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MPS All-Conference Teams   Leave a comment

First Division (named for former MPS coach Richard Williams)

First team

Position players: Breanna Yanez, Hamilton; Livyia David, King; Alex Fendrich, King; Claudia Ciseneros, King; Yasmine Outlaw, Riverside; Olimpia Garcia, Reagan; Alexia Leah, Reagan; Gabrielle Sustache, Reagan; Emily Ogas, Languages; Erin May, Languages.

Goalkeeper: Katie Fregoso, Riverside.

Second team

Position players: Kaity Kulakowski, Hamilton; Karla Rebolledo, Hamilton; Rocio Valle, Hamilton; Rebecca Linski, King; Moria Mucha, King; Angelica Rodriguez, Riverside; Niesha Wigley, Riverside; Alondra Garcia, Reagan; Ashley Hernandez, Reagan; Alex Campos, Languages

Goalkeeper: Leah Neterval, Languages.

Honorable mention

Position players: Anna Karen Velasquez, Hamilton; Miriam Cortez, Hamilton; Autum Holz, Riverside; Mary Hang, Riverside; Jacqueline Biernat, Reagan; Ashley Knapp, Reagan; Gabriela Reyes, Reagan; Cecilia Enriquez, Languages; Arianna Gomez, Languages; Zoe Pena, Languages.

Second Division (named for former MPS coach John Schissler)

First team

Position players: Ia Thao, Madison; Pangkou Xiong, Madison; Nina Say, Pulaski; Zasharay Torres, Pulaski; Mayra Alaniz, South; Martha Arechiga-Avila, South; Maria Calderon, South; Mary Chang, South; Braxton Dodd, Tech; Wend-my Nida Carene Moyenga, Washington.

Goalkeeper: Morgan Johnstone, Pulaski.

Second team

Position players: Lucy Xiong, Madison; Ernestiana Carney, Madison; Madeline Kallenbach, Pulaski; Amira White, Pulaski; Araceli Pantoja, Pulaski; Beh Meh, South; Xong Chang, South; Avrianne Seals, Washington.

Goalkeeper: Delphine Ingabire, South and Aliyah Williams, Washington.

Honorable mention

Position players: Amanda Jones, Pulaski; Jeraldine Gonzalez, Pulaski; Nefertiti Gamez, Pulaski; Anahi Hernandez, South; Nancy Xiong, Madison

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Posted June 30, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Turf Burn, Sweat, and Three Points   Leave a comment

On a hot and humid day at Jack MacDonough Field on the campus of Milwaukee’s Bradley Tech High School, Milwaukee United Soccer Club used a 77th minute goal from Emily Ristow (Mount Mary College/Sheboygan South) to post a 1-0 victory over Croatian Eagles Soccer Club, bringing their 2013 record to 1-1.

Milwaukee United made three changes to the first XI that took on Racine United the previous week, bringing in Jenna Lahmann (UW-Oshkosh/Wauwatosa West) in place of Ashley Saskowski (St. Norbert College/West Allis Hale), Brittney Brown (Cardinal Stritch University/Shorewood) for Katherine Oleniczak (St. Norbert College/Wauwatosa East), and Erin Regner (Lakeland College/Pius XI) for Rasika Perera (Mount Mary College/Oak Creek) in hopes of creating more dynamism in the midfield.  Despite MUSC controlling possession, the heat wore on the players and both teams seemed content to get to halftime on level terms.  The second half saw Milwaukee United begin to stretch the Croatians’ back line through forays up the flanks by Brenda Hernandez (Cardinal Stritch University/Whitefish Bay Dominican), Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch University/Port Washington), and Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert College/DSHA).  It was one of these forays that would lead to the winning tally, as Braam utilized Hernandez’s speed and played a ball into space behind the Eagles’ left back.  Hernandez in turn played a cross into the penalty area that found Perera, who quickly moved the ball onto Ristow on the other side of the 18.  After shedding her mark, Ristow played a left-footed shot past Croatians’ goalkeeper inside the far post.  A stout defensive effort by the entire team and timely saves from Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet) would see the match out and secure the points.

Milwaukee United will take the field next on July 14th with two matches against teams from the Madison 56ers Soccer Club at the Reddan Soccer Park in Verona.  Game times are 11am and 1:30pm.

Posted June 24, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Match day Program   Leave a comment

Click below to download a copy of our program from yesterday’s 1-0 win over Croatian Eagles. A post-match report will be up shortly.

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Posted June 24, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!   Leave a comment

Posted June 19, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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A Shot Across the Bow   2 comments

Yesterday, I received a note from a player who was recruited by us last fall and who had committed at that time to playing for us this summer.  She had fallen out of contact and it was believed that she was no longer interested in playing.  Imagine the shock when she told me that she hadn’t stayed in contact and chose not to play because she couldn’t afford it.

