News and Announcements
Hudson Scheiber, from the U13 Red team, participated in the Mundialito International Football (soccer) tournament held in Spain the last week of March. As a member of Team USA IFC CoWi, Hudson was part of the biggest Children’s International Football Tournament in the world, with more than 300 teams and almost 5,000 participants from 50 countries and 5 continents.
Hudson’s road to Spain began last summer when he participated in the XR Soccer Camp through Xavi Rico’s organization (former Wave player and coach at SC Waukesha and Strike). Hudson then had a tryout and was one of 3 Wisconsin players to make the team (the other two played for Strike). The balance of his team was mostly from the Denver area, where Coach Rico now resides.
The tournament dates to 1993 marking this year as its 25th anniversary. Team USA faced tough competition against FC Porto (Portugal), Corinthians (South Africa), and two local teams from Catalonia. Other countries represented were Brazil, Guatemala, Korea, England, Japan, Argentina, Mali, Hong Kong, Germany, Oman, Russia, Turkey, Australia, Canada among others.
Here’s what Hudson had to say about the experience:
“I got the opportunity this spring to play in Spain on the U12 USA Team. I got on the team through a training with XR Soccer Training. The experience was incredible! I most enjoyed the intensity and technique of our opponents from around the world. I would like to thank PSU Coach Cristian Ramirez Raggio and Andy Berlinski for preparing me for this trip. I would also like to thank Coach Xavi Rico on getting us ready to compete, not just participate, at such a high level.”
Contact Coach Melissa at Micros@pewaukeesussexunited.com
Pewaukee Sussex United is pleased to welcome Melissa Loretto as the Micro Coordinator, beginning Spring 2018.
Melissa joins us as a former player with Trinity International University (IL). She has coached 6 seasons as a high school coach, currently Muskego HS, and 4 seasons as a junior development program coach for an IL club.
Melissa’s aim is to develop the skills of young athletes in a fun, enjoyable environment that will set them up for future success. She believes soccer is an amazing sport and is thankful for the opportunities that soccer has given her as a player. She hopes to open the door for young kids to fall in love with soccer so they too can experience the great sport that it is. For the Micros program, her goal is to nurture young athletes’ passion for the game of soccer while developing some of the fundamental skills required to be successful in soccer such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and playing with their teammates (1v1, 2v2).
Melissa grew up in Verrnon Hills, IL and currently resides in Waukesha. She is a math teacher at Muskego High School.
Please join us in welcoming Melissa!
Coach’s Report: U17B Red coach by Zach Papanikolaou
The U17 boys have been absolutely incredible in our spring season. The very first competition we had, we participated in the Rick Kilps tournament in Racine, and we reached the championship game playing against Rick Kilps’ own team (he is the director of the Racine soccer club, and the coach of our opponents). In the early rounds, our amazing U17 boys won both games, beating Sports Club 3-0, and then beating Rick Kilps team 2-0, the same team that advanced for the championship. While we were defeated in the championship, I’m so proud of my players because basically all four games we played there, we had no subs and then in the championship game Rick Kilps brought fresh players who hadn’t played the previous day. Our team finished very respectably as the runners up in the tournament.
The incredible success of our U17 boys begins in our conference games, and the very first opponent we had to face was Parkland Soccer Club, with tremendous recognition and reputation. To magnify how amazing our team was in that particular game, we competed with just 10 players and finished in a 3-1 victory.
Then the next day, the same 10 players traveled to Neenah along with three additional teammates. Another great performance with a 0-0 draw. Tremendous effort over this weekend where our bench was thin, but a phenomenal performance from every single player involved – every single player left every single ounce of effort and energy on the field by competing against an absolutely outstanding Neenah team.
This last weekend Green Bay visited at Halquist and what a phenomenal performance again by the U17s, with absolutely no subs and playing in horrific 45-degree rain. Early in the second half we went up 1-0, then with about ten minutes left Green Bay tied, 1-1, and again, our U17 boys showed their determination, class and ability by getting the winning goal three minutes before the 90 minutes were up for a brilliant 2-1 victory.
To summarize everything, after three conference games, outscoring opponents and being undefeated in three games, that’s an absolutely incredible performance by this team.
I’m so grateful and thankful for this phenomenal and talented group of players that really love the game, worked very hard for each other, bring tremendous good attitude, and have been absolutely brilliant in our season. I expect the team to finish the season on a very high note. Congratulations, U17 boys, Coach Zach is very proud to be involved with you boys! Thank you very much.
Job complete! The U13 boys Red, coached by Brian Schmidt, swept the State Presidents Cup! Well done and congratulations! This makes 2 consecutive years PSU’s U13 team advanced to the regional Midwest Presidents Cup , held this year in West Chester, Ohio June 14th to 17th.
PSU sent two teams to the competition, the U13 Boys Red and the U14 Boys Red defending champions, both coached by Brian Schmidt. There were 90 teams this year in Presidents Cup making it the largest event in the 6 year history of the competition.
U13 Boys Red Wisconsin Presidents Cup State Champions!
