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  1. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    League play started this weekend. Wyatt's team played two games to get caught up with the rest of the group that had been playing since late August. First game was versus NSFC AZ 04 Boys Blue, the team that was last in group after the first few weeks of league play. The club is trying to follow a policy that for keepers they get the whole game if they start. Coach decided that he wanted to have Wyatt rested and ready to go versus the tougher team on Sunday, and he needs to give the other keeper some games as well so he gave the other keeper the start versus NSFC. Team won 2-0, Wyatt said it probably could have been more, but the team focused a lot on possession and ball movement. He said the keeper didn't have anything to do other then work the back pass and support the build from the back play for the whole game, so he wasn't to upset he didn't get to play. Sunday they took on West Valley 04B Black Arias, the team that was sitting in first, undefeated. Wyatt got the start and had a much busier game. The team still worked the ball around a lot, probably giving up some chances to score in favor of possession. Wyatt said he did a lot with his feet and felt he had a really strong game on the ball. On the keeper side he said he was pretty busy with lots of collecting and easier handling of the ball. He said he had three big saves that definitely denied goals. First was coming out and making what he calls a spread save on a shot from about 2 yards in his face. Said he got a hand to it to get it safety. Later he made a fast reaction dive to his near-post side low to stop another shot, and the final one was a low diving tip out in the left corner. He did get beat once, not sure the exact details, but he said it was a real barn-burner, that he got a finger tip too, but wasn't enough to push it clear. Final school was 3-1 for his team, which pushed them into first place for now in the standings. Only low spot of the game was in the last few minutes, a 6'1" guy from the other team went after his 5'2" right back and they got into it. His right-back was coming out on top when another player jumped in and Wyatt grabbed him to pull him off and almost got popped for the effort. Ref got in and cleared it up, but both the fighter (1 each team) got a red for violent conduct) and more then like a three game suspension. Training wise they had Monday off from team practice, but he still had keeper training. Tuesday was his usual morning work out and then evening training with his group of friends/teammates. Wednesday - Friday was team, with keeper on Wednesday and Friday. Supposedly they recorded the game and we should be getting access at some point in the near future so I can see how he played and maybe make some highlights. For this week it is the standard trainign routine and then they play the team in second place who is also currently undefeated, so should be another good game for the keeper.
  2. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    Wyatt is back to full schedule after taking the bump to the head a few weekends back, so he was able to play in the tournament as well as train all week. Tuesday morning they started their am keeper training/specialty training practices. So got to do a combined keeper practice with all the teams' keepers. He also has been getting into the free day extra self led workout/training with his buddies on Tuesday nights. They did some core and strength work on their own Wednesday and Thursday mornings before school as well. Training wise with the tournament starting on Friday evening they only had two regular team practices and one goalie session (Wednesday). I haven't really gotten a lot out of him about the specifics, but seems like the keeper training is split 50/50 between keeper skills and then ball control skills that tie into the possession style of play. He did a little treat on Thursday night, got called u to train with the U19 DA team since one of their keepers was off for a school tour/visit. He said he did pretty well with the team, made some nice big saves, then got to play center back for a bit during the rest of practice. So he tournament was a local small local club one and was more of a last pre-season warm-up type thing for Wyatt's club. In his age group they had two divisions with 4 teams in each, so basically you win your group you win the tournament for your division. Was also a chance to see how the coach was going to manage the keepers. Lead up to the season was for games they would get the goal the whole time and starter would be based off performance that week in practice. Wyatt figured that the coach would go with the returning keeper just out of habit, but was surprised when he got the start in the first game versus FCDA 04B Real Junvenil. He had the goal the whole time, although he said he spent most of it working back passes and playing a highline to support the attack. At first he said he didn't have anything to do, but then said he had to make two saves, but both were very workmanlike. Final score was 3-0 for Barca. Second game the other keeper started against CCV Stars 04 Boys. Wyatt said the game was really one sided as his team dominated for a 5-0 win, said the keeper didn't have to use his hands the whole time and the closest thing he saw to a shot took was way out of frame. Final game was versus the host club FBSL Tuzos Academy 04, Wyatt got the start and played the first half. He said there was even less to do then in the second game, which was good since he was feeling a little under the weather. Coach swapped the keepers at the half and the other keeper had nothing to do as well as the team coasted to a 3-0 win and took group and the tournament. Wyatt said the coach was pretty happy with Wyatt's play, liked the way he was fitting into the system of play, and expected him to continue to do well. This week should be more of the same as they get ready to head into their first league games. Most of the teams in group have already gotten a game or three in so far, so you can kind of see some indications of which are the team to watch. For this first weekend they are facing off first against the team currently sitting in last after 2 very one sided games, then on Sunday they take on the team in first who has had one close win and but a 7 goal beating on the team in last place. Nothing is certain in youth soccer though and Wyatt is also fighting of a late summer cold it sounds like. So maybe a mix bagged of playing time for him this weekend.
