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  1. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    And that is a wrap for the 2018-2019 season for Wyatt with the finish of the DA showcase in San Diego. Game 1 v. Barca Academy AZ - This is the club Wyatt will be playing for next season, so for him it sort of was a chance to show what they are getting, but he was worried about his team maybe beating them up really bad (in more then one sense). Overall, Barca dominated possession and did a good job of keeping pressure in the mid-field to control play. The final score of 3-0 is sort of not telling the whole story as the first goal for Wyatt's team was a fluke header off a corner. Most the 1st half his team spent trying to connect passes and get something close to on frame. Wyatt had some back passes and a few loose balls to collect and made one nice save to get it to 1-0 at the half. Second half, things were a little different. Barca came out with real purpose and took control, making Wyatt work pretty good to keep the score line at 1-0. He came up with some nice saves, fewer back passes and a lot more goal kicks. Finally at about 60 minutes his team started to get some momentum and put in 2 more to end it 3-0. Wyatt introduced himself to the team and all the coaches. Also talked some with his GK coach for next year. Got some good feedback. On down side was that the director for his current club was coaching and told Wyatt and the team that all kicks and balls he caught would be sent long to the stud forward (stayed that way for the whole tournament). Otherwise not a bad game. Game 2 v Cedar Spring Monmouth (NJ) - This game was exciting both on and off the pitch. For some reason the midfield and forwards decided not to really work hard for this game, so Wyatt and the defense got a big work out. First half his team turned the ball over a lot and pretty much got the short stick on possession like in the first game. He did have some nice back passes and such, but a came up big a few times to stop a goal and disappoint the opposing team parents. His mom was streaming the game for me and I could hear the parents getting on her about where she was standing (in our parent area) and generally just being jerks. Their parents also were shouting out thinks at Wyatt about his playing and then to their boys aobut the keeper sucking (wonderful people for sure). He played his game though and got the team to the half 0-0. Second half was more of the same, with some moments of brillance from his offense at times. First goal was against him, he made a really nice dive on a shot from a turnover in the mids and got a hand to push it out, but it hit the post and his reserve center back didn't drop to cover and left it out for CSM to recover and tap it in. One of their parents ran down in front of my wife and danced around in front of the camera for the home audience as sign of good sportmanship. The boys countered pretty quick though and made it 1-1, and a fried of one of the boys did backflips down their parents sidelines to get them fired up and just throw more gas on the fire. The parents were getting calmed down when they picked up a PK. Ball came back into the box and Wyatt called it, the right back stopped to let it by to Wyatt and their forward plowed into him (he had time to stop and had to shift to actually hit him) and got the call. Wyatt guessed wrong on the direction and it was 1-2, but Wyatt came up big later on a save and instead of punting went with a throw that started the counter and netted us the 2-2 equalizer to see the game out to a draw. Game 3 vs LA United Futbol Academy(California) - This team was the highest ranked of the 3 teams they played at showcase. Similar to the other two, they dominated possession over the boys and despite the team winning 2-0, it was some pretty rough soccer. First goal was a lucky touch from our holding mid in the box. Sort of tapped it and megged a defender, but it clipped him going through his legs and dribbled towards the keeper who went to scoop it, but somehow let it sort of roll between his legs. Second goal the keeper caught the initial shot but let the ball go as he was getting up and our forward just tapped it in. Otherwise we had a few looks, but nothing really solid. Spent a lot of the game chasing the ball in the mid field. Wyatt had some back passing and random collection. He came up big a few times to stop some pretty nice shots on goal including a really nice catch on a ball that he dove hig hand to his right to collect. Once again it was all long balls for his distributions, except he did sneak in a really nice roll to the mid field that tansitioned into the shot that led up to the second goal. So season is over and he is just relaxing now. He will probably do a few random camps and keeper sessions before we pack him off at the end of next month for school and his new club. Supposedly they do a similar thing with posting video from the games so I will get a chance to see him play despite him being 2 state+ most of Texas away for the year. We are planning on trying to make his tournament weekends when we can and maybe catch a home game or two as well.
  2. Wyatt got a pair of Mizuno's late last year. He never wore them since they felt narrower to him them his Addidas predators and the Nike's he was wearing. I have to say they are really nice boots though, super soft and they come with a care kit that includes leather food for the uppers.
