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Marvin Ray Hoover Remembered
Marvin Ray Hoover of Snohomish, a retired Boeing manager, died November, 22nd, 2013 of natural causes in Everett, WA. He was 77.

Marv was born in Conrad, MT July 25th, 1936 to Ray and Gladys Hoover. He is survived by his brother Eugene (Charlene) Hoover of Sacramento, CA, and Sister Shirley Sanders of Conrad, MT. He was raised on a farm northeast of Conrad and was an active member of the FFA. He loved everything about harvest and farming and enjoyed returning to Montana regularly.

After graduating from Conrad High School in 1955 he met his future bride Geraldine (Gerry) Miller in Grand Forks, ND while both of them were working for Boeing on the Minuteman Program. They married 6 months later in a snow storm on November 20th, 1965 and honeymooned on the farm in Conrad. They just celebrated their 48th anniversary 2 days before he passed.

Shortly after they moved to Snohomish Washington and he continued working for Boeing in Everett as a Change Management Executive. He continued his education at Everett Community College and got his Associates degree.

He retired in 1995 after about 37 years of service and awarded the Golden Handshake.

He was a soccer coach and founding member of the Snohomish Youth Soccer Club (SYSC) donating hundreds of hours of time and equipment to support the club. He loved the kids he coached and many have honored him over the years as a role model in their lives. In 2010 he was given the Marvin Hoover Founders Award in honor of all that he has done for the Soccer Community in Snohomish. This award will continue to be given to other deserving volunteers yearly.

All who knew Marv will remember his smile and him calling you “Lucky”. When he asked how you were doing and you answered “Fine”, he would always say, “Well you are doing better than fine you are doing Great! You woke up this morning didn’t you?” He would always give you a strong handshake and kind words.

Marv is survived by his wife, Gerry; two sons, Randy Hoover, of Everett, WA, and Lance (Kari) Hoover, of Shelby, MT; his grandchildren Carlos Maximiliano Videla (19), Gabriella Hoover (9), Brynn Hoover (19), Avery Hoover (11), and Emersyn Hoover (8); his nephew Eric Sanders of Seatte, WA, and niece Tammy Minderman of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his nephew Brent Reichelt (3), Sister Sharron Hoover Minderman (27), parents Ray and Gladys Hoover.

At the request of the family, no funeral service will be held. Donations in Marvin Hoover’s name can be made to the Snohomish Youth Soccer Club at 27 Pine Ave Snohomish, WA 98290; or to Providence Hospice.

A big thank you to Coastal Community Bank for our special guest Eddie Johnson!!!!

Snohomish United ’96 - US Club National Champions
Snohomish United boys U17 team won their age group in the US Club National Cup July 18-21 in Denver, Co. After qualifying through the US Club Northwest Regional in June, the Snohomish United boys finished on top of their group over teams from New York, Virginia, and Illinois. In the final, United knocked off the FC Copa Juniors of New Jersey 2-1 in overtime.

Pictured front row: Jack McCunn, Tanner Corrie, Uriel Herrera, Seigo Hall,
Connor Seed,  Chewy Stoll, Eric Jones, Tyler Mikulsky.
Back row: Pat Henderson (coach), Kyle Witzel, Derek Kuhn, Blake Crutchfield, Ryan Fransen,
Griffin Small, Rio Alcorta, Cole Wiley, Gus Baxter, Kristian Barney, Alex Bergstrom, Brent Aune (Coach).

Crossfire Champions
Snohomish United GU10 Crossfire Champions, Coach Michelle Marklund.

Snohomish United GU10 Crossfire Champions, Coach Michelle Marklund.

Snohomish United GU16 Coach Trassen
TFA Nike Cup Gu16 Silver division champions

2013 Galazo Best
Snohomish Youth Soccer Club is very proud to announce the 10 recipients of the "2013 Galazo Best XI Washington Youth Soccer Challenge Cup".  These players were voted on by the opposing team’s coaches as some of the best 11 players in each age group.

  • GU10 – Marklund - Taylor Nelson, Maia Lowell, Maddie Seelhoff and Chloe Seelhoff
  • BU11 – Fernandez - Hayden Rubio, Adan Fernandez, Ben Bitnes and Beckham Uderitz
  • GU13 – Murray - Kimber Thomas and Abbie Jouzapaitis

Congrats to these players and coaches!

Referee of the Year
Congratulations Ryan Fairhurst he was voted by Washington Youth Soccer as the Young Male Referee of the Year!

