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28 04, 2015

Ballistic Success

We at Ballistic United take great pride in the development of our members.  The competitive divisions’ greatest success is ultimately measured by how many players move on to the highest level of competition. As demonstrated by the number of Ballistic players who go on to play in High School and in the Olympic Development Program, as well as at the Collegiate and National Team level, we have a proven system of development that prepares players both physically and mentally for success. We take tremendous pride in having had over 150 club players move on to play collegiate soccer, as well as placing several members on US youth National teams and countless ODP State and Regional teams.

Below is a list of student athletes who have played here at Ballistic United and the schools they have attended. We are very proud of all our players and the way they have represented and continue to represent our club. Here are a few of our more outstanding former members.

Adam Sloustcher, formerly of Ballistic’s ‘86/’87 team coached by Lothar Osiander, is currently a Freshman at the University of North Carolina . In his first year, he started in 18 of the 21 matches in which he played at either the defensive midfielder spot or in the central defense. He helped the Tarheels to a NCAA playoff birth playing in arguably the toughest soccer conference in the nation (Atlantic Coast Conference). Following his successful first year at UNC, Adam earned all ACC Freshman honors. Adam came to UNC via the US Under 17 National team residency program in Bradenton , Fl. He played outside back, and central defender primarily for the US team. Adam left for Bradenton after his sophomore year and completed both his junior and senior academic requirements in a single year in order to come out a year early. Adam starred on a Ballistic United team that won three State Cup Championships and was a Regional runner-up and semi-finalist.

Kevin Crow (Pictured on the left) vs Jimmy McAlister, San Diego Sockers vs Tacoma Stars , of the MISL.

Kevin Crow (Pictured on the left) vs Jimmy McAlister, San Diego Sockers vs Tacoma Stars , of the MISL.

Former Ballistic player Kevin Crow graduated from Amador Valley HS in 1978. He went on to star on the San Diego State Men’s team, earning All-American honors in 1981. He was then drafted into the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) and played in San Diego for the Sockers. MISL League Champions 1984 1986 & 1987-1992 He has been named a part of the ALL-TI ME MISL team along with players such as Preki, Tatu and Steve Zungul. He was the league’s Defensive MVP in 85, 88, 89, 91 and 92. His soccer career did not end as a player, as he continued working in the sport as the General Manager, and ultimately the coach of the San Diego Spirit (of the now defunct WUSA).

28 04, 2015

KYLE SCHLUMPF BUSC U18 2005, HONORED AT USF SOCCER BANQUET

Kyle Schlumpf, BUSC U18’s 2005,  was named winner of the Stephen Negoesco Award at the annual USF Men’s Soccer Banquet that was held Thursday night at the Carnelian Roon in downtown San Francisco. He received the award for  best contribution by an underclassman. The freshman from Pleasanton, Calif played in 14 games in his first year, starting 10 in the defense.

27 04, 2015

Former BUSC Players play for LMU and USF

Former BUSC Players Adam and Rob both play for LMU and Kyle for USF. The two teams played there last game of the season at USF on Sunday Nov 5th.
USF won the game 2-1 in sudden death overtime. BUSC U-12 United team also attended the game. Coach Greg Rubendall was also a former player for LMU. USF Finished their regular season 12-6-1, 6-1 at home. USF Hosts New Mexico in NCAA Soccer First Round, Friday night, November 10th at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco

27 04, 2015

Adam Sloustcher signs development contract with the MLS Earthquakes

Adam Sloustcher as a Freshman at UNC Adam Sloustcher signs development contract with the MLS Earthquakes

Adam Sloustcher as a Freshman at UNC
Adam Sloustcher signs development contract with the MLS Earthquakes

LMU senior Adam Sloustcher has signed a professional developmental contract with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, the team announced Monday. Sloustcher becomes the seventh LMU player to sign with a Major League Soccer Team.

For Sloustcher, a native of Pleasanton, CA, this marks a return to the hometown team that he supported as a child. “Signing the contract was an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime moment,” Sloustcher said. “It has been my goal to be a professional soccer player in the MLS and for this to happen now with my hometown team is just a dream come true.”

A team captain in 2007, Sloustcher was a rock in the heart of the Lion defense. Moving between central defender and defensive midfield, Sloustcher recovered from an early-season injury to start the final 19 games of the season, leading the Lions in minutes played with 1,666 and providing one assist. He was recognized for his efforts with a place on the All-West Coast Conference First Team. More impressive was his leadership ability, as he helped mentor a young team that included 11 newcomers through a difficult season on and off the field. A Dean’s List student at LMU, Sloustcher was recognized as Academic All-District by CoSIDA and was an Academic All- WCC honoree during his senior season.

