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  1. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Two weeks and getting closure to the kick-off for the season. Wyatt continued on his his two a day schedule right up to school starting. Working with the skills coach in the mornings and then team practice or keeper training in the evenings. Only slow day he had was his 13 birthday, spent the Saturday morning doing running, speed, and endurance training as a group with the academy boys from his age (U14/04) up to the olderst group (U19/99). All his work paid off in that he was able to keep up with the older boys and then he went onto celebrate officially becoming a teenager by doing the most teenager of things, sleeping and trying to see how much was really "all he could it" at the neighborhood brazillian steak house. Team practices have focused a lot of re-enforcing the style of play the coach wants to use this season, basically everything on the ground with punts and goalkicks being a last case or their is a good chance for it to start a counter against the flow of play. Otherwise everything is rolled, thrown, or passed out of the back and play moves up from there. They also work on resetting when stalled and passing back to Wyatt to open the field of play up and spreading things out when the other side gets to packed up in their defensive third. So far he is liking it and the coach includes him in most of the field player drills. He does have to do some time with just the other keeper as the coach is trying to have Wyatt help him learn some things that have been missing from the other keepers training. They had their first full scrimmage last week agaisnt a U17 girls team from the top non-academy divison of the club. We've played agaisnt girls before, but usually not with such a large age gap between them in the boys. Most the girls were easiely much bigger and faster then Wyatt's team, with him, the attacking mid and central striker having any sort of size advantage. They they played the scrimmage in 4 20 minute quarters because of the heat, with Wyatt starting getting the 1st and 3rd quarters. Coach worked through a couple differient lineups, mostly trying to figure out the combinations for his mids and forwards. The starting defense seems pretty set and very solid, and all are boys Wyatt has played with for the last year or three. First two quarters the boys were still sorting themselves out and figuring out how to deal with the girls. The girls kept them pushed back in Wyatt's half for most of those the first two quarters giving Wyatt lots to do with back passes and goalkick dristributions. He had a few workman like saves to make, most agressive being going up to collect a high cross into the box and making contact with the receiving player. Thing he said was the hardest about the first half was trying to figure out how to push the girls away when they crowded him on corner kicks trying to mask the shot from him. At one point he shoved a girl away with a hand to her chest and a very akward social situation developed for a couple of seconds. Luckily him punching the ball away gave him a chance to get out of it with out to much heckling from his teammates. Second half the boys started to click and reversed the pressure. Typical run of play started with Wyatt receiving a ball either from a shot or pass back and then going wide to his corner backs or wingers, then advancing up the field providing support as they moved it up the sides, through the center and then into the box for shots on goal. They got it figured out and started finding the back of the net, but the girls keeper was pretty good and made them have to work to get the goal. Final score wound up 4-0 with three of the goals happening in about 5 minutes all starting from the back. Fourth goal was a weird fluke, where a turnover at the top of the opposing box when the girl tripped turning on the ball. Our right winger was right there and pounced on it before the goalie really had a chance to react. The coach was fairly happy with how Wyatt played, wants him to work on his keeper voice. He is pretty loud, but isn't yelling from his gut, so he tends to get horse after awhile as the game went on. Other keeper didn't fair so well, he made a few nice saves, but his touch on backpasses and decision making time for distributions were really not up to expectations. The field players picked up on that quick and went out of their ways to cut him out of plays as much as possible. The coach talked with them all about that, so hopefully everyone will work to make that go smoother. This week supposedly sees the start of the club keeper training for Wyatt as well as another scrimmage. The coaches older boys played the top team from the local top leage first divison. So hopefully we get matched up with something similar.
  2. With the end of his European summer adventures, Wyatt is off and running with his U14 year of soccer. He made the Developmental Academy again, only of the three keepers to advance with the group. The old first keeper quite after the coach explained to his parents that he would be moving to the reserve spot and the old third keeper got swapped out with the local top league divison 1 keeper. Not sure if that was actually a trade up or not for the team. The new second keeper is a mix between the old first and third keeper, so hopefully he will grow into the position as the season moves on. The squad got paired down from 26 to 20 with the move to 11v11 playing format with 13 of the other boys advancing with the team. Besides the new keeper we picked up two forwards from one of the other DA programs in town, and three mids (two from outside the club and one from a differeint divison of the club in the south part of the DFW metroplex). First game is a month away from today, but the team started training last week. The weather didn't help much so they had one practice last weekend, which was mostly scrimmaging and fun little games to get everyone getting to know each other. Wyatt got back from Europe and went right back to his private keeper lessons and skills/conditioning training when the club trainer got back. With the keeper trainer he has been doing double sessions 3 times a week, warming up and helping with the younger class, then putting it all together for the older class. The skills coach got back and instantly got him back onto the 2 hours a morning weekday schedule. Wyatt has also been working on his running and conditioning as well as feet and hands at home on his off or slow days. We've already gotten his schedule and his first game will be agaisnt the top club in the divison and their biggest rival FC Dallas. The coach has been focusing on passing and ball movement and less on the striking and finishing drills like the previous coach. Wyatt is enjoying that aspect a lot since the new coach also doesn't believe and pulling the keepers aside for those drills, which means Wyatt gets to hold his own (and quite well apparently according to the coach) with the field players. He is a little akward at the moment as the next growth spurt seems to have set in, but the trainer is working with his on a routine to help him adapt qucikly to the changes and make sure he isn't doing any harm to himself in the process. He has also been doing some conditioning training with some other older teams as he can to keep himself entertained. Overall it looks like it should be a good year for him with an big increase and playing time, and a switch to a less punty/kicky style of play.
