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  1. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Well, finally everything is wrapped up for the season and Wyatt is off to his 3 weeks of residency camp in AZ at the FC Barcelona DA academy there. He got a week off, then had two last open tryouts for his team. The coach has already signed Wyatt and the new reserve keeper, so they were there just to practice and help with the scrimmages and shooting drills as the coach sorted out the last few open spots on the roster. First night was mostly just scrimmaging. The keeper coach was there and spent some time working with the 4 age groups of keepers that were there, before turning them loose to their respective teams for scrimmaging. Second night Wyatt and the new guy wasrmed up and then did some passing drills with the team. As they were setting up to scrimmage a last minute tryout keeper showed up. He came from one of the local clubs where he had gotten cut. He had already tried out and been turned away from the other DA club in town, so called our director and arranged for a last minute tryout hopeing to push Wyatt or the other keeper out of a spot. Didn't work out so well for him, for starters he was about the same level as the new reserve. Second strike was that he was the keeper who got a 5 game suspsense for racial language against our team, so that really didn't endear him much to the boys and they went after him with lots of pressure forcing turnovers, goals, and got under his skin pretty quick. Coach called him over after about an hour and told him that he didn't have a spot for him and offered up our a spot on the next lowest team, but the kid copped an attitude, tore off his gloves, and stomped off the field complaining about things. Other then that he had a couple private keeper sessions, including one the Friday before he left for camp. He was wanting to make sure he was ready to go, so he spent his down time as well doing some conditioning and speed work. For the keeper session the coach ran them through refresher on the basics and worked a lot of double saves and aerial balls. Wyatt got into that a lot and was feeling pretty good, but nervous Sunday when him and his mom headed off to camp. He checked in yesterday afternoon and got his schedule and met his room mate, another u14 GK. From there after orientation they did assessment/evaluation to figure out how to break them into groups. Wyatt said he started off nervous and bobbled a few balls here and there, but the coach talked a second with him. Told him it was okay to be nervous and that is why they did the warmups and that nothing there was considered relevant to placement. With that he said he was calmer and went to work. At one point he came out on a ball, saw the striker slow up trying to set up a chip shot, and Wyatt dropped a yard which let him make a good leap and touch the ball over the bar for the save. The coach loved it, stopped practice for a second to discuss it, then turned Wyatt loose to keep showing his stuff. By the end he felt he had made a good showing for himself and was surprised to find himself placed in the top group with the U19s and some U17-U18 keepers. He was pretty stoked about it when he called and really looking forward to the sessions starting today. From there he wil have a week of the keeper program, then move into two weeks of regular camp. He will follow the field player schedule except for shooting and games, where he will glove up and play keeper.
  2. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Last game of the season U14 DA Game 31 vs Solar
  3. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    And that is a wrap for the season with Wyatt's team finally getting their last re-scheduled game in for the season. With it being so late in the season they were missing 6 players who had either dropped from the team earlier or where on vacation. They added the 03 who usually plays down with them and the reserve keeper despite trying out for other teams showed for the last game as well. The Solar team they were facing off against was in a similar position, fielding 13 plus to 03s playing down. Wyatt got the start and in general didn't have much to do as a lot of the game was battled out in the mids. He did have a couple saves to make, mostly catching long shots on goal, but did make a nice 1v1 challenge and a foot save on a break through when the reserve centerback lost possession trying to be cool in the 18. He had some goal kicks as well, but focused alot on his distributions from saves. His team scored early in the first half to make it 1-0 going into the second half. Wyatt stayed in for a bit, only making a single collection on a corner with a punt, and then a goal kick. The punt led to a counter that netted a second goal to make it 2-0 before the reserve keeper came in with 25 minutes left to get his last time in goal with the team. The Solar supporters recognized the change really quick and got their players fired up and within 5 minutes