“Adam was a steadying influence for us during his two year tenure at LMU,” Head Coach Paul Krumpe said. “I’m confident that when any of our current student-athletes think of a role model, they will think of Adam Sloustcher. I wish him luck as he continues his playing career.”

Sloustcher caught the eye of the Earthquakes when he was invited to the San Jose Pre-draft College Combine in December. Although he was not drafted in the MLS SuperDraft in January or the Supplemental Draft a week later, he continued training with the Lions in the spring in the hopes of continuing his career. That hard work came to fruition when he received a call from the San Jose General Manager John Doyle, who invited him play in the reserve game against the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves on April 4. Sloustcher suited up for San Jose, playing the entire second half. After the game, Doyle offered Sloustcher a developmental contract with the club.

“Not being picked up in the Supplemental Draft was a bit disappointing because I felt that I had played well in the Pre-Draft Combine camps,” Sloustcher said. “I knew that it was still possible to get a roster spot with any of the MLS teams, so I continued to train and work hard this spring just in case I got an opportunity. Fortunately, San Jose expressed interest in me and is allowing me to finish my education here at LMU before joining the team. I am very excited to have had the chance to complete my degree and play for the club that I have supported my whole life.”

“I couldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of my coaches and teammates at LMU. Coaches Krumpe, Mennell, and Erush, along with the administration, have been extremely supportive as I have pursued my dream,” Sloustcher added. “One of the main reasons I transferred to LMU from North Carolina was to give myself the best chance of accomplishing my personal goal of playing professionally. I am grateful for the support that I have received from my LMU coaches, teammates, friends, and family over the years. They have helped me reach my dream and I will forever be thankful.”

Sloustcher becomes the seventh Lion to sign with a Major League Soccer team and joins Bobby Burling (2003-06) as the only LMU players on active MLS rosters. Burling currently plays for Chivas USA. Other Lions who have signed to play in the MLS are Arturo Torres (1999-2002), Andres Murriagui (1999-2002), Michael Erush (2000-03), Shaun Kalnasy (2001-04), and Kevin Novak (2000-03).

Sloustcher will join the Earthquakes after finishing the school year and graduating in May.

27 04, 2015

Kyle Davies showing promise with FC Dallas

Hyndman impressed with 20-year-old MLS rookie in first start 

FRISCO, Texas — In a week that saw his first significant action since joining FC Dallas, 20-year-old defender Kyle Davies made his first start Saturday in the club’s 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. At midweek, Davies played the full 90 minutes of a 2-0 win in a friendly with CS Herediano of Costa Rica, and used that experience as a springboard to secure his first MLS start.

Kyle Davis in first start as an MSL player with FC Dallas

Kyle Davis in first start as an MSL player with FC Dallas

“I thought Kyle did great,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I think any coach would be nervous about how a player will do in their first game. He’s a young player. He’s the captain of the (U.S.) under-20s. What I keep hearing from Thomas Rongen is that he’s a better game player than a practice player. He’s done well in practice but I thought he did well in the game. He gives us a bright spot. We’re sitting with six injured players and three of those are center backs. It’s nice to see a young player get a chance to do a good job.”

Davies was matched up with Dynamo forward Kei Kamara in the first half and while the tall striker did get three shots off, few of those efforts were dangerous.

“He’s a very physical player,” Davies said of Kamara. “He loves to get his body in front of you and weight you off the ball. I thought I fared all right. He got in front of me a couple of times but it was a good challenge.”

At the break, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear brought in the speedy Dominic Oduro for Kamara but Davies’ performance didn’t drop off in the least.

“Kyle did well,” FCD right back Drew Moor said. “He’s a good player. He’s going to be fine. He’s been great the last couple of weeks. He was great midweek in our friendly against the Costa Rican team. He talks a lot. His communication reminds me of (former FCD center back) Clarence Goodson. He’s going to be a good defender. He is a good defender.”

When told about Rongen’s statement about him being a better game player than a practice player, Davies took no issue with his U-20 coach’s assessment.

“He does say that,” he said. “I have to agree. I do try hard in practice but I think in games, I’m actually more comfortable. I feel more comfortable and more confident in what I’m doing.”

For the entire night, Davies was paired with captain Pablo Ricchetti in central defense, a player whose experience he continues to draw from.

“It’s great not only watching him but playing with him because he’s a veteran and he’s so experienced,” Davies said. “He makes me more confident, always talking to me and leading me in the right direction.”

And when it comes to being vocal, Davies admits that is something that just goes with the territory regardless of whether a player is a rookie or a seasoned veteran.

“I think it kind of comes from being a center back,” he said. “In that position, you have to be the organizer, the one who is giving other people direction. There’s no point in coming in and not doing the best you can do. I tried to come in and just do what I always do.”

