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The Internationals Soccer Club was established in 1976 as an outlet for players who had graduated from college with a desire to continue to play competitively. Soon to follow was the Internationals women's program which competed at the national level within two years. The youth program was launched in 1985. Today, Internationals Soccer Club, is one of the finest and most respected youth soccer clubs in the country.

The Internationals has become synonymous with playing, coaching, and organizational excellence. Our coaches are licensed at the highest levels and provide some of the best training in the country.  Internationals teams have won more State Titles, Regional Titles, and National Titles than any other club in Northern Ohio. The club has provided professional coaching to athletes for over thirty years.

Internationals' players have a tremendous amount of national exposure, both on the US Youth National Team and college levels. The club's reputation for excellence proceeds it wherever and whenever it competes. Internationals' record of placing top-ranked student-athletes is well-known throughout the USA and abroad.

Our teams consist of players from throughout the state of Ohio, with many traveling from more than an hour away to train with our club. Internationals have given young soccer athletes the opportunity to excel and compete locally, nationally and worldwide. Many of our players participate in State, Regional, and National Olympic Development/Identification Programs, and more than 95% of Internationals' graduates go on to play soccer at many of this nation's finest universities. Several players have advanced to professional, and national ranks

Girls Club Timeline
  • 1976: The Internationals Soccer Club was established in 1976 as an outlet for players who had graduated from college with a desire to continue to play competitively.

  • 1977: The Internationals Women’s Program began and competed at the national level within two years. 

  • 1983: The girls youth program began in 1983 with a single U19 team.

  • 1999: With the explosion of girls youth soccer in the USA, the club grew to include a single girls  team per age group U10-U18.

  • 2005: The Internationals were awarded a semi-pro franchise in the USL's W-League.

  • 2007 & 2008: The girls program was recognized as one of the top 25 programs in the nation.

  • 2010: The Internationals Girls were accepted into the USYSA National League.

  • 2012: The Internationals Girls were accepted into the Elite Clubs National League.

  • Today: the Internationals Soccer Club is comprised of multiple girls teams per age group offering multiple levels of competitive play and  is one of the finest and most respected youth soccer clubs in the country. The girls teams have won more State, Regional and National Titles than any other NE Ohio club.  The club has developed National Team players, professional players,  and has sent hundreds of players on to the collegiate ranks.  



Zdravko Popovic is the President and Founder of the Internationals Soccer Club. Popovic has a vast amount of experience on the soccer field and in the director's office, experience that spans over four decades.

His accomplishments are truly too many to list. Some notable coaching highlights includes induction into the Ohio North Soccer Hall of Fame (2010) and winning state, regional, and national championships with Internationals Soccer Club. The USSF "A" licensed coach has also served as USASA National Women’s Coach (1998 - 2004), Super Y League ODP Regional Coach (2004), U.S. Youth Olympic Development State and Regional Staff Member, USASA Region II Women’s Select Coach (1990 -1998), United States Olympic Sports Festival Coach, State Select Coach for Ohio-North Women (1988 -1992), Director of Coaching and Development for Hudson Soccer Association (1400+ members, 1993 -1997), State Instructor for the United States Coaching School, and Head Boys Coach at Hoban H.S., in addition to involvement with various youth programs, camps, and clinics.

In addition to founding the Internationals, Popovic's contributions were instrumental to the development of the Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association’s Women’s Division in 1980, and later the Girls’ Divisions. As a game official, he has held USSF State, NCAA National, and NPSL Professional Officials badges with experience at all levels, including youth, high school, college, and professional.

Aside from helping players fully develop their skills, he has also been recognized as High School Official of the Year eleven times, achieved "Hometown Hero" status from the Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1996 for his outstanding work on the Internationals Soccer Tournament, was a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance National Double Goal Coach award, and was inducted into the OYSAN Hall of Fame.

Our Director of Coaching's lifelong dedication to the sport is shown through his passion for teaching the game (and life lessons through the game) to countless numbers of youth players in Northeast Ohio.  Many of his players have reached the highest levels of the game – Internationals are respresented U.S. National Teams, professional leagues, and  at collegiate programs across the country,  His influence can also be seen by the number of his former players that have continued to give back to the game long after their playing days have ended.  Many former players are now coaching in community programs, premier clubs, and college programs. They can also be seen officiating or on the administration side of the game.


Keri Sarver began training players at The Internationals Soccer Club in 1995 after a successful and multi-dimensional player career commencing at the youth level with the Internationals Soccer Club.

As coach for the Internationals, she has been recognized as USYSA Girls Competitive National Coach of the YearRegion II Girls Competitive Coach of the Yearand Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She was also honored by Korrio as ISN Coach of the Year in 2013.

In addition to her club responsibilities, she serves as a National Scout for the USSF Youth National Teams Program, a National Training Center Coach, and assistant coach for the US U18 Youth National Team. She has helped capture state, regional, and national titles for the Internationals.  She has also placed hundreds of college players and developed several US National/pool players from the club.

A standout player and student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Sarver still holds the university's offensive player records and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team, which recognizes the top 50 players in the conference's 50-year history.

Her playing resume also includes the US Womens National Team Pool (1992-2001), U.S. Women’s Amateur National Team (1992-2003), U-19 and U21 National Pool, and Youth National Pool. She played semi-professionally as well as professionally for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), having starred for the Washington Freedom in 2001, New York Power in 2002, and Carolina Courage in 2003.

