This week I have two players at the table, Jahir Sanchez and Jose Reyes. These two players play more towards the back of the field. They both normally play defense, but sometimes Jahir plays midfield. Jose plays as a right or left back and Jahir plays as a center defender or central defending midfielder. These two players are both very strong, physical, and aggressive. But instead of telling you about them together, I will explain each of them individually.
To start off, I will talk about Jahir Sanchez. Jahir goes to school with me at Santa Barbara high school. He played soccer as well, and was on the same team as I. After playing together during high school season, Jahir has introduced me to so many new people that I don’t think I would have ever talked to. Jahir is a great friend and player who I thank for welcoming me into the Santa Barbara high team and helping me out all along the way. Here are a few snap shots of Jahir during club season.
Now on to Jose Reyes. Even though I have talked about Jose in my blog earlier on, I never did a real player bio for him. Well then, Jose is either our left or right back during most games. He is most likely the strongest one on our team since he works out a bunch. And so, Jose goes to San Marcos High School and plays lacrosse right now, but he is still training with us since the practices for club start at seven and go till eight thirty or eight forty five. Back to playing soccer though, Jose can also play goalie for us. I don’t believe I mentioned this in the Vegas Showcase blog, but Jose went in goal and swapped with our goalie, and our goalie ended up scoring a goal. We were glad Jose could do the job because no one else really knows how to play goalie. Jose is a great member of our team and I am not sure what we would do with out him.
Tell me a little bit about your team mates by leaving a comment down below, and don’t forget to like as well.
This week instead of a player bio that I had planned, I will be talking about the Las Vegas Showcase this last weekend.
So this weekend my team and I traveled to Las Vegas for a college showcase, but it wasn’t really worth going because all of the coaches were at the other fields. There were two locations/sports complexs and we were located at the fields that were just for the U15 age group, where as all the other teams were at the bigger complex for national league. Even though we didm’t do as well as we wanted, we still had fun! We did alright during the showcase, having two wins, a tie, and a loss. We weren’t supposed to play the teams we played because the bracket got switched around.
Here is a photo of the sunrise from our hotel room on our last day. It was super cool and beautiful. The only bummer about the hotel though is that it smelled like second hand smoke every where. I could hardly stand it. I was so happy when it was our last day, but we had to wait in the airport for to long. It took nine hours to just get on the plane, three hours to get off the plane, and finally another hour and a half for the drive home. We got home around 12-12:30. The next day I woke up with a giant headache, and didn’t feel to good. It was most likely due to the lack of sleep.
Here is a photo after the last game in Vegas. We won seven to zero against the 22nd team in Nevada. We even had our goalie come out of goal and he scored a goal. I kind of felt bad for the team because they were our last opponent and we just got back into our groove by then. Those were the first couple of games that we played back, all together except for one guy named Martin. Martin had pneumonia and he still wasn’t feeling better. Tell me a little bit about your trips and how they went. Leave a comment down below and don’t forget to like.
This week for player bio’s I am going to talk about our goalie named Colton. Colton lives in Arroyo Grande and drives down every Monday and Wednesday for practice. Colton is about 5’10”-5’11” and is the biggest person on our team. Since he is so tall, he is able to catch those high cross that everyone can’t header. Here is a couple photos of him in action.
So there are a couple of photos of Colton. Like I said, he can get up and get the balls that no one can header. He is a fantastic goalie and is really funny. I don’t know what the team would do without him. He is basically the backbone of the team and gets everyone fired up so we can go win our games. He is the captain for our team alongside Owen Lambe who I have talked about previously. Owen is now back from his injury and his finishing up with the high school, they are going to play their first game on tuesday March 8, 2016. Back to Colton though, Colton has done great with our team and has gained a lot of chemistry with other team mates. Which means that he has gotten to know the playing styles of almost all the players on the team. With nationals coming up he is making people push to be there best and stronger for the upcoming games.
This weekend we are heading to Las Vegas for another showcase, and we will see how he does. I believe he will do great and the college scouts that should be coming will find him really good. I forgot to mention one thing why he is really good with his hands, is because he plays basketball instead of soccer for his high school. I am not entirely sure why he chose to play basketball over soccer, I think it was because he wanted a break from soccer because he was also trying out for the ODP team (Olympic Development Program). So to put an end to this player bio, I was wondering who the backbone/foothold of your team is and if they do a good job being a leader. Leave a comment down below and like.
From now on and going forward I will start conducting and writing about each player on our team creating a bio for them. This week I am starting with 2 people, but it will change as the weeks continue. This week for player bios I am focusing on Wyatt Babineau and Kei Faulkner.
To start off I will introduce to you Kei Faulkner who is presented on the right side of the photo. Kei who we call K for short is new to our team and just had starting training with us at the beginning of the winter season right before high school had started. K is a hilarious guy and everyone on our team likes him, that is what I think at least. K goes to San Marcos High School with Wyatt and is close to a height of 5’5″-5’6″, or maybe taller. K is a central defender for our team and is strong, fast and smart. He has a great first touch and I will be glad to seem him play with us in nationals depending on our coach. For high school he also played as a central defender on the JV team and did great, he was hard to beat! K is an awesome person and I am glad to see him train with us the rest of the season.
Wyatt who is on the left side of the photo, has been with me and the team for several years now and has been a great help. He goes to Dos Pueblos High School and is a sophomore. He is 15 years old and is about 5’6″, he has been on club since U8 and we have been on the same team since U9. He and I played academy last year through the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, and so we both couldn’t play high school soccer because of several rules between the academy and high school. So, the first year he played high school, he was on the varsity team. Wyatt is a very fast, strong player, and also has become quite skillful. On club he plays either right or left back depending on other peoples comfort levels, also he sometimes plays up as a wide forward or midfielder.