of goign in, it was 2-2. The mids started to suffer from the hear on both sides and the game turned into a lot of back and forth as the defense cleared balls forward adn started counters. Finally with just a minute or two on the clock, Wyatt's team scored again to end it 3-2. Not a bad win, but should have been a clean sheet for the team. With that they finished 2nd overall in the divison. Rest of the week was pretty busy for Wyatt. Monday through Thursday he was doing keeper camp in the morning and afternoon with the private coach. The coach was running a camp for the girls club he coaches at, but invited some others to join in. Usually a few boys would show in the morning, but the afternoon sessions were typically Wyatt and a whole lot of girls. Evenings he had 2 team practices, both of which featured players who they are looking at for spots, including both the keepers they are looking at to replace the current reserve keeper. They also had 2 open practicse to attend, but the first one was optional so Wyatt went to a ID camp for some German scouts, more on that in a little bit. For the team practices the coach would have Wyatt run the potentials through warmup and drills, then split them out for scrimmages. After the first practice he asked Wyatt what he thought about both keepers. Wyatt was pretty thoughtful with his answeres, giving pros and cons for both, but leaned towards the smaller of the two who was physcially more mature since his skills were better at this point, but he did say that he didn't think the kid would improve much more past this level. Second practice the coach seemed to make up his mind and only the more physically mature keeper showed up. Coach told Wyatt since the kid would be the reserve and maybe not get much time, he wanted him to be in a better position to hit the ground running, but due to the fact that he was probably as tall as he was going to get he didn't think he would last more then a year or two with the team. All the boys continuing on got their contracts Wednesday and atleast two new boys as well on Thursday (the keeper and a centerback). Still have a few open spots left, which the coach looks to be filling with a couple of forwards or mids to round on the team some what. Should be interesting to see who gets chosen when we have our last round of Open tryouts in a couple of weeks. Wyatt skipped the option practice to hit the German ID camp. Was a little scattered on how it was run by the hosting club and Wyatt got lumped in with a mixed bag of u14s. They started off with some 2v1 and 3v2 shooting and passing drills which Wyatt wasn't too into. He was a little tired and frustrated by the organization and the folks he got saddled with as defenders. After four rounds of that he worked with a u16 keeper from germany and the goal keeper trainer at the camp. Wyatt enjoyed that and alot of the drills were centered around seeing how fit and conditioned the players were. Wyatt despite already doing training twice that day and 4 rounds of shooting drills, dug and got his second wind. He pretty much out worked the other keeper and the trainer mentioned that he was fitter then all the other ones who had already been through that station. After that they broke up into teams for scrimmages on full size goals, 60 yard long fields. Wyatt got some of the same players as earlier, so he spent a lot of time talking to his players between plays and keepign them organized. He faced off against the host clubs best keeper, with Wyatt's side winning 12 -2. Wyatt got scored on twice, once on a PK and then off a really nice volley on a floating cross just outside the 18. Afterwards the scout came over and talekd with him. Told him he got high marks in everything accept foot speed, and even was the best in several areas. He said the only issue they saw was he was a litte slow on his feet in the shooting drills, but said if he could fix that and come back next year they would probably take him over to Germany to train with some clubs. So not totally bad, and he has something to push him on through the year. Outside of that he also did two regular private lessons, Friday and Sunday with the keeper trainer. For those they worked a lot on double saves, recover from the first and speed to the second. Coach also through in the standard mix of basic skills work and conditioning. Wyatt also talked with him about the ID camp, so the trainer worked in some foot speed segments into the drills as well. So now he is in a holding pattern for a couple of weeks before heading off to the FC Barcelona Academy for most of July. Before then though he has a few team practices and some keeper and footskills classes, but mostly he is getting to take a breather and recharge his batteries after the long season he just finished. Next year there are fewer games, but more travel with several overnights and a couple flights he will get to make. I think he is looking forward to that and has already begun negotiating with his mother and I about letting him do those solo.