Sarver holds her USSF National "A" License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

  Jared Rose joined the Internationals staff in August 2012. Rose is involved with the development and training of players in all age groups.  

Rose has experience coaching at every level, including high school (three years), club (nine years), and college (three years).  His spent time with Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club, Carrollton HS, Hathaway Brown, and the University of Akron.   He is best known for his time at UA where he served as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program from 2012-2015.

Rose was a also member of the Florida International men’s soccer team from 2002-2005, where he was a two time all-conference player.

Rose started his coaching career in 2006 as a student coach at Michigan State University, shortly after his career at FIU.

Rose holds a USSF National "B" license. 

Mike Stoerkel is the Girls Youth Director (U8-U12) for Internationals SC.

Stoerkel has impressive experience as a player and coach.  In addition to starring for the U-16 National Team, the Richfield, Ohio native was a standout player with Revere HS (1997-2001) and Ashland University (2001-2005).  He would receive NSCAA High School All-American and Ohio D2 State Player of the Year honors in 2000.

His coaching experience includes work as an Ohio Youth Soccer Association North ODP coach, High School Development Program director (2004-2011), and assistant coach at Ohio University (2011-2012) and the University of Houston (2012-2014).

Stoerkel holds the USSF "A" license, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and NSCAA Premier Diploma in addition to a Master's degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University.  



Carmen Ptacek started her coaching career with Internationals in 1998 working through 2001 and rejoining the Internationals staff in the spring of 2011. Ptacek currently serves as the head women’s soccer varsity coach at Hathaway Brown School, a position she has held since 2012.

Ptacek started her youth playing career with Internationals, which helped her become a member of the Ohio North ODP State and Region II teams.  

Ptacek began coaching in 1995 as an assistant coach with the Walsh Jesuit women’s varisty team. She was instrumental in player development and helped the team become state semi-finalists in 1999 and 2002, state champions in 2001, and national champions in 2000. After the 2002 season she moved on to be an assistant coach at Hathaway Brown where her coaching experience helped led them to five Final Four appearances and three state championships (2004, 2007, 2009) She was also voted Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010.  As head coach at Hathaway Brown, she has led the program to three district championships (2012, 2013, 2015) and regional championships (2013) in addition to finishing as a state semifinalist in 2013.   

In addition, Ptacek has also been a staff member at various high school and collegiate camps and clinics.

Ptacek also boasts an impressive career as a player.  She was a four-year starter and team captain at St. Vincent-St. Maryin Akron before starring for The Ohio State University from 1993-1995.  She would be the Buckeyes' leading scorer in 1993 and would go on to play for the W-League's Cleveland Eclipse from 1998-2000.

Ptacek comes from a true soccer family as her father, John Kissner, was the longtime men’s varsity coach at Walsh Jesuit and her husband, Johnny Ptacek, is the men’s varsity coach at University School.  Ptacek holds her USSF National "D" license as well as her NFHS Coaching Certificate.


Michelle Smith joined the Internationals staff in November 2010. Smith is involved  with the development and training of players ages U8-U14 and goalkeepers U8-U18. Smith is currently the Director of Women’s Soccer Operations at the University of Akron; responsible for the day-to-day logistics and operations of the team.

Prior to her time in Northeast Ohio, Smith worked as a Nevada ODP coach from 2007-2009 where she helped evaluate, develop, and train players and goalkeepers. Smith coached various Nevada ODP teams in tournaments in Utah and at Region IV camp in 2007 and 2008. Smith also was a volunteer coach with the Potomac Soccer Club in Maryland in the spring of 2009. Smith began coaching in 2004, where she focused on developing goalkeepers around the greater Las Vegas area.

Smith was a former goalkeeper at the University of Akron and Austin Peay State University where she held a combined overall record of 14-12-1. Smith currently the holds the record at The University of Akron for the lowest single season goals against average at 0.94.

Smith currently holds her USSF National "D" and National Youth Licenses. 


Dean Dishman joined the Internatioanls in 2012 from Newcastle, England having previously coached for Newcastle United Football Club.   He primarly works with our U8-U14 players and brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and experience to the club.  Dishman also assists the club diectors with seasonal planning/scheduling and tournament operation.

Dishman has a degree in Sports Coaching Science along with a number of other international coaching qualifications.

Dishman is also a Staff Coach for Pinnacle Sports and serves as Pinnacle's Soccer Administrator.


Boro Ivanovic has been involved with Internationals Soccer Club since the 1990s. He is one of our most technical coaches in the program and primarily works with our youth ages U8-U14 focusing on their technical development. Boro brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the field as well as tremendous patience and great teaching ability. Coach Boro played professionally in his native Yugoslavia and was a member of the National Club Selection at U17.

Ivanovic has worked with many local youth soccer organizations including Bedford, Parma, Westlake, and Highland. Ivanovic also serves as a staff coach for Pinnacle Sports.


Brad Evans is a well-respected coach with vast experience at the collegiate level, leading major programs to unprecedented success.  

He is best known for his time at the University of Toledo, where he served as head coach for the women's soccer program from 2001-2015.  He would win three regular season MAC championships and four MAC Tournament championships, earning four trips to the NCAA Division Tournament.

He also served as the head coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Ashland University from 1996-2001. He would win four GLIAC Championships, advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament four consecutive years.  He would find himself as a National Coach of the Year finalist after leading AU to the NCAA Division II National Semifinal.  

Evans holds both the USSF "A" and USSF National Youth Licenses. 

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