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August Pre-Season Clinic for grades 1-8 – Register Now
Monday Aug. 18th through Thursday Aug. 21st 2014
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Diamond Middle School
$120 per child
Registration is Now Open!
It is our intention to provide Lexington children with high-level clinics that have an outstanding staff at an affordable cost. The clinics will promote soccer in a fun atmosphere that emphasizes learning the game in a manner appropriate to each player’s needs.
LUSC Preseason Soccer Clinic
Date: Monday August 18th through Thursday August 21st, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond Middle School
Grades: 1st through 8th
Cost: $120 per child
All clinics will serve Lexington players of all abilities.
Camp Director: Brendan Donahue- LUSC Director of Coaching- On January 1st, 2006 Brendan became the first full-time Director of Coaching for Lexington United Soccer Club. Prior to Lexington, Brendan, a graduate of Middlebury College, spent over a decade coaching collegiate soccer at the DI and III levels. Coach Donahue’s previous youth experiences include, serving as The Boston Blast Technical Director, Head coaching in the MA Olympic Development Program and working as a MASS Youth Instructional Staff Coach and Coaching Course Instructor. Coach Donahue has had articles published nationally in the NSCAA Journal, US Youth Soccer’s Coaches Connection and his piece on “Maximizing Your Warm-up” was presented at the USYSA National Convention. Brendan is currently a member of the MYSA Cultural and Player Development Committee, a group with a mission to enhance the development and enjoyment of all soccer players throughout the state.
Coach Donahue’s Licensure:
- US Soccer Federation, USSF “A” License
- National Soccer Coaches Association of America, NSCAA Premier Diploma
- US Youth Soccer, National Youth License
- Coerver Youth Diploma
Camp Coordinator 3rd through 8th Grade: Tom Heimreid- LUSC Assistant Director of Coaching- Coach Heimreid became the LUSC Asssistant DOC on January 1st 2013. Tommy holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Coach Heimreid previously held the positions of Director of Elite Futures Soccer Academy for Princeton Soccer Association (NJ) and Camp Director for Advanced Total Soccer Coaching, Bound Brook NJ. Tommy was a three time captain and four year starter at Northeastern University where he earned both All America East and All Rookie team honors.
Camp Coordinator 1st and 2nd Grade: Paul Mallen- LUSC Co-Coordinator for Youth Development. Coach Mallen holds his FA 1 & 2 Badges as well the FA First Aid and Child Protection Course Diploma. Paul came to Lexington after having served on the MLS Camps Coaching Staff. Paul has become a central figure in the Lexington Soccer Community and is a significant contributor to the LUSC player development curriculum. Paul is currently progressing through the USSF Licensing courses.
I’m confident that the staff we will have committed will provide one of the best clinic options you’ll find anywhere for a one week soccer clinic.
Staff that has previously worked LUSC Clinics:
Renato Capobianco- Regis College Men’s Coach, Former New England Revolution Assistant Coach, LPDA U17 Coach, Boston Globe HS Coach of the Year 2009, USSF “A” license
John Frederick- New England Revolution Academy U16 Coach
Fred King- Rutgers University, Former MYSA Staff Development Coach
Lynn Gugliozza- MYSA Staff Development/Goalie Coach Academy Staff
Lauren Lukis- Head Women’s Coach Bentley College, LUSC Pro Coach
Andre Pelletier- Former Colorado Rapids Youth Coach, LUSC Skills Academy Staff
Christian Figueroa- UMASS-Lowell Head Coach, STARS FC, NSCAA All-Northeast Region (2004, 2005, 2006), 2003 NE-10 Freshman of the Year
Mike Caine- Strikers United Staff Coach, Former Stoke City Youth Academy Player, FA “C” license
Jaime Gilbert- National Champion at University of North Carolina and STARS FC, Head Coach at The Brooks School, North Andover and Stars FC
Chris Ethier- NSCAA High School All American and All New England Player at Beverly HS. Former Region 1 Team Member. Chris was named one of the top 100 freshmen in the country in 2006. Current LPDA BU12 Coach.
Ted Priestly- Former Holy Cross College Men’s Coach
Sami Elhardi- Lexington HS Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, USSF “B” License.
We anticipate having a similar level of staff for the upcoming year. We will keep the clinician to coach ratio no more than 12 to 1.
All the Best,
The BU12 Rovers won 4 games in their Division 3 bracket to win the tournament. The final game was won [4-3] with the winning goal in the last minute. It was a very competitive and exciting game. The Rover’s would score and the Wellesley Strikers would equalize. The Rovers played the best game they played all season with the Strikers playing their heads off.
