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Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

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Wyatt spent the first week of the new year out in Arizona at the Barca Academy winter camp.  His mom decided to let him go solo so he flew out and back on his own as a test to see how he would handle it for future events.  Camp was fairly good, it differred up some from the summer one, they didn't have a keeper specific camp, but they did more break out sessions for the keepers during the regular sessions.  Wyatt really enjoiyed working with the other two older keepers who were there as well as the DA keeper coach.  They would also get mixed back in for the rest of the sessions to work with the field players on the skill or tactic they were going over for the particular time slot.  Wyatt was pretty happy with how he did at camp, and from what limited talking we got out of him the few times we called he seemed to be getting his confidence and excitement recharged more.  He said in his evaluations the feedback focused on several items that were being driven by his current coaching situation.  Two big ones were being able to make mistakes with out being worried about getting beatdown by the coach for them during the game and also trying to not be so quick on getting up and distributing the ball to the point where it wasn't beneficial to the team.  So additional confirmation of issues his other trainers have commented on as well.  Overall though he got really good reviews and feedback.  He felt it was very positive and that they sounded like they were considering asking him back to play for them next year.  So overall good start to the year.

This week its back to reality and team practices starting back up to get ready for their first spring game in two weeks.  Wyatt is hopeful that the recent palyer/parent face to face evaluations will help get some of the players back focused on the game.  He hasn't had his yet, but I know his mom is really interested in speaking with his coach.

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Back to training with his team.  The three weeks away combined with some goood feedback from other sources and Wyatt seems recharged and ready to finish out the season on a good foot.  Team training wise he had two regular practices and a scrimmage.  The coach has made some changes in how he is working with the players and the keepers in particular.  Since Wyatt does enough keeper work outside of the club, the coach has decided to keep him more involved with the team during footskills and passing work, only sending them off to the side to warm-up a little before scrimmaging or striking and finishing drills.  At both practices he commented that Wyatt seemed much more like his old self and was fairly happy with how he was handling the ball with his feet.  In the net, Wyatt has carried back in his energy and skills from the camps and last year.  He has been very active and aggressive in the goal, back to making more dynamic and technical saves then the previous few months.  Coach definitely took note of that and has been trying to be more positive.  He did start in on him about what looked like a foot save that he got beat on, but Wyatt told him that he had called keep and was going to collect it, when the reserve center back decided to head it in as an own-goal on Wyatt.  He made a stretch to get it, but couldn't switch direction fast enough with his hands.  On Saturday they scrimmaged in mixed team at first with some of the U14 players, then slowly just the U15s in two squads full field.  Wyatt definitely was ready to be back and playing.  He did a really good job of sweeping and his team used him well as an option for backpasses to releave pressure.  He was fery confident with the ball at his feet and did a good job of finding and hitting his targets.  On the saving side he was all over the place in the air and ground.  He had a mix of starters and reservs for his defense, but faced the starters on attack.  Did a good job of making them work hard.  He got beat twice in about 120 minutes of scrimmaging.  Once off a header from a ball he cleared that got popped back up and in to the box to an unmarked forward, and then on a free kick where he made a nice touch to push it into the bar, then made the rebound save, a second rebound save that hit him in the groin and knocked the wind out of him and left him unable to make the final save.  So he was in a pretty good mood when we met with the coach afterwards for his evaluation.  Turned out it really wasn't an evaluation, Coach handed a couple things to take and read about keeper development and the club keeper development goals.  Then they chatted a bit about how he was doing much better and the coach tried to get to why the lackluster performance in the first half of the season and suddenly back in the game after the break.  He did ask what he could do to help Wyatt as a coach.  Wyatt and his mom had a few suggestion, but the coach seemed to not really listen to them so we will see how that pans out as the year finished out.

Outside of team practices and the scrimmage, no keeper training this week either with the club or the private coach due to them having other club commitmants.  He did get in a couple hours with the skills trainer.  They worked on settling high balls, some conditioning, lots of work at moving at speed with the ball into various passing and shooting drills as well as recieving and passing at game speeds.  Then they worked on free kicks with Wyatt eventually setting up a dummy wall and dealing with free kicks from the other players and the coach. 

No training related we talked with the scout that looked at him before christmas and started working out some details.  At present he looks to be going to germany for a week in the spring to train with a couple clubs and get some benchmarks and development goals laid out.  That has him pretty excited, so hopefully he will stay pretty upbeat for awhile.

This coming weekend they have their first game of the second half of the season versus Lonestar SC.  Last tiem they played last season Wyatt's team had reversed the beating they received midway through the season.  Typically they are fairly evenly matched, with mistakes being taken advantage of that usually determine the winner.  Wyatt is hopeing that his renewed energy gets rid of any issues with teh coach and solidifies his starting spot again, so we will see.

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Well no game to report this week.  Weather went from spring to fall to buy up bread and toilet paper really fast.  With temps well below freezing due to wind chill and rain, they canceled at the last minute.  Wyatt did get in 3 solid team practices though.  The coach seems to be keeping to his word about having them do more foot work drills with the team and less alone time self-learning keeper skills.  The focus last week was building pressure towards the front and gettign the mids and forwards to move the ball and connect on gettings shots off on frame.  For his part did well in the footskills drills.  Seems like the talks from the coach to the playesr during the holiday evaluation meetings has more of the boys pushing and working harder which is good.  Wyatt's attitude and energy have been keeping up and continues to show in his practice performances.  He was very agressive through the week, did relly well at communication and was really dominate in sweeping and distributing the ball during scrimmages.  He is much dynamic with his saves as well.  His movement has gotten better so he is making more routine saves out of ones that would have required more flare first half of the season, and when he does need to pull soemthing out it tends to get the coaches attention.

The keeper coach started back up as well, but after all the older boys missing the Tuesday night session, changed up the schedule for Thursday so he could work with all the older keepers before their game this weekend.  He particularly wanted some time with Wyatt to see how he was getting back into the swing of things.  They really didn't focus on much for the first part of the practice, mostly just running through the basics, but finished with clearing crosses and corner kicks.  The coach talked with Wyatt a little about making sure he was calling for balls earlier that he intended to collect, and then worked some on keeping a positive mindset when something went wrong.

No private keeper or skills this weekend.  Skills coach was at a tournament with his girls teams, and we had some family stuff come up that kept Wyatt from going to his regular private keeper sessions.

This week looks like a mixed a standard week, but supposedly the boys are getting issued performance monitors that they will be wearing at games and practices.  Wyatt was going to ask if he was allowed to wear it to his outside training as well, but wasn't sure if they would be issued before practices and games, then collected afterwards, or if they would be issued at practice on Mondays and then collected and downloaded after the weekend game and then re-issued.  His mom is wanting to see if we can get the data so she can plot some hear maps and statistics (engineers, go figure).