  4. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    No games this week, but the never ecning march of tryouts continued sporadically thanks to the weather. Wyatt had three team practices and one tryout open practice. The two potential reserve keepers/new keepers were at the Team practice and seem to be working to determine who will get the spot that is being vacated by the current reserve. The current reserve has let the coach know that he is trying out for a lower divison team in the club so he can devote more time to band in highschool as a freshman next year, so the coach and selection group are giving the two potential keepers a harder look. For the practices things have been pretty much mostly scrimmages and a little passing or striking and finishing work. Wyatt typically will lead the keeper warmup unless the older keepers are there like they were Sunday, but in that cases him and the starter for the 03 squad will work with Wyatt to lead the warmups. One practice this week was closed to new players as the team worked on condtioning and agility. In the shooting and striking drills department, Wyatt continues to demonstrate a higher level of understanding that being in the net is more then standing on the line and deflecting balls. One of the two new keepers has picked up on that and trying to do a better job of positioning and playing off his line, but both of them clearly haven't had to do that or been trainined that way. In the scrimmages, its the same story as well. Both hug the line alot. One will leave the 6 yard box and move up some with the back line, but tends to root and then scramble to make a save that he should have been positioning for. Wyatt feels pretty confident about himself, but also is a little worried because both the others are about 6-7 months older then him. One is taller while the other is physically more mature as well, so Wyatt is concerned that in the american mindset of bigger is better, that they will both get picked because of that. But he still goes out and plays his best and typically walks away as the best keeper at the end of the sessions. Outside of the team sessions, he had his skills class on Monday, and then did 4 days of keeper training in the mornings for the rest of the week. The keeper camp was with his regular private trainer and was a tuned up and prep program design to get the keepers ready for tryouts. Most his friends from there already have signed with teams for the upcoming year, but thanks to the rules of the DA Wyatt's are still dragging out. Coach told the boys they will probably be skipping the open practices this week and focusing on regular team practices to get ready for their last game Saturday. Between boys going on vacation, ones who have already dropped and moved on, and injuries, Wyatt's team will be running a little light on players. So far though the core of the starters appear to be available so the game should be good.
  5. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Always forget how hot and humid it is South Texas this time of the year. It made Wyatt's double header weekend a real chore for him and the team as they played the Houston Texans twice. Heat was bad enough, but there was also a girls ECNL showcase going on, so the boys got pushed back into a corner field that appears to have been used mostly for storage of goals and practice. Featured a larde sand pit/area right in the middle of one half, and the groudn was bone dry adn dusty making it hard to get traction at times. Game 1 the reserve got the start. Wyatt got him warmed up and ready to go. He came out pretty strong and made two really good saves and handled a backpass fairly nice, but then after botching a save and almost missing the follow-up save he turtled up and lost confidence and started playing very close to his line. At that point the defense dropped back and after scoring an early goal, starting playing super protective which limited his option for dealing with plays and resulted in lots of corners and free-kicks. A corner off a bad clearance by the right back so them score on a header that the keeper didn't come out and challenge, to make it 1-1, but the team scored right before the half to make it 2-1. Wyatt came in the second half and was a little slow coming up to speed after enjoying the sauna like sideline conditions. He got on track though and got the boys pushing forward and the defense playing higher. That opened him up more to sweep a few balls as well as handle some back passes. The heat though took its toll and as things went on he had more work to do. After handling some through balls into the box and a couple of 1v1s (one with a foot save and smothering the other), he had came out on another ball getting big and freaked out the shooter so he over touched the ball right out of bounds for a goalkick. The other team changed tactics and tried getting long shots in high, but Wyatt handled those pretty easiely. Their best chance came off a turnover right at the corner of the 18 to Wyatt's left. He reacted just quicke enough to get a finger or two on it and deflcted it into the right hand post and then back into the scrum in front of him. Then got his fingers to the followup shot as he was recovering from the ground to push it up into the cross bar and out to be cleared by the center back. The boys rallied back after that and got things moving again to see out the game to a 4-1 finish. Wyatt's coach commented on his slow start, but said he got his act together and did a good job overall. Liked his distributions and communication during