Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Information on the "Milwaukee Cup March"

Note: The following event is being held in conjunction with the Milwaukee/Marquette game Wednesday. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is not affiliated with the event. The Athletics Communication Office is providing the information due to requests received from fans of the soccer program. The following is from the website: http://www.milsoccerdg.org

The Milwaukee Soccer Development Group is uniting the local soccer community in an event that is being christened the "Milwaukee Cup March" for the Marquette University vs. Milwaukee Men’s NCAA soccer game on Wednesday, September 17th.

MSDG is pleased to announce the hosting of a soccer march at Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack for the UW-Milwaukee (UWM) Vs Marquette University (MU) men’s soccer game. With the game starting at 7 p.m., the tailgate starts at 5 p.m. The Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack is located at 1200 W. Canal Street, just a few blocks away from Valley Fields where the game is being played. The tailgate is a followup to MSDG’s Professional Soccer in Milwaukee symposium held on July 15th at Milwaukee City Hall. The tailgate and march is a challenge to the local soccer community to unite and show its strength of support for professional outdoor soccer in Milwaukee. Each year, the UWM and MU men’s soccer teams battle for the Milwaukee Cup trophy. The match stands as one of the few examples of a true derby in American soccer and their soccer rivalry is also one of the oldest, dating back to 1973.

The Milwaukee Cup March is not only a chance to support local soccer but also demonstrate Milwaukee’s desire for a professional outdoor soccer team, and will also include a Q&A with select members of the local soccer community. After the discussion, soccer fans will march to the Marquette fields west on Canal Street. The Milwaukee Cup is the highest level of outdoor soccer in Milwaukee and the goal will be to sell out this game and in doing so prove that Wisconsin is ready for a professional outdoor team.

The Twisted Fisherman will donate a portion of the proceeds towards MSDG’s goal of raising funds to properly convert a set of unused tennis courts to soccer courts in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Court conversion includes new line painting, goals and signs. MSDG is also hosting a 3v3 tournament on Saturday, October 11th at the Burnham Park Tennis Courts for the same cause.

Anyone interested in media coverage, sponsorship, or further information about MSDG’s Milwaukee Cup March should inquire via email to jmoran@milsoccerdg.org.

Milwaukee Soccer Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 2012. The mission of MSDG is to promote the sport of soccer in the Greater Milwaukee Area by providing opportunities and support for young people at any level to enjoy the game within the community.

Come ready to support your team, wear your soccer shirts, wave your flags, bring your banners, sing your hearts out and become part of this historic local derby between two great Wisconsin D-1 soccer teams.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Meet and Greet
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Speakers
6:30 pm - 6:45 pm March to Valley Fields
7:00 pm - Kick-off
Cost: The ‘Milwaukee Cup March’ is free but there is cost for the tickets to the game.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kelly Lewers Featured In "IAMUWM" Video

Senior Kelly Lewers of the Milwaukee women's soccer team is the latest student-athlete to be featured in an IAMUWM video spotlight on UW-Milwaukee's homepage.

Kayla Price Featured in "IAMUWM" Video

Junior Kayle Price of the Milwaukee volleyball team is the latest student-athlete to be featured in an IAMUWM video spotlight on UW-Milwaukee's homepage.

Watch it here:

Laurie Bell Featured in "IAMUWM" Video

Senior Laurie Bell of the Milwaukee men's soccer team is the latest student-athlete to be featured in an IAMUWM video spotlight on UW-Milwaukee's homepage.

Watch it here:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Watching our former teammate in the Pros

About a week ago, our women's team took an evening away from the preseason training to head to Chicago and watch our former teammate Sarah Hagen (Apple, to us) and her new team FC Kansas City take on the Chicago Red Stars.

We pulled into the parking lot only to see a host of former Panthers and their parents tailgating and getting ready for the big game. 

Although Apple didn't start as her team already clinched second place in the playoffs, she came in during the second half. It was great to see her on the field again and get to watch some professional soccer. After the game, there was a giant crowd all waiting to see the former Panther. We chatted with her for a little bit before she was off signing autographs and taking pictures with some of her fans.

Here are a few photos from the night. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

8 Things About Sarah Hagen

As former Panther standout Sarah Hagen continued her training with the U.S. Women's National Team last week, the team put together a video to help people get to know the rising star.

While many of her answers will come as no surprise to Panther fans who saw her play, take a look and see what "Apple" had to say.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Litton Heading Overseas With U.S. Futsal National Team

Mark Litton, one of the assistants for the Milwaukee men's soccer team, is also the assistant for the U.S. Futsal National Team. Sounds like soccer, but what exactly is that, you ask?

According to its website, futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. The term FUTSAL is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for "soccer", FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for "indoor", SALon or SALa and it was first used by U.S. Futsal in 1987. U.S. Futsal President Alex Para, lobbied to FIFA to have the name Futsal used for the game, until that time FIFA had used the name Indoor Soccer and Five-a-Side Soccer. FIFA took up the name in 1989.

It is, essentially, a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.

Here is the information on the trip, courtesy of www.wisconsinsoccercentral.com:

The U.S. Futsal national team, led by former Milwaukee Wave coach Keith Tozer, will return to England in June to defend its Four Nations Tournament title.

The Americans will face Qatar on June 5, Cyprus on June 6 and England on June 8 at the tournament in Newcastle. Last year, the U.S. edged England 2-1, routed Malaysia 8-1 and doubled up Poland 4-2 to win the event.

UW-Milwaukee men's goalkeeper coach Mark Litton (Racine St. Catherine's/UW-Parkside) is Tozer's assistant on the U.S. squad. The roster for the tournament hasn't been announced, but likely will include current or former Wave players.

The American team will train in Milwaukee ahead of the tournament, starting May 30, and could be back in town for a match later in June.

In its article earlier this month about Tozer parting ways with the Wave after 22 years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that plans were being made for the U.S. Futsal team to face France in a match to coincide with the beginning of the World Cup, which starts June 12 in Brazil. The French Football Federation website confirmed that its futsal team will be playing in the U.S. this summer.

Tozer, the winningest coach in professional indoor soccer history with a 528-282 record in 27 seasons, now operates K. Tozer Soccer Academy. He was named the U.S. Futsal national team interim coach in 1996 and was promoted to head coach in 1998.