For Immediate Release - BDFC to merge with Utah Soccer Alliance (USA)
The Boards of Directors of Black Diamond FC (BDFC) and Utah Soccer Alliance (USA) are excited to announce the merger of their competitive soccer programs – effective immediately. Black Diamond FC will join Utah Soccer Alliance, and will be rebranded as “USA Metro” under Utah Soccer Alliance. Both Utah Soccer Alliance and Black Diamond FC are member organizations of Utah Youth Soccer Association.
Black Diamond FC and Utah Soccer Alliance possess similar core values and philosophies as it pertains to player development and club operations. By combining our coaching and player pools, this merger allows for the movement of players, based on the ability and needs of each particular player; and brings together a wealth of resources off the field which will help propel the club to greater heights.
BDFC and USA are two like-minded clubs that focus on the development of youth players, evidenced in the number of players and coaches involved in UYSA Olympic Development, as well as with US Youth Soccer (USYS).
The excitement that comes from combining the passion and expertise of the coaching staffs at USA and BDFC, will quickly translate to the continued development of players for Utah Youth Soccer. We are confident that this merger will provide your player the best opportunity to develop their abilities and a love for the game.
The future USA Metro teams will continue to practice and play in the Metro Salt Lake City area at our current field locations.
For questions and additional information regarding the merger please contact Fred Velez, Dennis Burrows, Rich Hathaway, or Richie Breza.
About Black Diamond FC – please visit the BDFC website: www.blackdiamondfutbol.com
About Utah Soccer Alliance – please visit the USA website: www.utahsocceralliance.com
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Bobby Kennedy honored with the Distinguished Service Award and named the 2A High School Coach of The Year!
By Kendra Tomsic, Director of Athletics - Rowlnad Hall School
Bobby Kennedy, Girls Soccer Head Coach, was recently nominated by Region 14 and subsequently selected by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) awards committee as a recipient for a 2015 Distinguished Service Award as the 2A Coach of the Year, not simply for soccer, but for all 2A sports.
As a soccer coach with 25 years experience including playing both collegiately and professionally, Bobby understands the game extremely well and has a true gift for passing that knowledge along to his athletes. He uses a style that seems to bring out the best in each one of them. Coach Kennedy is demanding yet patient and encouraging, and his efforts over the past 12 years have brought Rowland Hall a state runner-up trophy for the girls team in 2006, the State 2A Girls Championship in 2014, a Region 14 title this season, and a berth in the State 2A Girls semi-finals this year. He led the boys soccer team to a No. 1 ranking in 2007 and to back-to-back Boys 2A State championships in 2008 and 2009. Bobby is a superior role model and well-rounded coach who cares more about the heart and the effort of his players than about accomplishments, recognition, or trophies. These are the characteristics that led the UHSAA to select him for this prestigious award.
The UHSAA Distinguished Service Award was initiated in 1987 to honor individuals for their service and contributions to high school activities. It is the association’s way of saying thank you on behalf of the many lives that honorees have touched during their careers.
Coach Kennedy will be honored at an awards luncheon in January. Congratulations, BK, on an honor well earned and certainly well deserved! The Rowland Hall community is proud of you.
College season still not done for several alumni!
Both Oaklee Jones and Kaisey Neilson, playing in their Freshman year at Baker University in Kansas, will have an opportunity to compete for the NAIA National Championship! Baker University will play on Nov 30th in Orange Beach, Alabama. Good OJ and Kaisey!
The Under 10 Girls (G06) won the Layton Strikers Cup, defeating La Roca in the final by a score of 6-0! Well done girls and congratulations!!
Congratulations to Fred Velez and the Under 15 Girls (G'00s), who are CHAMPIONS in the UYSA U15 Premier 2 Bracket for Spring 2015! Well done and congratulations to all of the girls and the coaches!
many of our FFC Black Diamond players saw action recently at the UYSA ODP Combine in Mesquite, Nevada, while several also were chosen to represent the State ODP Team at the 2015 Region IV ODP Championships in Phoenix, Arizona! Well done and congratulations to all of the kids representing!
*denotes also made ODP Region IV Championships roster in Phoenix
Two Finalists and two semifinalists!
Congrats to all of the teams that competed in tournaments over the Thanksgiving weekend. Four of our teams were either Finalists or Semifinalists in Las Vegas and in San Diego!
Boys Under 10 were Finalists at the Dixie Invitational in St George, Utah
Boys Under 13 were Finlaists at the Dixie Invitational in St George, Utah
Girls Under 16 were Semifinalists at the Nomads Thanksgiving Showcase in San Diego
Girls Under 18 were Semifinalists at the Nomads Thanksgiving Showcase in San Diego
two more G97s make college commitments!
Congratulations to both Casey Nielson and Oakley (OJ) Jones for making a verbal commitment to play for Baker University, beginning in 2015! Well done girls!
Players named to UYSA State Select ODP Teams
Congrats to the following players for being named to the Utah Youth State Select ODP pools for the 2014-2015 year! All age group pools will be traveling to Mesquite, NV for a 3 day ODP Training Combine, with the 1998 through 2002 age group teams competing in early January in the USYS Far West Regional ODP Championships in Phoenix, AZ.
1999 Age Group: Helaman "HEEL" Penuelas
2000 Age Group: Jacksen Skinlo, Sebastian Van Thiel
2001 Age Group: Ryan Jiba, Gianmarko Robles, Maverick Badillo, Dylan Rodriguez
2002 Age Group: Zack Farnsworth, Quinton Dunn
2003 Age Group: Malik Preston
2004 Age Group: Ozden "OZZIE" Smith, Owen McGann
1998 Age Group:
1999 Age Group: Jill Bennett, Karen Bennett, Lexi Nelson, Aubrey Cook, Morgan Lyman, heather Boyd
2003 Age Group: Natalie Gushin, Mary Bocock, Emma Keith
2004 Age Group: Mia Feldman, Brooklyn Blaylock, Brenna Gibboney, Claire Deforge, Camryn Kennedy, Bella Hicken
Alumni making news!
several former FFC Black Diamond alumni are making news with their college teams! This week is the last week before the NCAA begins it's 2014 Championships, and Regular Season honors are being handed out. At The University of Denver (DU), both Jocelyn Loomis and Kenzie Bothner were named to The Summit League's All-Freshman Team for 2014, with Loomis being DU's top scorer this Fall as a freshman! DU Pioneer women are in the Summit League Conference Tournament Final (follow here). Maggie Reigelsperger's Long Beach State is playing the Big West Conference Tournament in San Luis Obispo (follow here). Over at BYU, Carla Swenson and the Cougars won the West Coast Conference and wait for their NCAA Tourney placement (follow here)! At South Carolina State, Justina Jerema led SCSU to the Semifinal of the Independent Conference Tournament. Over in Colorado, Devon Dunmire and the Colorado School of Mones, won their 2nd straight RMAC title, assuring them of getting into the NCAA DII Tournament!
Thanks to her five-point outing on Saturday versus Princeton, senior Bethany Kanten has been named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, as was announced on Monday. Kanten fired in two goals and added an assist on a third to help lead the Crimson to a nail-biting 5-4 win at Princeton.
3 FFC Black Diamond Coaches named to UYSA State Select ODP Coaching Staff
Patrick Rennie, Fred Velez, Alban Gozo, and Bewar Yousif were named to the 2014-2015 UYSA State Select ODP Staff. Rennie will be the Head Coach for the 1999 Girls age group, Velez was named Head Coach of the 2002 Girls age group, and Yousif is an Assistant Coach with the Goalkeeping staff. Good luck coaches!