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Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

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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.

 

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Bloody hell sounds like quite an adventure, I look forward to hearing how he is getting on out there.

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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.

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Oh to be young again! 😆 As long as he is enjoying it, and good that he is getting on with team mates. I couldn't think of anything worse than going all that way then not feeling part of the group.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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4 hours ago, panzerbug said:

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.

 

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I like that kit, shame it's Barcelona. Not seen Ter Stegen wear the grey, just this Cyan one and a Black one so far. Just bought this kit in purple for myself this season.

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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.

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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.

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