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Michigan Tigers Gear Up For Disney



(December 30, 2015)

Two Michigan Tigers teams will be making the inaugural trip to Orlando for Disney's President's Day Soccer Festival. Accepting only the best teams from the country, Disney gives the Michigan Tigers an opportunity to showcase their talents on a national scale.



Michigan Tigers return to MSYSA Director's Academy



(June 2, 2015)

After participating in the Director's Academy for the first time in 2014/2015, the Michigan Tigers are excited to return for 2015/2016. Michigan's most competitive state-wide program, the Director's Academy is for U11 and U12 teams "who aspire to play at the highest level of US Youth Soccer in the future."


Four Michigan Tigers teams, the '04 and '05 boys and girls, will compete against the top teams in the state of Michigan, and prepare themselves for premier-level Michigan and Midwest competition at the U13 age group.

To read more about the Director’s Academy, click here.


Three Michigan Tigers selected to State ODP Team


(March 30, 2015)


The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.


Renee M. (U15), Bradley W. (U14) and Conleth S. (U13) were selected to the state ODP pool, deemed the top players in their age group in the state of Michigan. Congratulations to all of them!



Force 2012 Invitational Tournament
Bloomfield, MI, September 21-23, 2012

Pictured above: U12G 2012-2013 Force


U10 Boys "Gold" Coach David 
U10 Boys "Blue" Coach Bilal 
U12 Girls "Gold" Coach Divi 

U9 Boys "B" Coach Dan 
U10 Boys "B" Coach Gus 
U11 Boys "B" Coach Gus 
U14 Boys "Gold" Coach Divi 
U14 Boys "A" Coach Jon

Capital Area Classic-25th Annual Lansing Tournament
Lansing, MI, September 8 & 9, 2012

U9 Boys "A" Coach Zach
U10 Boys "A" Coach Minem
U12 Boys "Gold" Coach Marcelo
U14 Boys "Gold" Coach Divi
U11 Girls "Gold" Coach Marcelo
U12 Girls "Gold" Coach Divi

The Michigan Tigers '01 B Team capture the U11 Boys Silver Division Championship in the Jaguar Invitational Tournament!

The Michigan Tigers '01 B Team, coached by Minem Boufakherdien, captured the U11 Boys Silver Division Championship in the Jaguar Invitational Tournament held May 11-13th, 2012.  The team swept all four of their games against tough competitors including Vardar South, Michigan Jaguars, Rush Jackson, and Livonia with a combined score of 26-9.  Game after game, the boys played together confidently as a team, culminating in a decisive finals victory against LCSC (Livonia) on Mother's Day. Congratulations to the Michigan Tigers '01 B for a fantastic tournament result!

The Michigan Tigers '02 B Team capture the U10 Boys Gold Division Championship in the Jaguar Invitational Tournament!

The Michigan Tigers '02 B Team, coached by Tim Blevins, secured the U10 Boys Gold Division Championship at the Jaguar Invitational Tournament held May 11-13th, 2012. The team was victorious in all four of their games against teams from Novi, Livonia, and even Ohio, scoring a division-high 24 goals and surrendering just eight. . Michigan Jaguars, Jaier, Livonia and Pacesetters with a combined score of 24-8. Congratulations to the Michigan Tigers '02 B team on their Novi Invitational Championship!

Two Michigan Tigers Futbol Club teams were crowned champions of the highly competitive Nike Challenge Cup, held April 28 and 29 in Dublin, Oh.

The Michigan Tigers '99 Gold (pictured at left above), coached by Divi Neto, took a 3-0 record into the final, where they faced host Club Ohio. A first half goal by David in which he outmuscled the Club Ohio goalkeeper gave the Michigan Tigers a 1-0 lead, but an early second half goal by the opponents tied the game. Unable to find the back of the net despite a decisive possession advantage, the game went to overtime and then a penalty kick shoot out. With the score tied 3-3 and one shooter left, Sebastian stepped to the line and calmly buried the fourth and winning goal, sending the Tigers to the top of the podium.

The Michigan Tigers '98 Gold (pictured at right above), al so coached by Divi Neto, tied their opening game of the tournament 2-2 before going on a roll, winning their next two games by a combined 10-3 score. The 2-0-1 record was enough to get them into the finals, where Hammer FC awaited them. The Michigan Tigers came out on fire, scoring three goals in the opening half (one each by Samuel S. Nicolas, and Noah) before adding a fourth by Samuel S. in the second half in route to a 4-0 victory.