  3. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game vs. Zaba FC (Malayasia) After gettign the bye for the first knock out round, this was the teams first knock game. Zaba FC had done pretty good in their bracket and had a convincing 9-0 win in the first knockout round so was expecting it to be a close game. The coach opted to bench Wyatt for the start of the match and go with the older keeper in the first half. Zaba played possession in the back, then would make fast breaks up the sides and cut in to create 1v1 or 2v3 with the keeper. For the first half things were pretty tight with Wyatt's team's getting a chance to take the lead off a PK, but they missed it. Zaba responded by going 2v3 against the flow of play on a bad punt by the keeper and forced him to commit and then beat him to make it 0-1. With them down going into the half the coach decided to keep the older keeper in for the second half. The team rallied some and starting getting looks, and finally managed to get it 1-1, then missed a second PK for the go ahead. They followed it up though quickly with a second goal to make it 2-1. As the game wound down, Zaba FC started frantically attacking and managed to generate another 2 v 3 wit hthe keeper. Keeper came out like the time before, blocked the shot sending the ball towards the back side where a Zaba player had made the run and finished it off to make it 2-2. With minutes to go they broke away again and one of the denfenders fouled in the box to give a PK that saw it go 2-3 for the final. Wyatt was in a wee bit of a foul mood, he felt like he could have made one if not both the saves other then the PK. And he commented that the PK could have been avoided by the keeper coming out, but after getting bear twice on pseudo break aways he hesitated and stuck to his line focing the defneder to try and make the tackle. They've got a couple days left over there so he is doing the tourist thing and hanging out with players he has met while he has been there. He definitely has gotten a taste of playing soccer in where it is "the sport of sports" and absolutely wants to do it more. I think it has fired him up to work even harder now so he can get more chances to play outside the US.
  4. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game 3 vs. Upsala (Sweden) Last group game, and they had already clinched 1st, so playing more just to keep the sweep. Wyatt got the start and whole first half. The other team played possession in the back and then long balls over the mids for the forwards to run onto, so lots of sweeping and very little keeping for him today. He did nicely collect one ball that went long and bounced into the box, but the rest of his time was spent playing keep away and back passing with the back line. He got pressured a few times and did well with the ball at his feet, a little better then I think the attacking forwards were expecting. He had one back pass distribution that the coach didn't like where he cleared it up the field into traffic, but the man he was looking for wasn't moving nad had cover on him, so Wyatt went with the safer bet. Turned it over at the half 3-0. The older keeper took over and had a few back passes, but by then the coach was playing the reserves so they were pushing up high all trying to get a goal. Game ended 6-0, to see then sweep the group and get a bye in the first round of the winners' bracket knockout rounds. They will know later this afternoon who they are facing in round 2, but looks like it may be a squad from Malaysia who where pretty dominate in their group. Depending on how they do, they could have up to 3 games tomorrow as they hopefully work their way through the knock-our rounds.
  5. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Game 2 vs the European Football Academy (England) Older keeper was healthly and back in the line-up, but Wyatt got the start and whole first half. His team dominated most the game so he focused more on communications and constantly yelling at his left back to keep marking the right winger for the other side who kept finding space on the flank to receive balls. Nothing really came out of it thoug. He had to collect one ball that was played long and bounced into the box. The right winger charged in after it and Wyatt had to get u over him to collect it. He transitioned forward quickly, almost too quickly not letting things settle down and rolled the ball out short to his centerback. He forgot to keep an eye on the winger and the kid came in from behind and pressured the roll, but the centerback got it out and forward before anything else could happen. He turned things over 3-0 at the half, and the older keeper had less to do to see it out 5-0. Win keeps that at top of the group and the gaol differential will most likely keep them even with a lose tomorrow. So they have clinched a birth in the winner's brackets for the round of 64 that starts Thursday. A win tomorrow will solidifiy that and get then a bye in the round of 64, and most likely a game versus a club from Malaysia in the round of 32.