Snohomish Youth Soccer Club Proudly announces its 2012 College Scholarship Recipient:
Kamryn Barney will be attending Western Washington University. Kamryn currently plays for the Snohomish United GU17 Black team. She also plays for Snohomish High School where she received the Most Improved SHS Varsity Player and Everett Herald Honorable Mention award. While with Snohomish United, she also refereed for 2 years and gave time to coaching GU12 and Top Soccer. Kamryn is attending WWU in the fall of 2013 in pursuit of a degree in creative writing, journalism and environmental studies.

Snohomish United Players Contribute to Region IV Championship Teams
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With New Nike and Eurosport Partnership, SYSC Achieves Uniform Excellence
SNOHOMISH, WA (November 29, 2011)—The Snohomish Youth Soccer Club has just signed multi-year agreements with Nike and Eurosport, signaling a new push in the club’s aggressive drive to be the best in the country.

An acknowledged leader in sports apparel and sponsorship, Nike offers the club multiple advantages over PUMA, the club’s outfitter for over 10 years. The four-year contract, beginning in 2012, not only means higher quality uniforms and a completely new look for the players, it gives the club more options in coaches’ gear and player accessories.

The additional financial and marketing support from Nike also played a major role in the contract negotiations. “Nike’s partnership means that we get a percentage back, plus built-in marketing support from the company,” said Club President Dennis Porter. “It’s a smart move financially, and our players have never looked better.”

The new contract with Eurosport, the largest soccer-uniform provider in the world, adds another degree of competitiveness to SYSC’s stellar game plan. Founded in 1984, Eurosport works to promote soccer at all levels and to educate players, families and referees about the game and its equipment. Eurosport, a major Nike vendor, offers SYSC the finest soccer gear at the best price, plus state-of-the-art educational tools. For more information about Eurosport, visit

Club Vice President of Competition Gerard Legall sums up the feeling around the clubhouse. “We’re extremely excited about this move. After long hours of deliberation and careful consideration, we feel we have one of the best uniform contracts in the state.”

Scott Uderitz, SYSC’s Technical Director, echoes the sentiment. “This takes us to the next level. I mean, how can you go wrong with the global leader in youth apparel?”

Snohomish County Letter
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US National Team Selection- Kees Westra
Kees Westra has recently received an invitation to play on the U14 National Team at the 2011 Thanksgiving Interregional in California. This event features ODP teams from each region and 2 US National teams. Kees only knows he is one of 36 players selected for the 2 national teams.

Earlier in the summer, Kees was selected to the Boys U14 US National Player Pool. Kees plays on United B97 Black, and is coached by Anthony Sardon. Kees was one of 13 Region IV players selected. Selection was made after the ODP camp in McMinnville, Oregon.

As part of this player pool, Kees also traveled to Carson California to participate in the National Identification Camp and train at the US Soccer National Training Center.

Kees began his soccer career with Snohomish at U9, and has continued his development only at Snohomish. U11 through U13 he was coached by Scott Uderitz. Current Coach, Anthony says, “I am extremely excited for Kees to have this opportunity. I also know that his teammates are very excited for him as well. He is a player with a bright future in the game, because he is not only talented, but also possesses good character and an eagerness to learn. He has natural leadership qualities that are developing and I am also excited to see what he takes away from this experience and how it will make him a better person and player. “

Janelle and Scott comment that, Soccer is Kees’ passion. This past year has provided Kees with so many great opportunities; EPD, ODP Regional Camp, National ID Camp, and now a spot on the U14 Boys National Team roster. It’s exceeded all his expectations …he’s livin’ the dream. We hope, through hard work and focus, opportunities will continue to come his way. This whole summer has really been an unbelievable ride - we just never expected so much. It was just exciting he got to attend the regional ODP camp in Oregon (that was his goal this year), and it just took off from there.

Former coach and Club Technical Director, Scott Uderitz says, “I couldn't be happier for Kees and his selection to the National Team. This shows that hard work and dedication really do pay off. Kees not only is a fantastic soccer player, he is also an amazing person. I enjoyed coaching Kees and watching him develop as a player over the last three years. I know this is a huge accomplishment for Kees but I also know that he is not even close to reaching his full potential. His hard work and positive attitude will no doubt take him to many more successes in life. Kees is the first player from Snohomish United to ever be placed on the US National Team and we want to congratulate him and wish him continued success in the future.”

Club President, Dennis Porter states, "The club is extremely excited for Kees and his family. It's great to see young student athletes succeed and fulfill their dreams. I want to thank his parents for having the foresight to keep Kees within the Snohomish family. In the past, it seems our players would leave SYSC for other clubs on the eastside or down south; our coaches putting in all the hard work in developing these kids ultimately for other clubs. Kees is an indicator of the quality of our coaching staff, with a player’s dedication and hard work, there's no need to go anywhere else. Our premier side of the club, Snohomish United, is more than capable of getting young men and women to the next level. Kees will be the first of many elite athletes from the Snohomish youth soccer family."

