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Paul Riley Named 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year
Paul Riley Named 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year
CHICAGO (Sep. 26, 2018) - North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley was voted National Women's Soccer League 2018 Coach of the Year, the NWSL announced today.

Riley, 55, has guided his team to their second straight NWSL Shield with a 17-1-6 record and, with a 3-0 win last Saturday, became the first coach to secure the Shield and the Championship Trophy in the same season. This is Riley's second Coach of the Year award, after he led the Courage to the league's best record in their first season in North Carolina last year.
History! NC Courage Claim NWSL Championship with 3-0 Win over Portland
History! NC Courage Claim NWSL Championship with 3-0 Win over Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 22, 2018) - The top-seeded NC Courage capped off a historic season on Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over second-seeded Portland Thorns FC to win the NWSL Championship. With the victory, the Courage cements its status as the best professional women's soccer team in the United States - and possibly the world.
NC Courage's Paul Riley on Being on Top - Don't Set Goals, Just want Stellar Effort
NC Courage's Paul Riley on Being on Top - Don't Set Goals, Just want Stellar Effort
Without setting goals, Head Coach Paul Riley's North Carolina Courage has thrilled soccer fans with one commanding performance after another. Breaking several records on their way to capturing their second consecutive NWSL Shield and staying on top of the league standings, NC Courage is also the 2018 Women's ICC Champions. The team epitomizes the best of women's soccer.
Paul Riley on ECNL vs. DA, the need for No. 10s, and the North Carolina Courage's stellar season
Paul Riley on ECNL vs. DA, the need for No. 10s, and the North Carolina Courage's stellar season
The North Carolina Courage is in the midst of what's looking like one of the most successful seasons ever for an American women's pro team. Coach Paul Riley, the 2017 NWSL Coach of the Year after the Courage won the regular-season title and finished runner-up, guided the Courage to this year's regular-season title with four games to spare, and to the International Champions Cup title.
Brianna Jablonowski, Player of the Year East Conference U-16/17
Brianna Jablonowski, Player of the Year East Conference U-16/17
FC Fury would like to congratulate Brianna Jablonowski for being announced U16/17 Girls DA East Conference Player of the Year. "Brianna is an exceptional talent and extra emphasis on training which the DA provides has given her a fantastic platform to push on and become one of the top young talents in the country. She is smart, dynamic, skillful and can change a game at any moment. Huge congrats to Bri and her teammates on her being the Player of the Year. It takes a complete team and it takes a process of hard work, diligence and resolve to keep improving your game. Bri has all those qualities." Said Paul Riley.
Paul Riley discusses the explosive NC Courage attack
Paul Riley discusses the explosive NC Courage attack
The NC Courage are on pace to having a historic season in NWSL. So far this year, the team has lost one game and are sitting on 39 points out of 16 games played. That’s a torrid 2.4 points per match and will have the team an obvious favorite for winning the NWSL Championship in 2018.
Development Academy World Cup Bid Announcement
Development Academy World Cup Bid Announcement
You may have woken up to the amazing news that the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America during the 68th FIFA Congress held this morning in Moscow.
The Grassroots Project
The Grassroots Project
Hi everyone! I never thought I'd be running a marathon again but I could not pass up this opportunity to run alongside my former Fury soccer teammates [Jane Wallis Katie Greer Imani Ribadeneyra Rachel Blum Lauren Ferris] for an amazing cause. I am running the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon in October to raise awareness and funds for The Grassroots Project in D.C.! They are a nonprofit organization that trains NCAA D1 Athletes to empower young people in public schools with the knowledge and skills needed to live HEALTHY LIVES!
Former Eastern New York ODP Player Amanda Rooney to Play Professionally in Europe
Former Eastern New York ODP Player Amanda Rooney to Play Professionally in Europe
Amanda Rooney, who spent many years playing in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), is headed to Europe to play professionally. She signed with Gintra Universitetas, Lithuanian champions for the past 13 seasons, and will be joining the club next month.
Two Albertson Fury players decide to stay close to home
Two Albertson Fury players decide to stay close to home
There are so many reasons why soccer players decide to attend a particular college.

For some it is the closeness to home. For others it is the athletic and academic programs. And yet for other players it is the team and school environment itself.