  3. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Well Wyatt is in the homestretch for the end of the season as he gets ready to head out to the DA showcase in California Wednesday. They got the schedule for showcase, Wyatt starts off facing the club and most the team he will be playing for next season in his first game. He is a little nervous about that, but ready to show them what to expect from him next year. After that they face two other independent programs, Cedar Springs Academy Monmouth and Los Angeles United Futbol Academy. So far it appears that the odds on them training as a team for the showcase or pretty slim to non-existent. They were supposed to train Sunday, but some overnight showers closed the fields, and this week looks like not much is going to happen since most the boys are leaving today and tomorrow to get to the showcase by Wednesday evening. Club training wise (since there isn't team practice anymore) Wyatt did 2 open practices a week before last, and one last week. He went to a second one last week, but when only the lower division players showed up he opped to not get mixed up with them. For the 3 he did make he has been banished by the coach to the limbo of workign a goal for which every coach needs one for their tryouts for the boys a year older then him. IN those sessions he pretty much typically had to make one save a session, and then just worked on trying to explain to the back line what they should be doing to work as a unit. So two weeks back he did skills training every morning with the club skills trainer. Mixed group of kids joined them throughout the week. Primarily they worked on striking and finishing as well as a lot of passing under pressure (receiving and moving the ball quickly with purpose). He managed to get in two keeper sessions with his regular keeper coach as well, plus one with the new guy who works for the other independent DA in town. Those sessions focused on lots of general stuff as they were focusing on getting the keepers prepped for the various tryouts they are attending. This last week he did a 4 day camp with his regular private keeper coach. Each day they focused on one or two specific skill sets. Monday was positioning and basic catching technique. Tuesday was angles and blocking, Thursday was high and low dives, as well as working with walls, Friday was crosses and then some fun competitions. Wednesday he got a session in with the club trainer that focused a lot of things to work on while he was gone and to continue to work on as he started out at Barca in Arizona. Wyatt also got in to regular private keeper sessions, with the one Sunday focusing exclusively on crosses and corner kicks. This week before he heads out he has two half days with the private keeper coach getting tuned up for showcase, then he is off with his mother to the showcase. She is supposed to stream the games for me so his sister and I can watch him play.
  4. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Some delay in getting around to posting, been busy with life outside of youth soccer. Since last time Wyatt finished up his season, started tryouts, and decided on where he will play next year. For starters of the two games scheduled they got in one, played San Antonio FC is a dumpster fire of a season finale. Started off with a coaching change as Wyatt's coach was in San Antonio playing coaching the U14s versus the same club in an away game, so the U17/U19 coach was at their game. This is the same coach who was replaced by the current coach halfway through the season last year. So while he knew most of the boys, he didn't really have a real connection with them. The club added a new player, a winger/forward to the roster for the game and post season. He has been training with them all season, but finally got to join them on match day. They brought up the U15 ECNL keeper again as well to backup Wyatt if needed. Also, the protesting player was back on the roster since the coach wasn't going to be there for the game. Now SAFC is in the running for the wildacard slot for the playoffs, so they came up ready to play. Out boys has started tryouts the week leading up to the game and hadn't had a team practice since the indoor one the week before, so they were not really ready to play. Coached started the 3-4-3 and it looked like it took SAFC offguard a little, but they quickly adjusted and started exploiting the fact that the front half of the team and the back half weren't closing up and usually left the midfield wide open. SFC's stud forward would just park in there and wait for balls then either drill into the defense to get a shot or let the wingers try and come in from the sides looking for crosses or passes into the box. Wyatt had his hands full. He spent a lot of time collecting crosses and passes, loose balls, and quick shots on goal. Coached ordered him at the start to punt it long to lift pressure and get the forwards moving, so he sent a lot of things down field, but was pretty accurate with his punts and goal kicks. He did vary things up some with a pass, throw, or roll here and there. In the first half he came up big 5 or 6 times with what he likes to call highlight saves, as well some more routine stuff. Figures that he would probably have the best game of his season save wise and the club film guy wasn't there. He made a nice big hand deflection on one shot that the forward thought was in the bag, then followed