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Soccer605 to expand soccer web coverage with new specialized mobile site.

Over the years, the Soccer605 website has been involved in providing all sorts of soccer information. And in the last year, the site has gotten so big that we have

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Adult Soccer Tournament

  The oldest adult soccer tournament in South Dakota wraps up another year The John W. Usera Memorial adult soccer tournament will always be one of our favorite tournaments. This was

#TBT with Soccer605 Shoutouts

Story by Carol McKee The first Soccer605 Shoutouts were by Rapid City Central and Stevens fans in September 2011. We love interviewing players, coaches and fans. Capturing a great goal or

Youth organizations cooperate to form new soccer league.

It looks like the frustration of finding enough competition during youth soccer seasons is about to end for some South Dakota organizations. Tempo SC, Watertown Youth Soccer and Mitchell Soccer

Darien Poelstra announces college commitment

Our Soccer605 series on College Commitments continues with South Dakota high school soccer midfielder Darien Poelstra Harrisburg rising junior Darien Poelstra has publicly announced her verbal commitment to South Dakota

Soccer605 to expand soccer web coverage with new specialized mobile site.

Landing Page Art 1 550Over the years, the Soccer605 website has been involved in providing all sorts of soccer information. And in the last year, the site has gotten so big that we have decided to give High School soccer its very own site. And better yet, since most of the people we’re encountering enjoy their information on a Smartphone, the new website at www.highschoolsoccer605.com is a true mobile website!

We are offering sponsors and advertisers a spot on the new site to get the website going full-speed – and there has already been a tremendous amount of interest!

Would you like to join the Soccer605 team? To cover all of the South Dakota soccer-playing towns, we are looking for a few good people to contact local businesses to simply send them a video link of how the site works. Then you follow up a bit later to see if there is interest. If there is interest, then just turn the business owner over to us and we complete the deal.

It’s really easy and we show our people exactly how to do it to make it as easy as possible. The best parts are that you are helping expand soccer coverage – and at the same time you can make some extra dough before school starts!
You can email us back at randy@soccer605.com or carol@soccer605.com for details.

If you’re interested – or know someone who is – please get in touch right away. Some towns are already taken.

For the good of the Game!

Your friends at Soccer605!

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Adult Soccer Tournament

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The oldest adult soccer tournament in South Dakota wraps up another year

The John W. Usera Memorial adult soccer tournament will always be one of our favorite tournaments. This was the 23rd year for adult soccer players to gather to remember John and enjoy great soccer camaraderie and competition. Congratulations to the Usera family and friends on putting together another weekend of great memories, and thank you to Toni Sabrowski for the following story and photos, and to Chad Landis for your contributions. Until next year…

Story by Toni Sabrowski for Soccer605

RAPID CITY, SD – The 23rd Annual John W. Usera Memorial tournament took place last weekend, July 18-19-20, in Rapid City. The adult tournament was started back in 1992 by the team members and family of John W. Usera to promote John’s passion for soccer and life, passion he displayed not only on the field but off as well.

John was taken from us at the very young age of 21 in a car accident, as he was returning from a soccer tournament in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an avid soccer player, as well as a beloved son, brother, and friend to all who knew him.

The John W. Usera Memorial Tournament continues to bring teams to Rapid City, SD with a theme of ‘Friendship through Competition.’ It is the only adult tournament in the state that offers both men’s and women’s divisions. Those who have participated in this tournament over the years know the experience and passion as they play. In the spirit of the man they are remembering, they are infused with John’s passion for life and the beautiful game. They know that their presence keeps John’s memory alive, and at the same time, contributes to scholarships for upcoming young soccer players heading off to play college ball. Regardless of the intensity on the field – and it can be intense! – when play stops they leave it all on the field, as players, referees, and tournament coordinators laugh, share stories, and make new memories. But most importantly for those who knew him, they remember John and the remarkable young man that he was.

The Usera Cup Runneth Over - with great soccer fellowship, competition and family fun. They're going to need a bigger cup next year!

The Usera Cup Runneth Over with great soccer fellowship, competition & family fun. They’ll need a bigger cup next year!

This year’s tourney hosted six men’s and four women’s teams, consisting of both newcomers and many veterans. The longest playing veteran player, Jason Huneke, has played in all but one year of this tournament and that was because he was injured. When asked, “Will you be returning for another year?”, Jason responded with a little chuckle, “Most definitely, if my body holds up!”

The newest player to the tournament was Phil Burr. Prior to the tournament, Phil mentioned that he was going to hang up his cleats. After participating in the tournament and experiencing the positive and enjoyable atmosphere, Phil said, “After the long weekend I had, I’m sore, I’m tired, I’m sunburnt, and a little dehydrated – but all I can say is I’m glad I didn’t hang up my cleats. I had an amazing weekend! Great soccer and I got to hang out with great, amazing people! I am so blessed to have these awesome people in my life. I don’t consider them friends…I consider them family!”

