Five Teams Reach the Finals in Highly Competitive PWSI Icebreaker Tournament
Over two very chilly weekends in late March, before the start of the regular soccer season, five of the six BRYC ODSL teams entered in the prestigous PWSI Icebreaker Tournament came home with medals around their necks, emblematic of having reached the finals in one of the area's most competitive pre-season tournaments. Playing alongside travel teams from BRYC's own Elite program not to mention over 450 other teams from all over the area, one squad, the BRYC Gunners (pictured at right), a U12 Boys teams coached by Mohamed Diaw, came home with championship honors, undefeated and untied in four matches.
Meanwhile, the significance of four other BRYC squads reaching the finals with near perfect records before falling in the championship cannot be overstated, especially as three of them competed in the PWSI's "Pride" Division, the Premier level conpetitive division of the tournament. For BRYC's relatively new ODSL program that's a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to Coach Anthony Pagano's BRYC Dyamo (U11Boys); Coach William Bejan's BRYC Raiders (U14 Boys); Coach Pierre Martel's BRYC United (U11 Girls); and Coach Young Kim's BRYC Strikers (U10 Boys) (pictured left) for their tournament success.
Back to the Championship winning Gunners, they scored 11 goals while giving up only 1, before entering the championship match vs the Patriots of the Alexandria Soccer Assocation, winning that match by a final score of 6-3. Over the past several seasons the Gunners have won both tournament championships and ODSL sportsmanship awards as they continue to be a committed, hard-working bunch of boys, giving their absolute best as they play the game they obviously love. Congratulations to the Gunners and all of the BRYC finalists for their great tournament showing.
Washington Spirit Win Home Opener 3-1 Over FC Kansas City
Next Home Match on May 16. Discounted Tickets Available to Teams and Individuals
It was a long wait since last season's exciting run to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) semi-final match, but the Washington Spirit dididn't disappoint the crowd of over 4,100 when they opened their home season on Saturday night, April 18. After giving up a goal early in the first half, Christine Nairn quickly leveled the score at 1-1 with a deftly placed shot to the upper right corner. The score remained tied at 1-1 until second-year player Crystal Dunn found the back of the net in the first minute of the second half. Nairn struck again off a direct free kick midway through the period. Meanwhile, USWNT goalie Ashlyn Harris (right) didn't give up another goal the rest of the way, thwarting Kansas City's high power offense with nine saves. Indeed, in the first half of the game, total shots were 14-3 in KC's favor, with 6 of KC's shots on goal. Kudos to Harris for keeping the Spirit in the game.
The Spirit's regular season continues with three road games over the next three wekends before they return to Maryland for their next home game on May 16 vs. Sky Blue FC. This season BRYC
Recreational Soccer has made an advance purchase of 70 Spirit unreserved seat ticket vouchers with a face value of $25 which we are making available to BRYC families at just $10 each! (There 's a strict limit of four $10 tickets per family for the first four games. Email BRYC's Washington Spirit Liaison, Ralph Schuetz, to request your tickets and arrange for pickup. Cash or check only, payable to BRYC.) Additional unreserved tickets may be purchased on the Washington Spirit web site for just $20 each. Click on "Tickets", then "Individual Game", select the game of your choice and use the Discount Code "BRYC-2015" before completing your order. (Coaches should also inquire or check the Spirit web site regarding the Spirit's opportunities for participation in pre-game or half-time activities.)
The Spirit have just this one and two more more Saturday night home games this Spring, before the end of the school year and the BRYC Rec Soccer season, including May 16 vs. Sky Blue FC; May 30 vs. the Portland Thorns; and June 6 vs. the Boston Breakers. After the Womens' World Cup in Vancouver in June, the Spirit will return for six more matches this summer, five of them on Saturday nights. Check the Washington Spirit's home page for the complete schedule and plan to attend one of more games this summer at their beautiful Clarksburg Maryland facility.
Recreational Soccer Sweeps Big Board Elections
Standing Room Only Crowd at BRYC's Annual Meeting
On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, with the Kings Park Community Meeting Room filled to capacity, Braddock Road Youth Club President Charles Osborn reported on the organization's sucesses in past year and the fiscal health of the organization...a small operating surplus on gross expenses of $1.7 million for all of the sports activities sponsored by the organization.
Then, in elections to three year terms, four members of the Recreational Soccer Executive Committee (EXCOM) were voted onto the board of the parent club. Two of them, former Rec Soccer Commissioner and BRYC President Dane Merkel, along with Rec Soccer's Referee Director John Davis, are incumbent members continuing their long service to the organization. Two others, Rec Soccer's budget coordinator Elizabeth Giuliani and Deputy Commissioner/ODSL Representative as well as All Star Coordinator Anthony Pagano, were each elected to their first terms on the board.
Congratulations to the four of them and thanks to the many supporters of "the beautiful game" who attended the meeting to show their support for the candidates and BRYC's Recreational Soccer program.
John Davis Elizabeth Giuliani Dane Merkel Anthony Pagano
BRYC Survives Thanks to Volunteers; Won't You Join Us?
As Little As a Few Hours Or As Much as a Season (or Ten!) Are Much Appreciated
The upcoming spring season has seen the departure of several BRYC veteran League Directors, leaving a couple of vacancies currently filled by our hard-working Junior Division Deputy Commissioner Peter Phipps, doubling as LD for the U9 and U10 Girls. In addition, having just (finally!) entered the 21st century with a Facebook page, we're looking to fill a new position as "Social Media Coordinator" to create a Rec Soccer presence on Facebook and Twitter. We're looking for folks who don't necessarily know how to play soccer but have the time, energy and desire to assist with the administration of the program. More and more, we miss those volunteers and have had to rely on coaches to pull double duty as League Directors and other volunteers who have been serving the organization for ten years or more.. Surely among the parents of some 1,500 players each season there must be a few who can spare just a few hours a week during the season ...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU!
Will Become Mandatory for All Coaches in the Near Future
Concussions in sports is a very HOT topic right now, from youth leagues to colleges and professional athletes. Every public school sports program has a policy for handling concussions, and mandatory education for parents and athletes. Many sports clubs, including BRYC, are joining the move to raise awareness about concussions and their treatment.
In the Fall 2011 season, John Almquist, Administrator of Athletic Training Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools, presented a seminar on Concussions in Youth Sports. The presentation was very enlightening.
It is absolutely worth every coach’s time to educate themselves, their parent group and players, on the latest findings. Here is a link to a Concussion Training Video offered by the Center for Disease Control. This training will soon be mandatory for all parents, players, and team officials.
BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1968 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area. BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer and Travel Soccer. This web site is devoted exclusively to BRYC’s Recreational Soccer program, consisting of neighborhood-based teams. Any youth that signs up to play in the recreational league will be placed on a team. For information on BRYC Travel Soccer, go to brycsoccer.com. For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to bryc.org.