For Albertson Fury standouts Kayla Duvenhorst and Marissa Stanco, the colleges they selected to attend checked off many, if not all the boxes, on their respective lists.

Long Island gets a real, honest for goodness futsal facility of its own
Long Island gets a real, honest for goodness futsal facility of its own
The first futsal-specific facility on Long Island is alive and kicking in Massapequa, N.Y.

Opened on Jan. 15, the Players Futsal Academy is offering players -- young and old -- an opportunity to play the sport year-round, rain, shine or snow.

The facility boasts three professional-standard fields with standard futsal surfaces.
'Courageous' USWNT wins 6-0 over South Korea in Cary
'Courageous' USWNT wins 6-0 over South Korea in Cary
CARY, N.C. - Only thrice has the U.S. Women's National Team staged a friendly match on the then-home ground of an NWSL team since the league launched in 2013. Two of those occasions were at a Sahlen's Stadium - the first was September 2014 in Rochester, NY, home of the erstwhile Western New York Flash. The other was Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park, where the North Carolina Courage, the Flash's NWSL successor, played their debut season this year.
NC Courage Coach Paul Riley is an Amazing Coach and Outstanding Leader of The Game
NC Courage Coach Paul Riley is an Amazing Coach and Outstanding Leader of The Game
Paul Riley is an intelligent man and a force on and off the field. A strong power in the world of women's soccer, Riley is one of the greatest leaders in the game. Riley insists he does not focus on trying to win a match but on Interviewing Paul Riley is always a pleasure. While some head coaches may be enigmatic, Riley is a straight-shooter and a deep-thinker. Not a man prone to being aggressive, Riley is impervious to the traditional pressures of the game opting to see the big picture and believing results come from development.
NC Courage wants to win NWSL final next year, and host it too
NC Courage wants to win NWSL final next year, and host it too
Mere minutes after her North Carolina Courage lost last Saturday's NWSL championship in Orlando, Fla., Sam Mewis was asked what most excites her when she thinks about the future of the Courage.

"Winning," Mewis responded without hesitation. "Next year, I think we're going to be back with a vengeance. It starts now. I'm ready to get prepared for next season already. I'm already hungry for it. This hurts a lot."
Paul Riley voted NWSL Coach of the Year
Paul Riley voted NWSL Coach of the Year
After a record-setting season for the Courage, North Carolina coach Paul Riley has been named the NWSL Coach of the Year. The award was voted on by club officials, players, media that cover the league on a consistent basis and fans.

The Courage went 16-7-1 in 2017, tying the 2014 Seattle Reign for the most wins in a single season. They also set a league record with 12 shutouts (five on the road) and finished as the second-best defense in the league, conceding just 22 goals.

North Carolina beat Chicago in the semifinals before falling to Portland in the NWSL Championship 1-0 on Saturday.
A year of lineup games has North Carolina ready to claim the NWSL title | FourFourTwo
A year of lineup games has North Carolina ready to claim the NWSL title | FourFourTwo
It's not uncommon to see losing teams change lineups, formations, or tactics as they search for a winning combination. What makes the 2017 North Carolina Courage so fascinating is that it frequently did all three this season, and did so on its way to a second straight appearance in the National Women's Soccer League finals and while winning an NWSL Shield as the top team in the regular season.
Paul Riley, McCall Zerboni together again at a WoSoPro final
Paul Riley, McCall Zerboni together again at a WoSoPro final
The mutual admiration between Paul Riley and McCall Zerboni dates back to at least 2012. There was no fully professional league that summer so WPSL Elite was the best women's soccer on offer. Riley was coaching the New York Fury and Zerboni was playing for the Western New York Flash. During that season, many of Riley's famously long and winding answers would drift toward Zerboni. Admiring her from afar, he frequently spoke of her as the best player in that league, and one who ought to get a chance on the U.S. national team.
Former Independence coach Paul Riley in his fourth women's soccer title game
Former Independence coach Paul Riley in his fourth women's soccer title game
It's been six years since Paul Riley guided the Philadelphia Independence to the second of back-to-back championship games in the old Women's Professional Soccer era.