that with a couple really nice high dives to push balls out, then a really nice low dive to his right to deflect a cheeky shot at the lower near post. Didn't all go his way though. First goal against was the result of his centerback deciding to back pass to him from about 15 yards out with a SAFC player right on his back. He made a light touch to Wyatt who was yelling at him to clear it out, then dropped off and let the kid race past him to go 1v1 with Wyatt. Wyatt came out and got big, forcing te kid to dribble him, but then the kid cut hard and popped a shot back behind him to make it 0-1. After that the team started panicking and the lack of control in the center started setting up shots left and right for the stud forward. He managed to put 3 in on Wyatt before the half. One came in from his right low at the far post, Wyatt got caught between trying to cover it from an on-rushing mid and a back post player, and opted to try and dive at the last minute, missing it by a hair. Next the kid got a really nice shot off that Wyatt flew for and got a piece of, but wasn't able to push out, and finally the same kid followed a shot hard shot in the Wyatt dove on and got with a big hand, and cleaned up the rebound since no one was covering him. Wyatt also contended with lots of back passes, he did a good job with most except the one that led to the goal, and did get to show off some other skills on another one. The holding mid tried to play a ball back to Wyatt, but it turned into a bouncing shot to his chest with the SAFC stud forward right next to him (not sure why the mid thought it was a good idea to pass it back to him at that point). Wyatt tried to clear the ball, but the SAFC guy was close enough to deflect it and sent it arcing up toward the left winger. Wyatt charged after it and the kid slowed down, waiting for it to come down outside the 18. It hit and took a big bounce and as he was getting ready to settle it, Wyatt got up and made a really nice header sending it to his left back who pushed it up the field. The winger looked really surprised to see Wyatt do that. Second half the team comes out with energy and some purpose despite being down 0-4. Coach had a a go at them on the bench about the fact the only players doing anything were Wyatt and the defenders, so the rest of the team needed to get into the game. Wyatt was still pretty busy in the back, but the defensive half of the team parked the bus and made it really hard for SAFC to get a lot of nice stuff on frame for a while. They did get another goal of a quick transition from a corner kick that caught alot of Wyatt's team walking back to his side, leaving him in bad spot for a nice shot into the far side of the goal. After that the boys seemed to rally again and managed to get one back to make it 1-5, and were looking to get another when they got caught out again on a counter in the last minute of the game. Winger finally got free and came in on Wyatt and bent a really beautiful shot into the near side under Wyatt to end it 1-6. Coach didn't stick around after the game to say much to the boys, so lots of grumbling from the team as they headed home. The Monday game got canceled late the evening before. Some of the boys played up with U17s and one with the U19s (he actually scored the only goal for the team in that game). We were already up there by time they canceled so Wyatt got a little mini-vacation and some down time. Practice wise the last week and this week there hasn't been and team practices, instead the boys are going to open tryout seasons. First one, the director offered Wyatt a spot on the U17 DA playing up a year next season as the reserve keeper. Solar, the other independent DA club in town also was interested in him playing up in the U17 DA as well. Wyatt gave it a lot of thought. He decided that he needed a change from the Texans. He really liked the DA keeper coach at Solar, but decided that he was going to go with the offer to play for the Barca Academy residency program out in Arizona. He told the director at the club this week, and he took it well, leaving the door open for him to come back if he wanted to in a year or so. He did ask Wyatt to stick to his commitment to the club and his teammates to finish out the season, including the DA showcase in a couple of weeks out in California. So at this point not sure if the team is going to train together before they head out. So far they are broken up between 2 different tryout times 4 different groups with those times, so not really getting much group play in to get ready. Added to that is the fact that their coach resigned, and we aren't sure who will be coaching them at showcase and also whether Wyatt will be the only keeper going. Outside of the tryout schedule, Wyatt has been doing skills training with the club trainer last week and this week. Mostly just ball control and striking and finishing. He did get in a private keeper session last Friday with his regular keeper trainer and another one with the new trainer yesterday. The club skills trainer leaves for home next week, so this is the last work he will have with him until he comes home for breaks. Next week he will be doing a keeper camp with his regular keeper trainer, and possibly some other sessions with the new one as well. Then its off to showcase. Not sure who they will be playing yet, but based on the way they pair up the teams, should be team with records similar to theirs.
