Merry Christmas From All of us Here at Athletes USA!
We are happy to have welcomed so many athletes to our family this year.
We have been growing and now we are bigger and better, and continue to be inspired by all those amazing athletes that want to follow their dreams by studying in the US.
We hope you all have a lovely time wherever you are in the world and may you holidays be truly wonderful, magical and filled with joy!
– The Athletes USA Team
(from right to left) Christopher Vidal Founder, Tiffany Vidal Marketing Team, Jose Armas Scout Team, David Rueda CEO, Oscar Gonzalez Albo COO, Matias Aristegui Scout Team, Linnea Lindmark Team Director, Herbert Biste Team Director, Ben Deets Placement Team Director, Chet Walters Scout Team, and all our scouts around the world!
NCAA DI Soccer National Championship 2016
The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer national championship was being disputed last Sunday at the BBVA Compass Stadium during a scoreless game that ended up going into penalties. However, by the end of the match, the Stanford Cardinals won their second consecutive national title.
In the 71st minute, Drew Skundrich, playing for Stanford, took a shot, but Wake Forest’s goalkeeper Andreu Cases Mundet made a save when he caught the ball, laying on his back keeping it from crossing the line. Stanford celebrated a goal and Wake Forest celebrated a save. However, NCAA rules allow a review, which resulted in no goal.
By the end of the game, the scores remained 0-0 and the game went into penalty kicks. By the 5th penalty, Hayden Partain, from Wake Forest, shot low to the right corner, but Stanford’s goalkeeper Andrew Epstein made a game-saving block sending the teams into a sudden death shootout. Sam Werner scored giving the Cardinals the lead, while the Wake Forest team needed a goal to stay alive. However, Epstein had a different plan and when Brad Dunwell attempted to score, he dove to his right to make a save, winning the cup for his team, becoming the first team since Wisconsin in 1995 to win a national championship without a goal against.
Andrew Epstein is a redshirt junior and is the fifth goalkeeper in NCAA history to have a 0.00 goals-against average in a season. His career goals-against average is 0.34 and the NCAA record is 0.39.
It isn’t the first time Coach Jeremy Gunn leads a team to the national championship, he guided Charlotte to the 2011 College Cup.
We talked with, Australian soccer player, Brian Jamba after he had settled in his new home at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. UCF is the second largest University in America with roughly 60,000 students enrolled. UCF is also part of the NCAA Division 1 universities. Since his arrival, Brian has already become a key player on the team. Check out what he says about his first few months in the states.
5 Things to do on College Visits
Choosing the right school is a HUGE decision. Part of the decision making process is touring prospective schools. While it may seem overwhelming make sure to incorporate these 5 steps into every tour to get the most out of your college visits. Continue Reading…
3 Reasons you won’t be Recruited
Many recruits make the mistake of thinking they only have to be good athletes to get recruited. In reality being a good athlete may not be enough to be recruited. Many scouts not only look for talent on the field, but behavior off the field and in the classroom.
Court of Attribution upholds Russian Ban
Early this month we covered the breaking story of the IAAF and IOC’s decision to ban the Russian Olympic team qualifiers the upcoming games. At the time there were exceptions made for a select few athletes with many remaining members seeking clearance for competition with the Court of Attribution.
10 Cross Training ideas to try this Summer
Cross training is a great way for athletes to help improve their skills and get in shape before season starts. Summer is the perfect time for athletes to start incorporating cross training into their weekly routines before school starts in the fall.
Dinning Hall Health Hacks
As you begin to navigate through college one place your going to find yourself a lot of time (especially if your on a meal plan) is the dinning hall. Dinning halls and cafeterias offer all you can eat meals around the clock but, may not offer the “healthiest” options. As a student athlete burning hundreds of calories a day nutrition becomes an important tool to repair muscles, prevent injury, and fuel you throughout the day. Navigating healthier options in a cafeteria can see daunting at times so here’s a few easy hacks to try at your own dinning hall.