This week I am sad to say that we are out of Nationals, but some good news is that I will continue to write posts on my blog. With that I will talk about how Nationals went. First off, we got a first round buy because we won our league. With that buy, we also ended up getting some of the hardest teams, and during the games we got some of the worst referees. Some of the referees would see a call that was the most obvious call in the world and wouldn’t call it. For example, there was a foul inside of the box and it was probably the most obvious call in the world, and the referee didn’t even call it. My coach started screaming at the ref, but nothing happened, and the ref acted like he didn’t even see it. Besides that, most everyone got a chance to play accept for Jose Reyes. I am not sure why he didn’t play but on the bright side he got recruited for the Olympic Development Program (ODP). About ODP, several other people from our team also got recruited such as Saul Sosa, Martin Melero, Owen Lambe, Colton Theaker, and that was all that I knew. It was cool to see that all those players were asked to try out. Owen told me that most of the time most teams don’t have that many players get asked to try out for ODP. I will be very happy to see how far they go, because there are several try outs. Anyways, back to Nationals, there was one team in our bracket called surf and they’re from San Diego, but every time we have played against a team with that name, we have lost to them. This loosing streak has been going on for two years now, and we call it the surf curse. I know it seams like we had a short season and didn’t do very well, but we did because we won Premier and got a first round buy. If you have any special soccer events like Nationals or tournaments, leave a comment down below.
This week for a player bio, I am talking about Brandon Dolezal.
This is Brandon first and last year with our team because the way they divided the teams for next year. Instead of having the cut off date on August 1 and allowing players born in 2001 able to play with us, they are having it on January 1 so each team the team will be created from all the players in the same birth year and sadly Brandon is a 2001 baby. But besides that Brandon has been great help and encouragement to our team. He has helped us with lots of games and it will be sad to see him go. Well, lets talk about all I have got to know about Brandon from this last season so far. Brandon is tall and strong so he is able to protect the ball really well, plus he is really fast and can get to the ball before most people. He plays striker or right and left forward for most games and he scores lots of goals. This past weekend we started nationals and we have one of the hardest brackets. We are in last place for our bracket but there is a chance that we can go through to the next round if a certain team wins or ties and we win. With that Brandon has helped us out with getting those points to give us a chance because of his pace and getting the ball up the field fast and then allowing the rest of the team to catch up and later, either score or assists for the goal. Brandon has been a really positive person on our team for both on and off of the field. For example, this Sunday we lost which put us in last place, but Brandon and someone else told the team that we still have a chance and to keep our heads up and be ready for the next weekend. Brandon has been a great friend and has a great attitude. Tell me who is positive and encouraging on your team by commenting down below and don’t forget to drop a like as well.
This week for player bio’s, we got three special players that go to school at Dun and Cate who have been recruited all the way from Sierra Leon. Their name’s are Frank, Musa, and Baylor.
These three boys are great players and are really skillful on the ball. They originally were supposed to play on the U14 academy team but some papers
and files got screwed up, and now we are fortunate enough to have them on our team. They have been a great help to our team and winning premier with them. They all bring a good and positive attitude to the team and get them hyped for every single game. Here are a couple of photos during games of all three boys.
These boys may not be as tall as most people on the team and overall, especially Frank, but they really know how to use their body to keep the ball. Anyways, if we want to talk about each one of them individually, then why don’t we start with Baylor. Baylor is the only one who goes to Cate school becauseof his scholarship. It is kind of a bummer because he can’t really hang out with Frank and Musa most of the day. Also, he can’t always come to practice because his school doesn’t let him. But when he is a able to come to practice he is awesome always giving 100% and keeping everyone positive. Now on to talking about Musa. Musa goes to Dun along with Frank and they are almost always at practice. They always push players on the team to be their best and encourage people to be positive. Musa is a super funny guy and is always laughing when I talk to him. Finally, let me introduce to you, Frank who is our center attacking midfielder during most of our games. Frank is the smallest one our team, but most likely has the most might. Frank is really good with his feet and really good a skills. I think that personally Frank is our best CAM, but I can’t say that for the entire team. Anyways, hope you enjoyed this post, and tell me a little bit about your friends as well.
This week I am writing a player bio for my good friend Zyrus. He plays right and left back, so we switch during the game for each other most of the time. Here is a quick pick of Zyrus in England when we went to Wembley witch is one of the largest stadiums in the world.
Zyrus is a really athletic person, and when it comes to soccer, he has great skills, he is super quick, and he can jump a good height as well. Zyrus also has a great personality and knows how to keep everyone in a good mood. This Wednesday at practice Zyrus and I were sent to stand at a cone by ourselves for a drill, but we didn’t have to do anything, and so we got a couple of balls and tried to hit some top corner shots, other know as top bins if you watch the F2 who are soccer freestylers. Anyways, Zyrus hit two fantastic shots that were perfectly top right and when I mean perfect, I mean perfect, it barely skimmed the crossbar and post at the same time. It was really fun to play with him during practice and it is going to be fun hanging out with him at practices and Nationals for the rest of club season. Here is another couple of photos of Zyrus playing in one of our premier games.
We play down in Irvine which you can tell by the logo through the fence. Driving down got pretty annoying since we had to travel down there all but two games. With that I will continue with talking about Zyrus. Even though Zyrus may be one of the smaller players on the field, he is super tough and is pretty physical with out drawing any fouls. I don’t know if Zyrus has gotten any yellow cards yet, but I think there have been some plays where he should have been called out about. Any ways, Zyrus is a great guy and is a hard worker, and I am glad to be on his team.
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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.
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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.
Here is a couple of photos from the first practices after high school season on Monday February 22.
We practice at Girsh Park in Goleta from 7 to 8:30-8:45 depending on how much we play and if we want to play on. Most of us don’t get home until 9 or maybe a little later, but there are also some people that live in Arroyo Grande, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez that drive down after school on Mondays and Wednesdays every week. These people on the team are probably the most committed out of all of us because they give up the most time out of their homework time and day to drive down and end up getting home around 10 or 11 at night.
Heres is a photo of some of the other teams that practice on the same field, but they start before we start and so when we are about a quarter of the way through they are done and we basically have the whole field to ourselves. The club rents out the field so that all the teams have a place to practice and so they created a schedule that allows everyone to get a fair share of practice time that will allow each team to play well during each of their games.
Here is a picture of myself tying my new boots right before we start warming up for practice. I got new cleats because mine had just ripped and were getting a little small. Two other players had just got new cleats as well because they had there old ones for almost a year now. Most cleats that we get, we have to break them in because we want to have a good touch with them and have them feel good on your foot. At first though they might give you blisters because they’re a little big and your foot doesn’t fit quite right yet. If I have problems with my cleats during practice for the first couple of times, I tend to bring my old cleats so I won’t be bothered, and just wear my new boots the next practice to slowly break them in. What happens when you get new cleats/boots, how do you break them in so they feel right, leave a comment down below.