Look for follow up stories in the club newsletter.

Snohomish Youth Soccer Association would like to congratulate the flowing winners of the 2011 college scholarships

  1. Nick Wright who played for Daniel Struk BU18 team. Graduated top of his class at Snohomish High School. He plans to go to Gonzaga or Western WA. University.
  2. Jordan Steranka who played for Daniel Struk BU18 team. Graduated top of his class at Glacier Peak High School. He will be attending Western WA. University.
  3. James Eschrich who played for Kevin McGibbons’s BU18 team. Graduated from Glacier Peak High School with honors. He will perusing a degree in Business.
  4. Michael Windrim who played for Daniel Struk BU18 team. Graduated from Glacier Peak High School ranked as #1 in his class. He plans to attend a 4 year university.

2011 Bigfoot Finalists

Winner Score Runner-up Score Division Age
Crossfire Premier B11 Brisbon 9 NW Nationals B00 Red 1 Gold BU11
MRFC Strikers 2 WPFC '00 Navy 0 Silver 1 BU11
FPSC FURY B00 Red 5 Crossfire Premier B10 Raftery 3 Silver 2 BU11
GRFC B99 Blue 2 Snohomish United B99 - Black 1 Gold BU12
SHSC Revolution B99 Black 3 Seattle United West B99 Blue 1 Silver 1 BU12
Monroe FC B99 5 WA Rush B99 Swoosh 0 Silver 2 BU12
FWFC Storm 98 Green 2 GRFC B98 Blue 1 Gold BU13
ISC Gunners B98 B 3 RV Slammers B98 Orange 1 Silver 1 BU13
FPSC FURY B97 4 GRFC B97 Blue 1 Gold BU14
Snohomish United B97 - Red 5 Kent United B97 1 Silver BU14
GRFC B96 Blue 3 NSC Arsenal U15-Sabatini 2 Gold BU15
GRFC B96 Red 2 FC Edmonds Hurricane 0 Silver BU15
Seattle United B95 Tango 2 Pacific FC Fire 95' 1 Gold BU16
GRFC B95 Red 3 North Kitsap Dynamo 95 2 Silver BU16
WFC Rangers BU17 Gold 1 Westsound FC 94 Black 0 Gold BU17
PSC Hurricanes 4 FC Crush 2 Silver BU17
NWN 5 ISC Arsenal B93 Red Cramer 4 Gold BU18
Winner Score Runner-up Score Division Age
DOS FC G00 Red 3 Eastside FC G00 Red 0 Gold GU11
WA Rush G00 Swoosh 2 WSA Rapids Red 1 Silver 1 GU11
DOS FC G01 Red 1 FCE Storm 0 Silver 2 GU11
GRFC G99 Blue 4 ISC Gunners G99 B 1 Gold GU12
Nortac Sparta 99 1 WSA Rapids Navy 0 Silver 1 GU12
NW Nationals G99 Blue 1 Orting FC White Thunder 0 Silver 2 GU12
Snohomish United G98 - Black 3 GRFC G98 Blue 0 Gold GU13
Kent United G98 Green-Timian 4 WFC Rangers GU13 Royal 1 Silver 1 GU13
ISC Gunners G98 B 1 DOS FC G98 White 0 Silver 2 GU13
GRFC G97 Red 2 SHSC Revolution G97 Black 1 Gold GU14
Snohomish United G97 - Red 2 MRFC G97 White 0 Silver GU14
GRFC G96 2 Snohomish United G96 - Black 0 Gold GU15
FPSC FURY G96 Red 4 FC Alliance G15 White 0 Silver GU15
Crossfire Select G95 Wyrick 3 Snohomish United G95 Black 2 Gold GU16
Lake Hills Storm 1 Crossfire Select G95 Hill 0 Silver GU16
GRFC G94 Red 1 Reign 94 Purple 0 Gold GU17
NSC Fury 94 4 FC Alliance G94 Gold - Reiter 0 Silver GU17
GRFC G94 Blue 3 DOS FC G93 1 Gold GU18
BIFC G93 Azzurri 2 WFC Rangers GU18 0 Silver GU18

Snohomish Youth Soccer Club Welcomes Coaching Director Scott Uderitz

SNOHOMISH, WA (February 21, 2011)–With the signing of new Coaching Director Scott Uderitz, SYSC has at its helm not just a hometown boy made good, but also a seasoned soccer pro with the goal of a national title in his sights.

A retired U.S. soccer midfielder who played one season in the National Professional Soccer League, one in the Continental Indoor Soccer League and three in Major League Soccer, he brings to the club impeccable credentials, an abiding passion for the game and an infectious enthusiasm that will raise the level of play for many seasons to come.

