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Vanessa Kovar's soccer talents are taking her to Brazil.
Coached by Gus and trained by Soccer the Brazilian Way!
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Congrats to Gus Donolo and the U-13  girls!  Wow 5th in the Nation!
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Congratulations to the Ashburm Freedom coached by Gus Donolo and Chuck King for winning the 2010 WAGS tournament in the top flight

WAGS Champs

Congratulations Gus & VSA HEAT U-14 Girls for being the 2010 State Cup Champions!!!

Battlefield Tournament 2010

 
Coach Marcelo Tournament 2010
 

Ashburn Freedom Team Pictures

Congratulations to the Ashburn Freedom coached by Gus Donolo and Chuck King  for winning the OBGC Tournament in the top flight with one goal against all weekend.

Ashburn Premier 99 – winners of  the OBGC Tournament  (top bracket)
with NO GOALS AGAINST ALL WEEKEND.

Forest Park’s Vanessa Kovar will attend U.S.U-15 girls training camp

She was 10-years-old and Vanessa Kovar had already made up her mind. She was going to play professional soccer one day. Of course, she'd graduate from Forest Park High School first and earn a scholarship to a nationally ranked program like the University of North Carolina.
She would work out all those details later.The important thing was that Kovar knew what she wanted to do with her life. Soccer had won her heart."I wanted to be out on the field and I wanted everybody watching me," she said.Kovar has spent virtually every day since then developing her footwork and shooting skills in hopes of fulfilling her childhood dream.
Only now, she truly appreciates what playing at that level requires. The Forest Park High School sophomore is on the field and everybody is watching. She's also on the precipice of solidifying her place as one of the best 15-year-olds in the country.After helping the VSA Heat capture a Region I championship during the travel season, Kovar was among 24 players selected to attend the U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Training Camp this week in Sunrise, Fla.
"It's not just a dream anymore," she said. "It's really happening. I'm just so excited. This is definitely a really great opportunity and I really hope to take full advantage of it."Kovar was one of two players from Virginia to receive an invitation to national camp, which is the first step toward building the international squad that will eventually compete in the 2012 FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.
"There's a possibility I could be in a World Cup," Kovar said. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I definitely don't want to mess it up."Words can't even express how great that would be. I'm going to work really hard for it."
The Under-15 national team will play a pair of international matches against U17 teams during training camp, taking on the Korea Republic on Tuesday and Nigeria on Friday."It's amazing," said Kovar, who is among seven forwards on the national team. "I'm looking forward to seeing how they play."
And she's just as interested in finding out how she fares against older players who have already experienced the international style of play.Just a few months ago, Kovar led Forest Park in assists as a freshman and achieved one impor-tant goal by helping the Bruins qualify for the Group AAA state tournament. Now, her career is about to ascend to a completely different level.
"I definitely hope I do well," said Kovar, who has been on the U.S. National Team radar since attending the Under-14 Girls' Identification Camp at Cal Poly Pomona a year ago. She is well-prepared for what's ahead. All those afternoons of practice with her older sister, Jacqueline, and year-round training with Gus Donolo and the VSA Heat, has enabled her to play just about anywhere on the field.
"I don't really have a set position. I just play wherever," said Kovar, whose future appears to be at forward. "I love when my outside mids, or really anyone, crosses in a ball and I can head it in," she said. "That's just the best."
Imagine the thrill of hitting the back of the net as a member of Team USA. For Kovar, it would literally be a dream come true. "I'm so thankful for this opportunity," she said. "I can't wait."
 

STBW PLAYER IS CALLED TO NATIONAL TEAM CAMP

CARSON, CA -- 8-9-10 -- The U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team will come together for a training camp from Aug. 22-28 in Sunrise, FL. Congratulations to Gus Donolo coach and trainer of Vanessa Kovar. Hopefully, we will see Vanessa in the 2012 FIFA U-17 World Cup

U.S. head coach Mike Dickey will bring 24 players to the camp, all born in 1995, and this group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, a country which has never before participated in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at any level. The U.S. U-15s will play several as yet-to-be confirmed matches during the camp. Forward Amber Munerlyn is the leading scorer for the U-15s in 2010, having scored three goals in four matches against youth club, adult women’s club, international and college competition. The roster is: FORWARDS (7): Elizabeth Boon (Columbia Timbers; Washougal, Wash.), Frannie Crouse (Beadling SC; Jeanette, Pa.), Vanessa Kovar (VSA Heat; Manassas, Va.), Katie Mohr (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Amber Munerlyn (So Cal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Schoales (Crossfire Premier; Port Orchard, Wash.), Zoe Swift (NSA Premier; Naperville, Ill.)