  5. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Wyatt agrees 100%. He loved his time in Germany because they would train in rain, sun, snow, whatever. The club keeper coach is from England, played at South Hampton I think, and he said if they didn't play in the rain in England, they would never play soccer.
  6. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Typical North Texas weather, sunny weekend, thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes during the week. i have to admit that it seems this year and last it has been worse, and the unlike the rest of the world the local clubs seem to think that playing or training on a field when it is raining or wet is a mortal sin. Which makes we wonder why we don't have more artifical fields.
  7. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Well interesting week for Wyatt. Drove down to Houston for an away game versus the Houston Texans. Get down there and Wyatt isn't feeling to good, thought maybe it was a little car motion sickness from the long drive with watching his phone the whole. Gets out, throws up before warmup starts while we watch one of the older teams. Says he is okay, does warmup and gets sick again. Tells coach he is fine since he doesn't want the coach to have to put the reserve U14 keeper in. Heads out to the field for the start of the game, throws-up again next to the goal, but stays in the net. First 20 minutes or so his team is very dominate, score a goal in the first 3 minutes. The held possession well and were the ball much better then all season. They had tons of looks at goal, but just kept missing the net costing themselves 5 or 6 goals. A lot of the work Wyatt had to do was at the top of the 18, collecting bouncing long balls. He did have a hard contact collecting a high bounce right in the path of a charging forward. Starting in the next 20 minutes the Houston team started getting some looks. Wyatt dove on a low driven shot, then had a nice reaction save to get a hand to a hard shot to his left and push it out for a corner for Houston. On the corner the ball dropped over his defender to one of their players who headed it down and in. A minute later the mids let one lay right at the top of the arc and a Houston player got a running start and drilled it into the upper left. Wyatt dove and stretched and got a piece of it, but not enough to keep it out. At that point with the team down 1-2, the coach started the reserve keeper warming up, but asked Wyatt to stay in as long to help the boys not fall to far behind and try and rally. Wyatt did a little more to get the team to half-time. Wyatt avoided the trainer at the half and apparently threw-up some more behind the benches before going back in for the second half. The team was still flailing around and giving the initiative to the Houston team Wyatt had some more work to do, made a nice diving save at the feet of a striker to kill one attempt, collected a long ball to restart a counter, then made a nice dive to his left to push a shot up into the ball. You could tell at that point he was hurting because he sort of say there looking confused until the ball popped into his lap. He came out of it with a nice throw that started a good solid counter attack, but looked spent. By that point his team to be back on their front foot so the coach went ahead and got the reserve keeper up and ready and took Wyatt out with about 10 minutes left. The reserve keeper made a few collections and one nice save on a corner, but the boys couldn't get anything in the net despite another run of good trys before the ref whistled the end. After the game the trainer finally got a hold of Wyatt and determined that he was dehydrated. Wyatt got a bit of a butt chewing from his mom after the trainer finished with him. Followed the instruction post game and got him re-hydrated with a big ole side helping of mom riding his butt all the rest of the day. Hopefully the lesson is learned and stays in his mind. Rest of the week was a mixed bag. Monday wasn't any team training so he went up and worked with the club trainer. The trainer also had him work with a younger keeper who is getting ready for tryouts. Wyatt had worked with her before and really enjoyed it, said it made him more ware of what he was doing and felt like it made him a better keeper. Tuesday weather shut things down. Wednesday the team was indoor working on passing and ball movement (which paid off at the game saturday). Thursday was open tryout. Wyatt went to the 03 session so he could try out for the U17 academy team for next season playing up a year. The director talked with us a little and offered him a spot on the team as the second keeper, backing up the lead 03 who had played up this season. Wyatt didn't commit right away, which did sit well with the director, but Wyatt remembers being second fiddle from years gone by. Only other thing he did was work with a new keeper trainer recommended by his main keeper coach as a way to refine some of his skills in a smaller group setting with more one on one work. The new trainer did a good job and focused on pulling a lot of his technical skills together with movement between execution of saves. Focused a lot on his foot movement and positioning. This coming week looks like a mix of training and open practice. Gearing up for a double header weekend, last two regular season games.