the game. Game 2 was the next day and moved back to their regular field,which had better shade for the boys and the parent's on the sidelines. The reffing crew did the game before with the 05 teams and it got way out of hand, so we were expecting it to be pretty rough, but a new center ref showed up and he seemed to calm things down some during the game which was good with both teams tired and hot. Wyatt got the start and was much more awake and ready to go then the day before. The other team though had rested up and saved some starters for the second game, so they immediately took control of things nad got an early goal off a sloppy play between his defensive mid and centerback. They tracked back with a player trying to shepard a ball from too far out, then gave a weak touch to Wyatt that left him in no man's land aways from the ball. The forward for the other team saw the bad touch and cut between then to take a quick 1v1 agains Wyatt to make it 0-1. Wyatt lit into the defense and got them organized and pressuring better. He came up with a few good saves, as well as a several nce distributions from back passes that opened the field up and started some counters to make it 2-1 by the half. Par for the course he got about half of the second half in, but conceded when an unmarked player on his back post touched in a low shot he defelcted right in front of a ball watching left back. Coach got onto the defender since he had been making that type of error all game and replaced him. Wyatt had a couple more saves, and one almost howler. He came out to collect a corner kick and got his hands all wrong deflectign the ball into his face and then out of the box to his defense to clear. Looked very akward and painful, but he he stayed in until the usual 20 minutes to end sub of the reserve keeper with the score 4-2. The other teams coach figured the switch was an oppurtunity for them to make up some goals and had his team go all out on counters and long balls. The reserve keeper had his hands full, and was doing good until he bobbled a goal kick. At that point he turtled up again and got beat by a another set piece goal to make it 4-3. He didn't come out of it, but the defense and mids shored things up and got them through to the end for the win. WEek in review wise, the schedule was a mix of team and Open Tryout practices. Tuesday they had a team practice combined with the 05 DA team that was run by the older DA players who receive scholarships. Each of the boys had to plan out and run a portion of the practice, focusing on skills or tactics. One of the players was a keeper, so he ran a couple of save then distribute drills as well as working on dead ball kicks. They followed it up with some striking and finishing 3vs the keeper drills which are always a beating. The drill called for the keepers to hold their line, so was a real shelling for them at times. Wyatt and one of the defenders stuck around for the open tryout practice to get some more touches. They pretty much scrimmaged with Wyatt in one goal with a keeper backing him up that they are looking at for one of the lower teams, and all the other keepers rotating through the other goal. No new keepers showed up so I just kicked back and watch Wyatt frustrate a lot of field players trying to make a good impression on the selection coaches. He then stayed and worked a goal until a second keeper showed up for the 02 open tryout. He only had one save to make, but did a lot of sweeping and back passssing. Team practiced again on Wednesday, but his mom took him and then had to hustle over to his sister's softball game. A dad we re friends with on the team though said it was a standard practice with some skills, then shooting drills and scrimmaging at the end. Had a few players of interest show up including the tall keeper from FCD that the coach seemed to take a liking to last week. He apparently didn't fair to well in the shootign drills. Wyatt said he did move well or react to the shots most the time until they were in the net. The reserve keep hurt his wrist on a save and left early, so Wyatt the FCD keeper each had a net for the practice. Wyatt went with out letting anything in and played such a high line, that the ball barely got over the mid line for most the scrimmage. Other keeper made a couple saves, got beat once, but mostly was taken care of by his defense clearing things out in close for him. Thursday was just an open practice. They only had one field to work with so they split the boys into 5 squads and roated through. Wyatt had a goal to himself again with the little keeper waiting in the wings to give him breaks. Other goal had 5 keepers rotating through it. One new keeper showed up, from a smaller club. He was comfortable with the ball at his feet and seemed to talk well, but never made a save (no real shots on him). He did clear one through ball out, way out to the side and neighboring dog kennels. The coach seemed interested in him enough that he had him work in Wyatt's goal a bit with the starters when Wyatt was taking a break. Have to see if he shows up some more over the next couple of weeks. Didn't see him use his hands at all, but some of the parents know him and say he okay, but basically just a center back that plays keeper. So no game for two weeks, so looks like they will just be doing tryouts and maybe a team practice or two. Wyatt did take advantage of the free night last night to go work with the skills group at the local indoor place. He also is working 3-4 hours each morning for the rest of the week with his keeper trainer.
