Latest News


July 29, 2021by sackickadmin

FC Baltimore Christos Midfielder Ben Bender Named NPSL Young Player of the Season

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that FC Baltimore Christos midfielder Ben Bender has been named the NPSL Young Player of the Season.  This award is given to the league’s top under-23 player, regardless of position.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Top Drawer Soccer,” Bender said. “I have had the benefit of playing in Baltimore with some great coaches in a competitive atmosphere among many good players.  I’m enjoying my time at the University of Maryland and continue to prepare for the next level.”

The Baltimore, MD native registered six goals and five assists for FC Baltimore Christos in the 2021 NPSL regular season.  This summer Bender led the club to a conference championship and received NPSL Team of the Month honors.

“Ben is a pro player playing college soccer,” FC Baltimore Christos head coach Larry Sancomb said. “He is a young man that loves playing soccer.  It’s in his DNA.  He wants to be the best player on the pitch every time out.  He is a coach’s dream.”

Bender earned 2020-21 All-Big Ten Second Team and 2020-21 All-Big Ten Freshmen Team honors after starting 11 games in his first collegiate season at the University of Maryland.

“It’s no surprise to see Ben enjoy success in the NPSL, as his attacking qualities are easy to spot on the field,”’s Travis Clark said. “He is a unique talent that continues to demonstrate his effectiveness at every level he plays.”

He was a four-year starter at Calvert Hall in Baltimore, MD.  He was a team captain and a prolific scorer, finishing with 15 goals in his senior season.  He earned Allstate All-American, Top Drawer Soccer State Star, All-MIAA, and Baltimore Sun All-Metro honors while at Calvert Hall.

Bender played club soccer for Baltimore Armour.  He tallied five goals in 16 appearances for the U16/17 team and scored six goals in 20 appearances for the U18/19 team.  He was named to the Best XI at the 2017 Sarasota Showcase and won three consecutive state cups with the club.

Photo Credit: Chris Fincham


December 11, 2020by sackickadmin

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program is a national identification and development program for high-level players.  The program identifies  and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state and regional associations. Maryland State ODP teams are comprised of the best Maryland players in various age groups.

Congratulations to every player selected for the MD ODP Program!

Jaidyn Bichell 2009 Girls
Camille Glover 2009 Girls
Allison Lindner 2009 Girls
Londyn Minor 2009 Girls
Kate Riismandel 2009 Girls
Sissi Zhang 2009 Girls
Wojuoluwa Adamo 2008 Boys
Greyson Greenlee 2008 Boys
Timothy Pullin 2008 Boys
William Richman 2008 Boys
Sarah Graham 2008 Girls
Lenah Ham 2008 Girls
Katarina Nack 2008 Girls
Charles Gerber 2007 Boys
Reed Raymond 2007 Boys
Camryn Arnold 2007 Girls
Shyann Hansen 2007 Girls
Yesel Kang 2007 Girls
Roswitha Otazo 2007 Girls
Candace Woods 2007 Girls
Colin Broadbent 2006 Boys
Maya Avery 2006 Girls
Rebecca Carter 2006 Girls
Sophia Julian 2006 Girls
Ada Morris 2006 Girls
Taylor Riismandel 2006 Girls
Carly Vincent 2006 Girls
Kodee Karcher 2005 Boys
Abigail Eldridge 2005 Girls
Michaela West 2005 Girls
Bailey Allmon 2004 Girls
McKenna Bishop 2004 Girls
Megan Hinton 2004 Girls
Laura Keister 2004 Girls