  8. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Found out the last night that Wyatt's Red card was dismissed. The league upon review, and taking into consideration that the game was abandoned, decided the foul was of an un-intentional intent and dismissed it. So he is cleared to play this weekend. Now only if the weather will cooperate so he can train......
  9. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Less excitement this week at the game. Team travelled up to Missouri/Kansas to play Sporting Kansas City's MLS academy. Weather got really bad mornign of game day and lightening delayed the start almost an hour. They rushed to get the boys onto the field and despite academy rules didn't have a 3rd official so one of the SKC parents who had some reffing experience but a bad ankle took up the roll of near side linesman. Wyatt's team was also missing several players, there were the 3 who have quit, but then we had one out injured and another who is protesting the coach and didn't make the trip, so they only had 4 reserves on the bench. They moved the game at the last minute to turf which made it slick. Coach opts for a last minute formation change, after training all week with a 5 man back line, he switched to a 3-4-3 formation in the locker room before the boys come out on the field. So game gets started and the team is playing well, good ball movement, nice finding and taking space. Wyatt is somewhat busy since he is missing 2 players on the back, so he has to fill in a little more then usual. Things move along with him having a few back passes to deal with and scooping up a through ball. First save he really has to make is when the SKC captain (who was offsides, but not called by the SKC parent ref) gets a ball and comes in on Wyatt in a short run 1v1. Wyatt comes out gets big and goes down and makes the block then scrambles on the ground and recovers the loose rebound in the box. Few minutes later the mids who are paired up as 2 defensive and 2 holding mids misccomunicate and lose possession and have the ball come back into the 18 in the upper right corner. The SKC captain charges after it and Wyatt comes off his line making it a 50/50 ball. Wyatt opts to use his feet since he felt that with the ball right on the line if he slide with his hands he would go out of the box. Wyatt wins the ball, clearing it out to the side, but the SKC player runs into the back of Wyatt's top leg. Ref pull a straight red for dangerous play for Wyatt claiming it was a cleats up challenge and his cleats took out the SKC player who did the Naymar until he saw the card and then srpung up to get ready for the PK. both ARs and our coaches argues it wasn't a red, but a yellow. But the ref didn't want to hear it. Even the SKC team, coaches and parents were like no way was that a yellow. So Wyatt goes out about 10 minutes into the match. The main centerback moves into the keeper spot and makes a good effort for the PK, but misses to see them go down 0-1. The boys counter really fast and make it 1-1 after a beautiful series of passes and a nice short cross in the box net the equalizer. From there SKC starts to panic only 15 minutes into the game. about 2 or 3 minutes later the SKC captain manages to draw another questionable foul right at the top of the 18 and win a free kick to make it 1-2 for them. A few minutes later though the boys are back in it and building pressure looking for the second equalizer when the storms that have been passing around us get close and they stop the game for lightening again. About 45 minutes later they call the game, abandon the results and reschedule the whole game to be replayed in a couple weeks. Naturally this creates an interesting dilema. The league rules state that abandoned games that are rescheduled don't count and are not recorded. So in effect the game is treated as if it was never played. So the question comes up about what does that mean for Wyatt's read card, apparently something none of the staff or refs have ever dealt with. The ref punted it up the line to the league to rule on. The current thought is since it wasn't a behavior card and would only be one game it will get dismissed. But if he has to serve it, then he would miss the next game versuss one of the easier teams in the divisons, but then also leaves open the question would he have to sit out the rematch? So going to be a interesting week waiting for the ruling on this one. OUtside of the game, Wyatt had a busier week then the last few. Team got in 3 pratices. Monday they had off, but Tuesday the coach mixed them at the start with the U14 team to scrimmage with Wyatt being the only keeper for both teams. After that they worked a little as a team on the 5 man back line and moving the ball forward to attack from the back before he went to club keeper training. Wednesday was a combined practice and they scrimmaged the whole session. The U14 keepers were there, but the coach had them share a goal, so Wyatt was in the net most the time. Thursday was a regular practice with a few select U14s thrown in to help out with stuff. They worked on some 3 on 2 defending in the box shooting drills, then various set pieve work. Then ended with some scrimmaging. Wyatt got in two sessions with te club keeper coach. First one they were working on the short game and defending free kicks into the box. Second night it was all about corner kicks and double saves. For that drill they would have 2 keepers in the box, one behind the other. At the whistle, the front one would move one way or the other to make their first save, the second keeper had to react to that and go the opposite way to make their first save. Then they would have to get up and move to the opposite side to make a second save. Keeper coach had a lot of good words for Wyatt and commented to him that he seemed to be getting back to his old confident self and was happy with his catching percentages lately. Sunday Wyatt did his private keeper session which started with some basic catching and diving warmup. They moved into making various saves and moving into punts which they spent most the session on. Ended with some goalkick practice. Weather is looking sketchy this week so will be a mixed bag for practices. Team has a away game versus the Houston Texans saturday, which we will be waiting to see if Wyatt is able to play in. If not the club trainer already has plans to keep him busy over the weekend. Open practice/tryouts also start this week which will be intersting, since he is suppoed to be attending the 03 ones if he wants to play in the DA next year (combo U16/U17 age group).
