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Anson Dorrance on the politics of soccer and the women's pro gameAnson Dorrance coached the USA to its first Women's World Cup title in 1991 and the North Carolina Tar Heels to 22 national championships. More than 60 of his UNC players have played for the U.S. national team, including six on the USA's 2015 World Cup-winning roster. We checked in with Dorrance in the wake of Carlos Cordeiro being elected U.S. Soccer president. (Soccer America)
Tar Heels Announce Women's Soccer Recruiting ClassUNC has signed five student-athletes to National Letters-Of-Intent for the Tar Heel women's soccer program. Tar Heel head coach Anson Dorrance announced the signings this week. Claudia Dickey will be a two-sport athlete at Carolina, also playing basketball. Dickey was a member of the U18 and U20 National Women's Soccer Teams in 2016 and 2017. (GoHeels.com)
Carlos Somoano Named to 2018 SSC Hall Of FameThe Sunshine State Conference announced Tuesday that UNC Men's Soccer coach Carlos Somoano will be inducted into the SSC Hall of Fame. Somoano has an overall record of 107-26-21 and is the active leader in winning percentage (.638) among DI men's soccer coaches. He's led the Tar Heels to three College Cups and seven straight NCAA Tournaments. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Celebrate Girls And Women In SportsThe group of girls had attended the event before. Still, when UNC celebrated the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Sunday at Fetzer Gym, each one arrived just as excited about spending the afternoon with Tar Heel student-athletes from nine women's sports teams. Perhaps the largest crowds formed around the rowing station. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heel Lorrie Fair returns to CarolinaMore than a decade after she graduated from North Carolina with a degree in communications and mathematics and as a three-time national champion on the women’s soccer team, Lorrie Fair Allen is back at Carolina. Allen is enrolled in the master of public administration program at the School of Government. “I get to be a double Tar Heel!” Allen said. (UNC.edu)
Mia Hamm remains a soccer hero to fans of all agesMia Hamm won four NCAA titles. She later became a hero to millions of girls around the country. Hamm was part of Women’s World Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1999. She helped the U.S. win gold at the 1996 and 2004 Olympics. Hamm, whose 46th birthday is next month, retired from playing soccer 14 years ago. But she still has plenty of young fans. (Roanoke Times)
Three UNC Women's Soccer Players Named Academic All-ACCThree UNC women's soccer players have been named to the All-ACC Academic Team. Tar Heels named to the squad, which recognizes academic and athletic performance, were Megan Buckingham, Julia Ashley and Dorian Bailey. Student-athletes must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, as well as a cumulative 3.0 to qualify. (GoHeels.com)
Alex Comsia Named To All-ACC Academic Men's Soccer TeamAlex Comsia, a junior majoring in business administration, has been named to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team for men's soccer, announced Thursday. The honor recognizes student-athletes from conference schools who excel academically and athletically. Comsia, a defender from North Vancouver, British Columbia, started all 22 games for the Tar Heels in 2017. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Fancy footwork on display at CarolinaTap dancer, choreographer and MacArthur 'Genius' grant winner Michelle Dorrance and her dance troupe join soccer freestyling sensation Indi Cowie for a series of performances on campus. Dorrance and Cowie have a connection dating back to when Cowie played soccer for Dorrance's father, Anson Dorrance, at UNC.
Houston Dash re-sign all-time leading scorer Kealia OhaiThe Houston Dash's captain and all-time leading scorer is coming back in 2018. Forward Kealia Ohai has signed a new contract with the Dash. Ohai is the only remaining original Dash player from the inaugural season in 2014. She has 21 goals and 12 assists in 72 appearances over four seasons. Ohai, 25, set a club record by scoring 11 goals in the 2016 season. (Houston Chronicle)
Alan Winn Selected 25th Overall by Colorado Rapids in MLS SuperDraftSenior forward Alan Winn became the third Tar Heel men’s soccer player to join the professional ranks this week, when he was selected in the second round (25th overall) of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids. Winn now becomes the latest Tar Heel to get his shot after scoring a team-high 11 goals this past season. (Chapelboro.com)
Trio of Tar Heel Midfielders Selected in NWSL DraftThree UNC players found out their new pro destinations with the National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Thursday. Megan Buckingham was the first Tar Heel selected, as the Chicago Red Stars drafted the Michigan native with the 24th selection. The Houston Dash chose Abby Elinsky with the 30th pick, while the Boston Breakers took fifth-year senior Joanne Boyles. (Chapelboro.com)
Anson Dorrance To Be Inducted Friday Into United Soccer Coaches Association Hall of FameAnson Dorrance and Bruce Arena, two of the country's most successful soccer coaches, are to be the newest members of the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. Both will be inducted as the Class of 2018 on Friday during the annual Awards Banquet at the United Soccer Coaches Convention inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. (GoHeels.com)
UNC Forward Zach Wright Signs With MLS Club Sporting KCMLS club Sporting KC announced Wednesday it has signed UNC forward Zach Wright to a one-year contract with options for three more years through 2021. Wright–who had four goals and a career-high 11 assists for the Tar Heels this past season–was signed under MLS’s Homegrown Player Rule. He becomes the 47th Tar Heel to sign with an MLS club since 2000. (Chapelboro.com)
NC Courage Acquires Rights to USWNT Forward Crystal DunnThe North Carolina Courage has acquired the rights to U.S. Women’s National Team forward Crystal Dunn in exchange for Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch via trade with the Washington Spirit, the club announced Tuesday. With the trade, the NC Courage also acquired an important international roster spot which will be beneficial in preserving the core of the team. (NC Courage)