  6. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Well, first week of Watt's European adventure is over in Spain and the team is in Sweden now. The IberCup Barcelona had 14 teams including Wyatt's in the B14 age group (he is playing up with the squad as the reserver keeper). Game 1 vs. CF Os Belenenses (Portugal) Wyatt did get to go in for this game as his team lost 0-2. First goal was off a PK when the centerback pushed the opposing striker down in the box. Was a well placed kick from the striker on the PK. The keeper guessed right side but went low and under the shot. Second goal was of a loose ball in the box, shot came in hit the crossbar and came down in the box to an unmarked player on the back post after get hacked around a bit. Nice easy touch to put it away and get the 0-2 result. Game 2 vs. Escola Sao Poala FC (Brazil) Wyatt got the start in this game and held it to 0-0 through the first half. Had to collect a few rollers and some back passess but nothing to major as the other team was trying to play the long ball over the back line and run onto it. Second half the older keeper came in and had to deal with a high bouncing long ball. He hesitated on moving to collect it and called it wrong, with it almost bouncing over him. He managed to get a hand to it, but slapped it down to the foot of the chasing striker for a goal to make it 0-1. The team rallied though and put the pressure on to finish it out 2-1. Game 3 vs. Brommapojkarna Red (Sweden) Wyatt started again and liek the last game was mostly just picking off through balls and sweeping. Turned it over at the half up 4-0 to the other keeper who saw it out to 6-0 with not much more to do. The team was physical more dominated and did a better job of controling the ball. Game 4 vs. Manchester 62 FC (Gibralter) Another start for Wyatt. Really had nothing to do and got relaxed. Finally the other team got a free kick off a bad call outside the box. Wyatt got a little nervous and overreacted to the shot, missing the ball in the air when he got to it a little to early. Loose ball bounced in the box and the right back tried to clear it off the line, but tapped it in for an own-goal. The coached pulled Wyatt out right after that and put in the older keeper. He didn't really get to mad at Wyatt, just said he couldn't have either keeper making mistakes since the squad was having trouble finishing and scoring. By the end of the second half though the boys had got it together and were up 3-1, so Wyatt went back in and finished the game out. Game 5 vs/ Michigan SA (USA) Wyatt got the start depsite expecting to be benched after the last game. He madea couple light saves and the usual sweeping to turn it over 1-0 at the half. Second half the the boys put away two more to end it 3-0. The win had them at third in group, with the last game agsinst the team in second, winner of that game would advance to the winner's bracket semi-final (top 2 teams from each of the 2 groups). Game 6 vs. FC PSF (USA) No time in this one for Wyatt as the coach went with his starters since it was a win to advance to the winner's group game. Final score was 3-1 with the goal coming over a bad decision by the keeper. Win saw them take second in group and more on to the winner's group semi-finals. Game 7 vs. Oakleigh Cannons (Australia) Wyatt sat this one out as well, again with the coach going with his starters. The final score was 2-1, with it being fairly close right up to the end. The coach was going to put Wyatt in but tournament rules didn't allow keeper subs on the fly and the coach didn't want to break the moment on the field after the boys pulled ahead. Game 8 vs. CF Os Belenenses (Portugal) Rematch of the first game. Wyatt was pretty sure he wasn't going to get the start, or any field time right up until the 4th minute when the older keeper tripped a striker after getting beat. Player came in and the keeper tried to slide tackle him and got skilled. Lashed out with his hand and brought the striker down. So Wyatt went in to face a PK right away. The coach also pulled the right back and put in another attacker to try and keep pressure up high with the team a man down. The PK was well placed, Wyatt made a try but got beat. Not a minute later after the restart the team lost possession and in a very confused manner due to the loss of the man and the follow-up change let an unmarked player get a back post shot in. Wyatt made the dive and almost had it, but it found the net to make it 0-2. Wyatt buckled down and started getting onto the defense and coordinating them more to hold that score well into the second half. Finally though the left back messed up on an offsides trap and wound up chasing a winger back to goal. Wyatt set up and cut the angle, but the kid played a beautiful shot to beat Wyatt to make it 0-3. The boys finally started to rally near the end and got some looks, but only netted one to end it 1-3 and take second over all in the tournament. Wyatt played well though in the game and did a marvealous job of keeping the team in it and giving them time to try and recover. The boys and parents realized that and had lots of kind words for him after the game and the next day. Sunday they moved on to Sweden and played their first game this morning in the Gothia Cup. Game 1 vs. Staffanstorps GIF (Sweden) Wyatt again was expecting to not start and maybe get not time in, but luck is weird at times. The older keeper got sick and had to go to the hospital to get checked out, at first they thought it was his appendix, but looks like it was the results of dehdration and exhaustion from not taking care of himself the previous week. So Wyatt found himself owning the net for the whole game. They stream them live so I was able to watch it. He played well, made some really good saves, and was very agressive at sweeping, charging down and clearing a few balls, one right at the top of the box right before the striker got to it. He faced a cluister of corners and free kicks well in the second half to hold the shut out and see his team to the 4-0. That puts them at the top of group where they play the second place team tomorrow. This tournament should be very interesting, in Wyatt's age group there are 213 teams in 53 groups. After groups playout the top 2 teams go into the winners bracket and the rest into the loser bracket. From there it;s straight knockouts until only one team is left, which means up to 7 more game starting Thursday with finals on Sturday. Last year the team went deep into the knockstages and wound up playing 3 games in a day at one point. So more oppuritunities for him to get time on the pitch.
