Friday, September 4, 2015

TDS: ECNL to U-20 World Cup? Eclipse's Marwede highlighted

Eclipse Select's Hannah Marwede
Top Drawer Soccer highlighted four ECNL stalwarts who could make a push for Michelle French's roster in the next FIFA U-20 World Cup. Among this group is Eclipse Select center back Hannah Marwede. TDS's Will Parchman says:

"When it comes to senior center backs, there are none more accomplished than Marwede, who has the chops to do just about anything you need of a center back in the middle of the park. Her size is the most obvious facet about her game, but there’s considerably more to it than that. This Eclipse side prefers to play it out of the back as much as possible, and after winning the U16 national championship in 2014, Eclipse made it back to Richmond for the ECNL Finals again in 2015 (and finished third in their group).

"Marwede’s leadership from the middle shouldn’t be overlooked. She has pillow feet for her size, and if French decides to mix it up and go more along the ground, she won’t find a better mix of aerial and on-the-ball skills than Marwede. A perfect option either off the bench late as a dead ball threat in the box or simply as the main option in the middle. Her height isn’t to be missed."

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

New York Red Bulls II's Stefano Bonomo impresses out of chute

USL Feature

New York Red Bulls II forward Stefano Bonomo comes from a line of top-level athletes in his family. Bonomo’s father Paolo, as well as his grandfather who he had never met, were former professional skiers.

Paolo represented Italy’s national ski team, so between his skiing days and devoted interest in his son’s line of work – coaching for a portion of his youth days – Bonomo says he has had the type of tutelage that many others do not have the privilege of receiving.

“He’ll share all types of stories with me, if I need a motivational talk where he thinks I can push myself in a certain area,” Bonomo said. “He’s talked about when he was skiing back in the day and how he lived his life. I can’t thank him enough for how he’s pushed me and has given me a competitive edge.”

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