  10. Bucks Returns

    Shiney!
  11. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Sort of a light week for Wyatt. Coach gave the boys Monday off after the double header weekend. Tuesday was Wyatt's only practice/training night due to a school play that was part of his grades. Practice that night started with some passing drills and give and go work since he was a little late due to play practice. They moved on to some defensive coordination drills againts the mids and strikers, then worked a little on compressing and opening up, plus playing with more attacking pressure. End with some various striking and finishing and scrimmage with various boyds takign turns in goal. Wednesday the weather drove them indoors but was too early for Wyatt to make the practice. I got to make part of it because of a mandatory parent meeting and they continued working on the short give and go game in the box drills. Thursday weather canceled practice. Team played two games this weekend. First game was the final season match-up versus Solar, which had been rescheduled to Friday which meant Wyatt missed it due to school. Coach brought up a keeper from the U15 ECNL team, tall kid who had been at tryouts with the team at the beginning of the season and showed lots of potential. He did a decent job without having to much to do. Boys started sort of scattered and he he bobbled a ball on a low save, almost putting it into the net, but after that things seemed to settle down and they crusied through to a 2-0 win. Game two was down in Houston versus the MLS academy of the Dynamo. This was the second meeting with them, first one Wyatt missed by the boys beat them 2-0, but found out they had brought up a weak roster since at the time we weren't playing that well. This time they needed the win to try and get a shot at the wildcard slot for the playoffs at the end of the season, so they brought their A squad. The team was running a little light due to injuries (centerback out with a broken nose) and 3 players who quit the team (forward, winger, gk), so coach was moving a few pieces around adn had a couple players in new spots to try and give us a stronger front line. Boys caem out pretty strong as did the Dynamo, so lots of back and forth. Wyatt got itnto the game early with a forward dive to colelct a low shot into the box through traffic. From there he was busy, but not frantic. HE worked a lot on communication with the defense and mids through which was good and helped them a lot keeping tabs on some runners and staying organized. The dynamo liked to cros into the box, so Wyatt's aerial game got a work out as well. He did some nice aerial defending collecting, pushing, and punching some crosses out. They went into the half tied 0-0, then scored early in the second to go up 1-0. Then Wyatt got hurt on a save. Went in to smother a ball in front of a forward and the kid fell on his shoulder. The physio looked him over and didn't see anything, so left it up to him to stay in or go out. He opted to stay in and played with it hurting some. Didn't slow him down thoug and him came up big a few tiems with the arm and hand on that side. Team started losing focus though and the game got ugly and was 1-2. First off a free kick from a bad ref call on a foul that started gettign the parents on both sides worked up. Wyatt set his wall but seemed a littel off on his dive to save it for the 1-1 goal. Second goal Wyatt made a save on the first one, went down to collect the follow up and the right back came in and cleared it despite him calling keeper for it. So the clearance was put right back in to make it 1-2. At that point their parents were taunting our parents and our parents were yelling at the refs about some bad calls. One dad on or side line took to badgering the linesman and really laid into him when his kid got fouled hard and injured right in front of the linesman and no call was made. At that point the linesman called over the center ref, and they ejected the father or atleast tried too. He argued and carried on a bit, delaying the game and burning time off the clock for the boys who were actually pressing hard and getting shots at the equlaizer. Finally he went off to the restrooms, but then came back. A mother on the other team saw him and got their whole said yelling at the ref to call the game because he was back and the Dynamo video operator got in on it as well. The ref had to stop the game again and when the dada refused to leave he whitsled it with about 5 minutes of play time left for them and the boys took a loss on a game they shouldn't have. After the game things got even more heated as their parents started taunting our parents. Next thing you know some of theirs are in our area trying to start fights with some of our parents and folks are really getting worked up. Parents on both sides also were trying to get their parents under control, but not before one of the parents on the other team decided to start threatening some folks with a pistol he decided he needed to bring to a youth soccer game. He took off pretty quick after someone pointed him out to the staff and called the cops. But still after folks started heading to their cars, a few of their