Born in Edmonds, Uderitz has deep roots in the community and an equally extensive background in the sport. After attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he played from 1989 to 1992, he signed with the Cleveland Crunch of the National Professional Soccer League. Uderitz took his game indoors in 1995, when he joined the Las Vegas Dust Devils of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

In February 1996, Scott was chosen by the Kansas City Wizards in that year’s MLS Inaugural Players Draft. He played 28 games that year, but the following year brought a major injury–he tore the MCL in his right knee–forcing him to miss the entire season. He returned in 1998, starting 18 games out of 22 played. In 1999 he retired from professional play.

While his background is impressive, Uderitz’s passion for soccer and family ties to the game are no less noteworthy. After his retirement he returned to Washington State, where he instructed in the SYSC system. He recently passed his National “B” license qualifying him to educate at an elite level. Scott coaches the Snohomish United U13 boys team, one of the state’s best, as well as a WA ODP U15 boys state team which just won regional’s and is now vying for a national title.

Uderitz is vocal about his passion for the game and his new position as SYSC’s Coaching Director. “I’ve been involved with this club since 2005 and I’m so excited about this opportunity. It’s a great fit and is something I’ve wanted for a long time. This isn’t a stepping stone to something else, it’s been my goal and my dream.” He adds with a smile, “Hey, my own kids, niece and nephews are in this club, so I’ve got some pretty tough critics to please not just in the club and on the field, but at home too!”

SYSC Gerard Legal VP of Competitive Play adds, “To have someone of Scott’s caliber in the role of Coaching Director is outstanding. We know Scott is committed, a man on the rise and is here for the long term, his drive to succeed is going to push this club to the top at all levels. It’s an understatement to say he’s the right man for the job.”

Late last May, with select soccer tryouts over, and high school soccer over; the first day of practice for the ‘new’ Snohomish United U-16 Boys’ team was upon us. Two groups of boys stand yards apart, each group individually chatting, comparing recent high school seasons, and kicking soccer balls around. One group dressed in the red of Snohomish, the other, a mixture of worn practice tees. Coach Kevin Blokker walks on the pitch, views the two groups, his 2010-11 team, hails the guys over, and makes introductions. So begins a very successful year for Snohomish United U-16 Boys.

Back row L to R: Coach Kevin Blokker, Tanner Palisance, Logen Flem, Ian Beegle, Brendan Aune,
Trevor Tyler, Alex Kopp, Forrest Paul, Robert Whited, Kieren Raney. Front Row L to R: Blake Sander,
Jarek Thomas, Grayson Steele, Kyle Reynolds, Alex Daza, Ryan Bash, Kerry Millick, Brennen Countryman

The U-16 team for 2010-2011 consists of 17 talented athletes, a combination of 9 boys from the 2009-10 Snohomish United team, and an additional 8 from the 2009-10 Rush team. Kevin Blokker, a new coach to all them, took on the challenge of uniting two groups of boys, who previously faced each other on opposing teams, in order to mold this group of soccer aficionados into a strong ‘united’ soccer force. With the work and commitment of these 17 boys and the expertise of Kevin, the U-16 team has experienced great success this season. The strength of the U-16 team was first demonstrated in the success of their summer tournament season. Snohomish United U-16 Boys placed 2nd in June at the Firecracker Tournament, 1st in July at the Snohomish United Invitational Tournament, and 2nd in August at the Snohomish Bigfoot Tournament. Though Snohomish United U-16 had previously been viewed as a strong club, the summer play gave them the recognition as a force with which to be reckoned.

League play commenced in September. The Snohomish United Boys U-16 continued to demonstrate their newly united strengths. A winning season was built upon a dominating defense. Snohomish United placed first in their league with the least amount of goals against, only 4 scored against them out of their 14 games, enabling them to be promoted to Tier 2 in 2011. Their final record was 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.

Next up for this now ‘United’ soccer team, the State Championships. In mid-December, the boys faced the challenge of having to ‘play in’ in order to participate in the highest level tournament, and again they met this challenge head on. The boys traveled to Yakima in a snow storm and played in 6 inches of snow. They slip and slid into a close loss, yet came back the very next day to beat the same Yakima team on Snohomish’s own turf in order to qualify for the most competitive cup in the state. January sees them as one of only 16 teams participating in the highest state cup and competing against 15 other dominant teams. Though they are seeded fourth in their bracket, Snohomish United has started out strong, winning 1-0 in a highly competitive match with WSA Juventus in Camas, Washington. The boys and coach are now eagerly looking forward to their next two games, where they will match their outstanding defense and strong offense against Westsound A team on January 23 at 3pm at Snohomish High School and Greater Renton FC on January 30th.

