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 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 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 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.
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.