Local athlete aspires to play major league soccer

Adam Hassan is a step closer to his goal of playing professional soccer. Hassan is bypassing his junior year at Steinbrenner High School to enter the D.C. United U-17 Academy, a youth and development program for the Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United. He will be among a rare group of about 20 players chosen to join the Academy, which scouts regionally and internationally for … [Read more...]

Sunlake’s Hrenko sets national mark for shutouts

A lack of height isn’t an issue for Sunlake High soccer phenom Danny Hrenko. The 5-foot-10 Hrenko, a senior goalkeeper on the Sunlake Seahawks soccer team, achieved his 75th shutout on Dec. 14, setting a new national career record for the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations). “Once I broke the record, it was definitely a good feeling,” said Hrenko, who has started as … [Read more...]

Rangers join youth soccer elite, take national showcase

December's Disney Soccer Showcase attracted teams from all over the country, including Ohio, New York, Texas, Tennessee and Michigan. But the winner of the Boys Under-16 division traveled less than 90 miles to get to the tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee.  The FC Tampa Rangers, based in Lutz, won the U-16 tournament Dec. 27-30. They got past three other teams … [Read more...]