After the completion of the state tournament, the U-16 team will participate in the HPFC College Showcase in Tukwila. During the past summer and fall, a number of the U-16 boys have traveled on the Snohomish College Caravan as well as attended the Snohomish Scholar-Athlete Series in eager anticipation of showing off their talents to attending college coaches, in order to achieve their dreams of playing college soccer upon high school graduation.

Congratulation Snohomish United U-16 Boys on a tremendously successful 2010-11!

Our first success story involves a player who has not even entered high school let alone graduate. John Magnus has been selected to represent the Region IV 97 boys in Orlando, FL over Thanksgiving weekend at an interregional tournament. The tournament will consist of 10 teams; 2 national teams and 2 teams form each region.

John’s journey began last year when his coach, Pat Henderson, recommended him for participation in the Regional Training Center (RTC) program. Once a week he would train with other top players born in 1997 from around northwest Washington. While training to improve their skills, they were also competing for a spot in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). At the end of several weeks of training, John was recommended for the state ODP pool.

The ODP pool is formed out of the seven RTC pools around the state, approximately 45 boys were chosen. From this 2 teams of 18 were formed to compete in tournaments the last 2 weekends of May. Although John was placed on the A team, he spent a fair amount of time on the bench at the first tournament, but fought hard when he was in. The next weekend, they traveled to Portland and played ODP teams from other states. The team traveled as professionals (no parents allowed) and played against some of the best in the country. John arrived home exhausted as this was a high pressure event.

John then attended a Regional Camp in McMinnville, OR in June. He was one of 420 boys born in 1997 to attend the Region IV Camp. The trained each morning, attended class in the afternoons, and played scrimmages in the evening. At the end of the week 30 boys were selected to the National Pool Camp, 3 from Washington (1 from Eastside and 2 from Crossfire). John and 29 others (a total of 4 from Washington) were selected for a Regional Pool Camp to be held the last week of July in California.

John again only had a few days to impress new coaches. This camp, for John, was less stressful. He started the camp placed on the B team, called home saying he had struggled the first day. After a good meal on Tuesday, he felt he performed well and even scored against the A team. On Wednesday he was placed on the A Team, and by the end of the week all 4 Washington players were starting on the A team. John normally plays winger for United and the ODP team, and was now playing center mid.

John wakes up each morning to practice foot skills before school and shooting in the yard after school in preparation for his November trip. John is thankful for the coaching and encouragement his coaches, Pat Henderson and Brent Aune, have given him, and the support of his parents.

Snohomish United makes impact as starting Freshman Goalkeeper:
#25 Sam Evans

Sam is off to a great start in his college career with a perfect 4-0-0 record as the lone freshman started for the Chico State Wildcats.

Some may call it lucky, but Sam says many fortunate events came together for him to win the spot as the starting goalie. Last year’s goalie graduated, and this year he was competing against a returning sophomore, a JC transfer and a red shirt freshman. A month before camp the sophomore broke his collar bone and will be out half the season. Sam was the biggest of the three left, and with and inch or 2 and 20 pounds on the competition, Sam had the edge and was able to win the starting spot.

Sam calls his club experience funny as he never played for a club more than a year and a half, with his last club being Snohomish United. He says he went from rags to riches, and each year the teams progressed farther in state tournaments and into regionals.

Sam works hard to maintain his starting spot. As a freshman he realizes he can be targeted is they lose a game.

Great job, Sam. Keep it up.

Snohomish United College Success Stories

On September 3, Snohomish United Alumni and University of Washington Freshman starters John Crenshaw and Michael Harris connected for the lone goal in the 20th minute against Evansville to tie the game. In a late drive Evansville was able to go one-on-one with the goalie and knock in the winning goal.

John and Michael played last year for Coach Gary Harris on the Snohomish United U18 black. Both men were highly decorated in high school for soccer and other sports.

Across town, ex-teammate, Brady Ballew is a regular freshman starter at Seattle University. Brady scored his first collegiate goal against UC Davis in a 1-0 win on September 19.

Brady, was also a decorated high school stand out. Not only did he play with John and Michael at Snohomish, but John and Brady played together at Marysville-Pilchuck, while Michael played at Shorecrest.

On September 24th, all three were set to meet on the pitch for the start of the Husky Fever Classic. Final score 2-0 UW wins. Brady did get off 2 shots.