Front Row, L to R, Griffin Hamilton, Tora Dohi, Arjun Delity, Ashish Puri, Sam Clough
Back Row, L to R, David Warren (AC), Vinny Pisculli (AC), Jack McGaraghan, Emin Abrahamian, Rohan Purandare, Joseph Pimlott, Greg Pisculli, Gray Warren, Ian Richter, Brent Richter (C)
The Lexington United Soccer Club held its annual SoccerFest on Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at Center Field in Lexington. There were a variety of soccer related activities to celebrate the conclusion of another successful year for LUSC.
A highlight of the day was the visit of New England Revolution player Kelyn Rowe, and Boston Breakers players Mollie Pathman and Jami Kranich. The players recounted their road to becoming professional soccer players, all starting before Kindergarten, but including many other sports along the way. Kelyn shared the advice that his father (and coach) gave him: have fun, be creative, and don’t ever let the next guy outwork you. A long line of children formed afterward to get the players’ autographs.
The clock-your-shot-speed-shooting activity ran non-stop as kids ranging in age from 5 to 50 tried to set their personal best and to break their age group record. Club honors again went to ninth grader James Bruce who matched his speed from last year of 63mph. Here are the records in miles-per-hour for all the age groups:
Pros Mollie Patham hit 53 and Kelyn Rowe hit 67mph. The pros later dazzled us with their juggling, and joined in a friendly game of soccer with the kids.
The volunteers in the face painting booth drew dozens of soccer balls on children’s’ faces, as well as sharks, spiders, rainbows, flowers, and butterflies.
LUSC gives a big thank you to all the volunteers at SoccerFest and to co-organizers Nick Clarke, Maura Penzone, and Joanne Shorter.
Hi Lexington Parents,
We are pleased to announce that registration for the Fall 2014 season is now open. Whether your player is just beginning, more experienced, or somewhere in between, come join the close to 1,400 Lexington children who play soccer with LUSC each Fall season at all different ages and levels.
TRAVEL SOCCER: Grades 4-8
- Fall Travel Program for Grades 4-8/U10-U14 (Saturday games and 2 weeknight practices, 10 weeks, 9/7-11/9) – $145
- Registration Deadline: Monday, June 2nd
- Travel Program Late Fee – $30
- Travel Jersey $25
Any players who will be in 4th-8th grade in September 2014 and who are considering participating in the Travel Soccer program in the Fall 2014 and/or the Spring 2015 seasons should attend upcoming Travel Evaluations. Players who will be in 3rd grade in September 2014 are not eligible for the Travel Soccer program and do not need to attend Travel Evaluations this spring. Look for more information on the Travel Evaluations schedule this coming week.
IN-TOWN SOCCER: Grades K-4, 9-12
- In-Town for Kindergarten/U6 (Saturdays, 8:45-10am, 9 weeks, 9/13-11/8*) – $100
- In-Town for Grade 1/U7 (Saturdays, 10:30am-12noon, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $120
- In-Town for Grade 2/U8 (Saturdays, 8:30-10am, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $120
- In-Town for Grades 3-4 (Saturday games and 2 weeknight practices, 9 weeks, 9/6-11/8*) – $125
- Co-ed High School Pickup Soccer (Sundays, 7 weeks, 9/14-11/2, no program 10/12 Columbus Day weekend) – $40
- Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 26th
- In-Town Program Late Fee – $30.00 (no late fee for the High School program)
- Reversible Mesh Jersey K-2 – $20 (available directly from Tricon Sports)
- Shirts provided for U9-12
*No In-Town program will be held on 10/4 in honor of Yom Kippur.
Note: In addition to the late fee noted above, LUSC cannot guarantee placement on a team for registrations received after the deadlines. Programs will remain open after the due date until they are at maximum capacity.
Also, we want to remind you about LUSC’s Summer clinics taking place:
- LUSC Kick-Off the Summer Clinic: June 30th – July 3rd
- LUSC July Clinic: July 14th – July 17th
- LUSC Preseason Clinic: August 18th – 21st
Former LUSC President, Tom Boreiko, recently traveled to Granada, Nicaragua to, among other things, help deliver donated gently-used soccer equipment to children there. Many of the items were donated by LUSC families. The donations were distributed in conjunction with a charity called Carita Feliz (Little Happy Face), which provides cultural, educational and sports opportunities to low income families and children in Nicaragua.