  6. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Last of the backlog games U14 DA Game 23 vs Houston Dynamo
  7. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    One from earlier this month. U14 DA Game 24 vs Solar
  8. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    And one from almost two months back where Wyatt ended up with an ice pack on his knee after the came and some cool looking bruises. U14 DA Game 20 vs Dynamo Youth
  9. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Cranking through the back log of games. U14 DA Game 22 vs Lonestar
  10. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    And another one. They posted all our backlogged videos today, so keeping myself entertained during business calls. U14 DA Game 25 vs Houston Dynamo
  11. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Highlights from his second game from this last weekend. U14 DA Game 28 vs Houston Dynamo Youth
  12. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Got a whole bunch of game videos today, here is his last game versus FC Dallas. U14 DA Game 27 vs. FC Dallas
  13. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Heck of a weekend for Wyatt. Had another double header weekend and managed to get both games played in the early summer heat of North Texas. Saturday his team squared off in their last game versus FC Dallas for the season. With Wyatt;s team going in leading the series 2-1, was expecting it to be a really spirited game. The boys didn't disappoint. Wyatt probably played one of his best all around games of the season. We had watched the film from his last game and him and his mom worked on his communication and tactical awareness, and it showed in the game Saturday. Wyatt was very vocal and did a good job of running his back line and for once they listened extremely well. Wyatt made himself available alot as well and handled more then the usual one or two backpasses he sees in early season. Save wise he was very on his game, making a variety of saves from forward dives and simple collections to controlling the high balls into the box. The game wound done and both teams starting getting tired and frustrated and it was obvious that the first team to score was going to win. FC Dallas's keeper was having a hard time fending off the Texans attack, but his back line helped him out and set up several quick counters that Wyatt saw off. Wyatt's mids starting breaking down and in the last few minutes gave up a long high arcing shot into the far post upper 90 that caught Wyatt off to the near post and near the 6. They FCD parents were going wild right up to the point Wyatt made a impressive backwards leap and got a hand to the ball and pushed it up and out to hold the shut out. From their things calmed down some as both teams seemed to have spent their last bit of energy and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Sunday the boys finished out the series versus Houston Dynamo Youth, yet another typically spirited set of games. These ones always were one point wins, 5-4, 3-2, and 2-1, and it didn't change much this last time around. After getting no time in the last two games, the reserve keeper got the start and things went pretty well. The boys got an early goal and seemed to be off to a very dominant start. The reserve keeper made two nice saves, diving to his left to push a ball out high and smothering another shot in the making in the box. He was doing well with his back passes, but them got in a spot of trouble on one and seemed to loose his confidence and started playing more conservative then at the start of the game. He rooted to the spot on a corner and had a header get past him to tie things up. The boys started playing a little more defensively after that as well and gave the Dynamo Youth more looks at goal, but nothing on frame until a free kick right before the half. The reserve keeper was set up good for a free kick and came out to collect it to early and should have back pedaled to collect it, but went up to collect it instead. Seemed like he caught trying to decided between catching and pushing it over the bar, and wound up with hit rolling off his hands and into the net to make it 1-2 at the half. Wyatt went in at the half time break. He was already going in, so wasn't a result of the howler. The coach did have a good go at the reserve keeper about not making the most of his chances if he wanted to have a shot at more time in the game or starts. He will probably get one more start next weekend in our away double header, but then again to listen to the coach maybe not. Watt got right to work savign a freekick to the upper 90 with a nice jump, shutting out the runner at the same time in the first few minutes of the half. He went on to put in a similar performance to the game the day