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ODFC-Cesena USA '05 Girls (Black)

Cesena 05G Hosting Rolling Tryouts contact coach Greg Bryant at 703 217 7104 or if you are interested in an evaluation.

Team Cesena ’05 (Black) News

The Cesena '05G are already one of the most successful club teams in the Cesena Program.  

Our Coaches: The teams will be coached by Greg Bryant.

Coach Greg Bryant brings over 17 years of coaching experience, mostly coaching nationally ranked boys. He worked with multiple elite players who have enjoyed collegiate and professional soccer. Coach Bryant’s former players have found collegiate success at the D1-D3 and professional levels including USNA, WVU, Louisville, NC State, GMU, UMBC, University of Mary Washington, Lynchburg, USMMA, Alderson Broadus, Emory University, Salisbury University and DC United’s First Team and Academy teams. He has coached girl’s soccer for the last 5 years. He holds the NSCAA’s Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeping levels I and II.

Additional Information


Coach: Greg Bryant  (703) 217-7104
Asst. Coach/Trainer: Ann Hadsell
Manager (or Team Admin): Melissa Pankas

Cesena 05G Black Closes Fall Season with Undefeated League Play and Bethesda Premier Cup Win

Cesena O5G Black completed the Fall campaign with a 9-0 NCSL league record, scoring 64 goals and yielding only 3. The team continued its tournament success by capturing the Bethesda Premier Cup Patriot bracket. The girls finished with 3 wins and a tie, with a 19-3 scoring advantage.  Dating back to March 2016, Cesena 05G Black have advanced to the finals in 5 of their last 6 tournaments, winning the top U10 brackets at the McLean Premier Tournament and the Jefferson Cup. The girls finished as finalist in the top U10 bracket of the Virginian Elite Tournament. With the age group change, the team jumped straight to U12 and still played their way into the finals of two of their three tournaments, winning the Bethesda Tournament and finishing as finalist in the WAGS Tournament. Congrats! Our strong league and tournament results should qualify the team for the region’s most competitive leagues as we approach 11v11 play.

Cesena 05G Black Seeking Players for Spring ‘17 and Fall ‘17 Seasons

Cesena 05G Hosting Rolling Tryouts 

ODFC Cesena 05G Black is conducting rolling player evaluations for those interested in playing for one of Virginia’s top 2005/U12 teams. This is a great opportunity for skilled players seeking a highly competitive team and a solid player development environment. Cesena 05G has been coached by Greg Bryant for over 3 years.  He has coached for over 20 years and has helped develop multiple D1, D2, and D3 collegiate players. He holds NSCAA National, NSCAA Advanced National, NSCAA 11v11 and NSCAA Goalkeeping level I and II Diplomas. Girls born in ’05 and ’06 interested in training with us as part of a tryout/evaluation are welcomed to do so.  

Cesena 05G will train indoor and outdoor during the winter starting in January 2017. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for players and parents to observe our training environment. Please contact Coach Greg Bryant at 703 217-7104 or for additional details.

Cesena 05G Win Back to Back Tourneys in March…Capture McLean Premier and Jefferson Cup

Cesena 05G Win Back to Back Tourneys in March…Capture McLean Premier and Jefferson Cup

Cesena 05G posted a 4-0 record to capture the top bracket of the McLean Premier tournament. The girls tallied sixteen goals and yielded five.  Three weeks later, Cesena’s 05G captured the top bracket at the prestigious Jefferson Cup with another 4-0 showing. Cesena hit the net for thirteen goals and conceding none against top U10 teams from BRYC, Arlington, PWSI and the Richmond Kickers. Thank you to the McLean Premier and Jefferson Cup staff for hosting extremely well run events. The Jefferson Cup marks the fifth tournament win for Cesena in eleven events, reaching the finals in two others. Cesena’s next tournament will be the Virginia Elite over the Memorial Day weekend. This too promises to be a very stiff test as many of the same teams will be participating. 

News – 16 January 2016 - Cesena 05G to Play in Jefferson Cup Championship Bracket

Top brackets for the 2016 Jefferson Cup were released at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore this past January. Cesena 05G has been selected to play in the U-10 Championship Bracket! 

News – December 2015 - Cesena 05G Completes Solid Fall Season

The Cesena 05G completed a successful Fall WAGS season finishing 9-0.  The girls also compiled a 9-3-1 record tournament record this Fall, playing in the top bracket in each tournament. Cesena had a very successful run at the Hershey Invitational, winning the championship with a 3-0-1 record and fell just short in the OBGC Capital Cup with a 3-1 record, losing to Maryland powerhouse, SAC Premier Blue, 2-1 in the finals. Check out our Fall season highlights!  2015 Fall WAGS

Cesena '05 "Primavera" Update Fall 2015

Tournaments - Dulles National Soccer Tournament. This past weekend the '05G "Primavera" worked hard in the heat against strong competition. This group acquired four new players for the 2015 Fall season and this tournament was the first time they had played together in a competitive game. This young group of U10 girls have a very exciting soccer season ahead of them. 

November tournament - 21st & 22nd - Capital Fall Classic

Cesena 05G Wins 2015 Hershey Invitational Tournament!