  7. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Tryouts wrapped up this week, always a drama filled time of the year. About have of Wyatt's group advanced to the next year of the Academy program. The new headcoach made a few waves as well with the team. He started off by only signing about a 1/3 of the players and waiting on the rest to see how they did versus the new talent coming into the club for tryouts. Several boys who thought they had a lock on spots were moved to the next lower divison team and several who thought they were going to that team found themselves still in the Academy. We picked up 3 really good forwards which are really needed and a good mid to replace the one we lost to the younger Academy squad. Wyatt had fun helping sort out the keepers. The third team keeper basically swapped sport with the lower divison keeper. The coach had a long talk with thekeeper and his mom about pecking order and expectations, then had them talk directly to Wyatt about his training regime so they understood what the coach was expecting if the new keeper wanted to ever challenge for the starter spot. Overall the new keeper isn't as good technically as the old third keeper, but he is much more active and aggressive. The club trainer that Wyatt works with has already given Wyatt the warning not to rest on his laurals and that he needs to keep pushing to keep the gap growing and hold the starter spot. Tryout wise the coach was already starting to form the roster spots. To keep Wyatt sharp he was always facing what looks like the starters squad of the field players, with the potentials and reserve players to make his life intereting. He did fairly good, and is picking up the change in play style the coach wants. He likes the ball played out of the back on the ground as the first option, then throws, and final punts or kicks down field. Wyatt is getting the hand of it, but also needing to learn not to hold the ball as long on backpasses. He skilled and out dribbled several of the forwards and mids, which the coach likes the skill that takes, but the coach doesn't want him going to that as his first option and would rahter he clear it out under pressure. He did a good job of communicating that to Wyatt, but buffered the remark with the comment that he doesn't want wyatt crushing the fragile strikers egos by getting out skilled by the keeper. Wyatt also continued his daily morning skills and conditioning trainings sessions as well. Those will run through this week, then its him and his mom working out on them until he leaves for Europe. He also will continue with his keeper training. This week he is also supposed to help out with the junior academy summer camp in the evenings to get more time on the ball, but also to help build his leadership skills. WE got the group assignments for the Gothia Cup tournament in Sweden, don't know to much about the eruopean teams but they got placed with European Football Academy (ENG-London), Upsala IF (SWE) and Staffanstorps GIF (SWE). Looks like a total of 212 teams registered in Wyatt's age group ith a good mix of clubs from around the world.