Regional Champions - Columbus, Ohio - June 2010

The VSA Heat Blue 94/95 coached by Gus Donolo won the U-15 Girls Premier Group at the 2010 National Cup IX in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, they earned a berth in the 2010 National Cup IX Finals, set to be played July 24-27 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Heat Girls Making Waves in High School Soccer

HAYMARKET, Va., June 12, 2010 -- The VSA Heat Blue has been a force in Virginia club soccer for several years, and now they are making a splash on the metropolitan area high school scene. Of the two sophomores and sixteen freshmen on the Heat, thirteen earned All-District or All-Conference honors in their respective leagues, with two also being selected for All-Region honors.  Four players earned All-Area honors, including three being named to prestigious Washington Post All-Met teams.

Fifteen Heat players started for their respective varsity teams, one at keeper, four on defense, seven in the midfield, and three at forward. Six players led their teams in goals scored and five players led their teams in assists. The players as a whole tallied 137 goals, dished out 112 assists, and recorded 74 saves. Two players led their leagues in scoring and one player led her region. Two players were named team Most Valuable Player, one was named Impact Player of the Year and one was named Defensive MVP. One player was named District Player of the Year, one player was named State Player of the Year for a private school league, and one was named “Standout Freshman of the Year” for her state.

“It is a pleasure to work with these girls,” said Gus Donolo, VSA Heat Blue head coach. “Their drive to succeed and passion for the game is truly impressive. I can only imagine what they will do as upper classmen.”

2010 Region I Premier League Schedules, Results, and Standings
U15 Girls South

Standings as of April 28, 2010

Team Nr

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

Pts

PSU15G4

VSA Heat Blue

7

7

0

0

26

3

21

PSU15G3

Bethesda Freedom

6

3

1

2

14

3

11

PSU15G2

Chantilly Firecats

7

3

3

1

7

12

10

PSU15G8

Hershey Attack

6

2

1

3

6

4

9

PSU15G7

Baltimore Bays Chelsea

6

1

3

2

3

7

5

PSU15G6

North United Fire

7

1

4

2

4

20

5

PSU15G1

McLean Power

4

1

2

1

3

6

4

PSU15G5

SAC United

7

1

5

1

2

10

4

   
 
STBW selected to coach in the US Youth National League
 
 
The VSA Heat Blue coached by Gus Donolo have been selected to participate in the US Youth Soccer National League (U15 Girls) for the 2009-2010 season. The League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the league title and two slots to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships. In the U15 Girls Bracket, the VSA Heat will be competing against the Dallas Texans 95 Red (N-TX), Hurricane FC 95 Rhein (OK), NSA U15 Premier Fireballs (IL), San Diego Surf White (CA-S), Scorpions SC (MA), So Cal Blues-Draluck (CA-S) and the Sockers FC Chicago (IL).
 
     
 
Soccer The Brazilian Way - Disney's Showcase - 2010 - Finalists
 
   
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
U14G Blue Play in Premier League
 
 
The VSA U14G Blue team, coached by Gus Donolo, has just finished their first season of play in the Region 1 Premier League South Division.  At the end of the 7 game season, the team is in first place.  They will now proceed to play in the season ending tournament against the top two Premier League North Division teams.  Meanwhile, the team is working hard to achieve another State championship by participating in the VYSA State Cup.  Congratulations to the team, and best of luck as you move forward in State Cup and the Region 1 tournament!
 
 
VSA HEAT U-12 Girls coached by Gus Donolo won the GMU tournament on Tuesday March10
 
   
STBW Racks Up Regional Futsal Championship
 
   
 
Several Heat players represented Soccer the Brazilian Way (STBW) at the Futsal Northeastern Regional Championships in New York City on Feb 14-16, 2009. Highlighted by a 7-3 win over the defending Futsal National Champions, the CJ Lazerz, STBW outscored their opponents 29-8 on the way to the Regional Championship. STBW rode a balanced attack to the title with all ten players scoring at least one goal. The Northeast Regional Championship gives STBW an automatic bid to the Futsal National Championships this coming July 16-19, 2009 in Baltimore.
 