The U13 Boys Red team, coached by Brian Schmidt, won the Wisconsin State Presidents Cup May 19th and 20th at the sCORE Complex in Racine. The event was very competitive with 16 teams at the U13 age level. Knockout format requiring a team to win four games in a row to earn the championship. “The boys played outstanding, exhibiting patience in attack and taking advantage of opportunities when given. Our defense was rock solid all weekend” said Coach Schmidt. In the first game PSU defeated Kenosha Crew Navy by a score of 3-1 on 2nd half goals from C. Grams, H. Scheiber, and D. David. In the quarterfinal the team escaped with a 1-0 win over Rush WI West on a 2nd half goal from D. Lando and a huge save in the last five minutes from goalkeeper G. Ausloos. The semifinal resulted in a 2-1 win vs. Lakeshore United Navy with goals from Ausloos and Lando. In the final PSU defeated Racine United Red 2-1 on a last minute goal by W. Bauer, and an earlier strike from A. Berlinski. “The goal from Bauer was a top class finish from 20 yards out after we had just given up a penalty kick to tie the score. We were very composed and strong in the semifinal and the final playing against premier level opposition, and that will only help us when move on to regionals in a few weeks” said Coach Schmidt.
Presidents Cup Overview
US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup is June 14th to the 18th in West Chester, Ohio just outside of Cincinnati. The boys will face state champions from Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana in the group stage. This is the 3rd State Presidents Cup championship for Coach Schmidt in the 6 year history of the tournament, and the 4th overall for PS United. Last year’s U13 Boys team also won the State Championship, giving the club the crown two years in a row at U13.
The Wisconsin Presidents Cup is the first round en route to a National Title. Winners at the state level compete in the Regional Presidents Cup and Regional Winners move on to the National Presidents Cup. The Presidents Cup is a soccer tournament designed to provide teams that do not participate in the US Youth Soccer National Championships Series, the US Youth Soccer National League or the Midwest Regional League the opportunity to participate in a series of events that lead to the National Presidents Cup Championship. Teams losing WYSA State Championship play-in games will be eligible to enter the competition. You can follow the Presidents Cup Scores & Standings here.
Coach Rafa Dias’ U19 Boys Red qualified for the State Championships Memorial Day weekend.
The* Wisconsin State Championships* are the first round of the elite US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Winners at the state level compete in Regional Championships and Regional Winners move on to compete for the National Title. Group play for the 2018 Spring State Championships will be held at Scheel’s USA Youth Complex in Appleton, Wisconsin May 26-28. Semi-Finals and Finals will be held June 2 & 3 respectively, at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee State Championship winners will advance to the Midwest Regional Championships to be held June 22-27 at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Indiana. You can follow the State Championships Scores & Standings here.
PS United Soccer Club is pleased to announce LATI ZIBA as the Director of Coaching
Pewaukee Sussex United Soccer Club is excited to announce Lati Ziba as the new Director of Coaching and Player Development. Lati holds a USSF “C” license, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. In addition to these credentials he also holds a Master of Science in Sport Management (Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee) and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management/Accounting (UW Green Bay).
With over 10 years of experience in coaching and leading youth programs, Lati brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. As a player, he was a four-year letter winner at UW Green Bay’s Division 1 college program. He then went on to play semi-pro in the Midwest and Europe and was a member and starter of the 2012 US National Open Cup Championship team with the Croatian Eagles majors.
Lati joins us from Germantown Soccer Club where he worked as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for three years. Born and raised in Macedonia, Lati came to United States at the age of 16. He has a passion for the beautiful game and believes that by staying active in soccer, youth players can achieve great success in their leadership growth, the classroom, and ultimately their careers.
“I am excited to continue the traditions of player development and community engagement upon which Pewaukee Sussex United Soccer Club has been built. While many clubs in our area and across the country measure their success exclusively on the aggregate win/loss records of their youth teams, our focus at Pewaukee Sussex United will be different,” said Ziba.
“My philosophy is clear: Individual Player Development above everything else. We will develop players in a game-like environment that allows them to own their individual soccer growth. This empowering approach will prepare them for technical domination, tactical flexibility, and overall team success. Make no mistake—PSU will continue to field highly-competitive teams!
“As much as I love coaching players and helping them advance through the soccer ranks, I understand there is more to soccer than on-the-field success. Equally important is community engagement. My career has given me the opportunity to see, experience, and teach the positive impacts that come from being involved as active citizens in the community.”
Lati and his wife, Kaltrine, live in Milwaukee and have two children, Elijona and Rijan. Lati is also very excited about our Micros program offered to ages 4-7 and is looking to enroll Elijona and Rijan into soccer as soon as they can!
Please join us in welcoming Lati to PSU!
Chris Beverung, President
Pewaukee Sussex United
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The Director of Coaching (DOC) is responsible for the leadership of our coaching, team, player, and curriculum development. The DOC consults closely with the Academy and Technical Directors to provide training and transition plans to ensure a progression across all program levels.