Northwest College Caravan
The 1st Annual NW College Caravan was completed last week after a 5 day trek down the I-5 corridor. The College Caravan is a bi-annual trip that serves as a practical stepping stone for high school student-athletes who aspire to compete at the college level while obtaining an undergraduate degree. Departing on August 4th, twenty-eight (28) high school-age scholar-athletes from the Snohomish-East-side region took to the road to explore a variety of northwest universities. [READ MORE] (3.2MB PDF)

With New Acquisition, SYSC Boasts the State’s Largest Privately Owned Soccer Complex

SNOHOMISH, WA (April 28, 2010)—In a bold step forward for the organization, the Snohomish Youth Soccer Club has recently purchased another substantial parcel of land, making it the state’s largest youth soccer club landholder.

The 21-acre addition is adjacent to the club’s existing complex, and increases its total size to 50 acres. For an organization that had previously leased its property and paid off in full the original acreage only a year ago, this aggressive move is indicative of the club’s drive to join the ranks of the best of the best. “SYSC is not only one of the few soccer clubs that owns its own property, we’re now firmly in the elite class of clubs anywhere in the country,” said Dennis Porter, President. He added, “It’s our goal as the Board of Directors to upgrade the facilities to give our players the very best experience, and the purchase of the additional land clearly does this. We’re moving quickly toward becoming a North Region powerhouse, and that’s a fact.”

The club currently hosts the biggest youth soccer tournament in Washington State and the second largest on the West Coast–and the increased site will be a major source of revenue for the club as well as the local community. “With our new, improved facility, we estimate that the club will pump between $1 to $1.5 million into local communities and the Snohomish County coffers. At a time of economic challenges, this is a windfall, and we’re extraordinarily proud to play our part,” stated James Shipman VP, of Operations.

The acquisition comes on the heels of another notable achievement. Last Fall, the SYSC was selected as a Sounders FC Youth System’s North Regional Training Center, one of only five such sites to be chosen. This partnership between the new professional soccer team and the SYSC is another important step in the development of the North Regions most promising players, as it brings together the most talented boys and girls in five different age groups once a week to train with the top coaches in the state.
SYSC Announces New Coaching Director and Youth Director

The Snohomish Youth Soccer Club is proud to announce the recent hiring of two key directors. Dave Chesler, the club’s new Technical Director, Dave brings with him impeccable coaching credentials: He’s a licensed US Soccer National A coach; a licensed US Soccer National Staff Instructor (15 years A, B, and C Courses); and the current head coach of the US Soccer U18 Women’s National Team. In addition, he was an NCAA Div. I Men’s Head Coach at Fresno State; an NCAA Div. I Men’s Assistant Coach at the University of Washington; and a Premier Club Soccer Director at Northshore, WA, Central Valley, CA, and for the Boise Capitals, ID.

Hal Uderitz, Boys’ Director and club icon, said of Chesler, “Dave’s from here, but he left to pursue other opportunities in other places. Besides being a great coach, he’s a skilled teacher, and we’re honored to have him back. With Dave at the helm, the club will be even more of a success.”

Before Washington State Youth Soccer mandated that every state recreational soccer club have a Youth Director on staff, SYSC had the good fortune to hire Daniel Struk to fill the position for SYSC recreational coaches and players. With 40 years’ coaching experience ranging from all ages of girls’ and boys’ youth soccer to college and semi-pro, as well as playing as a semi pro in the U.S. and abroad and a licensed US Soccer National “A” coach, Daniel brings to the role a passion best summed up in his coaching philosophy:

“This is an extremely personal topic for me. I believe in the unique talents and desires in the individuals I have the pleasure to work with. My intention is to find what it is that makes each player and coach tick, and to awaken them to the essence of their potential. If I can assist or partner with them to grow in confidence to take challenges on, I am fully gratified. Soccer is their sport and I simply try to inspire or assist them in their growth. We’re going to implement a bunch of exciting new programs and I can’t wait to get started.”

Of both directors, SYSC President Dennis Porter says, “Hiring Dave and Daniel is just another move in keeping with our boards long term mission- to constantly look to improve the soccer experience for each and every one of our families. Both directors are here for the benefit of the players, parents and coaches, and you couldn’t ask for more qualified and experienced leadership.”

Truly United
This past weekend Snohomish United Soccer Club hosted its annual Invitational at Stocker Fields. We're proud of all our teams as everyone fought to the finish and nearly every age bracket had a Snohomish team represented in the championship game! This year a respected Snohomish coach, Robin Ross, took on a new challenge and took the role as head coach of the new GU-11 KAI, while still coaching the GU-18 Premier team. Over the course of two years, Ross has led the GU-18 squad to a State title, Regional Title, National competitors, two League Titles and two League promotions, along with various competitive tournament Wins. This year, as the U-18 girls head into their final season of soccer at the top premier level, they've taken on a mentoring program with Ross's younger team. Once a week the U-11's train with the U-18 squad and learn the key components of the game. While bonding with the older girls, the younger girls get additional one-on-one help with foot skills, gain tactical and technical knowledge of the sport, then see their hard work transcend into their game.