  8. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    And that's a wrap for the season. They played their last game yesterday and par for the course it was really competative. The third keeper kept restraining his pulled muscle at tryouts and practice, so he was on the bench for the game. Two other B squad players were having travel plans before the game had been rescheduled. So the coach asked the other keeper to play the last game and offered him the first team slot to entice him. Wyatt was a little put out, but in the end was happy that he was there with his B squad team mates for the end of the season game. The coach for next year was there to observe the boys some more to continue sorting out players, so Wyatt was happy he could help the boys on the bubble in the second squad have a chance to show well. The first team had a rather un-inspired game, and the new coach wasn't to happy with the way they played. The two best performers were both 05 boys who are playing up this year, but going back to the 05 team next year. One in the midfield pretty much controlled the midfield and kept the other team out of the defensive third most the game, while the other a forward scored a brace to secure the 2-1. The single goal against was scored off a shot from about 20+ yards out that the keeper got caught ball watching all the way into the back of the net for the only chance he had to make a save all game. Wyatt's game was pretty back and forth. At first his squad controlled possession. Then they started playing the long ball up the side and the and cutting back into to runners up the center relying on their size and speed. Wyatt and the center back got really busy after that. They had the big kid from the fight last time cut in and take a shot across the goal low with another one running in on the back post. Wyatt made a nice dive to his right to collect it at the feet of the other other player. Then popped up and rolled it out before they could react to get a counter started. A little while later he passed a goalkick out to his left back who held it and sucked in two players before backpassing it back to wyatt who drew in the left forward and attacking mid while he passed it out to his left wing who took it up the outside in the opened up space. He came out and collected a long throwing to the box, then followed it up with a nice aggressive collection of a long cross into the box to see the half out 0-0. Second half the Dynamo started puttingthe pressure on really hard and our boys started feeling the efffects of the physical game and heat. The forwards were having a hard time getting past the back line and they were countering more with the boot and run attack that got them more shots on frame. Wyatt faced a 1v1 and the shot went low and to his right, he dove and got a hand behind it to flick it out of bounds. He set a nice wall that did its job to see off another free-kick when his defense had to make the professional foul to stop a break-away. Wyatt spent alot of time coming out and getting big and seeing shots go wide because of it, so he had like 10 goal kicks in the second half. He made two excellent blocks back to back during a frantic effort to clear a ball from the box off a short corner. He made the first one point blank and then popped up to make the second with his centerback collecting it and clearing it out. Final save of the game was a free kick that dipped over the wall and saw wyatt get airborn to deflect it out and off a opposing player for the final goal kick of the game. End of game the coach started gving the boys his end of the year speech, then stopped and said but first, and walked over and shook Wyatt's hand and told him great game. The coach for next year told him that he played excellent, but that he expected nothing less from Wyatt. Even the other team gave him kudos when we bumped into them after game getting a drink, with their coach telling him he was the only reason that his team didn't lose the game. For the rest of the week Wyatt continued with his morning conditioning and skill training. During the week he had one tryout session, he got a little time on the field for that, but the coach said he already knew what he was getting with Wyatt and he needed to look at the other keepers to find one good enough to be Wyatt's backup. The third keeper got some time in the net too, because the lower divison coach wanted to look at him to see if he wanted him for that team. That is when he got hurt again. Had another boy taking a bad fall from a tackle as well and get a compound fracture in his lower arm, so I got to spend the session talking to the paramedics and helping them in and out of the facility. Coach called a practice Thursday to get them ready for the last game and Wyatt spent the whole time playing solo in the goal through out the striking and finishing drills, and the scrimmages while they learned a new formation for the weekend. So now we have one more week of tryouts with Wyatt helping choose his back-up, then training training training to get ready for Europe.
  9. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Well the season seems to want to drag on another week or so. Heavy storms got the game cancled and maybe moved to this coming weekend. The team finsihed out there last three practices with the current head coach and the new coach watching and taking notes. Wyatt signed his contracts for next year, securing one of the two keeper slots. The smaller starting keeper got the second spot however by the end of the week he had decided that he didn't want to be the second keeper and dropped out of the team and moved to a lower divison team at FC Dallas so he could play basket ball for his middle school as well. This means when open tryouts start wednesday we will get to see if they sign a second keeper from the new players trying out or move the third keeper up into the spot. Outside of that drama, Wyatt has been working out in the mornings with the skills trainer on speed, condititioning and his field skills. He also put in a double header with his private keeper coach yesterday, helping out with the younger keepers, then being senior student with the older keepers. Tonight he went to the nation team ID/training center camp for the evening. They had 3 other keepers there, 2 from FC Dallas (the MLS club) and one from Solar. The solar keeper was way out of his league and didn't show that well in general. The FCD keepers had been to a few sessions already and were the obvious favorites at the start. Wyatt didn't let it pysch him out and went in with a desire to strut his stuff. To qoute his keeper coach, he went full beast mode. Of the keepers he was the most aggressive and made numereous 1 on 1 saves. Cutting angles and getting big. His touches were spot on and his distributions looked really good. Of the keepers, Wyatt made the most saves with 15 really good ones, plus lots of other general cleaning up and collecting of loose balls. The two FCD keepers had about 5 saves between them and both were rather indecisive, with both letting in a goal or two. The solar keeper had the worst of it with only a couple saves and getting scored on 5 times. So Wyatt was feeling really good a bout his performance. The head coach at the session who runs the u15 national team gave told him after it was over that he did a hell of a good job, with the other two coaches concurring. He also got lots of props from the field players, not just from his club, but the other clubs as well. So a really good evening for him. So we head into the rest of the week with tryouts/open practices, continuing morning training, and maybe a final game this weekend.