Congratulations to both MTFC teams on an incredibly successful tournament.

Michigan Tigers 2nd Annual Tournament
April 21st, 2012
at WideWorld Sports Center

The second annual Michigan Tigers Futbol Club tournament took place on April 21, pitting each of the 40 teams against "opponents" from other Michigan Tigers squads. Thirty-five minute games took place at WideWorld Sports Center from 8:30AM to 9:30PM, with many of the players sporting face and body paint as they celebrated graceful goals, outstanding defensive plays, and sprawling saves.


While on the field the teams competed fiercely, off the field players from all teams and ages joined in support of parents and coaches alike in the annual "Parents vs. Coaches Game."  The coaches opened a 5-0 lead before the parents mounted a furious comeback, closing the gap to 5-3. In the end though, Coach Minem and Coach Marcelo were too strong, leading the coaches to a 7-4 victory.


We want to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, players, and families for making this event enjoyable and fun.

U10 Boys Gold - 2011 Vardar Elite Cup Champions


The Michigan Tigers '02 Gold captured the third tournament championship of their young careers, besting the Midwest’s top under-10 teams at the Vardar Cup August 20 and 21. Read More...

U9 Boys Capture Nike Cup

The Michigan Tigers U9 Boys Gold team captured Dublin, Ohio’s Nike Cup Championship on May 1, 2011, avenging an earlier loss to Metro FC Rapids (Dayton, OH) in the final, 4 - 3.  The team was led throughout the tournament by the goalkeeping of Caleb Shoup, timely goal scoring of Gabriel Kellman, Nicholas Showich, and Max Miller, and stonewall defending of Leo Gabaron and Christopher Emerson. 

A 2 – 1 record was enough for the Michigan Tigers to advance from their group to the final, where a rematch with Metro FC stood between the Tigers and the championship trophy.  After giving up the opening goal of the game, the Tigers fought back with two goals of their own; a well-placed shot from Max Miller and a corner kick from Leo Gabaron, to lead 2 – 1.  A Metro FC goal briefly tied the game, but a rocket from Nicholas Showich gave the Tigers a 3 – 2 lead, and a perfect combination play between David Saakov and Shaunak Bhagat, ultimately finished by Bhagat, gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead they wouldn’t give up.  Although Metro FC added a third goal to bring them within one, they were unable to tie the game thanks to the outstanding goalkeeping of Shoup. 

Coach Nishan Artinian lauded forwards Gabrial Kellman, Max Miller, and Shaunak Bhagat for constantly making the correct attacking runs, and midfielders Nicholas Showich, Conleth Stead, and David Saakov for finding them over and over again. But defense wins championships, and the play of Jarrett Sung, Christopher Emerson, Leo Gabaron, and Nicholas Rock, over the course of the entire tournament, allowed the Michigan Tigers U9 Boys Gold team to bring the trophy back to Ann Arbor. 

Seven Michigan Tigers Teams Win Canton Cup!

The Michigan Tigers Futbol Club enjoyed unprecedented success at Canton’s 29th annual Memorial Day Weekend tournament, overcoming monsoon-like conditions to take home seven championship and three second-place trophies. 

Canton Cup Champions

Under-9 Boys White Division: Nishan Artinian’s Michigan Tigers U9 Gold
Under-10 Boys Black Division: Marcelo Rocha’s Michigan Tigers U10 Gold
Under-10 White Division: David Poole’s Michigan Tigers U10 A
Under-10 Orange Division: Tim Blevins’ Michigan Tigers U10 C
Under-10 Gray Division: Minem Boufakherdien’s Michigan Tigers U10 B
Under-14 Boys White Division: Marcelo Rocha’s Michigan Tigers ’97 Gold
Under-9 Girls White Division: Ashley Upton’s Michigan Tigers ’02 Gold

Canton Cup Finalists

Under-8 Boys Black Division: David Poole’s Michigan Tigers U8 Gold
Under-9 Boys Green Division: Zach Artinian’s Michigan Tigers U9 A
Under-12 Red Boys Division: Minem Boufakherdien’s Michigan Tigers ’99 B

Congratulations to all players, coaches, parents, and managers on a successful Canton Cup 2011.