This past weekend at the United Tournament, the GU-11 KAI took first place after a well-fought battle throughout the weekend. Offensively, the team is brilliant, but over the course of the weekend the U-11's developed their defense quickly which helped them succeed in their final match. The mentoring program is exactly what Snohomish Soccer Club advocates: "United".

As the U-11's kickoff for each game, the entire U-18 team is visible sitting on the sidelines supporting the girls, and vice versa, the U-18's can rely on the younger girls to be supporting them too.

At half time for each game, both teams came together and gave feedback about what they were seeing occur on the pitch during the game. It makes for a positive learning experience and helps all the players, both young and old, see the game from a different perspective.

After the U-11's celebrated their championship victory from their very first tournament, they headed over to the U-18 team who was resting after their semifinal win in preparation for the championship game. The U11 KAI team waited an hour later to support their U18 mentors in their final match of the tournament. After winning in a Shootout, the U-18's were honored with a U-11 team tunnel!

More to the point, the mentoring program has proven to be successful in developing the young athletes so they can have their journey of many victories and carry on the legacy the U-18 squad started. The GU-11 KAI has a long road of success ahead of them and their journey has only just begun.

By - Krista Bartkowski & Melanie Plata

GU-11 Lilly Runner Ups @ PSSA Skagit Firecracker Soccer Tournament
The June 18-20 tournament proved to be a fun and successful time for the GU-11 girls. Coming off a jamboree weekend which was a good organizational tool for the firecracker weekend the team stepped onto the field Saturday morning to sunshine and smiles. Each game found them getting better and more confident and coming out of bracket play they edged out the second place team by one point to clinch first in pool play. Sunday morning was a semi-final 8 a.m. game against Pacific F.C. that ended as a nail biter with United on top 3-2 and progressed them to the final at 5 p.m. against Synergy. This was a very physical game pitting two good teams head to head. At the final whistle Synergy prevailed but the sheer determination and heart United showed to compete with this caliber of team was second to none and well earned their place.

Congratulations Scholarship Winners!
Snohomish Youth Soccer Association wishes to congratulate Lorraine DeLand and Brady Ballew winners of the SnYSA 1st ever college scholarships.

Lorraine graduated from Henry Jackson HS with a 3.74 GPA and will be attending Shoreline CC then onto the Central Washington University for Science and Physical Therapy.  Lorraine has been involved in Girl Scouts since 1999. She has been on missions trips to Cambodia and Mexico. She played for Kevin Blokker’s GU18 team. 

Brady graduated from Marysville Pilchuck HS with a 3.49 GPA. Brady will be attending Seattle University. He has been active in DECA, National Honor Society and ODP Captain. He played for Gary Harris’s BU18 State Champion team.

United Player Goes Pro!

Ben Dragavon is a 25 year old member of the MLS pool of goalkeepers. He has been training with the Seattle Sounders FC since January. Dragavon is a WWU and Monroe High School grad who has fond memories of his years playing for Snohomish United. The following is an interview with Dragavon reflecting on his time with the Snohomish club.  READ FULL STORY...

U17 Boys Shine at USA Cup
National Sports Complex, Minneapolis, MN - July 19th 2009

After qualifying from their extremely competitive group stage, Snohomish United U17 Boys Black team set up a mouthwatering semi –final tie against the youth academy team of the 11th richest soccer club in the world, Tottenham Hotspur FC of the English Premier League who beat Rockford Raptors 6-0 to confirm their path into the championship rounds. READ FULL STORY...

U17 Girls Play in National Championships

After being crowned Region 4 champions earlier this summer, the final leg of the Snohomish United U17 Girls Black Team’s journey for national glory awaited them in Raleigh, NC.  The Team, coached by Robin Ross, had an excellent build-up to their journey by preparing themselves with several Friendly’s and Training sessions.  READ FULL STORY... (106K PDF)

United Players travel to Cambodia this Summer

10 girls from our United family have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to travel all the way across the world to Battambang, Cambodia for two weeks this July to share their passion of soccer with underprivileged girls. Our team consists of 10 United players and 2 coaches along with youth leaders from Mill Creek Foursquare Church. We will be working alongside the SALT Academy (A program that trains Cambodia Youth about life skills through soccer) to train and equip girls soccer teams in Cambodia. The girls we will be working with are from orphanages and many have been rescued out of human trafficking. READ FULL STORY...