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Men's Champions & Finalists, the Dirty Smurfs and the Bingo Boys

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Men’s Champions & Finalists, the Dirty Smurfs and the Bingo Boys

More team photos below.

This year’s Men’s Champions, the Dirty Smurfs, came back to defend their title with a three-peat under the leadership of Captain Jason Roe. Bingo Boys, led by Captain Chris Sabrowski, also returned and fell short, taking home 2nd place for the fifth year in a row. Both captains are veterans of the Usera Memorial, and continue to bring their teams back year after year. Jason looks forward to next year. So does Chris Sabrowski, but hopefully to play instead of sitting the sidelines recovering from injuries as he has the past two years.

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Women's Champions & Finalists, Team Awesome & Team Tim Howard

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Women’s Champions & Finalists, Team Awesome & Team Tim Howard

Scroll down for more team photos.

In the Women’s division, Team Awesome, led by Captain Megan Anderson, was victorious over Team Tim Howard, led by Co-Captains Skye Pahl & Brittany Oehlerking. Both Team Tim Howard and Team Awesome are veteran teams that have participated in the Usera Memorial Tournament since the Women’s division began in 2011. The women’s teams bring a different pace and passion to the tournament. It is exciting to see the Women’s division continue to grow, adding two new teams this year. The Misfits Team and the Stevens Girls Team were a mix of women that had recently graduated from the local High Schools, as well as a few veterans who led the team on the field. Tournament organizers look forward to continued growth of the Women’s division, as more teams are added in the future.

Referee Crew for the 2014 John W. Usera Memorial Men's Final Chad Landis, Joshua Busch, Connor Shuck, Owain Witte & Adam Landis

Referee Crew for the 2014 John W. Usera Memorial Men’s Final
Chad Landis, Joshua Busch, Connor Shuck, Owain Witte & Adam Landis

More referee photos below.

The officials for this year’s tournament were from Spearfish, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Rapid City referee and former player Chad Landis has been a part of this tournament since it started. On Friday of the Tournament, Chad posted on his Facebook page, “With a pain in my heart and a big smile on my face, today kicks off the 23rd Annual John W. Usera Memorial Tournament. Over the last 23 tournaments, I have grown in friendships as many players come back each year to participate. I have transitioned from player to referee at this tournament. “
“My friend John, I will think of you as I take the field this weekend with my whistle. Good luck to all participants and let’s have friendship through competition this weekend.”

2014 John W. Usera Memorial Scholarship Recipients Nichole Maguire & Lexi Pszanka. L-R: Luis Usera, tournament organizer and brother of John; Luis Usera, Sr., John & Luis’ father; Nicci Maquire; Lexi Pszanka; and Teresa Usera, mother of John & Luis. NOT PICTURED: Lane Schroeder

Not only does the tournament memorialize the life of John W. Usera with great soccer fellowship and competition, all proceeds from the event contribute to a fund for scholarships for area soccer players who are going on to college. Over $44,000 in college scholarships have been distributed to local college-bound soccer players with proceeds from the John W. Usera Memorial Tournament. This year three honorees received scholarships – Lexi Pszanka, Nicci McGuire, and Lane Schroeder.

The John W. Usera Memorial Tournament has offered so much to so many for 23 years now – and planning is already under way for next year. Dates are tentatively set for July 17-19, 2015. We hope to see you there!

Scroll down for more photos from the Usera Memorial Tournament.

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Captain Leah Emerson’s Team Misfits

Usera Cup W Team

Captain Alicia Blaha’s Team Stevens Girls

Usera Cup M Team 2 Porto Allegra

Captain Fredy Cordova and Team Porto Alegre of Gillette, Wyoming

Usera Cup M Team Deportivo

Captain Spike Medina and Team Deportivo Gillette of Gillette, Wyoming

Usera Cup M Jerry Hat Tricks

Captain Josh Uecker and the Jerry Hat Tricks were Kickin It Old School

PHOTO UNAVAILABLE FOR CAPTAIN OSCAR MATURANO’S TEAM AMISTAD

Usera Cup Referees

Chad Landis, Rapid City, teamed up with with Sioux Falls Referees Nicole Hovdestad (L) and Megan Glenn (R) to crew a match. The tournament has become an opportunity to bring together referees from across the state to work together and mentor one another.

Usera Cup Young Referees of the Year

State Youth Referee Administrator Chad Landis was a “Proud Papa” as five of South Dakota’s Young Referees of the Year were brought together by the 2014 John W. Usera Memorial Soccer Tournament. L-R: Nicole Hovdestad (2012); Haley Hohn-Donat (2013); Owain Witte (2013); Connor Shuck (2008) and Joshua Busch (2012).