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The march continues on towards the start of Wyatt's spring half of the session.  This last week the team practices swung into high gear with them having 4 practices.  First session had Wyatt and the defenders come out early to work with the 05 keepers and defenders on positioning and moving as a unit.  Wyatt liked that part a lot since it was something that he feels the coach needs to work on more with the team so they understand what everyone's roles and positions are.  After the rest of the team showed up they worked on putting the early skills to work, then moved onto scrimmaging for the rest of the session. They also found out that the U15 adn older teams would be getting performance trackers to wear at all practices and games for the rest of the year as part of continuing training studies by US Soccer.  Tuesday the weather drove them indoors while they also got issued their performance trackers.  The club decided not ot fit the keepers for them, which bummed out Wyatt a bit, but guy from the company that provided them gave me some info on a personnel model that downloads to your phone and uses an App to run it that they have available if Wyatt really wants one.  Practice that night focused on footskills, passing and ball movement, with just a little keeping.  Coach was pretty happy with Wyatt's work and told him he was getting back to where they were wanting him to be at.  Wednesday and Thursday were more outdoor practices.  They mixed a little with the U14 team, but mostly just to fill out their numbers for scrimmages at end of practices.  Wednesday was about opening up and trying to get the field players to undestand how they needed to be positioning themselves when the keepers had the ball after a save.  Typically the boys just either stand around or race down the field without any sort of patterns or plans.  Coach also re-enforced to the field players that the keepers were the ones they needed to be looking to for ques on where to position themselves after saves and re-starts from the box.  Thursday they focused on set pieces.  Coach worked the keepers a lot on comanding the backline and also the backline understanding that the keepers were in charge of positioing them.  Took a little bit for that to sink in to some of the brains.  They ended with some scrimmaging, where Wyatt ended the evening with a really nice save.  His team got a corner right as the coach called it time and told everyone to go forward, even let Wyatt got up and get in the box as a target for the kick.  The reserve keeper was really worried about him being there and kept two players marking him.  Kick came in and he just barely missed getting his head on it.  Someone else on the back side got a piece of it and popped it back up and in to be collected by the reserve keeper.  As soon as he caught it, Wyatt took off sprinting towards his box, out running everyone including several forwards who had between and 10 adn 20 yatd head starts on him.  The keeper punted the ball to quick trying to go for goal over Wyatt and put it out to a forward on the right side.  The forward one touch vollyed it on to frame and Wyatt took a forward flying dive and punched it out and over to the side of the goal for the save.

Wyatt got in two private keeper training sessions.  Friday night focused on high balls and deflections, while Sunday they worked on some basic catching refreshing with some low side dives thrown in to round things out.  Wyatt told the keeper coach that he had gotten invited to Germany for Spring Break, so the keeper coach is working up some plans to get him tuned up and ready to go.  Wyatt also worked with the club keeper trainer a little during the week, the Tuesday session was cancled because of the weather, but Thursday night he went over early and warmed up with the younger class before his regular team practice.  Coach kept them through the regular club session that evening, but talked with both him and the reserve keeper after practice about them neededing to help him keep an eye on the time so he could make sure they got to the regular club sessions.  The coach wants Wyatt to focus more with the club coach on tactical and game play items, but wants the reserve keeper there to work on catching and basic technical skills which he seesm to feel are lacking.

So this week they are training with the Aademy director and preparing for a double header weekend.  They will be playing the two clubs from Colorado, Real Colorado and the MLS academy for Colorado Rapids.  Wyatt hasn't faced these two teams yet since he got injured during warm-up earlier in the season when they traveled to Colorado to play them both at home.  Real is jus above hem in the standings, while Rapids are top team in the divison.  In the first meeting the boys probably could have won or tied both games, so be interesting to see how they will fair this weekend.

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Finally some soccer was played after the long winter break.  Team faced off Real Colorado and Colorado Rapids, two teams that Wyatt was injured in warm-up against and didn't get to play against, so he was pretty excited.  Week leading up to the game weekend, team practiced 3 times.  Most of the focus was on ball movement, passing, and playing as a unit.  For the keepers it meant working with the back line a lot so they would consistantly open up and be available.  Wyatt worked alot with the reserve back line and a player from a lower divison team which was rather frustraing as they didn't seem to be getting the hang of the drills.  The coach did give him plenty of kudos though for his passing and communication, and recognized that Wyatt wasn't the issue with the completing of passes and distributions.  Thursday night he spent most the practice as a field player in the drills since the reserve keeper didn't so up.  He did glove up some for striking and finishing drills near the end though.  He had 3 club keeper training sessions, two on one day as practice was canceled for the team, and then a third after the Thursday team practice.  Keeper coach worked with them on the short game inside the 6 and reaction saves.  Wyatt did really well, but took a knot Thursday night.  They had a keeper from the first class who was a u12 there and he wasn't focusing well and being goofy, when Wyatt went down to make a save the kid tried to jump over him unnecessarily and wound up putting a knee into Wyatt's back, giving him a charlie horse.  Friday he was over it and did his regular private keeper session to get ready for the game weekend.  They worked on low, close saves and defending the near post for most of the session after some basic catching refreseher work.

First game up was versus Real Colorado.  Wyatt's team had lost to them 1-2 when they played them at home.  Wyatt got the start and wound up playing the whole game, afterwards the coach said he let him have the whole game so he could start learning game management and how to deal with overcoming mistakes or bad turns of play.  Wyatt did really well.  He had a few issues with punting or taking a goal kick to fast when he forgot his cadence.  He had a few saves to make, best one was a stretching out left had deflection of a shot on the line.  That one got some praise for the coach as it came close after his team had scored the first goal of the match, and the coach said it was key to not losing momentum and energy.  Other decent save was getting a hand up into traffic against some very big forwards to push a ball safely out on a corner for his defense to clear.  He did get beat once on a corner.  Kick came in short and he called away as he got jammed up in traffic on the near post.  It looks like it took a deflection and popped into the goal right at the feet of two of his players.  Coach got on him thinking he had called keeper, but Wyatt didn't calling away instead.  One of his players apparently called keeper for him though wanting him to come out further and get it.  When Wyatt told the coach it wasn't him that called keeper, the Coach said that was a lie.  After the game they talked more about it, and the coach told him he needed to be more firm about responding back in front of the team, since the coach couldn't fix a problem if he wasn't told right away.  He did say he was going to look into it and talk with the players about whose job it is to call things on set pieces and shots.  Final score though was a 2-1 win, which was a great way to start off the spring half of the season.