before. He did well with his communication and distributions, setting up several quick counters that saw his team get back ahead with two good goals to go 3-2 after a while. He also had a couple nice saves, one a nice side leap to parry a ball out to his left and then an all in slide onto his knees to take a ball to his kness then face to stop a short 1v1 just outside the 6. He continued to hold the shut out to the end to get his team to the 3-2 win. After the game was talking to a dad on the other team that we have come two know over the last two seasons and his son. It was intersting to hear the impact that a keeper can have on the moral of a team. His son said when they saw us start our reserve the team felt good and despite the early 1-0 lead for us, they thought they were still in the game as the 1-2 score at the half showed. When it was obvious Wyatt was coming in at the half, he said they got worried because they new it would be hard to get past him and with our starters coming in from the bench they knew they would need to work hard to hold the lead. Practice wise for the week, they team had a regular practice on Monday with the coach focusing on the short game and spent alot of time working with the defense on closing up and working with the keeper. Had several guest players who they are looking at to join the team next year, so it mixed things up a bit and seemed to break up some of the cliches we have that cause issues in games. Other two practrices were open tryout/trainings for potential players. On Tuesday Wyatt's coach was missing so another coach took the DA and boys who had already committed to the second team (ECNL) and had them scrimmage. Since the coach wasn't there things were pretty relaxed and the boys just had fun kicking the ball around and showing off. Had one new keeper show up that evening. His dad got to talking to me about his son not realizing I was Wyatt's dad. He had been doing his homework and looked at Wyatt's stats on the team page as well as talking to other folks who knew Wyatt in some way. Was interesting to hear someone's critique of my son as compeition for his own keeper. His basic point was that Wyatt was considered one of the top 04s, so his son's goal was to knock off the reserve keeper. His son had some good skills and was fast, but was about 9" shorter then Wyatt and about 6" shorter then our reserve keeper who he is about on par skill wise with. With the general obsession with the height of keepers he was quickly relugated to the ECNL pool. Thursday the coach was back and another new keeper showed up. This one coming from the last coach at the last team Wyatt played for at FCD before moving to the Texans. He is about 6 months older and a inch or too taller then Wyatt, so the coach pulled him out of the crowd and had him rotate through the goals with Wyatt and our reserve durign the tryouts. He started off going against the reserve keeper and they seemed pretty well matched, with the new guy's biggest edge being height. Wyatt for his part just had relaxed and played his game the way he has learned. At one point he pushed his line so high when the other keeper punted a ball out, Wyatt brought it down and sent it back for a shot on goal. The other keeper seemed real reluctant to come off his line and was not to confident with the ball at his feet. Depsite that I would say he has a good chance of taking the reserve spot, especially aftre the game he had this weekend. Wyatt is excited about the potential change, as he feels like that having a strong second keeper on the team will challenge him to keeper working harder. No skills training this week, but he did get in a private keeper session Friday. The trainer went right into doubel saves, maknig a deflection or parry, then recovering and clearing a second shot or ball in various situations. Did a portion on closing the angles as well. Wyatt always loves those drills, he likes charging the the ball down and making the save at point blank range. They also did their usual technique drills and fitness work. Wyatt got the holiday off today, so just resting and some light conditioning and handling with his rebounder. Rest of the week is a mixed bag, coach is running two early practices before the open training sessions which may be optional. Wyatt was saying that he will probably want to attend those so he can see who is coming out and keep the bar pushed up high for a potential second keeper. Since we are headed out of town for the double header in Houston, he will probably miss his private keeper sessions. That is okay though as next week he starts several weeks of M-F keeper camps with his private keeper coach, as well as some other outside classes/camps in between the rest of his team open practices, as well as the last makeup game of the season.