  10. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Wyatt played his second to last game of the season this weekend versus the Houston Express. Wyatt moved back up to the first squad and then got the goal solo after the other keeper got sick. The Express started weak at the beginning the season, but have gotten better as the year has gone by and it showed in the game. Wyatt's squad didn't play to well, fogoing their usual game style of passing for a more boot ball style for some reason. Wyatt had to collect a bunch of loose balls and take goalkicks. He got an assist off of one, dropping it to the far corner out of the box, focing the goalie to hold his ground while the center forward ran onto the ball and beat him for a goal. That was pretty much the highlight of the game for the team, after that it got ugly. Wyatt had to face a PK when a corner was headed down and back towards the goal by his centerback and hit his unsuspecting right back in the hand. Wyatt got the shot correct and a piece of it, but it got past him to make it 1-1. A little while later he made a really nice reaction foot save to stop another shot from a loose ball and then had the rebound collected by a striker who was unmarked by the same defender. He had some other nice saves in the game including another 1v1 save on a offside player. Making the save gave the ref time to call the offsides, the coach was pretty sure if Wyatt had waited for the call the ref would have let go. Game ended 1-2, with the coach not being to happy with any of the players performance except Wyatt and the goal socring forward. Wyatt stayed and hung out on the bench for the second teams game and cheered them on to a 4-0 win. Unfrotunately the third keeper pulled or strained something near the end of the game on a goalkick and had to get subbed out. One of the forwards borrowed Wyatt's gloves and played the last few minutes of the game as keeper. Rest of the week was team practices with some new players showing up to try for a spot. Wyatt did a call from the team manager for next year's coach telling him that he would be signing his contracts this week for next year, so he was pretty stoked about that. So now he has one last game for the season next weekend and then getting ready for his Europe trip. Supposedly the new coach is taking over training this week, but the schedule may change at the last minute.
  11. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Not a lot in this highlight reel from his last game versus FC Dallas: DT vs FCD (1/4)
  12. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    With the season winding down, we are getting some footage of games from other teams earlier in the season. First game of the season: DT @ Solar (1/4) Two games from right near the end of the fall half of the season: DT @ Lonestar (1/4) DT @ FCD (3/4) and then some more recent games: DT vs. Lonestar (4/4) DT vs Houston Texans (3/4)
  13. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    So in between all the games, Wyatt continued with his training. His skills coach has been working hard to get him ready for selection for the coming session plus prepping him for observations by national team scouts. To that extent typically on Sundays after games, a short break for lunch and rest, Wyatt has been putting in 2 - 4 hours of training. Club keeper training finally wound down, but the team is still practicing desipite it being club tryouts starting for the regular league teams. They are IDing boys in those sessions to come to DA practice for tryouts, but so far not to many have last more then one or two sessions. A keeper did show up at one session, but he was not up to even the third keepers skill level. Wyatt hada few nice surprises though as well over the last few weeks. Last week they were coached by a former club member, who went on to play professionally in the MLS, played for the national team, and is now a commentator on ESPN for soccer. He really liked Wyatt play and gave him lots of good feedback. He also liked yelling out "what a save" when Wyatt would pull a good one. He told Wyatt to get used to it if he kept playing and working as hard as he has been, so that really gave him a good feeling. That same session the head coach for next year also came out to start ranking the boys for next year. Wyatt took charge in the training session. He ran the keeper warmup and organized them into the squads for srimmages. He also took the fullsize goal for himself and was very dominant in the net. Even though his squad lost all three sudden death games on golden goals, the coach for net year made it very clear that it took three spectacular goals to do it and that Wyatt was dynamic and a real wall in the net. Next day we got an email with an invite for him to attend the next national team regional youth team ID training center. Then on Saturday at the game he was informed that he was the first keeper selected for the DA squad next year. Then on Sunday the head coach for next year observed the boys playing and spent most of the game talking to Wyatt on the bench about his expectations for next year and how he wants him to handle nad play with some of the players they know are moving up as well. So two more games left in the season, then the boys transistion to final trials. The coaches plan is to have all the potential candidates train with the boys that they know are advancing and see which ones have the skills and chemistry to be on the team for next year. As always should be a exciting ride to the end of the season, but Wyatt is focused on establishing himself as the first keeper for next year and getting ready for the trip to europe this summer.