The cornerstone of Milwaukee United Soccer Club has been and continues to be that cost should never keep someone who wants to play from being able to do so, in direct opposition to the vast majority of soccer organizations in the area.  Regardless of what else we might accomplish as an organization (be it our philanthropic and community service endeavors, the advancement of players onto college careers and educations, the development of new leaders in soccer business, or the creation of a women’s soccer juggernaut in Milwaukee), our foundation is built upon the notion that we exist to  expand playing opportunities for those who have been shut out due to cost or off-field logistics (e.g., the lack of transportation and therefore access to suburban or exurban clubs; the necessity of work or home-based duties to assist one’s family or to provide for one’s self; the prioritization of one’s education or school-based activities).  Hearing a player say that makes me realize that perhaps we haven’t been as forthright and clear about it, that it might be a core belief of the organization but one which hasn’t been discussed enough so that prospective participants can be confident about being welcomed to the table regardless of their situation.  That needs to change, and it will.

There is a reason why we are seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a non-profit, and it is not really about the benefit it will provide us or our donors relative to the IRS.  It is to in essence take the profit motive out of running Milwaukee United, to make it a community asset where all interested parties can find their soccer needs met.  Maybe yesterday was the wake-up call I needed to be more forceful in stating our mission and the commitments we’re willing to make as a result of it.

Posted June 19, 2013 by Scott in Club Philosophy

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A Tough-Luck Opener   Leave a comment

Milwaukee United Soccer Club took the field for the first time last night in a Women’s Premier League match against Racine United Premier.  Some key absences led to a makeshift lineup and despite having a fair amount of possession and scoring opportunities, a couple of defensive lapses did in the side as they fell 5-1.  Captain Bre McDonald (Cardinal Stritch/Port Washington) scored the lone goal for MUSC, with other key performances coming from goalkeeper Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet), midfielder Ashley Saskowski (St. Norbert/West Allis Hale), midfielder Heidi Hetzel (UW-Oshkosh/Sheboygan South), defender Kaitlin Malliet (St. Norbert/DSHA), and forward Brenda Hernandez (Cardinal Stritch/Whitefish Bay Dominican).

Next Sunday, MUSC will take on Croatian Eagles at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee.  Kickoff is 1pm.

Posted June 17, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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2013 Season Preview   Leave a comment

With the season opener against Racine United less than 36 hours away, the time has come to let YOU, the fans and supporters of Milwaukee United SC, know more about this year’s team, the clubs they will play, and what to expect on the pitch.

This year’s team is comprised of 21 young women who represent 9 different colleges and universities, 16 different high schools in the greater Milwaukee area, and who span the gamut from players who just completed their freshmen seasons to those who have completed their eligibility and moved into post-college life.  Cardinal Stritch University has the most current/former players on the roster at six, with St. Norbert College, Mount Mary College, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh each having three.  The squad will be led on the field by midfielder Bre McDonald (Cardinal Stritch/Port Washington) with forward Ashley Saskowski (St. Norbert/West Allis Hale) serving as deputy.  A late addition to the squad, 2012 Association of Division III Independents Offensive Player of the Year Emily Ristow (Mount Mary/Sheboygan South), will hopefully bring a portion of her 33 goals from this past season to the MUSC front line that will include her Blue Angels teammate Rasika Perera (Oak Creek), Cardinal Stritch graduate Brenda Hernandez (Whitefish Bay Dominican), current Stritch forward Lourdes Gil (Milwaukee Bay View), UW-Oshkosh sophomore Leeah Rivas (Sheboygan South), and Saskowski.  The team’s midfield will be led by two-time All-Northern Athletics Conference selection Nava Moniriarani (Alverno/Oak Creek), with her Inferno teammate Neysel Powell (Milwaukee School of Languages), Cassie Braam (Cardinal Stritch/Port Washington), Erin Regner (Lakeland/Pius XI), the UW-Oshkosh pairing of Jenna Lahmann (Wauwatosa West) and Heidi Hetzel (Sheboygan South), and McDonald also contributing to the engine room.  The defense includes Cardinal Stritch’s Brittney Brown (Shorewood) and Kari Schramer (Oak Creek), St. Norbert’s Katherine Oleniczak (Wauwatosa East) and Kaitlin Malliet (DSHA), and Mount Mary’s Nina Her (Brown Deer).  Between the sticks, MUSC wil rely on Kristy Leopold (Southwest Minnesota State/Nicolet), Rachel Sebald (Missouri State/Wisconsin Lutheran), and Lupe Davalos (UW-Parkside/Racine Park).

With 2013 starting an new era for women’s soccer in Wisconsin, a broad range of clubs have come together to contest the Women’s Premier League season.  From first-time entrants Racine United and Milwaukee Sport Club to women’s soccer stalwarts Croatian Eagles and the Madison 56ers (two teams), the competition on the field should be both entertaining and spirited.  Some teams will be outgrowths of their club’s youth programs while others will rely more on college-experienced and post-college players, with Croatians and the Madison 56ers Majors having to be considered the pre-season favorites given their history and experience from past WPL seasons.  How will MUSC deal with these long-standing programs? “Respect them, but do not fear them.”

Come down to the SCORe Compex in Franksville tomorrow night to support your home team in their opener against Racine United (6:30pm kickoff), and make sure to mark June 23rd on your calendar as MUSC takes on Croatian Eagles at Bradley Tech HS in Milwaukee (1pm).

Posted June 15, 2013 by Scott in Uncategorized

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