Cesena 05G won its third tournament of the spring 2015 season. The girls enjoyed 8v8 play after a fun-filled Friday at Hershey Park. Cesena 05G welcomed two new players who combined for an impressive 12 goals over the four game tournament. Cesena 05G finished 3-0-1 which included overcoming a 0-3 second half deficit in the second match to achieve a draw against a very physical and talented team from Old Crane, NJ.

Congratulations to the girls for completing the season on a winning note. 

The team will enjoy a well-deserved break this summer!!!

Cesena '05 Girls Announce Tryouts As They Look Ahead to Fall 2015!

Cesena’s rising U10 girls ('05 age group) are hosting tryouts on the following dates.

  • Saturday 16 May, 2015 – 6-7:30 PM
  • Monday 18 May, 2015 –  6-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday 20 May, 2015 – 6-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday 27 May, 2015 – 6-7:30 PM
  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 – 6-7:30 PM

Weekday tryouts are being held during our team’s normal training sessions and are open to all prospective players.  These sessions provide an excellent opportunity for players and parents to observe our training environment.  Coaches will be focused on technical, tactical and physical development during these sessions. Saturday sessions will include small sided games and full field 7 v 7 scrimmages. Players are encouraged to attend at least 1 Saturday session and two weekday sessions.

Contact: If you are interested in trying out, please RSVP with our Cesena Program Administrator, Michele Sbitan at Please include age group of interest and child date of birth (DoB).


  • Cesena '05G: Greg Bryant – 703 217 7104
  • Cesena Primavera: Stephen Sweeney –  703 939 0754

About the Teams:

Cesena fields two U9 (rising U10) girls teams, Cesena '05 and the '05 "Primavera". Both teams compete in WAGS and multiple tournaments during the year. The two teams exchange players for tournaments and league play as part of the overall player developmental process. Please visit our website for more details.

Website links: Please visit our website to learn more about our program and coaches.

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The Cesena '05 group is a highly competitive team that competes in the strongest tournaments in the area and are undefeated in WAGS play for the Fall and Spring season (to date). The Cesena '05G have competed in 4 tournaments this past season, winning the top divisions of the PWSI Toys for Tots Tournament and the Richmond Capital Classic. We have played many of the most competitive teams in the DC Metro area and have an overall record of 20-2-3 since August of 2014. The '05's are coached by Greg Bryant who brings over 20 years of experience developing players, many of which have moved forward to college and professional ranks.

Cesena "Primavera" is focused on developing technical skills and creating an environment that provides the best opportunities for player development.  The team is coached by Cesena Academy Director and Youth Program Director, Stephen Sweeney. The "Primavera" are 1-1 for the WAGS Spring season and have enjoyed tournament success, finishing as semi-finalist in the Hunt Country Classic and bracket Champions of the PWSI Toys for Tots tournament.   

Check out the Cesena '05's in action! Click here!

Cesena 05G Invited to Prestigious Dallas Premier 2015 SuperCopa

The Cesena '05G received an invitation to the prestigious Dallas Premier SuperCopa to be  held this coming June. The Dallas SuperCopa is an  invitational event with only 16 teams per age group. The  tournament draws teams from the US, Canada and Mexico and is considered one of the strongest tournaments in the  country.  We are honored to be considered for this year’s  tourney and look forward to participating in the future!  Cesena Rush is planning to participate in the Arlington  Spring Invitational and the McLean Premier Tournaments this  March.

Cesena 05 Girls Bring Home Richmond Capital Fall Classic Championship Trophy

The Cesena 05 (U9) girls completed their first travel season in top form, winning the U9 Premier Flight of the 2014 Richmond Capital Fall Classic. The girls posted a 4-0 record to win the prestigious event hosted by the Richmond Strikers. The Cesena 05 girls competed in the top flights of three tournaments including two GotSoccer Elite level events. 

The Cesena 05 girls won the PWSI Toys for Tots Tournament and missed advancing to the Discovery Cup Championship bracket on tiebreakers. The win at The Capital Fall Classic elevates the Cesena 05 girls’ tournament record to 8-0-3.  They finished their WAGS league play with an 8-0 record, which included 57 goals scored, and 1 goal against.

 The Cesena 05 Girls in action

Aug 31 - Cesena '05G Grabs First Tournament Championship!

The Cesena '05 girls participated in the PWSI Toys for Tots Tourney this weekend and came away with their first Championship!  In the qualifying round, Rush won the bracket by winning the opener 3-0 against Burke AC, and tying the very talented FPYC Gold, 1-1.

On day two, Cesena defeated PWSI White 8-1 in the semifinals setting up a rematch with FPYC Gold for the championship. It was a great team effort as Rush combined to score 15 goals and held opponents to 4. Thanks to PWSI for a great event and to FPYC for two great matches!   

The Cesena Rush ’05 Team Enjoys Their First Travel Tournament in Hershey, PA

The Cesena '05G Team traveled to Hershey, PA “Chocolate World” to participate in the Lebanon Valley Soccer Club’s Stabinger Memorial Cup Tournament. The team played up an age group with the U9s, giving away size; a little speed and a full year of travel play experience. The team finished 1-2, scoring 16 goals and giving up 16. The competition was great for the team and the tournament served as another great learning experience. But the best part was Hershey Park!