  3. The line and boot the ball at the keeper is very popular around these parts for a lot of teams. I think in the youth team case it is because none of the coaches really know squat about keepers and are more concerned with getting the field players warmed up and on frame. When Wyatt started his first coach was smart enough to let Wyatt work out his on warm-up and would have one or two of the reserve players help him warm-up. Once he got onto teams with 2 keepers they usually would warmup each other, but that was sort of haphazard as sometimes the other keeper didn't always take it seriously unless he was going to be the starter.
  4. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    Not much to report for the last week or so. Wyatt had a good outing in the first inter-club scrimmage vs. Phoenix Rising. Coach and keeper coach explained how starts were going to work for the keepers this season. For scrimmages they would split the games 50/50/ For games they would try and have one keeper play the whole game, with the game going to the keeper who had the best week at practice and showed the most effort getting the starts. For the scrimmage the coach started the returning players. Not sure of when he went in, but Wyatt had to step in before the half. The other keeper had a rough outing from the start, going down 0-3 before getting hurt (possibly re-injured his shoulder), so Wyatt finished out the first half for him and then went on to play the whole second half as planned. For his part Wyatt said he was pretty busy, made 7 or 8 saves. Early in the second half he went in on a 1v1 and got the ball in a dive, but the striker tried to connect with it at the same time and got a piece of Wyatt's head instead. Wyatt retained possession, but stayed down for a little bit he said. He said though he got up and restarted play before the trainers could look at him because he was worried about his team needing him for the rest of the game. From there he went on to make several nice saves, including one where he got caught out of position and the kid tried to chip him, but he was able to get a hand to it and push it to safety. Only goal he allowed was from a pk that resulted after he put a ball out to the left back who moved it to the centers where it got turned over and came back fast. One of Wyatt's defenders tried to slow things down but caused a foul in the box for the pk. Otherwise Wyatt said he played well and was focusing a lot on the ball movement and possession game they have been working on the last few weeks (the "Barca way"). After the game the trainers got their hands on him and the evaluated him for a concussion as the gk coach had a go at him for not coming out after getting hit in the head. We found out later in the evening/early morning when we got the notification he had been hurt. The initial assessment wasn't to bad and he only had some very minor symptoms, but after his concussion last season we were very cautious about it. The team doctor and trainers evaluated him and put him on rest and observation. He didn't have any followup issues over the rest of the weekend, but was not released to begin training again until this last Friday. He was allowed to work out with in limits, so he spent the down time resting and working on in the gym a bit. Friday his team scrimmaged another local club, but since him and the other keeper weren't released to play yet, they had the U15 keepers stand in for them. Him and the other keeper worked out with the gk coach. They did some light catching and diving drills to evaluate them, then spent the rest of the time working on distribution and building from the back. He is supposed to start back to practice today. He did get released to scrimmage yesterday versus the U15 pre-academy team. Wyatt got the start, said he really didn't have much to do in the way of saves, which for him translates more into no big saves, but spent a lot of time working on the possession stuff. Final was 6-1 with the goal coming against him from an off-sides play. So looks like he will be ready to play in the tournament this weekend hopefully. Other news is that he is supposed to get his kit this week hopefully and he is pretty excited about that. They get the current Barca 2019-20200 keeper kit in the blue/green and grey with matching shorts and socks. He is pretty stoked about it since it has been over 5 years since he has had a all matching kit.
  5. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    Second full week of training and he is still loving it. Same general schedule as last week minus the dust storm on Monday. Wyatt's biggest comment on the keeper training besides he likes it a lot is that the coach ties it into what they will be doing into practice really well. They are working still on the learning to play as a team the "Barca" way so lots of focus on positioning, pace of distribution, and positioning before, during, and after the shot. They did that at the Monday and Friday sessions, Wednesday was a classroom session focusing on self confidence and mental endurance during the game. That was a first for Wyatt to have a GK coach focus a whole session on it. Team practice focused a lot of all movement and then building to scrimmages using the skills at the end. Wyatt was solo keeping the whole week as the other keeper hurt his shoulder doing some freetime training over the weekend with one of the older keepers. He was out the for the week which meant Wyatt got some more work during practices as well as over the last weekend. For last weekend they were having an ID camp for folks wanting to tryout for open spots or get on the clubs RADAR for the next season. Mostly field players, but a few keepers. They also use the preAcademy teams as opponents for scrimmages. Friday night after keeper training and shooting drills he minded the net for his team as they shut-out the u16 ID campers. Saturday they lent him to the u15 ID team who didn't have a keeper, not sure what that score was but he only got beat one time, while his team lost 4-2 with the U17 PA keepers minding the net. He definitely is loving the the environment and access to facilities. In his down time and off days he is working out in the performance center and bonding with his team. We also got more of his fall schedule figured out. They are doing 2 local tournaments, one as a preseason in two weeks, and another in October. League play starts middle of next month, but he has two interclub scrimmages/games lined up for this weekend and next. One this weekend is versus the local USL (2nd divison) teams academy. He has 2 tournaments in November they announced yesterday, one in California and one in Florida that is a qualifier for a tournament in Spain. He also got a release from the club to go to Germany for another week of trials in Germany in October, so busy fall season it looks like.