Next day they played the MLS Academy for Colorado Rapids.  The coach opted to give the reserves some time and started the other keeper and 5 bench players.  Wyatt said that the general consensus was that the coach played his best 11 for the game he though was more winnable, and then just opted to take a bath on the game he felt they wouldn't win.  Sort of a crappy attitude.  The players rose to the occassion and played a really hard game, keeping pressure on the opposing team.  Their keeper didn't have to really do much, but was very good with his communication.  Our keeper seemed to be focusing on trying to show off and while making some workman like saves, also hot himself in some really bad spots and was only saved by the centerback or the opposing player just overhitting the ball and sending it off in weird directions in front of the open goal.  Final score was a 0-2 loss, but the boys had 3 goals called back, and 5 others where they had the keeper and defense beat, but just went wide or popped the frame.  The first goal came off a PK awarded against the left back when he pulled a player down from behind on a header in the box.  The reserve keeper made the save, but then got called for infringement that was bad enough to earn a yellow.  Before the kicker had even started movement he made three short hops forward at the whistle off his line to get about 2 feet in front of it, then took for steps at an angle to cover the side he though the kicker was going for before the ball was kicked.  He argued with the refs about the call, not understanding what he had done wrong.  The reshoot went in, took make it 0-1.  Second goal came in the second half.  A forward put a shot right at him and instead of making the easy catch slapped it with both hands back into the center of the box.  Follow up shot was blocked by the centerback, but the rebound from that was tap in as he watched.  After the game the coach got onto him a bit about his distributions as well.  He went long with everything, makes a combination of about 20 punts. goalkicks, and freekicks.  Only connecting 2 times with someone on out team.  The opposing keeper and coach were very loud about having their players not push up to prevent short plays and not even really covering our players becuase almost everything went to long and just went to their back line.

Wyatt wasn't too happy about not getting anytime in the second game, but he understands the reason for them getting a whole game and not sharing time in the net.  His mentor/skill trainers got back into town FRiday and watched him play Saturday.  Gave him some good feedback on a few things he wants him to work on.  Then on Sunday they started back up their skill sessions.  Worked a lot of long ball striking and had Wyatt do left footed goal kicks.  Told him that would give him more options for putting balls back into play in the games.

So this week, no practice tonight (rest day) then back at it.  Supposedly they will be working with the academy director, which Wyatt is really looking forward to.  One game this coming weekend versus Houston Dynamo Youth, a team we beat in the fall half the season, but not as convincingly as they should have.

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Weather 1, Wyatt 0.  Game this weekend and some practices were canceled do to the latest round of weird winter weather sweeping through the area.  This time oddly enough it was south of us and the team coming up from Houston didn't want to drive in the weather so they got the game canceled.  Turned out for the best though as Wyatt got sick Thursday and was out Friday as well, so despite practices being cancled those days as well, he was better off recovering then trying to play in the damp and cold.

Team had two practices during the week, as well as conditioning training and a club keeper training.  First practice was lots of ball movement and working on opening up, trying to re-enforce some of the good work they had put in during the games last weekend.  They also mixed with the U14 team some as well for some scrimmaging with Wyatt working with a several various combinations of defenders and mids.  Keeper training focused on defending crosses into the box and playing a weird little game that combined defending crosses with defending close in players/  Set up had to goals a bout 10 yards apart, ball would be served in and keepers had to try and clear or catch it.  If they caught it they had to immediately place it on the ground and try and score versus the opposing keeper.  Idea was the opposing keeper was supposed to learn to wait and defend patiently up close and not over commit to let the other keeper get an open shot of goal.  Wyatt spent most of the early runs paired up with the reserve keeper who tried to muscle/wrestle Wyatt off the ball.  As they went on it started getting pretty rough, especially after Wyatt made to saves and quick follow up goals by out jumping him and taking the ball literally out of his hands.  The coach decided to seperate them and had Wyatt paired up with a U18 ECNL keeper and then one of the U18/19 DA keepers.  Wyatt liked the drill and thought he learned some good stuff from it.  Wednesday started with conditioning training,  Team hadn't had it since the trainer was gone for two months, but he expected that they had kept up on their own and treated them that way.  Wyatt didn have any issues and most the boys actually put in a good effort for once.  Of course with it being a conditioning night the reserve keeper was missing, so when it came time to practice they went into striking and finishing drills and a modified one goalie scrimmage.  What did well, holding his own with the field skills, and made quite a few nice saves during the shooting drills.  In a pleasant change of attitude, during the shooting drills the players were really getting into it.  Cheering on their seperate groups of shooters and Wyatt as he blocked shots from the other groups.  Wyatt commented on it some afterwards on the ride home and seemed happy about the apparent change in moral.

Only other thing Wyatt did was some skills training with the the club trainer on Sunday.  Friday he missed private keeper training due to being sick and Sunday's session was cancled because the keeper coach was with his club teams for games.  So Wyatt got in a long session with the skills trainer.  They worked a lot on possessing and moving the ball in wet conidtions (it was cold and drizzling rain the whole time).  Made for some extra effort to control and strike and ball with it being wet.  They finished with small sided games with Wyatt dominating the scoring.  So not a unpleaseant way to spend a part of the day.

No games coming up for a couple of weeks, but the club director is supposed to be working with his team this week and we have some federation folks in town for club evaluations, so will be something differient then the regular grind for the next week or so.

 

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Another exciting week of weather driven practice schedules  Monday they were frozen out.  Tuesday they went indoors to a new place with a full sized 9v9 indoor field.  They worked on building out of the back and opening up to give the keepers options for distributions other then booting the ball forward.  Findihed off with a scrimmage were taking advantage of the better padding under the turf Wyatt made lots of flying saves, as well as a nice strong-hand deflection of a beautiful and cheeky bicycle strike from the stud forward.  Wednesday they were indoors again at the regular place, and worked a lot on passing in tight spacing.  After that they moved onto some 6 v 6 games, and finally for some reason played 11v11 on a court meant for 5v5.  The coach prohibited hard strikes, but the boys pretty much went crazy and were smashing the ball at the keepers.  Wyatt made lots of reflex parries and strong hands while trying to not get sloppy.  He made a really nice dive to his left for a low ball and parried it, then the striker fired the rebound off the wall and then into Wyatt's gut.  He got winded but stayed in it, just to get kneed in the mouth while scooping up a ball and coming away with a busted lip.  He did realize it at first and kept playing until someone pointed out he was bleeding all over his jersey.  No comments from the coach other then a standard line about well that is what keepers need to expect.  Thursday they were back outdoors and worked more of the build out and distributions from the back.  Coach focused alot on rotation of the ball through the defense and keeper to switch sides without booming crosses, then moved into scrimmages before cutting the keepers loose for club keeper training while the field players went to conditioning training.  Saturday they had an additional practice, but the other keeper didnt' show up.  So Wyatt got to spend a lot of time playing as a field player in the drills before gloving up for some striking and finishing.  As seems to be the case lately the players reallly got into it cheering each other on as they tried to beat Wyatt and cheering him on as he made lots of really nice saves.