This season, Riley has repeated the feat, reaching the National Women's Soccer League final with the North Carolina Courage a year after doing so with the Western New York Flash. The two teams are actually the same, as the Flash were sold and moved from Rochester to the suburbs of Raleigh last winter.
Team chemistry the X factor for the North Carolina Courage
Team chemistry the X factor for the North Carolina Courage
In mid-June, North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis got off an airplane in Raleigh, the last leg of her trip home for Norway.

She had just spent a week playing intense soccer at the highest level – including all 180 minutes of the U.S. national team's pair of 1-0 wins against Sweden and Norway on June 8 and June 11. During her week with the national team, she spent roughly 24 hours on airplanes and trains and buses, and lived for a week out of her suitcase. Now, it's Tuesday and next on her schedule is a Saturday home game with her North Carolina Courage against the Boston Breakers.
NC Courage Wins NWSL Shield After 4-0 Victory Against the Houston Dash
NC Courage Wins NWSL Shield After 4-0 Victory Against the Houston Dash
Cary, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2017)- The NC Courage (16W-1D-6L, 49 pts, 1st place) won the 2017 NWSL regular season after a 4-0 win over the Houston Dash (7W-2D-13L, 23 pts, 8th place) in Edinburg, Texas tonight. The team earned its record-breaking 12th shutout of the year to clinch the NWSL Shield in the NC Courage's inaugural season with goals from Sam Mewis, Lynn Williams, Debinha and Rookie Ashley Hatch.

An early opportunity in the ninth minute from the Houston Dash lead to goalkeeper heroics when Amber Brooks played a dangerous free kick into the Courage box. Sabrina D'Angelo boldly came off her line to disrupt Sarah Hagen's attempt at a header on goal.
Huge CONGRATS to Jilly Shimkin On her call up to the USU15 GNT. Fabulous achievement
Huge CONGRATS to Jilly Shimkin On her call up to the USU15 GNT. Fabulous achievement
CHICAGO (September 5, 2017) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team and the U.S Under-14 Girls' National Team will hold concurrent training camps from Sept. 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

U.S. U-15 GNT head coach Tracey Kevins has called up 24 players, all born in 2003, for what will be her first camp at the helm of this age group.

U.S. U-14 GNT head coach April Kater has called up 24 players, all born in 2004. This cycle for the U.S. U-14 GNT would generally begin in early 2018, but this camp gives next year's U-14s a head start. For all but the few players who have been called into U-15 GNT training camps, this will be the first experience in a National Team training camp environment.
Three quality signings for FC FURY 04 GDA
Three quality signings for FC FURY 04 GDA
FC FURY is one of the founding members of the GDA and will open their inaugural campaign in September. Seventy clubs will participate in the Girls Development Academy the first ever full time youth soccer program established for girls.

The FURY program is delighted to offer the top players of Long Island and New York the opportunity to play and train with a fully professional staff that have developed over 40 youth national team players, 22 professional players (9 PRESENT NWSL professional players) and two present starters on the full USWNT.

Isabella Romano, Emma Romano, Avani Voytelmgum
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY is delighted to offer the top players of Long Island and New York the opportunity to play and train with a fully professional staff that have developed over 40 youth national team players, 22 professional players (9 PRESENT NWSL professional players) and two present starters on the full USWNT.

FC FURY has been built on the most advanced technical and European training methods and further developed by professionals from the women's game.

Sam Dumont, Melanie Navas, Devon Olive
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY is delighted to offer the top players of Long Island and New York the opportunity to play and train with a fully professional staff that have developed over 40 youth national team players, 22 professional players (9 PRESENT NWSL professional players) and two present starters on the full USWNT.

FC FURY has been built on the most advanced technical and European training methods and further developed by professionals from the women's game.

Julia Hannon, Victoris Minda
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY are please to announce new additions to the DA
FC FURY is delighted to offer the top players of Long Island and New York the opportunity to play and train with a fully professional staff that have developed over 40 youth national team players, 22 professional players (9 PRESENT NWSL professional players) and two present starters on the full USWNT.

FC FURY has been built on the most advanced technical and European training methods and further developed by professionals from the women's game.

