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Dream Team: NWSL names its Team of the Month for August

The NWSL announced the August Team of the Month as voted by the NWSL Media Association.

The team lines up in a 4-3-3 formation. Goalkeeper: Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit); Defenders: Jaelene Hinkle (North Carolina Courage), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), and Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars). Midfielders: Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), and Lo’eau LaBonta (Utah Royals FC). Forwards: Midge Purce (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC)), and Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC).

FULL TEAM

Highlights from the team’s August’s performances:

2020 U.S. Open Cup first-round qualifying pairings set

U.S. Soccer has determined the pairings for the first qualifying round of the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. The history-filled annual tournament, entering its 107th year, is the only high-profile event in American team sports that grants amateur sides the opportunity, should they advance far enough, to face professional clubs in meaningful competition. Eighty of 88 amateur sides approved to compete in local qualifying will see action at the first hurdle, scheduled for Sept. 21-22. The remaining eight teams have been issued byes to the second qualifying round, set for Oct. 19-20. The byes were determined by either geographical considerations (two clubs), the result of being randomly selected (five teams), or due to the ineligibility of an opponent (one team) after Izee Auto FC recently withdrew from the Maryland Major Soccer League prior to the start of the fall season.

The pairings for the second qualifying round and the matchups for each ensuing round will be determined and announced after each preceding round of games has taken place. One second qualifying round pairing has already been determined as Springfield FC (Ill.) will host Nashville United (Tenn.) in a game that was announced originally as a first qualifying round match.

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala Jan. 18 in Baltimore

The 2020 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 15-19, 2020 in Baltimore— bringing thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts together in one place. US Youth Soccer and United Soccer Coaches, two of the nation’s soccer leaders, are entering their seventh year of holding this combined annual gathering, which results in the game’s most influential event each January. The combined convention appeals to the entire soccer community as US Youth Soccer brings the annual US Youth Soccer Workshop to the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

“US Youth Soccer and United Soccer Coaches have combined efforts to create the best, largest and most beneficial educational opportunity for both of our respective members,” US Youth Soccer immediate past chair Jesse Harrell said. “It is our priority to share the missions and philosophies of both organizations to our combined members through the largest and most exciting celebration of the sport of soccer in this country.”

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

Date: January 18, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

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