Club keeper training focused on long balls.  Lots of work on goalkicks and punts.  After Wyatt demonstrated he could hit his man with fairly good consistancy the coach made him start using his left foot.  While not as strong he was more accurate with it.  Keeper coach did work with him a little on his rotation into his side volley, as well as working him on a traditional style drop kick that he almost never uses in practice or games.

Only non-club activitity was skills training on Sunday.  They focused on dealing with aerial balls and passing/crossing to moving players as well as receivinv similar balls.  Ended with a scrimmage with Wyatt dominating the possession and acting as a holding mid for his squad.  While he doesn't really want to be a field player, he does enjoy his time out of the net and seems to make the most of it when he can at practices and trainings.

So this week it looks like another crappy weather week as they get ready to hoepfully resume their spring season versus the other intown non-MLS DA club Solar.  First game fo the season they went down 0-3, before getting their crap locked down and surging back to win 6-3.  Solar switched their coaches over the winter break and seem to have been retooling, tieing FCD and then having some close games versus the clubs from colorado.  So expecting it to be the standard back and forth with someone loosing their cool and lots of cards being shown.

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Well weather played havoc with the practice schedule for the week and then despite being pleasant and sunny for the weekend, the team they were facing this weekend canceled the game for saturday based on field conditions from Thursday, so yet again another weekend without a game.

Team practice was all over the place as well.  Monday they trained outdoors on their usual practice field.  Coach spent the time focusing on the defense and the mids opening up for distributions from the keepers and building out of the back.  Started off with lots of passing and ball movement games adn drills with the keepers on the field and no goals.  Took that into striking and finishing drills with the keepers back in their nets facing 1 v 4 crossign and finishing runs into the box, before adding one, then two defenders.  Then moved onto to scrimmaging with some of the younger 05 players mixed in to make numbers for 11 v 11.  The other keeper took a beating in the scrimmage and from the coach in the drills for being lazy and not showing any effort.  Wyatt caught a little heat for a questionable distribution, more so because he played it out to an open man with a poor track record for controlling the ball, then for any real mistake on Wyatt's part.  Tuesday they did conditioning and agility training indoors at the clb as the cold and rain came back with a vengence.  Wednesday they reviewed game footage from their last game.  Since Wyatt didn't play in that one there was nothing specific for him addressed.  The coach did point out to the whole team and the other keeper that the call-back and encroachment card were valid, showing him how far he was off the line before the ball was kicked.  Only other thing he addressed for the keepers was that after actually looking at the game footage he could see why the keepers had a hard time connecting on distributions.  He pointed out that no one on the team was making an effort to be open, everyone just bolted forward.  Wyatt thought that was kind of funny since the video he was referring too was all the other keeper who only ever just booted the ball forward 99% of the time.  One of the forwards commented there wasn't any reason to get open because the keeper never even tried to connect, just booted it and hoped someone could run onto it.  Final practice Thursday was indoor and had both teams (u14 and u15) training together on a 5v5 court.  So basically 26 boys crammed into a space meant for 10 to play a game.  The coach had them work on passing lines, layoffs, and give and goes.  Ended with 7 v 7 scrimmage squads, with Wyatts squad being dominant.  The coach mixed the team together for the squads, so the two younger keepers took a beating as the older boys tended to drive te offense and blast away at the goals.  Wyatt and the other keeper did better, Wyatt by far having the better outing with the other keeper again getting a talking to from the coach about his lack of effort.

Outside of that Wyatt finanlly got in a session with the private keeper coach.  His focus for Wyatt right now is prepping him for his trip to Germany to trian and trial in two weeks.  So the rest of the class got to go through loads of drills as the coach worked Wyatt on basics, tuning and tweeking after almost 3 weeks off.  After that we bolted across town to his skills training.  The skills trainer is on the same plan with getting him ready for his trip, so lots of conditioning, then tons of foot work and ball control skill drills.  Since Wyatt was showing up late he did a lot of the striking and finishing before we got there.  So despite no game Wyatt was able to get in 3 solid hours of training.

This week the weather appears nice and the current plan seems to be back to the regular outdoor training as they get ready to face the other Texas MLS club academy team, the Houston Dynamo at their home field.  These games are always pretty high energy.  Last year they they pretty much thrashed Wyatt's team except the first game in some very heated match-ups. The games are also pretty high energy and expecting the same.  Be interesting to see if the Dynamo coaching changes top to bottom have disrupted their style of play much or if Wyatt's team can get their act together and play some of the soccer that they have shown they are capable of at practice.

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Weather strikes again, or rather fear of it.  There was some concern from parents on the younger teams about driving 4 hours and not having a game so they got the game rescheduled for later in the spring.  So at this point Wyatt is thouroughly convinced he may not play in a game until the summer.  He will miss the next game in 2 weeks while he is in Germany for trials, then come back and maybe get benched for the next game after for missing the next game even though the coach and director have approved his absence.  While a little worried about it, he believes the trials will be better for him then a game or two.

Depsite the weather the eam manage to get some practices in.  MOnday and Tuesday they were outdoors on the fields, trying to get in some training before the temprature dropped below freezing or it started raining later in the week.  They worked alot of distributions and building out of the back.  Started with team passign and ball movement, trying to get the forwards and mids to connect with the defense both moving back and forwards.  Then they moved into some striking and finishing drills that focused on 3 players building up and finishing a cross into the box.  At first it was the 3 players versus the keeper, but then they added in a defender and then two.  Wyatt got frustrated with the reserve centerback he had who would move up, then set and not defend after he got passed around.  Then they moved into scrimmaging, trying to put all the skills work to the test.  Wyatt got a little heat twice, once each night.  First time the coach got mad because he played a ball to the holding mid who was under a little pressure, but had no other outlet for it to go to after it was dumped back onto him.  Coach felt he should have played it out to the corner back, but he wasn't opening up like he is supposed so Wytt could see him through the defenders.  Second time was the next night at training.  Coach got on him about taking too much time to restart with a goalkick.  Wanted him to just set it down and kick it, but he took two stepps back and made a nice long one out wide to an open winger.  In both cases he explained his decisions to the coach.  On the first one the coach seemed to be in a bad mood he said and didn't say anything back, on the second one the coach actually got onto the defenders about getting open so he had more options then the long ball.  That is turning into a re-occurring theme this season with the team.  Keeper gets the ball and folks just stand and watch or take off in random useless directions.  Tuesday night he also got in a club keeper training session.  They worked on defending crosses and plaaying short games inside the box, sort of a modified version of keeper wars.  The coach shooed off the younger keepers so it was Wyatt and the 00 and 02 keepers for a 90 minute sessions.  The reserve keeper bailed on the training because he forgot that it was regular schedule as it has been all season.