Snohomish TOP’s Board Member Named Volunteer of the Year
By Dana D. Oppelt, Snohomish United

Washington State awarded Linda Kautz, Volunteer of the Year, based on her dedication and devotion to youth soccer. Linda is the clubs’ TOP’s soccer board member and has been involved in Snohomish youth soccer since the early 80’s. TOP’s is an acronym for The Outreach Program of Soccer. It is a program for young athletes with disabilities. Linda grew the volunteer run program to become the largest in the state! Linda continually supports her three children and four grandchildren in soccer, and she continues to play on an over 50 league. Linda has worked diligently to gain community support and recruit dedicated volunteers for the program she believes in so deeply. Her enthusiasm of youth achievement and her love of the sport have won her the title of volunteer of the year. Her daily compensation however is the results she sees from the TOP’s players and families.

Thank you Linda for all that you have done and continue to do.

Costa Rica MVP

Michael Harris Returns Form Costa Rica as a MVP.  During the Region 4’s ODP tour of Costa Rica Michael Harris played in all 4 games - 3 against professional clubs, and the 4th against the U17 Costa Rica National Team.  They played against Brujas in the first game and Michael was very impressed by the oppositions very fast and  strong forwards, the score ended 0-0.

Costa Rica MVPThe 2nd Michael and his team went up against Heredia Soccer Club. Michael was further impressed by this teams wide players and how aggressive in the attacking 3rd they were, again this game ended in a 0-0 tie (Michael plays in the defense, two 0-0 games) Michael was also named MVP of this game by the opposing team.

The next game was against Alajuela who in Michaels opinion were the best professional club team he went up against and who have a deep history of success both Nationally in Costa Rica and Internationally, the game ended in a 2- 1 loss.

The last game was against the U17 Costa Rican National Team, Michael reported that this team were very skilled, fast, athletic in every department of the team, this game ended up in a 3-1 loss.

Michael’s typical day while in Costa Rica -  He woke up and had breakfast at the hotel with the team, then the team would go off to training, come back and eat lunch, then a short break before their game. During his breaks he would take a nap, walk down the street to the local market, or have an ice bath.

The day after the first two games the team had a day off and all 4 US regional teams went up into the mountains for a white water rafting trip. On the last day Michael and his team mates went to visit a local  orphanage and played with the kids for an hour.

In Michaels words “It made me realize how fortunate we are here in America. The people and players in Costa Rica were friendly and made us feel really welcome. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me to play against teams of this caliber and I learned a lot. I have made friends from around the west coast area and have met some players who I will be seeing in my future soccer career!

Thank you Snohomish Youth Soccer Club for all your support, and backing”.

United Player Called up to Represent the Regional Team in Costa Rica

Now 17, Michael Harris has been successfully playing with Snohomish United for many seasons, with several highlights including being crowned P1champions and reaching the finals of the State Cup.

Last year Michael was selected to travel to the UK where he trained with Snohomish United’s very own official affiliated professional soccer club Southampton FC, which further assisted to develop his skills and expose him to the world of professional soccer.
Since returning from Southampton FC, Michael has gone from strength to strength with a slew of Division 1 University soccer programs interested in him.

Michael has now been selected to represent the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys 1991 region 4 team to compete in the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1991 International Tournament in Costa Rica, March 9-13 2009.

Michael will have the opportunity to compete against the Costa Rica youth National Team, as well as three other dominate clubs: Alajuela, Brujas and Heredia.

We will continue to update you on Michael Harris as he continues to excel, well done Michael we are very proud of you.

Washington Youth Soccer Honors Snohomish TOPSoccer Program Director

Linda Kautz, Snohomish TOPSoccer Program Director, received a prestigious WHAPPED (Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Award in the Adaptive Category.

For approximately a decade, Linda’s role as a coach and founding member of the Snohomish TOPSoccer program has had a phenomenal impact on hundreds of children and their families with both physical and or intellectual disabilities. Over the years, Linda has not only instructed players in the game of soccer, but also taught buddies how to work with these special needs individuals.

Linda’s sharing of her professional knowledge and experience has been pivotal in the success and growth of all Washington Youth Soccer TOPSoccer programs across the state.

Her influence has not only been felt at the local and state level, but on a national level as well. A few years ago, Linda authored a basic guide for working with TOPSoccer buddies. This guide has become the basis for a training guide that has now been adapted both at the Regional and National Youth Soccer levels.

Washington Youth Soccer is proud of Linda and wishes to congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.

Interested in learning more about Snohomish TOPSoccer? Join Snohomish TOPSoccer and other local clubs at the Snohomish Indoor Soccer Dome on Sat., Nov. 15, and Sun., Nov. 16, for a day of fun!

TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 8-19, who has a mental or physical disability. For more information on TOPSoccer, visit


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