  14. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Season is slowly winding down for Wyatt. After the wrap on the two big tournaments, Wyatt got back to the business of pushing for being the starting keeper and getting selected for next year's academy. Wyatt has had 5 games since then. Game 1: Wyatt's team faced off against Texas Lonestar DA from Austin/Georgetown this afternoon. Wyatt got moved up to the first team with the first keeper leaving his usual B squad teammates with the third keeper. The coach had a plan though, last time we played this team the A squad was up 2-0 at the half but ended in a 2-2 tie because Lonestar started crossing and getting corner kicks that the first keeper had trouble dealing with. So for the game the first keeper got the start and had to face a lot of pressure clearing through balls and collecting rollers and bouncers. He did get in two nice saves that would have been goals to keep it 0-0 at the half. Wyatt came in at the start of the second and got busy collecting rollers and bouncers. He did a good job of mixing up his distributions between rolls, throws, and punts to keep Lonestar off balance. He also earned his keep (pardon the pun) getting up in the air and collecting corners to shut down the scoring opportunities. He also came up big on a nice hard shot to push it over the bar, and an excellent save on a low corner into the box to try and beat his air game. Final score was 2-0 and wyatt bounced back from his funk after the tournaments the previous week .We stuck around and watched the B squad work through and early goal against to a 2-1 win. Wyatt sat on the bench and the coach tried to get the other coach to allow wyatt to go in during the second game, but after seeing him play in the first game the coach was really not too receptive to that idea. Game 2: Wyatt got the starter slot with the A squad fome. Games versus this team are usually decided by a single goal, so lots of pressure to get the shutout and not give up anything. At first it looked like wouldn't be much for wyatt to do as the team took charge and dominated possession. They had a hard time finishing their chances though and eventually the game opened up more. Wyatt got busy collecting loose balls and taking goalkicks. He had one good and key save where a shot came in hard and low to right corner. Wyatt made a nice dive and got his hands behind it to send it out. He also did a good job of strategically wasting time to release the offense pressure near halftime to see the half out 0-0. Second keeper took over at the half and was moderately busy. Made a few good collections and workman like saves. Boys finally got one in the net and kept the pressure up to make it to the end 1-0. Game 3: Wyatt spent Mother's Day as the starter for the second squad due to the need to move players around due to injuries. For the match they squared off against the Houston Texans for the 3rd of our 4 games versus them for the season. The game started out chaotic with several boys playing in new spots to cover because of injuries. Wyatt was fairly busy with collecting loose balls and backpasses. Had to clear one backpass out and down the field that got dumped in his face by a player under pressure. Made a really strong 1v1 save on a breakaway but then it got called offsides. Low point was jumping early at a high arcing freekick and having it roll over his fingers to beclraredby his centerback. Teamscored twice though to go into the half up 2-1. Second half the third keeper came in and started out slow. Had a few light duty saves and one nice one, but wasn't being decisive and let a ball through the box unchallenged that got flicked in practically right in his face. Coach let him try and fight through it, but at the end pulled him and put wyatt in to finish the game out to the 3-1 win. Wyatt made a really nice smothering save to keep it from going 2-2 and set up the counter for the 3-1. After the game Wyatt told me that there was a national team scout there observing him and the second team center back, and Wyatt was really worried that the botched save on the high ball had cost him in his evaluation. We wouldn't find out until this last week (more later). Game 4: Double header soccer weekend. Down to Houston yesterday to play the Houston Texans and back home the next day to face FC Dallas. First team had a rather lackluster 4-2 win, which should have been 3-1 except the red allowed to really blatant offsides goals, one for each side. Wyatt was closer for the Second team, getting the half with the wind in his face, as well as the part of the game were the boys were tired from the heat. The boys did a good job going 3-0 in the first half. First two goals were off of really. Ice plays into the box and the third from a PK as the heat and game started seeing some very physical play start up. Almost had a fight break out as our left back shepherded a ball out of bounds and got a kick to his side for the trouble. Our centermid took exception to that and boys started coming in and pushing and shoving. Luckily unlike the red at the Dynamo game, this ref got in and closed it down before more then a couple yellows had to be shown. Wyatt came in for the second half and things continued to heat up. Early on one of the forwards was shepherding a ball out high and took a shove in the back then caused him to fall and hit his knee on the concrete lip of the turf field. For wyatt he was fairly active. Had to scoop up a loose ball or roller here or there. He made a nice dive to his right to stop a shot in the air, then had to make a impressive dive to get a hand to a low shot across the face of goal. His distributions were very good and varied up a bit. He got really good at dropping punts on the center forward, at one point putting one on him in the opposing box. Only a aggressive hand kept wyatt from getting the assist. Wyatt held the shut out to see them win 3-0, then it was back in the car and he's home to get ready for the next game. Game 5: The Texans walked away with a loss and a win versus FC Dallas. First team took a 0-3 beating versus an FCD first squad that has been getting some sporadic results lately. Wyatt started for the second team who got off to an early start with a goal to go 1-0 in the first few minutes. From there it was a lot of back and forth with wyatt only having to make one real save and just routine keeper work otherwise. Second keeper saw a bit more action, but got lucky and the center back bailed him out a few times to end it 1-0. That brings the record for the season for the A squad to no wins versus FCD and the B squad no losses. The coach for next year was observing and taking notes on the players as well. Not sure some of them showed as well as they should have or were hyped up to be by the current coach. Be interesting to see what changes are made as we move into next year.