Wednesday night they did team conidtioning training, and then the weather shutdown the fields for the rest of the week.  Friday and Sunday he did get in some private keeper training.  The keeper coach is continuing working on reviewing and tuning up his skills and form before he leaves for Germany this Saturday, so lots of basic drills with starts and stops to tweek or review a particular point.  Wyatt also got in a short session with the club skills trainer.  Showed up late to the regular class, so missed the conditioning work, but was able to get in some first touch and control drills, then small sided games.  He was really in a good mood and scored most the goals for his team during the games.

So this week a polar front has moved in, and at the moment looks like lots of indoor training until things warmup maybe at midweek.  Supposedly the club director is running their trainings this week, which has Wyatt pretty excited, but we will see if that holds true due to the weather keeping them off the fields.

 

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So Wyatt is officially off on his newest European adventure.  He did get in some club practice and training before he left.  WEather again was pretty crappy, another winter blast came through, so Monday they were indoors.  The second keeper wasn't there, so Wyatt didn't have to do any keeper stuff and just working on passing and ball movement, then played some minigames.  Tuesday they did conditioning training indoors as well, lots of core and leg work in the limited space. Wednesday adn Thursday they were back outside, doing combined training with the U14 team again.  Wednesday they scrimmaged the whole time, but Wyatt did mind so much since he got to spend about half the practice being a forward.  He had some really good touches and showed off his soccer IQ a bit, and had one really nice strike with his off foot to volley a ball out of the air in the 18, just missing high by a finger or two on a training goal (smaller then the game goals).  Thursday was more scrimmaging, but him and the other U15 keeper did some striking and finihsing and possession drills before being sent off to keeper training.  They worked over there through most of practice and then their regular scheduled club keeper time as well.  Most of the focus was on clearing corners and crosses.  Coach took more time with Wyatt to polish a few things to get him better prepared for his trip this week.  

No private keeper training Friday night as he was getting ready for his trip, and then Saturday he left for Germany.  He got in there Sunday morning and got to attend the Hoffenheim v Nuremberg Bundesliga game.  First time he was able to watch a top divison foreign soccer game in a big stadium.  He really enjoyed that quite a bit.  For the rest of the week its training with the staff from the group he is over there with and evening training at various clubs.  Tonight he is at SV Sandhausen, a divison 2 club, then some other lower divison clubs that are feeders for the bigger clubs.  Purpose of the first trip is to give him a taste for the training environment and culture, then come back with some contacts and things to work on, then go back later in the year with some more clubs.  If someone takes a shine to him, could be back a little sooner, never know I guess.  He is loving it so far which is a nice break for him from the team.  When he gets back he will be a little disappointed, the coach forgot that he was going and then when I reminded him didn't remember he was missing a game.  So he is sitting him out for the following game as well as punishment.  The club director is checking to see what is going one, so maybe something with change, otherwise Wyatt won't play again until the end of the month.

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On 23/11/2018 at 10:07 PM, GKJacob said:

 

The coach is punishing him. Wtf?!

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14 hours ago, GKJacob said:

How long is he in Germany?

Just this week.  It's his first trip with this particular group.  Mostly just getting some experience and seeing how things work.  So far he is having a pretty good time.  Trains in the morning with the development group, then goes out in the afternoons/evening to train with a youth academy for one of the various clubs in the area.

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8 hours ago, panzerbug said:

Just this week.  It's his first trip with this particular group.  Mostly just getting some experience and seeing how things work.  So far he is having a pretty good time.  Trains in the morning with the development group, then goes out in the afternoons/evening to train with a youth academy for one of the various clubs in the area.

Sounds enjoyable, how is he finding the language barrier? Personally found it extremely difficult when training with German coaches.

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1 hour ago, GKJacob said:

Sounds enjoyable, how is he finding the language barrier? Personally found it extremely difficult when training with German coaches.

I went to Leverkusen last year to watch Bayer Leverkusen play. In the big cities like Köln etc it was ok, but as Leverkusen is a small city, and you only really go there either for the football, or if you have an interest in pharmaceuticals, the locals didn't seem interested at all in trying to communicate with me other than in German.

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1 hour ago, GKJacob said:

Sounds enjoyable, how is he finding the language barrier? Personally found it extremely difficult when training with German coaches.

So far of the two trials, only one coach didn't speak english, but the group he is there with has a assistant that goes with them to translate.  He hasn't said he has any trouble with the players themselves, seems like most know enough English that they can communicate.

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Wyatt is back and getting back into the swing after a week of trials in Germany and watching soem Bundesliga games.  He got in Sunday morning and was able to go to the Hoffenheim - Nuremburg game.  Trials started Monday for him, in the morning he worked with a keeper trainer along with another 04 keeper who a late addition to the boys who were there.  Wyatt knew the other keeper from an ID camp last summer, he is from Hannover originally, so his dad brings him back on and off when he can to get some time there in Germany.  Anyways, they spent the morning just getting warmed-up, with the trainer giving them a sort of this is what to expect at the trials and some specifics for the club that evening.  First up was Sandhuasen where Wyatt worked with the U16 team (the other keeper wasn't at this trial).  The keeper trainer was there and observed and talked with the club staff to feedback, then communicate some if need with WYatt.  Wyatt said in general he didn't have much trouble and the coach and a few of the players knew enough english that they were able to get along.

Tuesday was the same routine, keeper training and some review from the night before, then off to Pirmesans for trials in the evening.  This was probably the smallest and most provincial club that Wyatt went too.  He said it took awhile for him to get settled in and the players to accept him.  No-one there spoke english so he had to rely on the trainer alot until he worked out some basics.  He also had a little friction with their 3 u16 keepers as he was clearly a bit more advanced then them.  He understands though, no one likes a new guy showing up and making you look bad in front of your own squad.

Wednesday they had the morning and afternoon off for tourist stuff and hit the local shoe outlets and Wyatt picked up some predator SGs 19.1s, as well as some new running shoes.  That evening he was at Elversberg for trials.  Elversberg by far was his favorite club to trial at.  He said they had really nice facilities and the boys there really took him in on the U16 squad.  When it came time for some scrimmages, the teams actually had a bit of a hard time agreeing who was getting him as their keeper and who would get the club keeper.

