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 are talking about Owen Lambe.
I have talked a little bit about Owen in previous posts but I have yet to do a full player bio about him, so lets get started with this thing. With that, let me start of with saying that Owen is a fantastic soccer player no matter where he is playing on the field. He plays many positions, but they are mostly on the attacking side of things. Owen normally plays out wide as a right or left winger, but occasionally comes into the middle and plays attacking mid. Owen is very skillful, very forward minded, and is always looking to score a goal. He and I have been on the same team since U9 and haven’t really been separated since. We also see each other everyday at school because we are currently in the MAD academy and have all of the same classes. Anyways, going back to the soccer aspect of the blog post, Owen is also our captain for the team and he does a great job at it. He motivates people really well and keeps a positive attitude towards pretty much everything. Owen also does a soccer channel on youtube with a couple of other players on the team such as Wyatt, Kei, and some other friends. You should go check it out by looking up top bin football all one word on youtube and you can see a couple of fantastic videos of Wyatt, Kei, Owen and a couple others hitting some ridiculous shots. Here is a link to one of their videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUW4t9y5c6I. Back to Owen though, Owen is also a great friend and is very inviting, he tries to include as many people as he can so that everyone can have a good time. Being on a team with Owen has been great and I am not sure what it would be like if I wasn’t with the team. Don’t forget to leave a like down below, but also tell me about your friends and team mates and how great they in the comment section down below.
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 my team and I had a fundraiser to gain money for our team account because we want to travel to a couple of fantastic places around the world next year along with Nationals this year. And so, we decide to have our fundraiser linked with California Pizza Kitchen and located in the Paseo Nuevo mall, which is in Dowtown Santa Barbara.
We had a great time and I am pretty sure we had made a good amount of money that contributed to bringing our team account balance up. Also, a bonus to all of that, we got to have free pizza afterwards because of all the customers we had attracted for California Pizza Kitchen. Here is a picture of the flyer that you bring in to help us with our fundraising project.
The way this fundraiser worked, was when people were paying for their meal at CPK and they had this flyer that is shown above, they staple it to their check and twenty percent of the grand total goes to our club team. We had ten guys that showed up at CPK and helped out with passing flyers to people all over downtown. It was myself, Musa, Frank, Zyrus, Owen, Jahir, Martin, Kei, Brandon and Saul. I have done a player bio for a few of these players already. They are Kei, Jahir and Owen. If this is your first time reading this blog, you should go have a look at the previous posts to find out more about these three and if you continue following up with this blog, then look forward to next weeks post in learning more about Zyrus. Anyways, lets focus back on this weeks post. We split off into groups and walked around downtown for about 45 minutes.
Even though we were all just walking around passing out flyers, I am pretty sure everyone who attended had a great time and once we find out how well we did, I bet you that everyone will be even happier than they were before. I am hoping this gave you one idea at least for a fundraiser and hopefully it will help California Pizza Kitchen as well. If you had any ideas for a cool fundraiser, leave a comment below, and don’t forget to drop a 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.