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panzerbug, February 20
Posted June 8
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Great stuff Wyatt
Posted June 12
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And that's a wrap for the season. They played their last game yesterday and par for the course it was really competative. The third keeper kept restraining his pulled muscle at tryouts and practice, so he was on the bench for the game. Two other B squad players were having travel plans before the game had been rescheduled. So the coach asked the other keeper to play the last game and offered him the first team slot to entice him. Wyatt was a little put out, but in the end was happy that he was there with his B squad team mates for the end of the season game. The coach for next year was there to observe the boys some more to continue sorting out players, so Wyatt was happy he could help the boys on the bubble in the second squad have a chance to show well. The first team had a rather un-inspired game, and the new coach wasn't to happy with the way they played. The two best performers were both 05 boys who are playing up this year, but going back to the 05 team next year. One in the midfield pretty much controlled the midfield and kept the other team out of the defensive third most the game, while the other a forward scored a brace to secure the 2-1. The single goal against was scored off a shot from about 20+ yards out that the keeper got caught ball watching all the way into the back of the net for the only chance he had to make a save all game.
Wyatt's game was pretty back and forth. At first his squad controlled possession. Then they started playing the long ball up the side and the and cutting back into to runners up the center relying on their size and speed. Wyatt and the center back got really busy after that. They had the big kid from the fight last time cut in and take a shot across the goal low with another one running in on the back post. Wyatt made a nice dive to his right to collect it at the feet of the other other player. Then popped up and rolled it out before they could react to get a counter started. A little while later he passed a goalkick out to his left back who held it and sucked in two players before backpassing it back to wyatt who drew in the left forward and attacking mid while he passed it out to his left wing who took it up the outside in the opened up space. He came out and collected a long throwing to the box, then followed it up with a nice aggressive collection of a long cross into the box to see the half out 0-0. Second half the Dynamo started puttingthe pressure on really hard and our boys started feeling the efffects of the physical game and heat. The forwards were having a hard time getting past the back line and they were countering more with the boot and run attack that got them more shots on frame. Wyatt faced a 1v1 and the shot went low and to his right, he dove and got a hand behind it to flick it out of bounds. He set a nice wall that did its job to see off another free-kick when his defense had to make the professional foul to stop a break-away. Wyatt spent alot of time coming out and getting big and seeing shots go wide because of it, so he had like 10 goal kicks in the second half. He made two excellent blocks back to back during a frantic effort to clear a ball from the box off a short corner. He made the first one point blank and then popped up to make the second with his centerback collecting it and clearing it out. Final save of the game was a free kick that dipped over the wall and saw wyatt get airborn to deflect it out and off a opposing player for the final goal kick of the game.
End of game the coach started gving the boys his end of the year speech, then stopped and said but first, and walked over and shook Wyatt's hand and told him great game. The coach for next year told him that he played excellent, but that he expected nothing less from Wyatt. Even the other team gave him kudos when we bumped into them after game getting a drink, with their coach telling him he was the only reason that his team didn't lose the game.
For the rest of the week Wyatt continued with his morning conditioning and skill training. During the week he had one tryout session, he got a little time on the field for that, but the coach said he already knew what he was getting with Wyatt and he needed to look at the other keepers to find one good enough to be Wyatt's backup. The third keeper got some time in the net too, because the lower divison coach wanted to look at him to see if he wanted him for that team. That is when he got hurt again. Had another boy taking a bad fall from a tackle as well and get a compound fracture in his lower arm, so I got to spend the session talking to the paramedics and helping them in and out of the facility. Coach called a practice Thursday to get them ready for the last game and Wyatt spent the whole time playing solo in the goal through out the striking and finishing drills, and the scrimmages while they learned a new formation for the weekend.
So now we have one more week of tryouts with Wyatt helping choose his back-up, then training training training to get ready for Europe.
Posted June 19
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Tryouts wrapped up this week, always a drama filled time of the year. About have of Wyatt's group advanced to the next year of the Academy program. The new headcoach made a few waves as well with the team. He started off by only signing about a 1/3 of the players and waiting on the rest to see how they did versus the new talent coming into the club for tryouts. Several boys who thought they had a lock on spots were moved to the next lower divison team and several who thought they were going to that team found themselves still in the Academy. We picked up 3 really good forwards which are really needed and a good mid to replace the one we lost to the younger Academy squad. Wyatt had fun helping sort out the keepers. The third team keeper basically swapped sport with the lower divison keeper. The coach had a long talk with thekeeper and his mom about pecking order and expectations, then had them talk directly to Wyatt about his training regime so they understood what the coach was expecting if the new keeper wanted to ever challenge for the starter spot. Overall the new keeper isn't as good technically as the old third keeper, but he is much more active and aggressive. The club trainer that Wyatt works with has already given Wyatt the warning not to rest on his laurals and that he needs to keep pushing to keep the gap growing and hold the starter spot.
Tryout wise the coach was already starting to form the roster spots. To keep Wyatt sharp he was always facing what looks like the starters squad of the field players, with the potentials and reserve players to make his life intereting. He did fairly good, and is picking up the change in play style the coach wants. He likes the ball played out of the back on the ground as the first option, then throws, and final punts or kicks down field. Wyatt is getting the hand of it, but also needing to learn not to hold the ball as long on backpasses. He skilled and out dribbled several of the forwards and mids, which the coach likes the skill that takes, but the coach doesn't want him going to that as his first option and would rahter he clear it out under pressure. He did a good job of communicating that to Wyatt, but buffered the remark with the comment that he doesn't want wyatt crushing the fragile strikers egos by getting out skilled by the keeper.
Wyatt also continued his daily morning skills and conditioning trainings sessions as well. Those will run through this week, then its him and his mom working out on them until he leaves for Europe. He also will continue with his keeper training. This week he is also supposed to help out with the junior academy summer camp in the evenings to get more time on the ball, but also to help build his leadership skills.
WE got the group assignments for the Gothia Cup tournament in Sweden, don't know to much about the eruopean teams but they got placed with European Football Academy (ENG-London), Upsala IF (SWE) and Staffanstorps GIF (SWE). Looks like a total of 212 teams registered in Wyatt's age group ith a good mix of clubs from around the world.
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