Thursday was another morning session, then his final trial with Koblenz.  Wyatt said this one was pretty close to Elversberg in his opinion training wise and fun wise, but he was up with the U17s the whole evening and once again the players really loved him and he felt like he fit in pretty well.  They actually invtited him back to train again on Friday night, but he was the only one in the group that got the invite and the club was 2.5 hours from where he was staying so he wasn't able to go back for a second night.

Friday they had their evaluations and a review training session.  The keeper trainer went over the fieldback from the clubs and worked on some specific drills and skills that they wanted them to work on to either re-enforce the things they excelled at, or work on improving areas they needed to step it up in.  After that he did a explosive movement training session to re-enforce something he needed to work on, then had the evening off.

Saturday it they went and watched the Stuttgart U19 squad play a game, then went to the Stuttgart - Hoffenheim game there in Stuttgart.  Wyatt was really loving the atmosphere in both games, and I think going to any of the local MLS FCD games is going to be a bit of a let done now for him.

His evaluation and feedback was pretty good and re-enforced his own observations.  He had 8 positive areas that he did well in, the one he thought was most interesting was his hands.  IN getting ready to go over, everyone kept re-enforcing how much the germans focused on catching the ball in their programs.  Wyatt noted that it seemed like lots of the keepers spent more time parryign or deflecting balls that they should have been catching, way more dramatic and exciting, but not what he was expecting.  All the comments on his hands were that he was extremely good at catchign and controlling the ball.  He got high praise on his foot skills, distributions, and soccer IQ and ability.  The three areas that they wanted to seem him focus on developing more were 2 sort of double sided ones and one that we have been working on with him for awhile.  First was positioning, feedback was he was perfect in positioning when he was in box, but without lines he had a tendency to shift to his right more then necessary.  Comment there was that since his right is his best side for dives, to cheat left more and take advantage of that.  Also wanted him to work more on learning to judge his position other then by looking for the lines, being more aware of his position based on the goal frame and corner flags, pretty much just saying look around a lot more.  Second one was his left foot, he pretty much knocked them out with his skill with both feet, especially since he is a righty.  Comment here was to use his left more and show it off to help seperate him from the rest of the single foot dominant crowd.  Wyatt understood that one, but will take some work since locally most the club coaches and trainers don't like the keepers playing with a non-dominant (and "unsafe") foot.  Finally was his speed in recovering from the ground after a dive or save.  The coaches want to see him get up snappier and ready to go again.  One coach did comment that he could understand with his hands being so good and is impressive athelitc ability to dive and fly, how he probably seldom had to make more then a single save at a time, but as he gets older and the competition gets more professional that would change.

So overall not a bad first experience.  He already has received an invite to go back for additional trials after the summer, durign the pre-season, so hopefully that keeps him motivated to continue working hard.

His coach talked with him more about missign the game and after gettign chewed on some by the club director explained better that he is alternating the keepers and supposedly has assigned them games to play, and that Wyatt made the choice to give up a game for the trials.  They discussed it a bit last night.  Wyatt was expecting to get chewed out, but after showing that he came back playing harder, faster, and better then before he left, the coach couldn't really complain much.  Still missing the game this coming weekend, but Wyatt is happy with his choice on going to Germany still.  He did comment that is was a let done coming back though and going from practices where everyone wanted to be there and was training hard and pushing themselves, and then returning to the mix of disinterested play and training that his team usually shows.

 

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Another week of practice and training for Wyatt.  As expected he didn't travel with the team to play their away game this weekend.  He was naturally a bit upset, but one of the dad's on the team live streamed it for us so we were able to watch as they struggled to a 3-1 over one of the weaker teams in the divison.  It actually almost ended in a tie after a strong 2-0 first half when the other keeper started struggling and the coach subbed in most of the reserves.  Score went 2-1 fairly qucikly, and the other team started really pushing, but they managed to catch them pushed high trying to get an equalizer and wound up getting the 3rd goal and putting the game to bed.

Practice and training wise was a sort of mixed up week.  Monday he got back at it with the team and was immediately disappointed with the step down in the level of effort of the players at practice.  He decided to just keep pushing though and did his thing.  They worked on passing and possession drills for a  little bit, before moving onto to some striking and finishing work, then a little bit of a scrimmage.  Coach had them scrimmage for most of the practice after that with some of the U14 team mixed in.  Since Wyatt wasn't going to the game this weekend the coach saddled him with the other unrostered U15s and U14s as well as the bench players for his scrimmage squad, but he did a good job of shutting out both the U14 and the U15 starter squads. 

Tuesday was all about striking and finishing work for the field players.  The other keeper usually isn't to motivated and was even less so since he knew he wasn't competing for time with Wyatt for the upcoming game.  Wyatt continued on doing what he does though and got to enjoy the coach trying to figure out how to get the other keeper working harder since he couldn't threaten his playing time without having to swap him out with Wyatt.  Afterwards it was off to keeper training with the club training.  He had been keeping up with Wyatt's trip to Germany, so the session that night focused almost exclusively on recovering from the ground after making a save.  The other keeper from Wyatt's team acted like he was going to keeper training as instructed by the coach, but then snuck off before it started and left for home.

Wednesday was conidtioning training night, coach sent Wyatt and some of the other players to train with the U14s who were working with the club Academy director, while the rest of the team did conditioning and then worked on crosses and set piece striking for about 45 minutes.  The AD was going to coach the U14s at home this weekend, and wanted to work with them some before the weekend.  He was very vocal about how they seemed to be back sliding in terms of play and skills since he turned them over to Wyatt's coach at the beginning of the season.  Was interesting to see what he thought was going on. Wyatt loved the session, as always it was well laid out with a progression from introduction of a skill drill, then moving that to how it works in paly, then ending with a scrimmage that is focused on using it in a game.

Thursday was really entertaining.  The night before Wyatt's coach had told the team that they had Thursday off except for the boys who weren't rostered or who were flying to the game Friday.  The AD got wind of it and informed the coach that the club pays him to coach so many sessions a week and that they expect him to do that unless their is a legitimate reason not too.  So Last minute messages go out that there would be practice afternoon.  After a little warm-up run and stretching, the keepers were sent over to keeper training, while the coach worked the team through ball control and possession drills.  The whole time he was swearing up a storm at their lack of effort and commitment, while going on about how he didn't want to be there either, but apparently some parents were complaining so now they were all stuck there training instead of having a night off.  Keeper training was pretty good for Wyatt again, spent the whole evening working on more recovery saves as well as distribution goal kicks and punts.  Wyatt was pretty happy he didn't have to spend much time with the team until the coach pulled them back in for some shooting drills and then a scrimmage.  Wyatt was very workmanlike and did a good job keeping the ball out of the net.  He was rather surprised he didn't get any flak from the coach, while the other keeper got a bit of a beating about his lack of effort and poor choices on distributions.