parents drove past our boys yelling losers and 2-1 suckers. Pretty much the worse behavior we have personnally seen at a game. Will be interesting to see what US Soccer does about it, both agaisnt our parents who were acting out and theirs. The boys for their part were nothing but good sports after the game. The trainer double cheked on Wyatt and made sure he was still okay. Their players all gave him lots of kudos for takign the hit and staying in the game and making them work for the win. So some ray of sunshine in the crap storm at the end of the game. This week starts open tryout practices, so the practice schedule is going to be all sorts of messed up as Wyatt will have to attend the tryouts 3 nights a week for next years U17 team (there is no U16 DA team) as well as regular team practices on the alternate evenings. This weekend they play Sporting Kansas City, another MLS club academy away. Last time we tied them in a very energetic game, so expecting things to be pretty tough when we play them on their home turf.
  12. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    second game for teh weekend. U15 Game 13 vs Houston Dynamo Youth
  13. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Film came out fast for the games this weekend. U15 Game 12 vs Solar Soccer Club
  14. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Another confusing week of soccer thanks to the weather, but it did clear up so the team was able to get in both games on the schedule. Practice wise they were at their usual fields at the club Monday. Coach had them overlap for 30 minutes with his younger team for scrimmaging at the beginning of practice. Really odd thing was Wyatt was the only keeper there in the nets. One of the younger ones is recovering from a broken growth plate his finger, so is training with the field the players. The other 05 keeper and the second keeper from Wyatt's team were both missing, so he got a lot of time in the goals. After scrimmage his team focused on give and go striking and finishing drills, then some various passing and movement drills, before wrapping up with building out of the back drills and scrimmage play. Tuesday night the weather canceled practice and forced them indoors Wednesday night. Once again the other keeper was missing so Wyatt got to spend a lot of practice working on field skills as the they ran through layoff drills, short fast passing in the box, and working on making and taking space as much as possible in the 5v5 court. Practice ended with the usual scrimmage with a few of the field players taking turns in the opposing goal. After practice the coach told the team that the other keeper had left the team, so Wyatt would be the only keeper for the rest of the season. Thursday they were outdoors at the local community college and started off with some basic skills work and passing, then some striking in finishing with defensive prssure, all with some conditioning and strength work thrown in. Saturday they played their 2nd of 3 games versus Solar the other in town indeendent club. First meeting was the beginning of the season and was a shakey start with the team going down 0-3, before coming back to win it 6-3. This time Solar was down 2 key defenders, and only had 2 reserves for the field, so they played a more conservative game. Wyatt had a pretty busy game, making 3 saves, doing a lot of sweeping, and general backpassing and distributions. He focused alot on his timing and did much better with his placements, but still had issues with the team not moving towards the ball all the time to collect. He also did a lot of time management to slow the pace of the game and try and break up Solar's rythem when they would get rolling on counter attacks and possession. Game ended with Wyatt getting the shutout in a 3-0 win. Today was the second game versus the Dynamo Youth up from Houston. Coach started a 4-2-4 that featured a lot of the reserves trying to give the starters some rest after playing in the 80% humify in 90 degrees on turf the day before. For Wyatt this game was very similar, but he had to work a wee bit harder as they put more stuff on frame benefiting from turnoevers in the mids due to the weakened midfield. He had to punch one ball out, made a few diving saves, and general collecting of loose balls in the first half to 0-0. Second half the coach started subbing in the starters and things picked up for the offense and Wyatt didn't have any saves to make, but was busy with back passing and goalkicks. He went long with a few that were well placed, but still had some issues with players not stepping in to receive balls and loosing possession. Team got rolling thought and ended the game up 2-0 for another shut out. This coming week Wyatt has a heavy school load and the weather looks rough, so he most likely will be missing practices and the rematch versus Solar on Friday due to a school project. Hopefully the coach doesn't get sore about it so he will get to travel with the team to Houston to play the Houston MLS Dynamo academy team on Sunday. That should be a good game. We beat them earlier in the season 2-0, so they will be looking to get a little back and they are usually alot tougher at home.
