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ODFC Cesena Welcomes Two Boys Teams!

06/17/2019, 4:30pm EDT
By Kellie Barella

The ODFC Soccer School was created a year ago with a primary mission to develop players up to a point from where they can begin to compete at a higher level. This fall 2019 season will see the first two teams comprised of soccer school graduates; Cesena ’11 boys and Cesena ’08 boys. 

Both teams will participate in NCSL and high-level competitive tournaments throughout the year. Coach Billy Blake, ODFC Director of Travel Team Operations, had this to say, “This is a strong group of players that know each other and will benefit from the year-round training with our highly qualified staff.” The teams will be coached by Billy Blake with academy training conducted by the clubs Technical Director, Armin Sepehri.

Andy Vera, ODFC Club President and Cesena Program Director, explained the process of, “80-90% of these players come from our Soccer School and are well known to our developmental staff. Many have been with us for 2-3 years. It’s gratifying and exciting to see our players evolve both as a team and individually.”

We welcome this “new” group of players to the ODFC Cesena program and look forward to watching them develop.

ODFC Cesena USA has a new "Sponsor Tecnico"

06/04/2019, 11:00am EDT
By Kellie Barella

Starting Fall 2019

ODFC Cesena USA has a new club technical sponsor (SPONSOR TECNICO)!

Joma Sport is the leading sports company in Spain and one of the top sports brands recognized internationally, ranked in the Top 10 most successful sports companies in the world. They currently sponsor some of the best club and organizations in the world including top level clubs such as; UC Sampdoria (Italy), Atalanta Calcio (Italy), Villarreal C.F. (Spain), Getafe C.F. (Spain), C.D. Leganes (Spain) to name a few.

All “new” Cesena USA and ODFC Soccer School teams will be wearing the new brand come the start of the fall 2019 season. The ordering system will be fully automated with gear being delivered to players directly.

An official notice from JOMA had this to say, “We're very excited about the opportunity to support Old Dominion FC (Cesena) with all their current and projected new programs...at JOMA, we are passionate about promoting high quality youth programs and those leading the way for the women's game. ODFC Cesena fits the model we’re looking for in a partner.”

JOMA will supply our club players with game and casual gear through 2022 as they play an active part in our clubs growth.

WPSL players named to U.S. 2019 World Cup Team

05/09/2019, 11:30am EDT
By Kellie Barella

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 7, 2019– The Women’s Premier Soccer League, the largest women’s soccer league in the world, had 12 former players named to the United States Women’s National Team roster for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.
 
Eleven WPSL clubs are represented with Florida Sol FC (Jacksonville) having two alumnae, Morgan Brian and Emily Sonnett.
 
“It is every young soccer players dream to represent their country in the World Cup,” WPSL President Sean Jones said. “We are honored to have been a part of the development process for these young women who now get to live that young girl’s dream.”
 
Alex Morgan (California Storm), Megan Rapinoe (Elk Grove Pride) andTobin Heath (New York Fury) are making their third World Cup appearance and have a combined 457 national team caps among the three.
 
Seven WPSL alumnae are making their first World Cup appearance –Adrianna Franch (SoccerPlus CT), Rose Lavelle (Dayton Dutch Lions FC), Allie Long (New York Fury), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix Del Sol),Samantha Mewis (Boston Breakers Academy), Mallory Pugh(Washington Spirit Reserves) and Sonnett (Florida Sol FC, Chicago Red Stars Reserves).
 
Alyssa Naeher (Boston Aztec) and Brian (Florida Sol FC) are returning to the squad for a second World Cup after winning the 2015 title in their first appearances.
 
“The fact that over half of the players selected to represent the United States have played in the WPSL is a testament to the vision of the league’s founder Jerry Zanelli and the countless people who have been instrumental in the growth of this league,” Jones said.
 
“In addition, this is another piece of evidence as to the quality of players and clubs that make up the WPSL. We look forward to continuing to make the WPSL a proving ground for young women who dream to play at the highest level and someday have the opportunity to follow these players’ footsteps” 
 
The United States is in Group F and will open tournament play against Thailand on June 11 in Reims, France.
 
Additional World Cup rosters will be announced in the next two weeks. The WPSL is expecting more alumnae to be named to World Cup squads, including Nigeria, Italy and Thailand.

ODFC Cesena USA-WPSL has "New" Head Coach!

03/28/2019, 6:15pm EDT
By Kellie Barella

Interview with Andy Vera

Interview with “new” ODFC Cesena USA – WPSL Head Coach, Andy Vera:

Well so much for “retirement” right? What prompted you back to coaching?

“Exactly…It’s interesting because sometimes when you’re not looking things find you…I truly wasn’t looking to coach this team or any other but I’m also not one to turn down a challenge when it crosses my path. I’m also deeply committed to our club (ODFC) and the Cesena Program specifically. Loyalty to a club means that you do whatever you need to do to help your colors…that badge on your chest.”

Has anyone discouraged you from taking on this role?

“Yes everyone including myself! (Smiles)…I take in support from a small circle of people and I try to surround myself with talented, smart, loyal individuals. I have a great assistant in Dave Sbitan whom I’ve known and worked with for many years. His ability to work behind the scenes to make sure players are ready to play is invaluable. This will make my job easier as I can focus on what I need to do.”

How does the overall roster look for the upcoming season?

“One of the objectives of the Cesena USA Program as a whole is to build players starting at the youngest age groups. We will have a good mix of young players and very experienced ones on the roster.”

What do you consider your biggest “team” challenge this upcoming season?

“In my opinion the challenges with a group like this is ensuring that we have the right chemistry...They’re all very talented players…more than coaching them we need to manage them to achieve the most favorable outcome every game. We don’t have much time to make things CLICK with these players...we begin working together 2 weeks before our first game…so the team-building aspect has to happen quickly.”

What do you know of the opponents in your division?

“I can tell you I’ve researched their history and they are developmentally strong clubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic Conference…we will be challenged and tested there is zero doubt about it. Our conference (Mid-Atlantic) is divided into the Keystone and Colonial Divisions…we play in the Colonial against tough, tough teams.”

How will you face each one of these tough teams?

“Just like any coach confronts his opponents…confident in the work done at training and a strong belief in the players he has on his roster.”

What are your thoughts on the WPSL as a whole?

“It truly is an incredible organization of tireless staff that don’t mind doing what it takes to give all these wonderful female athletes an opportunity to showcase themselves every summer. The league history and the players that have come through the league speaks for itself.”

 

WPSL Announces ONLY Virginia Team In The League!

01/31/2019, 12:00pm EST
By Kellie Barella

It’s official, the WPSL has one Virginia team representing the Colonial Division this coming 2019 season.

The announcement came this past weekend at the league’s annual general meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cesena USA, General Manager and Colonial Division Lead Delegate Andy Vera had this to say,” the league has grown by 30 teams to a huge total of 119 teams in 4 regions…this includes teams from both the US and Canada. We (ODFC Cesena USA) are one of the smallest clubs in the league with a huge responsibility of representing Virginia among some very tough clubs in our division.

The WPSL comes off a very successful 2018 season after having introduced new partnerships and its first international program, the WPSL International Combine. In 2019 the WPSL looks to establish new “records” in fan attendance and teams accepted into the league. Here is a list of what we can look forward to this coming year:

  • All-time high number of active teams
  • All-time high number of new teams accepted into the league
  • 2nd Annual International Combine
  • Hosting of WPSL Championship and Combine at a top NCAA venue
  • Six (6) new partners
  • Live streaming of matches


As the WPSL prepares for the 2019 season it vows to continues paving new pathways and opportunities for our women players well into the future.

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