  6. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    So first full week in the books for Wyatt. Got in two more club keeper sessions and 3 team practices to round out the week, before getting the weekend off to get caught up on laundry, physicals, and getting some extra rest. Keeper sessions they are still working on getting up to speed from the summer break and letting the keeper coach bench mark them. Wyatt said they focused a lot on foot speed and movement, diving, and positioning. Most of it is old hat for him, but how it fits into the club playing style is a lot different then at his last club. So he is enjoying the review, but also liking how the keeper coach works in the reasoning behind things and how they work into the play style they use at team practice. Team practices have been working on learning the system, the Barca way as they like to call it. So far from what I can tell the big differences for Wyatt are that that want him to play it out of the back and no big booming punt. He still gets a chance to play it long when the field opens up, but the first choice is always guaranteed possession and build form the back. Since he has trained that way outside of the club last year it's not something completely new, but it is taking some adjustments. Wyatt said the team coach really likes his skills, but commented that he needs to slow things down. Wyatt will come in fast make the save, pop up and be distributing the ball out to the backs or wingers super fast, too fast at first. The style of play has the keeper holding possession to give the players time to drop into the space and set up to build, and Wyatt was going to fast for that. Coach called it "texas power ball attack". So Wyatt spent the Wednesday and Thursday practices slowing things down and getting into the pace of the teams game. By Friday's scrimmage he said he was getting into the grove and had a pretty nice game versus the U15 DA team. He said he came up with a couple really big saves, on he described as a Terstegan save (sounds impressive over instant messaging), a nice jump to collecting a high ball coming in over the scrum in the box, and then a flying punch to clear a cross out of the box. Seems to be keeping the coach happy and proving himself to his new teammates. His squad lost the scrimmage 1-2, but the two allowed goals were on the second keeper. Wyatt says the kid is decent and his having played with the team last year helps him out some as he is already indoctrinated in the playing style, but enough of the team has turned over that he isn't entrenched with the players and coaches like when Wyatt has joined previous teams. So for now he seems to be settling in, bonding with his teammates which is something that really didn't happen that much over the last couple of years, and enjoying the experience. Still not sure when their league games start up, but hopefully my schedule will let me fly out to catch the opener or the tournament they play the start of next month.
  7. Going to be a little different this year with Wyatt being in residency a few states away. A lot of my information comes via instant messaging and it is like trying to fill a pool with a teaspoon. We got Wyatt dropped off and started in school out at the Barca residency program last week in Arizona. He has keeper training Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Team practice Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday. He is assigned to there U16 team, but is also supposed to play up when he can with the U17 Developmental Academy and other teams as needed. We will see how that works out for him, but he is really excited about it. So far he is loving the program, basically living at a soccer club 24/7 so he can go play pick-up, screw around on the fields, train in the indoor center or work out in the gym whenever he has free time. And he is surrounded by 80+ over young men and boys who are exactly as motivated as him. They started training Monday this week. First keeper training session they worked just getting back into the swing of keeping since most the boys had been off for a month or more. Wyatt was only out of training for about a week before we left to head out there and when he got there he went and trained with the summer camp keepers for the one day before he started school. First session though got cut short by a dust storm (it is a desert), but the nice thing is they are not that common and they don't close the fields when it rains. Already starting to get some of his tournament schedules and waiting on the league game schedule. They do also have a video service for the games so we will get a chance to see him play most of his matches, but his mom is already planning to be out there for some of the tournaments and maybe a his season opener.
  8. One of the trainers Wyatt worked with once told him if that he hated working with keepers who played 11v11, 5v5, futsal and indoor because each had slightly different forms and that it took months to deprogram the player after the winter indoor season back to 11 v 11. A lot of the issues (diving back, moving to much, setting at the wrong time, etc.) where the result of just those couple months of indoor. Sounds like though you got a solid base to work with.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.