Positivity playing a big role in Maryland men’s soccer team’s success

By Kyle Melnick

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Maryland men’s soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski believes positive thinking is crucial to success on the field. (Photo credit: Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Inside the Maryland men’s soccer team’s locker room, signs of positive words cover the walls.

No matter where the Terps players look they’re reminded of the squad’s values. In one corner the Maryland players see “Perseverance,” while in another they see “Commitment” and “Concentration.” On the field, the positive messages don’t stop. Coach Sasho Cirovski writes “WW” on his wrist, which stands for “winning words.”

Since Cirovski took the Terps heading coach job in 1993, he’s made positivity a core value of the team. By doing so, he’s led Maryland to two national championships and 18 Sweet 16s. Continue reading “Positivity playing a big role in Maryland men’s soccer team’s success”

Foreign-born players making impact in college soccer

By Sean Whooley

Soccer is so often referred to as the world’s most popular sport, but it took a while to catch on in the United States.

Despite this, the country is rapidly progressing in what most people around the world call “football.” From the professional level all the way down to instructional leagues for kindergarteners, the sport continues to grow. One place that is a perfect example of this is the University of Maryland.

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Maryland men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski has a number of influential international players on his team (Photo credit: UMTerps.com)

Under head coach Sasho Cirovski, now in his 24th year at the helm, the Terrapins soccer program has blossomed into one of the most consistent and successful college soccer setups in the country. As Maryland improves, as do other university soccer teams, and it is a sign of how the United States is coming along in development. Continue reading “Foreign-born players making impact in college soccer”

D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences

By Mia O’Neill

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Members of D.C. United’s U11-U13 academy teams listen to first team head coach Ben Olsen speak after a training session. (Photo Credit: D.C. United Academy)

As soccer in the United States continues to grow, emulating the European game has become a primary goal among top American teams.

As a result, there’s been a surge of investment in youth soccer development in recent years. Following the models of Europe’s biggest clubs, Major League Soccer teams have turned unprecedented attention toward their academies, offering promising youngsters highly-structured technical and tactical training with the goal of producing players for their first teams.

The objective of the MLS academy system is to provide a direct path to professional soccer with affiliation to a club, said Dave Sanford, operations coordinator for the D.C. United Academy and head coach of the club’s under-12 team. To Sanford, professionalization of youth soccer in the U.S. has been huge. Continue reading “D.C. United Academy develops top talent, memorable experiences”

Despite difficult season, Leone stays positive about women’s soccer

By Daniel Chavkin

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First-year Maryland women’s soccer head coach Ray Leone (center) looks on during a game (Photo courtesy of Daniel Chavkin)

In his first season as Maryland’s women’s soccer coach, Ray Leone has had a difficult time finding success.

“There is no elevator to the top, and you need to suffer first,” he said. “Most of the time you have to pay a price and that’s what we’re doing. We’re paying a price for success.” Continue reading “Despite difficult season, Leone stays positive about women’s soccer”