“Prior to the arrival of the donations, many kids simply weren’t able to play because they didn’t have anything even remotely resembling soccer footwear. We had kids come to soccer clinics in their flip flops and even in their bare feet. It was very gratifying to be able to put actual soccer cleats on these kids feet. This would not have happened without the generous support of LUSC. Thank you!”
On behalf of the LUSC Board, we also thank those LUSC families who kindly donated their used equipment as part of this important effort.
The following is an important reminder from the town;
I want to remind all of you about picking up all trash at the end of your practices and games. The appearance of our parks and athletic facilities is very important to the Recreation Department. It has been brought to my attention and I have also noticed that water bottles and other items are being left behind on the fields at Lincoln Park and other parks around town. Everyone needs to pick up after themselves. Each organization should police itself and make sure that it leaves the facility in better condition than it was found. If a trash barrel happens to be full on the weekend, you should still place the trash next to the barrel and DPW will take care of it on Monday morning. Please don’t leave trash on the fields.
Town Recreation Department
Lexington United Soccer Club proudly announces the inaugural season of the LUSC Player Mentor Program in which high school-age soccer players will have the opportunity to assist the coaching staff of an established LUSC team and serve as a mentor to young and developing soccer players in Lexington. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2014.
This program will benefit Lexington soccer in many ways. Mentors benefit by having a chance to give back to the soccer community by serving in a leadership role that instills responsibility and commitment. Players benefit by seeing the technical and tactical level of older kids, by being motivated to continue their soccer careers, and by having more fun in practice. Coaches benefit by having technically qualified players demonstrate proper technique, and having an extra player to even up numbers and raise the level of the game. Finally, LUSC itself benefits by deepening the connections within the Lexington soccer community, and planting the seeds for future volunteer coaches.
Mentors will be asked to commit to one team practice per week and are encouraged to attend home games. Mentors will assist coaches, but not replace them. They will behave in a mature manner and serve as positive role models for their team sharing their soccer skill as well as love for the game.
Mentors may receive community service for their activity and are highly encouraged to take the MYSA “G” coaching course. Cost of the course will be covered by LUSC and participants will receive “G” certification allowing them to take later coaching courses. The course will be taught by Brendan Donahue on March 22nd from 12:30 -4:30 at Lexington Christian Academy, or may be taken On-Line.
How to Apply – Players
LUSC Player Mentor positions will be offered to up to 10 boys and 10 girls. We ask those who are interested to complete the LUSC Player Mentor Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link in their browser. Once complete, click Submit. All responses are confidential.
How to Apply – Coaches
Coaches interested in potentially having a Player Mentor for their team should complete the Coach’s Application form by clicking the link below or by pasting the link in their browser. Once complete, click Submit. All responses are confidential.
The full policies and guidelines for the program are provided here:
The full description of the MYSA coaches course is here:
We hope you consider joining this exciting opportunity to mentor soccer youth, contribute to your community, learn the joys of coaching and grow as a citizen of soccer.
I wanted to take a moment to announce our LUSC Thursday Skills Clinic offerings. It is our intention to provide the LUSC children with a high-level learning environment that is both enjoyable and developmentally appropriate.
1st and 2nd grade Skills Clinic
This skills program will be directed by Paul Mallen, LUSC Pro Coach, LPDA GU14 Coach and former MLS Camp Staff member. LUSC Director of Coaching Brendan Donahue will prepare the curriculum for each week’s session. Coach Donahue holds his USSF “A” license, National Youth License, Coerver Youth Diploma and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Dates: Thursday April 17th through Thursday June 12th (no program on 4/24)
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (all 1st graders)
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (all 2nd graders)
Location: Lincoln Field #2
Cost: $110 per child
3rd through 5th grade Ball Mastery & Soccer Speed Clinic
This program will focus on Individual Skill development and Speed with the ball. The program will follow a Coerver type curriculum with Ball Mastery, Speed training and 1v1 as the core elements. LUSC DOC, Brendan Donahue will lead the sessions and be assisted by LUSC Assistant DOC, Tom Heimreid. Coach Heimreid holds his UEFA “B” license and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Dates: Thursday April 17th through Thursday June 12th (no program on 4/24
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (all 3rd graders)
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (all 4th & 5th graders)
Location: Lincoln Field #2
Cost: $110 per child
These clinics will be limited to a 12 to 1 player to coach ratio so space is limited.
The clinics will accommodate players of all abilities.
All the Best,
LUSC Director of Coaching