Thursday, April 30, 2015

Matthew Delicate: Toast of Richmond

Richmond's Matthew Delicate
Fifteen years ago, forward Matthew Delicate was playing for the Wales U-18 national team and had zero knowledge of Richmond, Va. Fast-forward to the present, and Delicate is the toast of the Richmond Kickers.

It was April of 2000 when Virginia Commonwealth University’s assistant men’s soccer coach Ted Jones, a fellow native of Wales, prompted Delicate’s path to the States. Delicate has been a lethal offensive weapon since, from VCU to the Kickers.

“I actually was just looking at trials at various professional clubs at that point, hoping I would just pick up with a team,” Delicate said. “Then this opportunity to play at VCU came out of the blue. A few months later, I was playing for them with a scholarship. It all happened very quickly.”

It was a path that Delicate never envisioned, but something he clearly has embraced and succeeded in.

“It was never even remotely on the radar,” Delicate said. “I had never heard of Richmond. I never heard of the NCAA or college soccer. The opportunity to come to the States was a big surprise, but it also was a great opportunity.”

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Eclipse Select Premier East Black 2020 wins title at Spring Classic

With more than 300 teams competing over the April 25-26 weekend, the Eclipse Select Premier East Black 2020 represented the host side to the fullest with a championship crown in the Girls U-13 Blue division at the 2015 Eclipse Select Spring Classic, Presented by Dykstra Home Services. This marked the ninth annual Spring Classic event.

Eclipse Select Premier East Black 2020 defeated United SA Elite Black, 3-1, in the title match. In group play, Eclipse earned 4-0 victories against Lombard Firebirds SC and Roadrunners SC, then tied United SA Elite Black in the third group match to set up the exciting title rematch.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Eclipse Select midfielder Bosco earns U.S. U-18 WNT call-up

Eclipse Select midfielder Marissa Bosco
Eclipse Select Soccer Club midfielder Marissa Bosco (St. Charles, Ill.) joins the long list of Eclipse players who have been recently called into U.S. National Team camps.

Bosco has earned a call-up to the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team to take part in an April 19-26 camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

USL Today: Previewing Louisville City vs. Rochester Rhinos

We preview an Eastern Conference showdown between two unbeaten teams: Louisville City FC and the Rochester Rhinos.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eclipse Select U-15s go unbeaten at ECNL National Event in San Diego

Eclipse Select Soccer Club took four squads to the ECNL San Diego National Event, which ran Friday through Sunday at the San Diego Polo Club.

Leading the charge was the Eclipse Select Elite ECNL 2018 (U-15) team, which posted a 2-0-1 record and featured a consistent offensive performance by Skylar Kingsley (Naperville, Ill.) who scored in all three matches.

Eclipse Elite ECNL 2016 (U-17) also earned a pair of wins at the national tournament, and the performance was noteworthy as Eclipse was without its top three scorers in Zoe Redei (Highland Park, Ill.), Alissa Gorzak (Naperville, Ill.) and Foster Ignoffo (Geneva, Ill.).

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Eclipse Select Yearbook: 2014 highlights and 2015 initiatives

Relive Eclipse Select's highs of 2014, including the back-to-back ECNL National Championship captured by the Elite ECNL 2017 team, as well as some of the current 2015 happenings in this edition!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Belmar elevating play for Western Conference-leading T2

Portland Timbers 2 forward Kharlton Belmar is quick to point out one element that makes a successful professional player: consistency.

Through three games, Belmar already has proven to be T2’s steadiest performer with three goals as Portland is now 2-0-1 and atop the Western Conference with seven points.

“It’s been really exciting,” Belmar said. “We’ve gotten off to a great start and have really come together. We have a pacey group of forwards, and when you can combine that speed to press other teams, that can cause a lot of damage. For me, I didn’t know what to expect heading into my first professional game, and it was great starting off on the right foot.”

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Four players with Eclipse Select ties bound for national team camps

CHICAGO – Mid-April will have a heavy representation of players with Eclipse Select ties at USA national team camps.

Former Eclipse Select forward Alexa Ben (Schaumburg, Ill.) and goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier (Tallahassee, Fla.) have been called into a U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team camp. Meanwhile, current Eclipse Select forwards Zoe Redei (Highland Park, Ill.) and Alissa Gorzak (Naperville, Ill.) will represent the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team.

The U-19 and U-20 camps both consist of 24 players and run April 11-18 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. For the U-20s, the camp will also include split-squad matches against USC and UCLA on Friday, April 17.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Versatile Craven already proving worth at Seattle Sounders FC 2

Seattle's Andy Craven
Two games is a small sampling to fully appreciate the true impact of a player, but Seattle Sounders FC 2 forward Andy Craven is making his play heard in the early going of the 2015 USL season.

Craven has been a big part of Seattle’s lethal offense, with the team posting two dominant victories to take the early lead in the Western Conference. Craven also etched his name in the record books with the club’s first goal during S2’s 4-2 victory against defending champion Sacramento Republic FC on March 21.

“That was so incredible,” Craven said of his goal. “I didn’t even realize that was what I had done until after the game. I was getting so much love from the fans and community, which made it that much more exciting. The Sounders community has been so supportive of us as a team. It’s not just that goal, but all of the goals and our performances – it’s exciting.”

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