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Lamar Hunt US Open Cup AndThe Pittsburgh Area
The oldest soccer competition in the US crowned Seattle its champ tonight...the Philadelphia Union would have added to Pennsylvania's history in the storied competition which has produced 14 title holders.  Gallatin FC, Morgan FC, and Hamarville FC from western PA claimed four of the 14 titles.  Read more.

US Youth Soccer National Championships
Beadling is one of three clubs from Region I that sent two teams to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Germantown, MD.  The Beadling U18 girls made their second consecutive trip to nationals while it was the first visit for the Beadling U16 girls.  VSA Heat Blue and Baltimore Celtic are the other clubs sending a pair of teams. Here are the schedules and results for the late July event.

Regiment Finish Second In Midwest Region
Fort Pitt Regiment suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime to Lansing United in the NPSL Midwest Region Final game on Sunday.  The game was tied 1-1 after regulation.  The NPSL Midwest Region playoff matches were hosted by Lansing United at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

PA West Soccer Girls ODP Standout Headed To National Camp
Makena Silber was one of 18 girls in '99 ODP invited to attend national camp coinciding with the U17 Women's National Team camp in Chula Vista, CA.  The camp is from June 15 through 22 and will include training and scrimmages with the National team.

PA West Soccer Partners With Sport Pins International
PA West Soccer has announced Sport Pins International Inc., as its Official Awards Supplier. Under the terms of the partnership, Sport Pins International will provide medals, pins, coins and trophies for PA West Soccer programs, including PA West Soccer State Cup, PA West Soccer President's Cup, PA West Soccer Open and the Kohl’s American Cup.

"Sport Pins is excited to become an official partner of PA West Soccer," said Sport Pins Director of Sales, Jeff Bivens. "We have been proudly serving PA West Soccer for over 8 years and are excited to expand this relationship. We look forward to helping each association, tournament, club and team anyway we can through our great products, outstanding graphic designs and customer service."

Founded by Connie Bivens in 1980, Sport Pins International has offered its customers the finest quality awards in the industry for more than 30 years. Sport Pins offers a full range of award and recognition products including pins, medals, coins, bag tags, plaques, trophies and a number of additional customizable products.

"We are very excited to welcome Sport Pins as a PA West Soccer sponsor," PA West Soccer President Natalie Schwoeble said. "Sport Pins has a great tradition and we look forward to the partnership as well as the quality product Sport Pins provides."

For more information on Sport Pins International, please visit www.sportpins.com/.

Six More Advance To Region I Presidents Cup
The U15-U17 Presidents Cup was held April 5-6 with three more boys and three more girls teams advancing to the Memorial Day weekend regional event at Slippery Rock. Pittsburgh Football Club, Foothills, Centre, and Penn Trafford all had teams advance.

Fort Pitt Regiment To Begin Play May 16

PA West Soccer's NPSL entry kicks off its inaugural season by hosting AFC Cleveland. The team's 14-game schedule provides plenty of opportunity for fun and excitement.

Youth Sports Organizations Launch Sports Concussion Partnership
A number of the nation’s most prominent youth sports organizations, including US Youth Soccer announced they will be partnering with concussion specialists, sports medicine professionals and leaders at other levels of sports to create an unprecedented coalition to combat concussions among young athletes.
 
The National Sports Concussion Coalition expects to be the most comprehensive alliance of its kind, with science and medical leaders in the fields of concussions, brain injury and sports medicine working directly with a cross-section of organizations and governing bodies that represent millions of athletes across major organized sports in the United States.The partnership will complement the safety initiatives of the individual organizations by sharing data and identifying best safety practices that can assist in coaching, playing and officiating across sports.
 
 
"US Youth Soccer views sport as a way to build confidence in our youth and provide lessons that will assist them throughout their lives on and off the field," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of US Youth Soccer. "We hope to play a valuable role on the team of organizations represented in the National Sports Concussion Coalition as we collectively hope to leave a positive imprint on sport."
 
"Sports have the power to change the lives of millions of young people in this country by encouraging a physically active lifestyle and by teaching lifelong lessons. We want to make sure no child loses that opportunity due to fear of injury," said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. "By coming together in this very important fight against concussions we believe our collective efforts will transcend our individual sports and benefit everyone."
  
"In my clinical practice and as a team physician, I see first-hand the difference that evidence-based best practices can make in preventing sports-related concussion," said William Dexter, M.D., president of the American College of Sports Medicine and Director of Sports Medicine at Maine Medical Center. "The National Sports Concussion Coalition will help millions of youth athletes participate more safely — a goal that brings together the diverse organizations that make up the coalition."
 
"The NCAA is committed to broad concussion education outreach, and to research that will identify objective biomarkers and sound management guidelines.  We are excited about our partnership in this important alliance," said Brian Hainline, M.D., chief medical officer of the NCAA.
 
"As the union that represents professional football players, we have worked extremely hard to ensure our members benefit from the safest work environment possible," said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. "This coalition brings together the right partners to help deliver an equal level of protection for athletes at all levels of sports."

NWSL Kicks Off With Plenty Of ODP Influence
How important is ODP? Over 85% of the players on the opening day rosters in the National Women's Soccer League are US Youth Soccer ODP alumni.

PA West Soccer Establishes Hall Of Fame
The Executive Board approved establishing a Hall of Fame to recognize these contributions. Nominations are now being accepted for the first class into the PA West Soccer Hall of Fame.

Nominations can be made for players, coaches, administrators, and referees, as well as meritorious consideration. All nominees shall be considered on the basis of having made a significant contribution toward the development, achievement, advancement or extraordinary service toward youth or adult soccer in Western Pennsylvania.

Click Here to view criteria.

Nomination Form can be found on the Forms Page.

Time To Register For Coaching Courses
To find the list of current courses being offered by PA West Soccer check here. If your club would like to host a course, contact Amy Fogle by email.