Remembering Doug Dugan

Doug Dugan, one of the original members of the 1957 ABGC “Cavaliers,” passed away on 7/19/2016. He starred as a player at Lake Braddock and American University. Doug was an important member in the development of the club and will be missed!

The Cavaliers were the first Washington Area youth team to win a National Championship in Men’s Soccer. Doug is the fourth player from the left in the first row.  His father was the coach and a very active ABGC volunteer and staff member, he is seen standing on the far left. Kip Germain, the current ABGC President, can be seen on the left in the first row.

ABGC Soccer Players Make College Commitments

2015 College Soccer Commitments

Miguel Arrate                 VMI

Brian Breslin                  Randolph Macon College

Tommy Buono               Marbella United FC Spain

Anthony Calderon          Marymount University

Chris Cardenas              Marymount University

Sean Corry                     Lynchburg College

Desmond Curran            Vassar College

Griffin Cyphers               James Madison University

Steven Durbin                George Mason University

Lucas Farmer                Ohio Wesleyan University

Alex Furbank                  Randolph Macon College

Sean Garrett                   Sarah Lawrence College

Garrett Magill                  Coast Guard Academy

Connor MacMurdy           Mary Washington University

Joe Mendoza                  College of Mount St. Vincent

Stephano Proietti             Marbella United FC Spain

Bobby Seifert                   Christopher Newport University

Jimmy Skipper                 Mary Washington University

Diego Tacarya                 Randolph Macon College

Connor Werrlein               Christopher Newport University

William Zarco                    George Mason University

Annandale Soccer Teams Rock Regionals

ABGC’s Boys U19 and U18, and the U16 girls teams, which had all qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Region 1 Finals this weekend, have now advanced to the Regional Semi

The U19 boys who lost their first round game rallied to win the next two games 5-0 and 5-0.
The U18 boys won their first two region 1 bracket games 1-0 and 1-0.
The U16 girls also won their first two region 1 bracket games 2-0 and 2-0.

All three teams will be in action on Monday looking to qualify for the Region 1 finals and a spot in the National Championships.  This is a great accomplishment for our Region 1 teams.  Go Annandale!

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ABGC Soccer Makes It’s Mark

Beverina, Germain & Amato Receive High School Player & Coaching Honors

Chloe Beverina, an ABGC Women’s Soccer Player with Annandale X-treme won the Conference Player of the Year award representing Stuart High School.


Ann Germain, Annandale United FC 16 girls coach, won the Conference Coach of the Year award as coach of Marshall High School Women’s Soccer.
Bo Amato, the ABGC Technical Director, won the Conference Coach of the Year award as coach of Langley High School Men’s Soccer.


So proud to have ABGC representing throughout NOVA!

ABGC Girls Soccer Working their Way to Nationals

The Annandale United FC U16 Girls qualified to compete in the Finals of the Region 1 Champions League.  The girls broke a three-way tie on goal differential in order to become finalists.  After a 5-1 victory over FC Frederick, the team knew they had to win against BRYC by a four goal margin, in order to move on.  Annandale United scored five second-half goals to win by a score of 6-1.  The U16 girls had previously tied BRYC in CCL League play and FC Frederick handed the team their only CCL loss.

The team will go on to compete this weekend in Kirkwood, DE against teams from NY, NJ and PA.  The winner of the Region 1 Champions League earns a spot in the Region 1 Championship Series in Barboursville, WV.  The League Champion and Runner-Up earn spots in the USYS National League next year.   Division One of Region 1 Champions League is comprised of the 24 top teams from Virginia to Maine. Every girl on Annandale’s U16 team also plays for her high school which makes us very proud of their hard work and commitment to both teams!


Spring Has Sprung at ABGC

SpringsportDrive by any field these days and you’ll hear the excited voices of players of all ages and sports enjoying their Spring season on an ABGC team.  Whether it’s Soccer, Lacrosse or T-ball there are literally hundreds of ABGC families enjoying Spring sports this year.

Here are a couple of dates coming up you probably want to make sure are on your calendar:

Coach Pitch and T-Ball First Game is April 25th.
Soccer Picture Day is May 30th
Youth Lacrosse Day at WT Woodson HS is Friday, April 24th.  Annandale lacrosse Boys U9 players will scrimmage for the crowd during the Varsity half-time.  Lacrosse boys picture day is April 25th.

Annandale Soccer Teams Win State Championships!

VYSALogoCongratulations to the Annandale U18 Boys team, Annandale United, and the U15 Girls, FC Virginia, for their State Championship victories at the Virginia Youth Soccer Association tournament this weekend! This is a repeat State Championship for the U15 Girls. Annandale’s U16 Girls team, Annandale X-Treme, also competed in the semi-finals losing to the eventual state champions.

The 2014-2015 Virginia State Cup Competition is a part of the National Championship Series.

The Potomac Soccer Wire has this coverage of the FC Virginia U15 Girls championship and a rundown of the Boys games here.

