticut, where she earned degrees in molecular cell biology and chemistry. She has been a head coach and course instructor for the Washington Youth Soccer Association, an ODP staff member, and was 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She also served as an assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders women’s team and helped found Seattle United FC and served as its assistant Director of Coaching.
Whoa!! Who is directing CU and FC PDX locally?
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Whoa!! Who is directing CU and FC PDX locally?
Well Zahra wont have to travel South.....ever!
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FC Portland:

F.C. Portland Academy names club alumni, Laura Schott, as Girls DOC
Hillsboro, OR - December 5, 2016

Clarena Charles, President and Board Chair of F.C. Portland Academy, has named Laura Schott as the Director of Coaching for the girl's programs.

Laura is a capped USWNT player, former professional player, a collegiate 1st Team All-American and Hermann Trophy Candidate, 4-time Pac-10 selection, Head of the US Soccer Training Center for Oregon, and the Head Coach at Portland State University (Division I, 9 years) where she has won four Big Sky Conference titles.

She played collegiately at the University of California at Berkeley where she became program's the all-time leading scorer while earning a B.A. in Political Science, a 2nd B.A. in Mass Communications. Laura also holds a M.S. in Education from Portland State University.

Schott was formerly a Youth Development Director at Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club (THUSC), and has coached with the Eastside Timbers, Oregon State ODP, Region IV ODP, and in northern California.

As a professional, she won a National Championship in 2003 with the Washington Freedom.

Laura holds a USSF National 'B' License.

Schott started playing competitive club soccer with F.C. Portland in 1993, and graduated from the club in 1999. She played high school soccer at Jesuit High School where they won four state titles, and she scored 116 goals. She was Oregon State Player of the year for two years and a high school All-American.

"FC Portland is a club with a rich history and a legacy of producing quality players. I am honored to be working with some of the best players and coaches in the country and returning back to a place where it all started for me.", said Schott. Laura's appointment is effective immediately.
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CU:
Kevin Legg

Kevin grew up in San Diego playing for the renowned Nomads Soccer Club under Derek Armstrong. He stayed local for college and played for the Univ. of San Diego where he led his team to the Div. 1 NCAA Championship before falling to the 4 time champion Virginia Cavaliers. He graduated with a degree in Communication and a Minor in History.

After College Kevin went on to play for the San Diego Sockers and the Portland Pride in the CISL, where he scored 29 goals in his rookie season. He ended up playing 9 years in the Indoor league. In the off season he played outdoor with the San Diego Flash and Portland Timbers. In 2001 the LA Galaxy called up Kevin to play in the CONCACAF Champions league, where the Galaxy went on to win the championship.

Kevin started coaching in 1994 and has continued to work with many kids that have went on to play in college and in the pro leagues. Kevin has worked with top clubs in Arsenal FC down in Southern California where he ran the ECNL program.
He has also worked with the #2 club in ECNL in Crossfire Premier in Seattle.

Besides Kevin's ability to coach at a top level he also manages MLS players, where he gives them advice on their playing and also negotiates their contracts and sets them up with marketing deals. Kevin works with former Timbers Sal Zizzo (New York Red Bulls), Lamar Neagle (DC United) and Collen Warner (Houston Dynamo).
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So does CU's Kevin Legg have his E license?
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So does CU's Kevin Legg have his E license?
Our club coach has an A license and it doesn't necessarily mean all that.
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Ronald McDonald would be a solid choice.
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Does he have his A license?
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By Charley Nordin

The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, which kicks off its first season in September, has named its first five Technical Advisors, who are charged with developing scouting networks and evaluating and aiding DA clubs in their region.

All five of the women appointed hold a U.S. Soccer ‘A’ or UEFA 'A' license

“This is the next step in creating a better pathway for girls to navigate the club environment in this country,” Girls Development Academy director Miriam Hickey said. “We were able to acquire the most passionate and qualified individuals to fill these roles. These new Technical Advisors bring outstanding knowledge of the game in the U.S. and internationally. With a deep understanding of the standards required at the club, collegiate and professional level, the TAs will provide invaluable insight into preparing our elite young athletes for the highest levels.”

The TAs will develop scouting networks comprised of U.S. Soccer scouts and collegiate coaches to help identify elite talent. The TAs will provide scouting reports and player data to the Director of Talent to identify players to be invited to Training Centers and the youth national team camps.

At least three more TAs will be hired.

Morgan Church (Southeast Division)
Church has worked as an assistant at Gonzaga University and Florida State University. She has served as the Technical Director for the United Soccer Alliance and the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth, and has been an ODP and U.S. Soccer Training Center staff member.



Katie Cole (Frontier Division)
After playing four years at the University of Texas, Cole’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. She founded youth club AZ Fury in 2004 and served as the Arizona club’s Director of Coaching before joining Sereno SC, and has served as an Arizona ODP director.



Diane Drake (Atlantic Division)
Her two decades of college coaching included stints at Georgetown and George Mason. A public-school teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, she has been part of the technical staff of the McLean Youth Soccer Association. She has also served on the NSCAA board of directors. She played at the University of Dayton and for the Raleigh Wings in the USISL.



Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven (Southwest Division)
A Netherlands native now living in New Jersey, Tienhoven has worked with coaches and players of the Dutch women’s national team program and served as an assistant coach for the Netherland’s U-15 national team. She has been head coach of ODP Region 1 teams and a member of the Super-Y League National Scouting Staff.



Zahra Lechak (Northwest Division)
Lechak played at the University of Connecticut, where she earned degrees in molecular cell biology and chemistry. She has been a head coach and course instructor for the Washington Youth Soccer Association, an ODP staff member, and was 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She also served as an assistant coach for the Seattle Sounders women’s team and helped found Seattle United FC and served as its assistant Director of Coaching.
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