  15. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Wacky weather week, but a game was played. Team had the away match-up versus Lonestar, the team that put a 4-1 beating on them before the Dallas Cup break. This time we drove down to Austin to play on a brand new turf field at a local high school there.Wyatt got the start which surprised him, but had the wind (20- 30 mph gusts) in his face. He focused a lot on keeping the ball down on the ground and organizing the back line more then anything else. He had a quite a few goal kicks to take and varied them up going short, mid and long as the wind permited. Did a much better job of taking his time and finding his players, had one long one go a foul of the wind and his singular punt was really flat and driven hard to a forward that had dropped into the mid-field, but was cut off by an accidental movement of an opposing mid through the path of the ball which sounded like it hurt a lot. Only real save he had to make was a nice jump to collect a hard driven free kick over his head that the wind was behind. He brought it down well and moved on with things. Did come out to go for a punch, but missed timed it and wound up pushing it forward then having to get bg and force the shot high as he ran down the ball. Had a few backpasses under pressure that he handled really well and got out to his corner backs and mids as he saw the half out to 0-0. Coach swapped the keepers at the half and the other keeper didn't have any real work to do, no saves, collected a few loose balls, and lots of long punts and kicks that went to the other keeper mostly. At one point he tried to play a goalkick flat to the mids, but they were expecting the long ball and it got picked off and came back, but over the bar almost right away. Coach lost it a bit and spent a minute or two yelling at him and you could see the impact it had on the kids confidence after that. Depsite numerous gimme's by the opposing keeper and a lots of nice looks, game ended in a 0-0. The other team swapped goalies at the half as well, but their starter came in at that point and had a few nice saves, but lots of really akward moments. He came out of the box and scooped up a ball about 25 yards in front of the goal. Our boys rushed the restart and lost an excellent chance for a shot on goal and caused the ref to not issue a card. The kid also got caught with the ball at his feet several times and was spared goals against through sheer luck and bad finishing on out part. Overall not a very pretty game in the end, but it was no where near the 1-4 loss of the last meeting. Practice was a mess thanks to the weather. No practice Monday. Rain Monday night closed the fields, so Tuesday we were at the community college field. The boys worked on strikign and finishing until the weather caught up with them and everyone went scrmbling for the cars when the lightening came crashing in. Wednesday was both the coaches team going indoors and working on some footskills drills for most the session with the gladiatorial 7v7 on a 5v5 field scrimmaging at the end. Thursday was a parents meeting and then mad rush to the community college field for practice. Parents meeting was with the club director trying to advize patience and gutting out the rest of the season and not rushing to hasty decisions to leave the club. Not sure if he made much of an impact, but atleast some folks got to vent their complaints. The practice focused on prepping for the game on Saturday, coach figuring Lonestar would lean on their stud forward to power throug hand 1v1 the keeper focused on that for a bit, then switched over to defending crosses and set pieces (which is what realyl happened at the game). Wyatt missed his private keeper training and didn't have and club keeper training. He did get in a private skills session on Sunday with a surpise at the start. Trainer asked him to show up an hour or so early for training and had him start working with a U11 girl who wants to be a keeper and is trying to get ready for tryouts in a month. Wyatt really enjoyed that and luckily has some good role models in his private trainers to learn how to teach from. He said the hardest part of it was focusing on showing her how to do things, made him realize that sometimes he short-cuts stuff, so he had to concentrate a lot on his demos to make sure he wasn't teaching her any bad habits. This week the weather looks like it is going to be an a problem with practices a gain as the boys get ready for a double header weekend with two home games versus Solar (game 2 or 3 against them) and the second game versus Houston Dynamo Youth. Already scheduled for turf so barring some really nasty weather on game day should get both games in.
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