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    Cyclones U15B consist of 3 Teams

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    SYC SOCCER Team Philosophy

    As coaches, trainers and parents we play a pivotal role in our childrens’ development both as a player and as a person. Immediate/competitive results are not at the top of our list; instead we want our kids to have fun playing and develop their own love for the game. What we provide now will be a part of their continued growth for years to come.

    SYC Travel Soccer Coaching Staff:

    Ahmad Sasso

    Ahmad Sasso Head Coach Ahmad Sasso U.S. COACHING LICENSES: United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Youth License PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Fisher Athletic F.C. (Semi-Pro London) 1994-1995 Al-Tadamon Sour F.C. (1st Div-Lebanon) 1996-1997 Al-Ansar Sporting Club (1st Div-Lebanon) 1997-2000 AKHA Aaley F.C. (1st Div-Lebanon) 2002-2004 Homenmen F.C.(1st Div-Lebanon) 2004-2005 Lebanese National Team 1996-2004

    Harry Opoku

    Coach Harry OpokuHarry Opoku and his son were hand-picked by Paul Ngend to take over the Cyclones Blue head/assistant coaching positions at U13. Opoku has an incredibly strong resume and reputation in Northern Virginia, having taken 7 different teams to VA State Cup titles. He was formerly a player for the Ghana National Team and played in the English Premier League with Manchester City, and regularly returns to Europe to keep up on the lastest youth development/training methods. Similarly, his son has a solid coaching reputation and played in the AC Milan system.


    Lester Calliste

    Mr. Calliste has trained and coached youth teams for 11 years covering age groups from U5-U19. He has worked with a number of local clubs including Team America, ABGC, DC Stoddard, Bethesda, Potomac, Vista, and McLean. Lester is also a Northern Virginia Royals Super Y league staff coach. He holds a Brazilian Football Association License, NSCAA Regional Diploma and has prior playing experience for the National Team of Trinidad and Tobago.


    Paul Ngend

    Coach PaulMr. Ngend has been training and coaching the areas youth for the past 11 years. His expertise and proven ability to teach the fundamentals and the love of the game, lead his teams to win 4 state cup championships. Mr. Ngend himself has had a 10 year professional playing career. He attended a soccer school in France and then played 3 years in Central Africa for his native Cameron and for country of Gabon; both on division one teams. He also played for the Cameron national team as well as an independent Peruvian soccer league and the Washington international soccer league. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) diploma as well as a NSCAA advanced diploma and a United States Soccer Federation C license. When he is not coaching and training, he is recruiting players for First Division Colleges and acts as a soccer agent for top clubs in Europe and the United States.

    Robby Rogers

    The Cyclones White team welcomes Coach Robby Rogers who joined this season. He brings a very distinguished background in soccer to our team. During his youth soccer career, Robby competed on the Olympic Developmental Program for several seasons with the District, State and Regional teams. Robby played for the Robinson High School varsity soccer team from 2001-2005 and was selected for the Washington Posts’ second team All-Met soccer team in 2005. Also during this time, Robby was selected to play for the U.S.Youth National team where he earned several national team appearances including four international caps. He went on to play at the University of Virginia in 2005. Coach Robby currently holds a USSF D license.

    Raefer Warner

    Coach Raefer grew up playing soccer in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago and was a standout player at the Queens’Royal College. He continued his collegiate soccer career at the University of the District of Colombia. Coach Raefer is currently involved in coaching and training several youth travel soccer teams in NCSL, ODSL and WAGs leagues.

    Alain Henene

    Coach Alain 

Henene The team is professionally trained and coached year round by Coach Alain Henene. Coach Henene is a Licensed FIFA Agent. He played for Jeanne d’arc in Senegal, professionally for ASC Sotrac and FC Pau in France. Coach Henene played on the Senegal National Team U21 and U23. He was an Assistant Coach for Jeanne d’arc and coached for Dakar Sacre Coeur in Senegal. Coach Alain has coached teams in McLean, Virginia as well.

    Vincent Carter

    Vince CarterVincent Carter is an American-born player who rose through the travel soccer system since age five. He played at State level (today’s ODP) when he was a U14 and in the original Team America Premier Program (TAP) under Clyde Watson in Northern Va., U15 through U18; where he received top-level professional training. Coach Vince also trained with Paul Ngend and other former international professional soccer players in the United States before attending the Allycee Soccer Academy in Senegal. He has played professionally at the international level in the State Football Federation of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (FERJ) for clubs: Olaria, Seranno and Artsul; and was invited to play for German Bundesliga stalwart club, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Coach Vince has been coaching for several years, first at the McLean Youth Soccer Association (MYS) in Virginia (U5-U7) and most recently, at the Washington Christian Academy (WCA), where he coaches the men’s varsity high-school team. Coach Vince also works in the Washington area as a trainer with Coach Paul, year-round, and as a soccer camp instructor in Barbados in the summer.  

    About SYC

    How We Operate: The Springfield/South County Youth Club is a volunteer organization supported by a small paid staff consisting of the Office Manager, Customer Service/Database Administrator and Procurement Specialist. The governing body of the club is its Board of Directors of which there are 15 elected to three-year terms. Additionally, SYC utilizes hundreds of volunteers year round who contribute countless hours to our programs. It is our dedicated volunteers who truly reflect the heart and soul of our club.

    Our Humble Beginnings: In 1958, Paul C. Westlein organized the first youth football team in the Springfield area. Continue Reading


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