Friday was his prvate keeper session which focused alot on flying and diving catches.  Him and the coach talked for a bit about his feedback from the trials and worked out some path forward session work for him.  Saturday he had an off day and we watched Euro Qualifiers most of the day.  Sunday he had his regular skills training with the club trainer, but also got a call to grab his gear and come up ASAP to help with the U14 team training.  The AD still in a snit over the decline of his treasured U14 squad called a extra 2 hour practice for them and needed a second keeper.  So Wyatt spent the morning doing passing and ball movement drills, then ending with about 45 minutes of striking and finishing drills.

This week should be more of the same.  Interested in seeing if the coach is more engaged after the win and how the boys motivation level is.  Also curious to see if per the schedule Wyatt is on tap for the starting slot versus the MLS Dynamo academy this weekend.

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Wyatt seems to be having a run of bad luck with gettign in a game recently.  This last, first training of the week the Academy director took the team for the practice so he could evaluate the team overall and look at the players as they start prepping for next years selections.  He runs a much better practice and Wyatt loves training with him, so it started off pretty well.  The reserve keeper didn't show up until late, and one of the U14 keepers was there as well, but Wyatt was leading the keepers and got to do the first portions of the training as field player.  once the other keeper showed up though the AD got frustrated with him and the U14 keeper and sent them off with Wyatt to do some drills under Wyatt supervision.  The eventually broke up in teams for strikign and finishing drills.  Wyatt was putting on a good show right up until the last run of the drill.  He made a nice low diving block and the followup parry, but in between the two an over excited U14 nailed him right in the back of the head with at knee.  He seemed okay at first but started complaining about his head, the lights and noise, so they sent over the trainer to look him over and then sent him home for the evening.  We contacted his doctor and looks like he picked up a mild concussion.  So he spent all day Tuesday sleeping and banned from electronics and books.  Same for Wednesday, but by practice time he hadn't shown any symptom other then the ones right after the hit, and had been symptom free for almost 48 hours.  Doctor cleared him for light training, no keeper stuff or heavy work.  The AD was running practice again with the club trainer, so they just had Wyatt do field player lite that evening.  He didn't have any issues and seemed back to normal.  But as these things tend to go Thursday at school he showed some sensitivity to the computers and sharp loud noises so back on rest he went until Monday morning.  He missed the game on Saturday, but the other keeper didn't do much to seize the oppuritunity.  Team won 2-0, with no opposing shots on goal.  Keeper made one bad break away 1v1 save that almost resulted in a goal, but spent the rest of the game doing much of nothing except bad distributions.  Watched the video the other day from the game and he seemed to be having trouble disributing to the right jersey color or keeping his long kicks and punts on the pitch.

This week Wyatt got re-cleared for light training Monday.  The school is working with him on limiting his screen time and giving him braks as needed to decompress from class.  So he went the whole day without and issues before heading to team training.  They were back with the regular coach who apparently has been counseled about revising his practice routines.  The other keeper was missing, supposedly out with a hurt miniscus in his right knee, so Wyatt spent the whole session being a center back.  Was good enough at it that the coach threatened to get him field uniforms so he could reserve in the CB slot.  Last night he was back to a full training and some keeper work, and didn't miss a beat.  If anything being out of the net for a week seems to have him fired back up again.  The other keeper as usual showed up and acted as if there wasn't anything wrong with the team practice, but Wyatt said at keeper training he refused to take and kicks or punts in the drills, but wouldn't tell the keeper coach or the coach he was having problems.  Which meant when they went back to the team for the end of practice scrimmage he got a lot of flak for not backpassing or distributing good.  Seems the coach is still wantign to maybe rest Wyatt for one more game so he is 100% for the upcoming Dallas Cup tournament, but the other keeper may cause those plans to get changed come this weekend.

We did get the initial group list and schedule for the upcoming tournament.  They are grouped with a team from Mexico (Teca Prep), a team from California (LA Galaxy, but not a DA team), and a team from Japan (Maebashi FC).  All seem to have decent track records, so expecting it to be a good tournament.

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Well finally, Wyatt got some minutes in a game after almost a month of being out.  The coach didn't fail to disappoint though, prior to the game he pulled Wyatt aside and told him he wouldn't be starting.  Then when Wyatt looked upset about that he asked Wyatt why he was upset and Wyatt told him because he wanted to start and was ready to start.  Then the coach said well since he had missed 2 weeks of practice and hadn't played in the last 4 games it was a little stupid to think he would even get to play in the game that day.  Of course Wyatt missed one week and agame for trials in Germany that the coach had forgotten he had approved, and another week and game due to concussion protical after taking a pop to the head at training 2 weks ago.  Didn't matter that Wyatt put in more the na full week last week, got cleared by the doctor and the thumbs up from the keeper trainer.   Figure its is probably once again the lack of good communication from the coach on the exact reason, but when you spend the end of the last practice dresing down the other keeper for skipping practice one night without even a text message and then go ahead and give him the start anyways, there is lots of bad messages being given out.

Sunday they faced off versus Lonestar, team that historically plays them well.  It's always interesting to see how the games will go, they either are a beatdown for one side or the other or a very close fought game.  This one proved to be a mix.  The coach started a roster that featured all of the bigger players expecting to have to counter Lonestars big, speedy forward.  Lonestart however switched up there playing style and used him for runs up the outside and then having him send in cross to the other forwards and attacking mid.  The coach had practiced all week expecting a more direct game, so the formation and plan immediately went in the garbage.  He also held back some of the starters as reserves as well, which created even more confusion as he backfilled filled slots with boys who were out of their usual spots.  Game started very back and forth since our mids where split between offense and defense, but not really doing much in the center of the field, and Lonestar sort of was in the same boat.  They got it figured out first and started winning possession from our forwards who were having a hard time connecting on passes of any sort, and then hitting hard with the quick counter.  The one time the stuf tried a straight breakaway our keeper handed it easiely with a good sliding foot save.  After that they switched gears and started gettign the defense pulled out of position and sending balls into the box.  The defense at first did enough to keep things disrupted, but eventually they put a low cross and right in front of the keeper who set and watched for an easy tap in to go 0-1.  After that the keeper snagged the next one, but then kept getting caught out on longer shots, finally getting beat when the left mid puked up a ball off a bad distribution and then had it volleyed right back across to the far post.  Keeper was flat footed and not set at a good angle so all he could do was make the consolation dive as it went in to make it 0-2.  The keeper also started off with rolls and throws for his distributions, but as the pressure of the game increased he defaulted back to long puntsand goalkicks, and going to quick on his throws, resulting in not many completions and more possession and pressure from Lonestar.  At the half, the coach waited until right before the start to tell Wyatt to suit up and that he was going in.