  15. Wyatt's 2016-2017 season v2.0

    Well the long week of soccer ended yesterday with the semi-final game for Wyatt's team in the Iber Cup. Friday night after his Dallas Cup finals game he asked to go to keeper training and worked out for about 2 hours with his keeper coach. He really threw himself into it and put in a good performance. Added bonus was he burned off alot of the stress from the week so far. The keeper coach had him stick around after training and talked to him one on one about things and helped him get his head straight. Saturday morning he didn't get called up to play in the last group Iber Cup game vs. the Houston Express DA that he has played 3 times this year already. The first keeper started the game and really had little to do until a ball bounced into the box on a free kick. He didn't manage to clear it and the centerback had to come in and clear it out. After that he was more alert and did fairly well. Evenutally a ball got into the box and the shot went in over the keepers head. By that point though the boys were up 2-0, so not a real bad one. At the half the third keeper came in and made one save an a questionable back pass. The boys managed to pick up an own goal and another goal from a PK to end it 4-1 and clinch the first place in group. The coach for next's year team was there observing and noted that Wyatt wasn't on the roster and asked what the coach was thinking about leaving him off roster. Wyatt didn't really have his hoped up he would catch the semi-final game, but the assistant coach listened to the future coach and decided to replace the third keeper with Wyatt for their game against club Menedy from Guatemala. The first keeper got the start and made some workman like saves to keep it level as they scored a goal off a nice breakaway to put them up 1-0. Not soon after thoughone of the centerbacks got called for a handball in the box. It started as a yellow but as the ref was trying to get the player to look at him for the card, and the player shoved him out of his way. So the yellow turned to red and we were a man done and they scored on a PK to make it 1-1 right before the half. Wyatt came in for the second half and with the tie, Menedy started pushing really hard to get the win. Wyatt started off saving a through ball that the attacking mid (#10 - their star player) was running onto past the now weakened defense. Wyatt made a nice run to scoop it up and then went right in a nice punt dropping the ball to the right winger who tried to move it forward. The opposing keeper had the wing to his back and seemed to be intent on saling balls up over the back line so #10 could run onto them. One ball took a big bounce and Wyatt ran forwarf to edge of the 18 and collected it in the air right in front of the #10 and punted it out well again. Next a defender got a head to the next punt, but was hit at the same time by #10 and the ball went back towards the net. Wyatt and #10 collided as he scooped it up, but he kept his feet though and punted it out to start a counter again. As the clock wound down Menedy tried one more fast play from the keeper on a free kick for offsides and number #10 got through the back line and with a centerback on his tail. Wyatt shot off his line and they hit about 15 yards out, with Wyatt diving into the collect the ball and then sliding through the #10 who went flying and called for a PK. Ref called it clean and play on. The boys tried a fast counter but the time ran out and we went into OT. Wyatt got the first OT, but things mostly stayed in the midfield area. He had a few corners to see off, but nothing that he needed to deal with. Finally #10 cut around the outside and put a shot/cross in. He was arcing the ball tryign to hit the far post upper 90. Wyatt got a good leap and was able to catch it just a little over the bar as it started to dip in and flip it over and out for a corner. On the corner the missing centerback bit them in the butt. The spot he usually covers was being played by the other centerback, but as the corner came in he charged it and left the #10 unmarked. Wyatt knew he could try and collect it because of the height so he turned and moved with it, but the #10 jumped up and headed it in before Wyatt could block it. The head coach was there so the assistant left Wyatt in to work through it until the end of the first overtime period. Not much else happened as out boys started pressing really hard and the Menedy boys started kicking everything onto the neighboring fields to burn up the clock. That continued into the second OT period, but the boys got lucky and drew a PK, but after the first one in the first half being blocked and the generally poot PK taking all weak no one wanted to stand up and take. Finally probably the most inexperienced PK taker took it, but shot it right near the keeper who blocked it as time ran out. So game ended in a heart breaking 1-2 loss for the boys. But by that point they were so tired most of them couldn't even get balls up for crosses. The two tournaments and playing 2 games a day for 3 straight days caught up with them and really wore them down. Wyatt was pretty bummed, but everyone was impressed with his effort to keep the team going. After a good nights sleep he asked to go back to the fields so he could watch all the finals since he knew a lot of the local keepers playing in them. So a nice ending to a pretty rough week. Now it's back to finishing out the last 7 games, tryouts for next years placement, and getting ready for his trip to spain and sweden this summer.