FCD might have lost to the two-time defending champs 3-1 but other than the final result, Davies’ first taste of the FCD-Dynamo rivalry was a good one.

“They brought down a good amount of fans and it was a good atmosphere (Saturday),” he said. “It was an unfortunate result but a good atmosphere for my first game.”

Injuries to fellow center backs George John, Steve Purdy and Daniel Torres helped Davies get an opportunity, but the young defender realizes even after his solid performance against Houston, him returning to the first 11 next Saturday against defending league champion Columbus is far from assured.

“That’s my hope, yeah,” he said. “Only time will tell. We’ll see next weekend. Obviously, you play one game and it doesn’t mean anything. It’s an accumulation of games, training well and doing all the small things right, so we’ll see.”

Besides making his league debut, another perk of Davies’ first start on Saturday was that he got to play alongside longtime friend Anthony Wallace, now FCD’s starting left back. “I’m really comfortable next to him,” he said. “We’ve played together in so many games now since under-17s. It was good.”

Steve Hunt is a contributor to MLSnet.com.

27 04, 2015

AMADOR SOCCER STAR AWARDED BUSC SCHOLARSHIP

DANE SHAFFAR HEADED FOR SONOMA STATE

At 5 years old, Dane Shaffar ran onto the soccer field for the first time. Now, nearly 13 years later, the 2012 Amador Valley High graduate is headed to play soccer at his dream school, Sonoma State.

“It’s really funny, when I was younger, I always went to tournaments at Sonoma. I always loved the school, but I never knew that I would actually end up there,” Shaffar said.

Born and raised in Pleasanton, Shaffar began his soccer career with the Ballistic United Soccer Club, where he played Division 1 from U8s through U19s.

At Amador, Shaffar continued his soccer career and was named captain of the freshmen team, and continued to shine throughout his high school career. Senior year, he was captain of the boy’s varsity team.

Shaffar was recognized for his talent on the field as a junior, when he was chosen for the Second-Team All League for the East Bay Athletic League. He further proved his soccer abilities senior year when he was selected for the First-Team All League.

He was also named Amador boy’s varsity MVP junior and senior year, making history as the only soccer player at Amador to receive the prestigious award for two consecutive years.

“What makes Dane a special person is his love for his family, loyalty to his friends, and the pride he has each and every day when he represents his community and Amador,” wrote Rob Flores, assistant varsity soccer coach at Amador, in his letter of recommendation for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and Erik Lemoine Scholarship.

In 2010, Shaffar had the privilege of playing for the Olympic Dvvelopment Program as a member of the Cal North State Team.

Soccer has always played a large role in Shaffar’s life.

“He has always had a passion for soccer and because he made it his life, we made it ours,” said Mitzi Shaffar, Dane’s mother.

Dane Shaffar attributes much of his success to those who have all supported him along the way.

“Soccer has pretty much been my life. I find inspiration to succeed in my love of soccer, my family, my teammates, my coaches and the community,” Shaffar said. “I like being a part of something bigger.”

This year Shaffar was awarded the Ballistic United Soccer Club and Erik Lemoine Scholarship, which is presented to Foothill or Amador seniors who have represented BUSC, their school and their community in an outstanding manner.

“I feel that Dane Shaffar’s character and leadership make him a role model not just for soccer players but for anyone who is looking at what is right with our youth today,” Amador varsity soccer coach Ken Villegas wrote in his letter of recommendation.

At Sonoma State University, Shaffar plans to major in business. As a recruit for the SSU Seawolves, he will play under head coach Markus Ziemer.

“I can’t wait to get on the field and play with the team,” Shaffar said. “There’s always room for improvement, and being surrounded by so many talented players and lead by such an amazing coach, Coach Markus, will give me the opportunity to get better.”

 

– Pleasanton Weekly – 7/13/12 issue

27 04, 2015

EIGHT BUSC MEMBERS TO PLAY IN COLLEGE

The Ballistic United Soccer Club announces eight U18 Premier players who will be playing soccer in college in the fall.  The players continuing their playing careers in college include Tyler Hoffman (Cal State Los Angeles), Brandon Brown (Chico State), Seth Niermeyer (Chico State), Duke Driggs (Cal State East Bay), Collin Hartland (Colorado College), Nandor Krause (Sonoma State), Dane Shaffar(Sonoma State), and Jason Chow (St. Mary’s).