     
  VSA Heat U-13 Girls Trained by Gus became FC Delco Players Cup Champions (May-PA) beating the Scorpions 2 x 1  
 
 
 

VSA HEAT U-11 Girls coached by Gus Donolo won the 33rd Annual Virginian 2008 beating FASA Impact White 3 x 1

 
 
 
 

 

Gus wins 2008 Jeferson Cup one more time with the U-13 Heat Girls in the top bracket of the Jefferson Cup beating Carmel 2 x 0 in the Finals

 
 
 
 

- VSA Heat U-13 Girls coached by Gus Donolo will provide demonstrations at the VYSA Annual Conference on
February
2nd & 3rd, 2008.

 
 

VSA Heat success is their development focus on details. The theme of this year’s VYSA’s annual conference – Success is in the details – has several of the VSA Heat girls rostered for the coaching demonstrations. Heat Players - Allie Bunner, Caitlyn Hite, Maria Pinkston and Morgan Reuther will be working with VYSA Assistant Technical Director Matt Badiee in his demonstration of the techniques utilized in small group defending.  This is just one of several key technical demonstrations provided at the workshop.

Coaches also leading demonstrations at the conference will be UVA Head Women’s coach Steve
Swanson, VYSA’s own Gordon Miller, Liverpool’s John Owens, Andre Christian and Rene Miramontes, with their topics also focusing on the details for success in soccer.  The conference is open to all VYSA members, coaches, and players. For more details go to VYSA or here

 
  - STBW just hired Doug Bradley, who was as assistant coach of GMU, son of legendary Gordon Bradley that coached the Cosmos when Pele played on it. He hold a USSF A license, served as manager for the World Cup USA/94. Responsible for Nike Brazil World Tour in 97/98, today he trains WAGS and NCSL teams for STBW and will be at all of STBW summer and residential camps this summer.  
  - Gus Donolo is hired to give training sessions in Dubois, PA. Jan 11th-13th, 2008. .
Bohdan
Hrecznyj, Director of Coaching said:
 
 

"We had the honor and privilege to have had Gus Donolo from STBW visit the DuBois Soccer Association in west central Pennsylvania to introduce futsal to our young and aspiring players.  The technical and tactical sessions were developmentally tailored. Gus goes beyond the typical training session and is able to incorporate agility, strength and speed training into a variety of skill sets that captured our players attention like no other training I have seen before. 

Gus is a master of modelling and teaching the technical skills.  Within one training session, you could see the kids begin to feel more comfortable on the ball  and become more rapid in their decision making.  More importantly to the kids, Gus made them feel at ease
and made it fun for them. I believe Gus knows how to make players work hard and have fun at the same time.  Our coaches often made the comment, "I think I learned more than the kids did ".  Gus' method is a 'must see' for coaches looking for ways to improve their players..."

 
  - VYSA Touchline US Youth Soccer - Fall 2007, "Champions Crowned".  
  This year VYSA is proud to have had four teams win at the Region 1 National Championship. U-12 VSA Heat coached by Gus Donolo was one of the awarded teams.  
  - VSA Heat Champions of the 2007 Disney Jr Soccer Showcase Tournament in Orlando.  
 

The Team ended their 2007 campaign with a great weekend of soccer and came back home with the big prize on their feet (hands). They scored an impressive 18 goals during the 5 games of the tournament, and played with excellent hard defense and spectacular goal keeper saves to secure the shutout.

 
 

- VYSA ODP Assistant Technical Director opinion about VSA Heat U-13 Girls team...

 
 

"We were very excited to see you ladies out on the pitch last weekend at our ODP training session, and am Looking forward to see you all again this coming weekend. Gus has developed a great team with excellent attitude and work rate..."

 
 

- In Fall 2006 VSA WAGS U-12 team scored 92 goals in 9 games.

 
 

- Three U-17 boys coached by Gus were selected to the 2007 National ODP.

 

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