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Minnesota Thunder WPSL Team

Minnesota Thunder Academy joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the 2020 season.

Since that season was canceled due to Covid-19, the Summer of 2021 will be the first season we compete in the WPSL!

Started in 1997, the Women’s Premier Soccer League is a national, semi-professional league in the United States and Canada. It is on the second level of women’s soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, below the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and roughly equal with United Women’s Soccer (UWS). The WPSL is the largest women’s soccer league in the world (in terms of number of clubs).

70% of players in the WPSL are Collegiate players. For many players, WPSL play serves to develop their game in the offseason before returning to their collegiate teams. For those in the post-grad stage of their careers, the league provides the same opportunity to up their skills while they seek out professional contracts. Some of the greatest soccer players in the world have played in the WPSL, including Alex Morgan, Brandi Chastain, and Julie Foudy, and it has become a launching pad for many of the globe’s female soccer stars.

We are thrilled that the 2021 Minnesota Thunder WPSL team is formed from a majority of former-MTA youth players, with a couple wonderful additions.
It’s great to have these skilled young women back at MTA!

Player Jersey# College Former Club
Dara Andringa 17 University of Wisconsin Madison Minnesota Thunder Academy
Emily Brandenburg 18 University of Tulsa Houston Dash, TX
Amanda Cassidy 7 Loyola University Chicago Minnesota Thunder Academy
Maddie Dahlien* 24 University of North Carolina* Minnesota Thunder Academy 02 ECNL
Arianna Del Moral 9 University of Minnesota Minnesota Thunder Academy
Alana Dressely 22 University of Minnesota Minnesota Thunder Academy
Lily Gilbertson 19 Northwestern University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Hannah Heinemann 10 University of Nebraska, Omaha Minnesota Thunder Academy
Lauren Heinsch 15 University of Northern Iowa Minnesota Thunder Academy
Lauren (LJ) Kolodge 3 Emory University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Makenzie Langdok 21 University of Minnesota Minnesota Thunder Academy
Hayley Lindaman 14 South Dakota State University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Madison Lo 6 Northwestern University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Madison Majewski 2 James Madison University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Lizzie Mewes 11 University of Northern Iowa Minnesota Thunder Academy
Chloe Olson* 40 Marquette University* Minnesota Thunder Academy 02 ECNL
Paige Peltier 42 University of Notre Dame Minnesota Thunder Academy
Marli Rajacich 8 Boston University Minnesota Thunder Academy
Christa VanLoon 20 Oral Roberts University /
Transferring to Univ of Minnesota
D’Feeter Kicks Soccer Club ECNL, TX
Lauren Witte 5 St. Catherine University Minnesota Thunder Academy

* current MTA player

Date Day Opponent Field Time Home/Away
June 4 Friday Salvo SC Reynolds Field
Univ of Northwestern
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7:00pm Away
June 6 Sunday Mankato United Academy of Holy Angels Stardome
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7:45pm Home
June 10 Thursday Fire SC Academy of Holy Angels Stardome
7:45pm Home
June 12 Saturday Dakota Fusion FC Jim Gotta Stadium
at Moorhead HS, Fargo
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6:00pm Away
June 17 Thursday Salvo SC Academy of Holy Angels Stardome
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7:45pm Home
June 20 Sunday Fire SC Seafoam Stadium,
Centennial High School
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7:00pm Away
June 27 Sunday Maplebrook Fury Maple Grove High School Stadium 7:00pm Away
June 30 Wednesday Rochester United FC Academy of Holy Angels Stardome
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7:45pm Home
Academy of Holy Angels Stardome 6600 Nicollet Ave, Richfield MN 55423
Jim Gotta Stadium Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave S, Moorhead MN 56560
Reynolds Field, Univ of Northwestern 3003 Snelling Ave N, St Paul MN 55113
Seafoam Stadium, Concordia University 281 Hamline Ave N, St Paul MN 55104
Maple Grove High School Stadium 9775 Fernbrook Ln N Maple Grove MN 55369

The WPSL’s national footprint stretches from coast-to-coast with a league all-time high of 141 active teams in 32 of the 50 states and has teams occupying 19 of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The WPSL also has Canadian clubs based in Vancouver.

The Women’s Premier Soccer League is the longest active women’s soccer league in the United States. Established in 1998, the WPSL has grown at an average of 12% over its 23-season history – a consistent trend rarely achieved in team sports that also makes it the largest women’s soccer league in the world.

The WPSL strives to provide the highest level of developmental opportunities for amateur players and team rosters consist of highly skilled female players from collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and stand-out prep athletes. Nearly 70% of WPSL players are current student-athletes at all prestigious division levels.

MTA Youth Academy – Girls Camps & Tryouts

Juniors Camp
Elite Camp
MTA Tryouts

Why Choose MTA

  • Year-round training with the top talent in Minnesota.

  • Highly-qualified coaches with US Soccer & NSCAA accreditation.

  • Perfect for serious players who seek a high level of competition.

  • Gain visibility to collegiate scouts and national team coaches.

What Parents Say

MTA provides elite coaching and technical training other clubs cannot match. They also understand how to prepare the kids for the next level.

The kids that gravitate to MTA push each other to be better soccer players while being good people.

The coaching is consistent. It doesn’t matter who the coach is or what level—Each and every coach is teaching the players how to possess the ball and increasing their soccer IQ. We are always please with the methods.

The training, teaching of ball control and footwork, and knowledge of game strategy is hands above community clubs.

Training is great! If you want to play college soccer MTA is heads above everyone else.

As the years go by, our son is growing so much as a player and we are excited for his future with the club

Great coaching staff!

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Challenging every player, at every level, thereby giving an equal opportunity to develop to anyone who wants it.

The coaching and training is excellent as well as the facilities for winter training.

MTA provides a safe and effective training environment.  They provide top level coaching for the elite teams and challenge the players to develop their skills.

MTA provides opportunities for soccer players who are very dedicated to the sport through great coaching and playing opportunities.

My son’s coach truly cares about him and every player on his team.

Camps & Clinics

Minnesota Thunder Academy offers various camps & clinics throughout the calendar year, open to MTA and non-MTA players.  Participation in MTA camps and clinics provides an alternative to private lessons and private training.

MTA Elite Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training and tactical activities that coaches implement with the MTA ECNL and NPL teams. The experience emphasizes the values and philosophy of the MTA program so the players have an understanding of what evaluation criteria are used during the tryout process.

Learn more about the Elite Camp >>

MTA’s Father & Son Soccer Camp is an exceptionally unique soccer camp that will build magical memories and top flight soccer skills. Each participant receives individual and group instruction in a fun environment designed to help kids maximize their playing potential and help dads shake some rust off to learn (or relearn) some skills.

Learn more about the Father & Son Camp >>

MTA’s Juniors Camp is designed to introduce players to the core training & tactical activities that coaches implement within MTA Juniors Academy. The experience emphasizes the values and philosophy of the MTA program, and is open to all players, regardless of club affiliation (non-MTA & MTA).

Learn more about the Juniors Camp >>

MTA Players Have Represented