  14. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Whoever is doign the videos now is a little behind and very randome on when they come out. U14 DA Game 26 vs San Antonio FC
  15. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Wyatt expected two games this weekend and only got one thanks to the weather today. Yesterday they played against San Antonio FC for the 4th and final league game, but the fifth time they have faced each other this season. The series has gone 0-2, 2-2, 1=0, and 0-0 so this game was looking to be very interesting. Wyatt got the start and things were pretty calm at first. His team started off playing very organized and pressing to disrupt the San Antonio from getting to organized. A couple quick counters formed, but he managed to see them off with little complication. His team scored first early in the half or a nice series of passes and movement that was not as typical as his team has been playing recently. After that they seemed to loose a little cohesion and Wyatt had to get busy making some saves. He had a lot of corners and balls into the box to collect, he also parried and deflected several close balls. At one point he parried a ball out to the side, just mananging to disrupt a solid attempt to get a header on frame. The other side finally managed to get one in after his center backs and mids left two players onmarked at the top of the 18 and fed a pass in, leaving Wyatt facing a 2 vs him to make it 1-1. A little later Wyatt made a slight error that cost him on a free kick. After making several nice collections, he had the kick come into the box and called away as it looked to him that the ball was headed out. He didn't clear over his shoulder and missed a forward coming in past his left back who was ball watching. The forward got a head on the ball and put it back across the face of the goal to rebound off the opposite post in to make it 1-2. At that point his team faltered a bit and left him open for another 1v1 at close range with an unmarked forward in the penalty area to go up 1-3, but as the first half wound down they managed to rally and get one back to go 2-3 at the half. Second half coach kept the coach only made a couple of changes, beefing up the defense and leaving the offense intact. Wyatt continued in the net, working to keep the team from floundering and loosing their momentum. He made a couple more collections, including a really nice one beating the opposing big forward in the air to muscle him off the ball and collecting it before he could get his head to it. San Antonio faltered again with pressure applied by the mids netted another goal to tie things up 3-3. His team continued to pressure, but lost focus for a bit and let another plat develop beating Wyatt to make it 3-4, but followed up with another goal to tie it up 4-4. At that point the coach played in his last subs and put in some fresh legs to keep up the pressure and saw the game end in a hard won draw for both sides. Overall Wyatt played a fairly decent game, he wwasn't happy with letting in 4 goals,despite his team being able to hold it together and actually fight back to the draw which is something they have struggled with all season. On the plus side while he was frustated with his performance his distribution were extremely good, varying things up between throws, punts and rolls. He did a extremely good job of judging the wind and bending balls against it to drop them where he wanted to out to the wingers. He did realize he needs to work more with commanding his back line better as they seem to want to drift off on their own when left unattended. Beside the game, Open practice/tryouts continued with 2 sessions. First session saw 3 keepers turn up, one that Wyatt trains with at his private keeper coaches classed, the third keeper from his team last year, and a new keeper from a small independent club that was about Wyatt'z size. Wyatt led the keepers in warmups, then they split them up with Wyatt and his reserve keeper going with the boys they were lookign at for the DA, while the other three worked with the boys who were being considered for the ECNL, or second divison team. They scrimmaged for about an hour, with Wyatt only giving up a single goal during the practice. Thursday they had the second open session for the week, but the only keepers were Wyatt and the third keeper from last year. Since they aren't considering the third keeper at this point for the DA, they had him and Wyatt worked with the ECNL candidates while they focused on the DA boys without keepers. Wyatt enjoyed the session, playing with and against some differeient boys for a little change in pace. He gave up 2 goals in that session, both through miscommunications with his defenders on handling through balls that should have been back passes. The club keeper coach was there and went over them with Wyatt as well as chatting with him some about setting up his walls for set pieces. Team hand a regular practice on Wednesday that had 3 potential new players show up at invitation from the coach. They mostly worked on ball movement and building from the back, to keep up pressure on the opposing defense. No club keeper training it looks like for the rest of the season thanks to the tryout schedule, but Wyatt was able to make two private keeper sessions. Friday night session focused alot on aerial balls and crosses, while todays session went right into dives and double saves. Wyatt is getting much better at those, where he has to make a deflection or punch on a dive, then recover to collect a second ball that is served out wide on the ground or at a bounce out wide. Wyatt used to be a little slow at the recovery save part, but seems to have been working on his recovery moves. The defirrence was pretty amazing, with him being one of the fastes in the class this time around. Wyatt also managed to make another session with the skills group on Monday. They focused on food speed and agility, then transitioned into movement and skiils at speed with the ball at their feet, then striking and finishing and then 4v4 scrimmaging. Was fun watching him work with the highschool players in the class as he led them to a long string of wins before finally getting beat and having to surrender the court. This week looks to be pretty similar with open tryouts continuing. The fields will probably be closed tomorrow due to the rain, so he will hit the skills class. Then we head into the weekend with two more games to wrap up the 4 game series versus FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo Youth. The game from today is being rescheduled and may fall on a weekday which would be a first for his team in the DA, but better then dragging the season out another weekend into June.
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