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Loudoun United sign Erik Sorga

Earlier today, Loudoun United announced that they had acquired Erik Sorga from FC Flora in Estonia. He is a 20 year old forward who already has a goalscoring pedigree despite his tender age. He made his professional debut as a 17 year old back on Jan 1st 2017 and scored his first goal on his 3rd appearance. He has gone on to score 78 goals in 91 appearances in all competitions, showing that he knows where the back of the net is.

Not only does he know where the net is, he knows how to win too, having won the league title and the golden boot in 2019. He starts his career off in USL but I don’t think it’ll be long before he comes onto the MLS scene.

Position: Forward

Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

Country: Estonia

Birthdate: 07/08/1999

Age: 20

Height: 5’9”

Previous Club: FC Flora (Estonia)

Status: International

Transaction: Loudoun United FC sign forward Erik Sorga on a permanent transfer pending league and federation approval and the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Loudoun United FC have announced the signing of Estonian National Team forward Erik Sorga on a permanent transfer from FC Flora Tallinn in the Estonian Meistriliiga (First Division) pending league and federation approval and the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). 
“We are looking forward to adding Erik to the roster ahead of the 2020 season,” Stewart Mairs, Loudoun United FC Technical Director, said. “He is a dynamic attacking talent with an extremely impressive goalscoring record at the club level in Estonia. He already has six caps with the Estonian National Team at just 20-years-old and has a high ceiling for development and improvement. We are excited to integrate him with the rest of the squad and see what he can do this season.”  

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News: Griffin Yow named in World Cup squad for U.S. U-17 Boys’ National Team

Great news for not only Griffin Yow, but also a recognition for the work that the DCU Academy and the newly formed Loudoun United club have done. It has been a fantastic year for Yow as he signed for the Black & Red and made his debut against NYCFC earlier on in the season. He has featured heavily in the friendly matches this season too. Club statement is below.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has selected D.C. United midfielder/forward and Homegrown Griffin Yow as a part of his 21 player roster to represent the United States at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Brazil from Oct.26 to Nov. 18. Yow signed for the Black-and-Red on March 19, 2019 as the club’s 12th Homegrown Signing. Yow made his professional debut for the Black-and-Red in MLS action on April 21, 2019 against New York City FC as a stoppage-time substitute. He made his full professional MLS debut when he started against FC Dallas on July 4. Yow has also made 15 appearances for D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC and scored three goals.  The USA kicks off the world championship when Group D play opens on Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Senegal (3:50 p.m. ET; FS1, Telemundo), then faces Japan on Wednesday, Oct. 30 (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo) and finishes the group stage on Saturday, Nov. 2 vs. Netherlands (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo). The U.S. roster is made up of 19 players born in 2002 and two born in 2003. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 are eligible for the 2019 U-17 World Cup. 

2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; Chino Hills, Calif.; 4/0), 1-Damian Las (Fulham/ENG; Norridge, Ill.; 19/0), 12-Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; London, England; 7/0) 

DEFENDERS (7):15-Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 4/0), 13-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 18/0), 3-George Bello (Atlanta UnitedFC; Douglasville, Ga.; 8/1), 4-Nicolas Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 3/0), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.; 17/0), 5-Kobe Hernandez-Foster (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 23/3), 2-JoeScally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 19/1)

MIDFIELDERS (5):18-Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg/GER; Frankfurt, Germany; 2/0), 17-Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.; 3/0), 8-Bryang Kayo (Orange County SC; Poolesville, Md.; 8/1), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.; 7/0), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.; 25/2) 

FORWARDS (6): 7-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.; 15/7), 20-Andres Jasson (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.; 11/1), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Merced, Calif.; 24/9), 9-Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 15/5), 10-Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; Bedford, N.Y.;15/8), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 12/7)

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Loudoun United FC announce the assistant coaching staff for the remainder of the 2019 season

News coming out of Loudoun United, in which they’ve added to the backroom coaching staff. This is what’s been said.

Loudoun United FC have announced the hiring of former D.C. United forward Luciano Emílio, Jason Boxx and Jack Stefanowski as the assistant coaching staff for the remainder of the 2019 season. 

“Adding a former League MVP and club legend, a former international manager and an up and coming academy coach, will help continue to strengthen our relationship and make us one of the best in the league,” Ryan Martin, Loudoun United Head Coach, said. “We are excited to continue to push the group forward towards the playoffs and help the players develop.  It is another exciting time in Loudoun United’s short history.”

Luciano Emílio joins Loudoun United after owning and operating a Brazilian Soccer Academy, Lesa FC, which is an affiliate of D.C. United that helps develop the skills of young soccer players. He started his professional career at the age of 16, playing for XV de Piraciacaba, a member of the state league of São Paulo. Emílio signed with D.C. United on January 6, 2007, following appearances for Real España in the Honduran league and Mexican second division side Querétaro in 2006.

Emílio debuted with United in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup against Olimpia, scoring four times in three games. In his first season he scored 20 goals paving the way for him to receive the MLS Golden Boot and earn the 2007 MLS MVP award. He played for United until 2010 when he left to join Rio Branco, only to return to United on April 20, 2010 on a short term contract. 

Jack Stefanowski joined Loudoun United in February and serves as an assistant coach and head goalkeeping coach. Stefanowski started his coaching career at St. Peter’s College after graduating from New York University with a BaS in Physical Therapy. The 44-year-old is certified by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License. 

In addition, Stefanowski was the assistant and goalkeeper coach for Puerto Rico FC (2016-2017), head coach for Bayamon FC in 2009, head coach for Sevilla FC Puerto Rico in 2008 and assistant and goalkeeper coach for Puerto Rico Islanders FC from 2008-2012. Stefanowski helped lead the Islanders to winning four championship titles and experienced four consecutive years in the CONCACAF Champions League group stages. He currently serves as the Head of Goalkeeping for D.C. United Academy and Loudoun United FC after holding an assistant coaching position at Puerto Rico FC.

Jason Boxx has been the Residential Program coordinator and the U-12 head coach since August of 2017. He joined D.C. United in June of 2016 where he worked as the U-16 and U-18 assistant coach. Jason graduated in 2016 from the State University of New York at Cortland with a Bachelors in Sports Management as well as currently holding his USSF B license. Jason is originally from London, England and moved to the U.S. when he started college.

Great to see so much effort being put into the club and wanting to make it a success. Soon they’ll have their own ground to call home and will hopefully be a breeding ground for new young soccer players to thrive and then go on to play at Audi Field for DC United.

What do you make of the coaching additions at Loudoun United? Let us know in the comments.

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