Think athletic scholarships are a ‘holy grail’? Think again

NBC_Sports_logo_2012For many young athletes and their families, the dream of playing college sports is very different from the reality

NBC Sports has this terrific look at what it’s really like to be a Division I collegiate athlete. We highly recommend you read the whole article but here are a few excerpts:

“The NCAA tells high school athletes the chances of getting a scholarship in many sports are around 2 percent.

But does the reality of athletic scholarships match the fantasy? Hardly.

While tens of thousands of athletes will head off to visit colleges this fall hoping to be recruited, only a small fraction will make the cut. Even fewer will get scholarships. And for those who do end up playing in college, whether on scholarship or not, the experience may be very different from what they imagined.

In a survey of college athletes by the NCAA asking what students wished they could have changed about their college sports experience, the most common responses were about time. Another NCAA survey found that a typical NCAA athlete in-season spends 39 hours a week on academics—and 33 hours a week on sports.

There are more opportunities every year for elite competition in youth sports, said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, an associate professor of sports management at George Washington University. “People are feeling the need to go because now they’ve got these college showcases and coaches show up, and if you want to get your kid seen, you’d better be there.”

When parents add up how much money they’ve spent each year, it’s almost equal to a scholarship in some cases, she said. Still, Neirotti has felt the pressure herself. She’s done her share of writing checks and traveling for her own children’s sports involvement.

Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, agrees that parents who expect youth sports involvement to generate a positive financial return in the form of scholarships are off the mark. “You could spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year for three or four years chasing all these tournaments all year long, where if you saved that money and paid the tuition, you’d be ahead,” he said.

“Athletics in many ways is about helping individuals achieve their dreams, and it is about learning how you can push yourself to become better,” said Perko, who was a star basketball player for Wake Forest. “It’s the question of at what point does it become too much.”

Elissa Cordrey, a Summit, N.J., mother of four lacrosse players who has been through the recruiting process with several of her own children, thinks often about that question. She has seen other young athletes have difficulty filtering offers from different schools, and said players and parents can often be blinded by a program’s success or prestige and fail to think about whether that college is right for them.

Luckily for Cordrey, her children have so far had positive experiences at their Division 1 and Division 3 schools. But she is under no illusions about what high-level athletics involve.

“My kids love it and we are thrilled they are making the commitment,” she said. But if the child is playing for the sake of a scholarship, and not for love of the game, be careful, she warned. “Keep your eyes wide open. It’s not high school athletics. In some ways, it’s really exciting. But if your child’s not passionate, you are going to have a lot of teary phone calls.”

Thinking Summer at ABGC

The ABGC Summer programs are all set to start.


  • The Atlantic Soccer Camp overnight weeklong intense soccer development camp will be offered for the 32nd year in a row!



  • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the June Day Camp this year.


Did you Know??

ABGC is redoing the Holmes Middle School back field, converting it to Bermuda grass and it will be available in September, 2014.  Just another way ABGC is proud to work with our community schools on behalf of our players and families!


ABGC Soccer Takes 3 Championships at Southeast Regional Finals

U.S. Club Soccer crowns regional champions

U.S. Club Soccer crowned all its regional champions in a series of events that began Memorial Day weekend and concluded Fourth of July Weekend.

The Northwest Regional crowned 28 champions at 60 Acres Soccer Complex in Seattle. Among the winners at the event was FC Portland ’96 Navy (U-16 Girls Super Group), which last summer fell just short of winning a national title. At the National Cup XI Finals last July, the team dropped a 2-1 decision in the U-15 Girls Super Group championship game.
Also earning a Northwest Regional title for the second straight year was Eastside FC ’97 Red, which won the U-15 Girls Super Group. The team has appeared in a championship game at the Northwest Regional in each of the past three years.

An additional 13 teams claimed championships at the West Regional (Girls), which was held at Davis Legacy Soccer Complex in Davis, Calif. Leading all clubs with a pair of titles was Santa Clara Sporting, which boasted champions in the U-13 and U-15 Premier Groups.

Also among the winners in Davis were two teams that successfully defended their National Cup XI West Regional (Girls) titles, including both Central Cal Alliance ‘96/’97 Black (U-16 Super Group) and Lamorinda SC United ’95 (U-17 Super Group).

A total of 12 titles were earned at the Southeast Regional, which took place at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. Pacing all clubs at the event with three championships was Annandale Boys and Girls Club, which claimed championships in the U-16 Boys Super Group, U-16 Boys Premier Group and U-17/18 Boys Super Group.

Earning a Southeast Regional title for the second consecutive season and a return trip to the National Cup Finals was Northern Steel SC Explosion, which won the U-14 Premier Group. One of two teams from the club to earn a Regional championship this weekend, the Explosion posted a 2-1-0 record in the U-13 Premier Group at the National Cup XI Finals, narrowly missing a berth in the championship game.

The Midwest Regional, which crowned 24 champions from five different states June 28 – July 1 at Libertyville Township Soccer Complex and Waukegan Sports Park.

Leading all clubs with four championship-winning teams at the event was Sockers FC, which saw its teams claim the U-13 Boys Super Group, U-13 Girls Super Group and both the U-14 Girls Super and Premier Groups.