Once Upon A Dream 1
For The Love of The Game 2
PSC Soccer Ball 3
PSC Goalkeeping Program 4
2015 Portage Classic Logo
Competition Winner! 4
Tournament Merchandise 5
PSC Giving Back to The
How Can You Help? 7
PSC Partners with Gazelle
FAQ: Frequently Asked
Meet Our PSC Parent
Concessions Update 12
Photo Board 13
PSC Practice Facility
PSC Board 14
Inside this issue:
Once Upon A Dream
The Portage Soccer Complex owned and operated by
the Portage Soccer Club opened in 2002. None of our
current players have ever played a home game at an-
other venue. Heres a brief history lesson on how it came to be. . .
PSC home games were first played at the former
Michigan Independent Soccer League (MISLE) Soccer
Complex now the PSC practice facility from 1985 to
1996. In 1996, the MISLE lease expired and the property reverted to its
owner, Pharmacia & Upjohn, L.L.C. After the closure of the MISLE com-
plex PSC teams played its home games at River Oaks County Park.
In September 1996, MISLE purchased the land where the Portage Soccer
Complex is via a land contract. Its player numbers dwindled and were
absorbed into AYSO Region 74 in early 1999. Facing a default on its land
contract, MISLE sold the property to the PSC in May 1999. The PSC
agreed to move forward with the development of a soccer complex receiv-
ing site plan approval from the City of Portage in June 1999.
Ground breaking for the Portage Soccer Complex was on May 11, 2000.
During 2000 and 2001 construction seasons the property was mass
graded, underground storm drainage installed, irrigation system in-
stalled, fencing and gates (over a mile long!) installed and the fields
seeded. In September 2001, work began on the concession and storage
building and continued throughout the winter. A hardy band of PSC vol-
unteers worked every weekend but one to complete the building by April
The last step was the paving of the parking lot on April 18, 2002. The
steam rollers were still compacting the asphalt as the first cars arrived
for AYSO games that evening. A formal dedication of the complex fol-
lowed on May 10th.
The Portage Soccer Complex was just a dream in 1990 when a small
group of volunteers began meeting to plan it. It has now been open 12
years approximately the number of years it took to plan and build it. I
guess dreams can come true!
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For The Love of The Game
Have you ever noticed whenever you turn around all you hear about are the negative stories involving
society? Thats because the media has discovered controversy and issues sell space and boost ratings. To test my theory, I just Googled the words Soccer Coach. I then clicked on the word News and im-mediately found stories of Smokey Hill Players use slurs and then Youth Soccer Coach sent Inappro-priate texts.
What we dont see is the true human interest stories like our very own Coach Vu Le. Many of you may not have had the good fortune to have had him as a coach, but I can guarantee you his influence has
touched your team. As our Technical Director of Coaching, he is involved with providing guidance to
all coaches on both tactical and technical player development. If you ever need to find him all you need
to do is hit the practice fields where he typically is coaching anywhere from 3-5 teams each year.
Now some people seem to think he does this because he gets paid a lot to do it. Well if this was a
game show you would have heard the buzzer going off indicating you were wrong. Coach Vu doesnt typically take any money. In fact his Technical Director of Coach stipend is regularly donated right
back to the club. So what's in it for him? Its simple, Coach Vu does it for the love of the game. As a parent who has had him as a coach and someone who has spent years working with him on the PSC
board, I can honestly tell you, thats all he needs. He simply loves helping both kids, coaches and the community and to him the feeling he gets from this is truly priceless.
In 2006, the Le family was the first family to have 4 children playing for the club, Viet, Nam An &
Binh. At that time he was roped into coaching by our very own David Rice. That season he helped
coach 4 teams and since then obviously he has never let up. He still spends countless hours helping
our club, and I say countless because its true. I tried to add it up and I eventually lost count.
Even with this incredible time commitment he still
finds time to seek out additional training opportunities
for himself so he can bring this education back to us.
In 2013, he was able to attend and complete the exten-
sive National B License training program. This pro-
gram was a serious time commitment as he was re-
quired to complete over 20 hours of classroom training
along with another 48 hours of field time.
Behind every good man is always a Great
Women. Without the Love and support of
Vus wife Anh, we as a club would not have been able to benefit from his time, passion
and support he continues to give back to
Vu and Anh continue to be positive role
models for coaches players and parents alike. Vu thank you for all that you do
and Anh thank you for sharing him with us! The Le family continues to support the PSC family not for
the notoriety, income or any other reason other than simply for The Love of The Game.
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This fall, the Portage Soccer Club added a new training opportunity for players. On Wednesday and
Thursday evenings, goalkeepers of all ages received training specifically targeted at improving their
technique and game management. Training topics ranged from such fundamentals as footwork,
proper ball-catching, and diving to more advanced tactics like positioning and breakaways. Each
training session typically had more than 20 goalkeepers participating, and coaches Brian Boukalik,
Russ Randall, and Tom Mellinger divided the kids into smaller groups based on age.
Going forward, coaches will be provided with some tools that incorporate their field players with
goalkeeper training. In addition, suggested pre-game warm-ups will be developed to ensure that
goalkeepers are prepared both mentally and physically for each match. The club is also hoping to
put on some winter training clinics for goalkeepers.
The NSCAA offers education clinics for coaches interested in learning more about training goalkeep-
ers. Each year there are a few of these clinics in Michigan. Please contact Tom Mellinger if you are
interested in attending one of these or if you would like help with goalkeeper training in the spring.
PSC Goalkeeping Program
Congratulations to Hannah (Vinnie) Hoffman. She plays on the Girls Portage SC 01 Green
team. She designed the winning logo! She was one of eight players who submitted logos
this year and was selected by the tournament board with a majority vote. To vote, the
tournament board only get to see the designs, not who submitted them.
For having the winning logo she receives a free Tournament
Sweatshirt, t-shirt and a pizza
party for her team.
Thanks to those who submitted
designs. Presentations will be
made at the June club wide meet-
2015 Portage Classic Logo Competition Winner
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The Portage Soccer Club is having a huge sale on all our old Tournament Appeal. We have items from
this past tournament and all the way back to 2007. Prices range from $12 to $5. Prices simply cant be beat. Some quantities are limited so please be sure to order early.
Please visit the website main page to see the items and to get more information.
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St. Augustine Cathedral School recently constructed a soccer field and
playground improvements at its downtown Kalamazoo campus.
Dubbed love thy neighbor project, the improvements will be used by students during the school day and the neighborhood when school is not
While the soccer field was nearing complete, it was still missing soccer
goals when school resumed. In stepped the Portage Soccer Club through an anonymous donation a set
of U11/U12 goals were purchased. On a recent Sunday morning PSC volunteers Sean Bowser, Verne
Genisio, David Rice and Greg Strayer assembled the goals and laid out and lined the soccer field. Can
you imagine the excitement when the children arrived at the school on Monday morning?
I brought my son to school this morning. He was so excited to see the goals up and the field striped...he cant wait for recess. Mike FlynnProject Architect
Thank you very, very much. The goals are wonderful. Ill take some photos today of the kids using the field. Andra ZommersPrincipal
Thank you very much for the PSCs significant contribution and efforts in making this happen for the k