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Our 2013 kits   1 comment

Our kits for the upcoming Women’s Premier League season came today.  Excuse the glare off the window.

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Posted May 31, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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The Heart of Our Future   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I was out at Pulaski Stadium for the Milwaukee Public Schools girls’ soccer tournament.  This event comprises those teams in MPS which do not play in the early-season City Cup (limited to the top four teams from the previous year’s first division standings).  Pool 1 had South Division, Pulaski, Washington, and the reserve team from Rufus King; Pool 2 was made up of Reagan, Tech, Madison, and the reserve side from the School of Languages.  Each team played the others in their pools, with the top team in each facing off in the final.  With that, the run-down:

Reagan came into the tournament with a number of positives for 2013.  First, they were now playing in the first division following last year’s second division title.  Also, they had seen a boon of interest in the program and a large numbers increase this year, so much that they have two reserve teams in addition to their varsity squad.  The Huskies have held their own in their first season up and have scheduled aggressively outside the conference as well.  For a team that has one senior on the roster, this is impressive.  They would win all three pool play matches (5-0 vs. Languages Reserves, 2-0 vs. Tech, and 4-0 vs. Madison), then defeat South Division (who beat Washington 4-1, King Reserves 1-0, and Pulaski 2-0 in pool play) 2-0 in the final, looking like a team playing on an entirely different level from that of their opponents.  The future looks bright at Reagan.

South Division played fairly well, albeit it somewhat static after their first match against Washington.  Their squad has the requisite skill and natural instinct to play the game at a high level, but not enough structure or impact players currently to challenge at the very top of the city.  Tech fought valiantly, but a lack of players saw their play fall off as the tournament progressed (0-0 vs. Madison, the aforementioned result vs. Reagan made so by a solid goalkeeping performance, and 1-3 vs. Languages Reserves).  Pulaski/Arts and Madison had moments of brilliance in their wins (the former over Washington and the latter over Languages Reserves), but were outmatched by South and Reagan, respectively.  Lastly, Washington is as they have always seemed to be, just a step behind the teams  around their level and clearly outmatched by teams further up the city pecking order.

The players for our future U16 and U18 squads (plans are for the first teams to be in place for Fall 2014) will come by-and-large from these city high school teams, where what we will offer (consistent play, formal structure, and a sense of colloquy involving players from across the city) can hopefully be carried over to the players’ prep sides in the spring, leading to stronger programs and a higher level of the game being exhibited in MPS.  Kudos to all who play and coach in MPS presently (or have in the past).  The tournament was fantastic, and hopefully we can be involved with it in the future.

Posted May 19, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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It’s Almost Here   1 comment

We are just five days away from our first training session of the 2013 Women’s Premier League season and less a month to go until our first match (schedule hasn’t been released yet by Wisconsin Soccer Leagues, but the season window begins June 8th).  Business has been going along swimmingly in the past couple of weeks, with more players coming into the fold and what looks like a well-rounded roster.

Four years ago, I moved back to Milwaukee with a mission, to develop a women’s soccer club that would look beyond traditional player paths to find those who had been overlooked, ignored, neglected, or obstructed in their pursuit of playing the beautiful game at a high level due to finances, commitments, a perceived talent discrepancy, or a lack of opportunity in their area.  With that mission finally coming into reality, I can’t help but be grateful for those who encouraged me to stick with it, for our financial supporters who allowed me to be able to push forward with getting Milwaukee United off the ground, and for the players who were receptive to our message and accepted the the opportunity we offered.  Whether we lift hardware this year or not, the foundation that is being laid by this year’s team will provide us with a starting point for 2014, when more teams can be added (older ones, younger ones, and ones in higher-level leagues) and the blueprint for MUSC can be further implemented.

 

Posted May 16, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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