For the second half Wyatt was much busier, the coach switched to more forwards and attacking mids, dropping the defenive mid back to centerback which caused some issues in clearing the ball out that came back to bite Wyatt as the game went on.  Also, the lack of a chance to warmup punts and kics before the game and at the hald meant his first few ones were not really stellar.  For his part though Wyatt stepped it up and went at it 100%.  He played sweeper to support the defense mid/centerback pairing as the defensive mid kept drifting higher and out of position out of habit.  He cleared a few balls outside the box under pressure, went to clear one out of bounds to the right of the 18 before it turned into a corner and got pressured and wound up playing keep away for as long as he could before it was forced out for a corner.  He made a few nice snags here and there, fended off some free kicks nicely, lots of good if odd looking distributions.  At one point the coach was yelling at him to throw the ball to the stub forward who was 5 to 10 yards past half of the field which is doable, but when he is covered, not a good idea, but Wyatt went with a volley kick and dropped it ahead of him and set up our first goal.  The coach gave him the stink-eye for about a minute or so for not doing what he was told, but then moved on to badgering the right back after he missed timed a clearance on a corner kick.  Wyatt saw it was dropping outside the near side of the 6 and called away, the right back wiffed the clearance and sent it into the center of the top of the 6 to one of the opposing forwards who buried it.  Of course the ball passed right between two of Wyatt's defenders first who did nothing but blame him for not jumping on it.  They scored another one early off a blown marking in the box of a cross in.  Wyatt thought maybe he should have come to it and maybe would have had it, but they once again had an unmarked man on the backside.  Wyatt had a few other things to do including rushing at ball only to take it to the groin which winded him for a second, then as he came out for another ball the defense mid playing centerback tried to help out and pushed a forward from behind right as Wyattt made the save turning it into a PK.  Wyatt was pretty calm about it and didn't really make and claims he figured out where the guy would go since he had taken a PK on Wyatt last season.  Wyatt called it right and came up with a big stop and held the ball.  Team started to rally back netting another one to go 2-4 with about 15 minutes left, but then they ran out of gas and motivation in some cases and Wyatt just worked hard to see the game out without conceding anything else.

Rest of the week after Teusday was pretty much standard stuff for Wyatt.  Did conidtioning training Wedensday followed by some team practice focusing on defensive plays versus fast 1v1 opponents.  Thursday he had club keeper training and then went back to work on crossing and finishing drills in the net with the team, before they broke up into a build from the back scrimmage to end the session.  

Friday he did private keeper training where we shared the written scouting report results from his trials with the keeper coach who worked out some drills that night that focused on making a diving save, with a quick recovery and then moving into a second save or distribution.  Didn't get any weekend training in since the game played across his regular weekend keeper training and skills training times.  This week will probably focus on run-up and getting ready for Dallas Cup and their first game Sunday.  coach cancleed practice alrady for tonght, so Wyatt is going up to work on skills and conditioning with the club trainer and another team.  HAve to wait and see hwat the rest of the week brings.

 

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Well after almost a month of not playing any games, here is the highlights for the game from this weekend.  A little rust here and there and the coach asked them to do something wierd with goalkick fakes on the ground to the holding mid, but a few good things mixed in as well.

U15 Game 10 vs Lonestar

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Light week for Wyatt leading up to the Dallas Cup this week.  

Monday, coach gave the team the day off since they played on Sunday.  Wyatt called the club trainer and went up and worked with some other teams for two sessions of conditioning and agility training, then stuck around for a little extra skills work with the trainer.  Tuesday the team went indoors at the club's field house.  They worked on passing and movement, then finished with some small sided games.  Wyatt had a pretty good time with that, scored 8 goals during the minigames, but then got a talking to from the coach because he used a conventional throw-in to distribute a ball quick instead of going with an overhand throw.  Wyatt asked him what was wrong with it since it was quick from the overhead catch he had made, went right to the forward, and lead to a goal.  As usual the coach didn't have any comments back, which confuses Wyatt.  Get mad at him for doing something, then when Wyatt explains his decision, the coach doesn't give him any feedback.

Wednesday the team did conditioning and agility training, then Thursday went to the local community college for practice since the fields were closed for tournament prep.  They working on some passing drills, then went into stiking and finishing, and ended with some scrimmaging.  Wyatt did really well with the drills and was on his a-game on the striking and finishing drills, coming up with some really nice dynamic saves as the players tried to up their shooting games.  

He finished out the week with a session with the private the keeper coach.  With several big tournaments coming up for the girls and boys this week and Easter weekend, he did more of a sort of review and tune-up.  The focused a lot of set-pieces, crosses, corner kicks, and quick transitions from saves to distributions.  Afterwards the coach talked with Wyatt some about a few specific things to keep in ming going into the tournament.

Wyatt was supposed to play his first Dallas Cup game Sunday, but some massive storms came through Saturday and early Sunday morning so they canceled all the games except the 3 U19 super group showcase games.  So Wyatt and I went to the stadium for the opening ceremonies and watched FCD Dallas vs Villereal (1-3), Arsenal FC vs CF Monterrey Rayados (1-3), and Liverpool FC vs Tigres UNAL (2-4).  The 2 English clubs did a better job of ball control, but kept loosing out to the speed of the Mexican teams.  The Liverpool game got really ugly, with something going on between some of the players that had the Liverpool coach not letting his players go back on the pitch at one point until the center ref spoke with him and then one of the Tigres players, and even then by the end of the game it almost turned into a brawl with security escorting the refs off and seperating the two teams.  

So this week Wyatt has games Monday through Wednesday with chances for more if his team advances out of group.  He is ready to play and looking forward to the games, just hoping the coach doesn't get all weird on him.

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Watching the video from the game last week, I have some feedback for Wyatt, mainly relating to his distribution. I feel as if he turns the ball over too easily by putting up a long bomb straight down the middle of the pitch most of the times that he gets it in his hands, if the coach wants him to go long, I suggest he doesn't blindly smash the ball forward, but instead plays a flatter ball to a wide area of the pitch, so his team doesn't get caught unaware.  Just my opinion though! Other than that looks good.

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