Sarah DeFreitas, Alexa Weiner, Thalia Morisi
FC FURY SIGNS YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM STAR JILLY SHIMKIN
FC FURY SIGNS YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM STAR JILLY SHIMKIN
FC Fury is proud to announce Jillian Shimkin as their first signing to the inaugural GU15 FC Fury 2003 GDA team. The Rockville Centre native has emerged as a GU15 and GU16 YNT team standout having just returned from from a trip to Belgium with the USA U16s which saw the US win all three of their matches. "Jill has the poise, balance and work ethic of a player who is destined to play at the professional level. Her exposure to the elite level will be fundamental to her growth and she will excel in an environment designed to develop every aspect of a top player" said Director of Player Personnel of FC FURY Izzy Cotto. Jilly is one of the most dynamic and exciting attacking players in the country. She has the ability to change any game she is in. Jilly has only ever played club soccer for Fury and is the perfect first signing for what will be an amazing group of young footballers.
Jillian Shimkin will be traveling to Belgium with the U16 GNT
Jillian Shimkin will be traveling to Belgium with the U16 GNT
CHICAGO (May 1, 2017) – The U.S. Under-16 Girls' National Team will embark on its first international trip of the year, traveling to Belgium from May 6-17 for a four-team competition that also features the hosts, Croatia and Switzerland.

Twenty players have been called up for the tournament as new U-16 GNT head coach Kacey White will attend her first event with the team and will work with U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team head coach Jaime Frias, who has been coaching the U-16s for the last year. The tournament is for players born in 2001 and 2002 so the Americans will be playing against older teams as the U.S. roster features players born in 2002 and 2003, with one born in 2004.
Route Two Soccer – North Carolina 1-0 Portland: A Comprehensive Pressing Performance
Route Two Soccer – North Carolina 1-0 Portland: A Comprehensive Pressing Performance
It ended up a low-scoring affair—a bit of a disappointment after last year's epic 4-3 semifinal—but this early match between two of the league's title challengers offered plenty of excitement in its own right. It was defined by a virtuoso team defensive performance from North Carolina, whose comprehensive pressing game put Portland under pressure in every inch of the field, and set up their attack to pounce whenever the opportunity arose. In the end, it won them a late goal, three points, and sole possession of first place.
Former Albertson Fury 96 standout Shannon Horgan called up to U23 USWNT
FC Fury's Marissa Fischetti will Become First GDA Signing
When Marisa Fischetti makes up her mind on something, there is a good chance that she will complete the task and then some.

It's a big reason she has enjoyed a successful soccer career for club and school and a big reason why the Massapequa, N.Y. resident will become the first player to sign with FC Fury, and play in the Girls Development Academy this fall.

"Fish represents history as she becomes the first Long Island female commitment to the Girls Development Academy with FC FURY," Commented DA Director Ismael Cotto, "Obviously, it's huge for the club and Fish is a super talented footballer with skill, athleticism and a very good mind for the game."
Former Albertson Fury 96 standout Shannon Horgan called up to U23 USWNT
Former Albertson Fury 96 standout Shannon Horgan called up to U23 USWNT
Huge Congrats!!
U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Roster – Orlando, Fla. (April 2-8)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cassie Miller (Florida State; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Arielle Schechtman (Georgetown; Del Mar, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Kristen Cardano (Florida; Tulsa, Okla.), Alana Cook (Stanford; Far Hills, N.J.), Zoey Goralski (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Shannon Horgan (Clemson; Long Beach, N.Y.), Taylor Isom (BYU; Sandy, Utah), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sarina Bolden (Loyola Marymount; Milpitas, Calif.), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Kristina Fisher (Miami; Jupiter, Fla.), Mayra Pelayo-Bernal (Florida; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington; Spokane, Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Hannah Diaz (Saint Mary's; Hidden Valley Lake, Calif.), Sarah Luebbert (Missouri; Jefferson, City, Mo.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Hailey Skolmoski (Utah; Riverton, Utah)
Miriam Hickey, Director of U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy
Miriam Hickey Named Director of U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy
Hickey Will Immediately Begin Preparations for Inaugural 2017-2018 Girls' Development Academy Season
CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2017) - U.S. Soccer has announced the hiring of Miriam Hickey as the Director of the Girls' Development Academy. Hickey joins U.S. Soccer after working as a Women's Football Instructor for FIFA, a National Development Officer for the Netherlands Football Federation (KNVB), and most recently as the Girls' Director of Coaching at Troy Soccer Club in Michigan.