Burke Returns from Scottish First Division to Lead Royals
Northern Virginia Names Renfrow to Assistant Coach
The Northern Virginia Royals eagerly announced today that former Livingston manager Richie Burke will resume his previous head coaching duties over the Premier Development League team for the 2014 season. The Royals front office also confirmed the PDL squad will retain former player Grady Renfrow as an assistant on this summer’s coaching staff.
Following a 2012 stint as manager with Livingston in the Scottish Football League First Division, Burke returns stateside to take the reins of the Royals following a respectable 5-4-5 season in 2013. Guiding the Northern Virginia PDL side is familiar territory to Burke, as he led the Royals in 2011 and 2012 before accepting the coaching post in the United Kingdom.
A native of Liverpool, England, Burke’s tenure with Northern Virginia began after several successful years with the DC United Academy program in which he helped engineer a MLS Youth Cup Championship in 2007. Burke also served as an assistant coach for the MLS DC United under Ray Hudson from 2001-2003.
Northern Virginia Advances Five Teams to Semifinals
Royals, Majestics, and Virginia Alliance SYL Squads Two Games Away
With Saturday games marking the end of the group round for most age groups, Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) saw five teams advance to Sunday's Semifinal Round in the Super Y-League North American Finals. The U12 Virginia Alliance, U13 Northern Virginia Royals, and U15 Royals move forward in the boys brackets while the U12 and U13 Northern Virginia Majestics represent the club on the girl's side of the tournament.
The U12 Virginia Alliance won Group A after edging the Long Island Rough Riders 1-0 Sunday afternoon to finish 2-1-0 and tied with Orlando City at six points. The Alliance boys squad claim the group title in head-to-head tiebreaker as they handed Orlando a 1-0 loss on opening day.
Tournament officials had to go deeper on the tiebreaker list to determine a winner of the U13 boys Group D. Earlier in the day, the U13 Royals played the Cedar Stars Academy (New Jersey) to a scoreless draw and both teams boasting an undefeated 2-0-1 record. Goal differential proved the difference maker as the Royals advanced by a two goal margin , largely in part to a 4-1 rout over Waza FC (Michigan) the previous day.
U17 Virginia Alliance Charge Past Lions
Northern Virginia Girls Squad Nabs 3-1 Win over St Louis to Open Finals
Fresh off a 1-0 victory the previous afternoon over Knoxville Soccer Academy, the St Louis Lions entered their match on Friday eager and confident to remain at the top of the U17 Girls bracket with another win. However the Virginia Alliance girls squad broke out of the gates with a sense of purpose to roar past the Lions 3-1 in their first match of the tournament.
The U17 Alliance wasted little time getting things started, and showed a defensive control and some attacking flair right from the opening whistle. Their solid play was awarded in the 15th minute, when Alliance player Jessica Logue broke free and finished an unassisted goal to open the tournament scoring for the Northern Virginia girls. Logue's goal held up through halftime, and the Alliance squad entered the break with the lead.
St Louis showed its grit and tenacity in the second half, and drew the match even in the 65th minute on a tally from Jamie Gilley (assisted Jessie Thayer). Gilley's goal was all the spark the Alliance needed as just one minute later Caroline Fitzgerald fed teammate Emily Renkey, who blasted her shot home to snatch the lead back from the Lions.
Ten minutes later, the Alliance ended St Louis' hopes of a comeback as Virginia Fergusson fired an insurance goal into the net off of a pass from Zoe Lunn to cement the 3-1 victory.
Northern Virginia Ranked 13th in North America
Royals, Majestics, and VA Alliance Again Garner Super Y-League Honors
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced earlier this month the final Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, together with partner club VA Alliance, earned thirteenth place overall of the 110 Super Y-league clubs in North America.
With the 2011 ranking, Northern Virginia finished in the top twenty Super Y-League rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Northern Virginia Royals program landed a number ten spot in separate First-11 Club honors for their success the past season.
Taking top honors across both the boys and girls divisions were MPS Bulldogs/Renegades Soccer Club from Boston, Massachussetts as the club accumulated a total of 93.97 points. The Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals grabbed the prestigious number one ranking a two years ago with a score of 81.80 for the 2009 season.
Northern Virginia FC in the Community
Royals and Majestics Lead Development in Northern Virginia
The Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) was established in 1997 as a member of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). While the USISL has gone through realignments and subsequent name changes over the years, NOVA FC has also adapted and grown to meet the needs of the Northern Virginia soccer community.
As USISL evolved through the years into what is now known as the United Soccer Leagues (USL), it has developed a full top-to-bottom approach in fostering soccer development in North America. Partnered with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Federation, the USL has perfected a club structure tailored to the progressive expansion of soccer on the continent. NOVA FC has embraced this complete club model structure and focuses exclusively on development at all levels to promote the beautiful game.