Tyler Hoffman was named to the All Conference team and voted Most Valuable Player as a goalkeeper for the San Joaquin Athletic Association.  Dane Shaffar, two-time Amador high school MVP, was named first team all-league in the East Bay Athletic League and will be playing alongside fellow teammate and team captain Nandor Krause.  Dane and Nandor have played together for BUSC since U9 and were both 3 year Varsity starters at Amador. Seth Niermeyer has also been playing competitively for BUSC since U9, joining Dane and Nandor at U11.  Seth was a 3 year Varsity starter at Foothill high school.  Jason Chow, another lifetime BUSC competitive player was a four year Varsity player at Amador High School.  Brandon Brown and Duke Driggs, both of Cal High, joined the club a few years back and have been welcome additions. Duke was also named first team all-league in the East Bay Athletic League and was Cal High’s defensive player of the year.  Collin Hartland, who came to the club at U14, will be playing at Colorado College.  Collin was Dublin high school’s offensive MVP two years in a row.  The U18 Premier team took first place in the Nor Cal Premier 2 division, a fine way to end the boys’ playing career with the club.

We also want to take a moment to congratulate two other young men who played with the club long enough for us to recognize their achievements – Thomas Janjigian, who played for BUSC from U9 to U14 before ultimately playing for the Force Academy, will be playing at University of California at Irvine and Connor O’Neil, who came to the club from the highly touted Hayward Tecos at U16 before moving away after his U17 playing season to San Diego, will be playing at University of San Diego.

We want to congratulate all of the our graduating seniors and wish them the very best.  Keep playing boys!

Pleasanton Weekly 7/13/12 issue

27 04, 2015

Cal State East Bay soccer player doesn’t have to look far for inspiration

By Matt Schwab mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com San Jose Mercury News
Posted: InsideBayA rea.com

His dad, Kevin, was once a towering defender with the U.S. national team and a five-time Major Indoor Soccer League all-star with the San Diego Sockers.

“He’s taught me a lot about the game, just strategically,” Kellen said of his dad. “I’ve learned a lot from his experience and just his knowledge.”

Kellen Crow is early in his soccer journey, but Pioneers coach Andy Cumbo likes what he sees.

“He’s made a real positive impact, more than a typical freshman usually does,” Cumbo said of his starting holding midfielder. “Very smart, very disciplined. Reads the game very well. He’s a good organizer for us defensively.”

It turns out the Crow family tree has many athletic branches. Kellen’s grandfather, Wayne (Cal), played halfback, safety and punter for the Oakland Raiders in 1960-1961. Kellen’s brother, Kamron, 16, attends Amador Valley and plays for the De Anza Force under-15/16 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

The Pioneers are off to an encouraging start after a rough 2011 season. Last week they earned back-to- back road draws against Cal State Stanislaus (0-0) and Chico State (1-1), no easy feat in the powerful California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Kellen Crow said he took a “gap year” after high school and trained with England’s Sheffield Wednesday and Dutch club Quick 1888, each for six months. He returned home with a stronger game and a tougher mindset.

“I’m 19 (years old) and guys over there are 16 playing for these professional clubs,” Crow said. “They have it in them. They have the mindset that ‘I want to be a professional.’ ”

Kellen played high school soccer in Sacramento for three years before transferring to Amador Valley after his dad was hired as the technical director by Ballistic United Soccer Club in Pleasanton.

Kellen has started in all five games for the Pioneers (1-2-2, 0-1-2 CCAA), playing 401 minutes. In the draw against Stanislaus, Crow and defender Paul Dewhurst held things together, blocking three scoring chances late in the second half.

Kevin Crow is not surprised by Kellen’s smooth transition to college play.

“He’s always been a smart player, kind of a tactically smart player,” said Kevin Crow, who retired from playing in 1992. “He’s a well-rounded player. He has a knack for fitting in wherever he plays, which is a compliment to him.”

Cumbo, in his fourth season, believes his squad, buoyed by junior college transfers and foreign additions, is capable of earning a spot in the CCAA playoffs by placing in the top two of the North Division.

The Pioneers have a strong homegrown contingent. Sophomore Rey Suarez (Richmond) scored on a 20- yard shot in the final seconds of regulation play to tie Chico State 1-1. Dynamic Andres Ponce (San Lorenzo, Chabot) and Javier Martin (Mt. Eden) are solid playmakers. Freshman newcomer Duke Driggs (California) shows promise.

SPAGLE HITS LANDMARK: Pioneers women’s volleyball coach Jim Spagle earned his 400th career victory and become the winningest coach in school history on Sept. 7 with a 3-0 victory over Academy of Art-San Francisco. The Pioneers are 1-3 since that victory, and Spagle, in his 17th season, has a 401- 133 career record.

HAWKS TRIO SIGNS: Three former Las Positas men’s basketball players have signed with four-year schools: Jarred Jourdan (Logan) with Division I Liberty University (Va.); Dwight Abad (Logan) with Bethany College (Kan.); and Ryan Hebebrand (Granada) with Cal State East Bay.

Contact Matt Schwab at mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com and follow him on Twitter at @schwab_matt.