#TBT with Soccer605 Shoutouts

shoutouts imageStory by Carol McKee

The first Soccer605 Shoutouts were by Rapid City Central and Stevens fans in September 2011.

We love interviewing players, coaches and fans. Capturing a great goal or save, or a brilliant move while videoing a game always gives us thrills and chills. But one of our favorite things to do at Soccer605 is SHOUTOUTS! Shoutouts can involve a lot of people – players AND fans – and they usually take all of 15 seconds. In fact, it takes us more time to set up the camera than it does to capture a shoutout! 

The original Soccer605 shoutout was in answer to this question: “Where do you get your soccer information?” The correct response? A very loud SOCCER605! The first Soccer605 Shoutouts, from the creative mind of Randy, were at the cross-town rivalry match between Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central in September 2011. You won’t find more boisterous fans anywhere! Check out this compilation of those first shoutouts.

Where do you get your soccer information?” shoutouts continued into the 2012 season, with teams, coaches, and fans at training sessions and matches across the state.

Players at West Central Training Session in Hartford.

Boys Varsity in Spearfishdon’t they look sharp?!

Dakota Alliance youth players at a University of Sioux Falls Women’s match.

Hot Springs Varsity at Yankton Trails in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Washington fans at the Washington-Rapid City Central match at Yankton Trails.

After hearing from a lot of players, parents and coaches throughout the 2012 high school season, Randy had a concept for a new version of the Shoutout. And at the 2012 South Dakota High School Soccer Tournament in Rapid City, we introduced it - I AM SOCCER605! 

Soccer605 is the players, coaches, parents and fans of the beautiful game in South Dakota. Even if you don’t live in South Dakota, if you come here to play, and support our tournaments – like these U12 lads from the Minnesota Raptor Academy at the DASC 2012 Presidents Cup – you ARE Soccer605!

Coach Tony and the Rapid City SWAT family are Soccer605 – here’s proof!

We have even had celebrity shoutouts thanks to our American Outlaws friends!

Hope you enjoyed our little #ThrowBackThursday story! Want to know what shoutout is coming next? Keep following! YOU ARE SOCCER605!

Youth organizations cooperate to form new soccer league.

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It looks like the frustration of finding enough competition during youth soccer seasons is about to end for some South Dakota organizations.

Tempo SC, Watertown Youth Soccer and Mitchell Soccer have joined forces to create the Prairie Soccer Leage, which promises to deliver opportunities for their teams to find some diverse competition opportunities.

Building on the success of the Spring Dakota Challenge, the organizations are hosting the format and looking for some of the organizations that benefitted from the spring soccers to join them in the Prairie Soccer League. The Dakota Challenge was organized largely by Robert Hoffman and organizations from Tempo SC, Yankton, Huron, Watertown, Mitchell, Vermillion, Groton and Pierre participated.

While the Prairie Soccer League is a US Club Soccer – based league, the Watertown and Mitchell associations still plan on registering players with USYSA (South Dakota State Soccer Association) and also with US Club Soccer. Players are allowed to register in both organizations and many clubs and youth organizations across the US are registered with both organizations.

The organizers point out that they are not starting a new state association – that their only goal is to create more soccer for the players in their communities and to have an organized platform. Soccer605 visited with Robert Hoffman (Tempo SC), Mike Greco (Technical Director WYSA) and Jodie Lambert (Mitchell Soccer President) to get the story directly from them. Here is that round-table discussion.

Darien Poelstra announces college commitment

South Dakota High School soccer midfielder Darien Poelstra of Harrisburg High School verbally committed to SDSU in January of her sophomore year.

Harrisburg midfielder Darien Poelstra verbally committed to SDSU in January of her sophomore year.

Our Soccer605 series on College Commitments continues with South Dakota high school soccer midfielder Darien Poelstra

Harrisburg rising junior Darien Poelstra has publicly announced her verbal commitment to South Dakota State University for the 2016 college season.  Putting on a Jacks shirt has been something Darien has wanted to do since she was a little kid.  

We have had the pleasure of interviewing Poelstra a couple of times in the last year, both during the high school season and during the South Dakota State Cup of SoccerFest, where she helped lead the DASC U16 girls to their fourth straight State Title. 

Last fall when Poelstra was selected as a midfielder to the 2013 Soccer605 Elite Eleven, we affectionately referred to her as the “Swiss army knife” of soccer because she has so many tools that she can cover about any job on the field. Statewide, there has been a larger move to keep more South Dakota high school soccer talent playing at South Dakota universities. We look forward to seeing Darien on the SDSU pitch in a few years.  For now, we will continue to enjoy her wreaking havoc in the midfield at Harrisburg this fall – and next!

Soccer605 was In The Bleachers with Darien and here is her interview.