BRYC Coach John Dangler Wins D.C. United MLS Cup Challenge
He Knows His D.C. United History; Answers All 15 Questions Correctly

  D.C. United’s return to the MLS Cup playoffs is far from a trivial matter, but to celebrate the team’s return to the MLS tournament for the first time since 2007, D.C. United developed a trivia game to test knowledge of the team’s earlier participation.   With a perfect score of 15 out of 15, U10B Coach John Dangler has walked off with first prize, his choice of all the prizes in the contest including an autographed 2011 msoccer ball, a D.C. United training shirt, a polo, et al).

When he’s not coaching his son play in the U10 Boys division, or his daughter in the U6 Girls, John is obviously following D.C. United.  Amazingly enough, he said he was able to answer every question in what the webmaster thought was a challenging list without resorting to the computer.  Meanwhile, the webmaster (who was not eligible to win) was all over Wikipedia and the D.C. United site and still missed one of the answers.  How many people would remember that Alecko Eskandarian was the last D.C. United player to be named Man of the Match in an MLS Cup final or that it was Raul Diaz Arce who scored a playoff hat trick.  John did!  Congratulations and thanks for entering.  Others winners will be notified individually.

Annual Alumni Games Attract Over 50 BRYC Stalwarts
Braving Cold and Windy Conditions, Girls and Boys Gather to Relive Memories
It’s always fun for BRYC alumni, and current U16/19’s with whom they played for years, to get back together with former teammates, especially on the pitch.  Organized annually by Senior Division Deputy Commissioner Doug Alcorn, this year’s Rec Soccer alumni gathering on December 22 attracted over twenty girls and thirty boys to Robinson SS for their first chance to play the beautiful game on BRYC’s newest and most beautiful turf field.  The cold and windy day was warmed by the comeraderie and the hot chocolate.  It almost made it bearable.  Almost!
(Thanks to Joan Sullivan and John Kelleher for the group photos of the girls and boys respectively.)
Fourth Seeded "She Devils" Play Magnificent Weekend of Soccer
Coach Alcorn's Girls Beat Top Seed but Fall to Another SYC Team to Earn Second Place Honors

November 9 -- As the U16/19 Girls She-Devil parents watched their girls play SYC (Reeves), a team that beat them earlier in the season, they couldn’t help but wonder where the aggression during the first half came from. Was it the fact that the girls couldn’t feel their fingers, toes, or ears, having decided to wear shorts and jerseys? Or was it simply the fact that they knew they had to win this semi-final matchup in order to get one more faceoff with their other arch-nemesis, SYC (Miller)? Either way, the first half took off with thunder as the girls kept the ball at Reeves end of the field most of the time and took plenty of shots at the goal. They played as a team, which is exactly how their first goal was scored by Ursula, with a sweet setup by Zahra, followed almost immediately by their second goal from speed demon, Katey, as she took the ball up and down the side of the field until a stunning corner kick was open, and boy, did she take it!!

The second half got a little tense, as goalie Kate was asked to work a little harder than she should have to, but she was a wall, stopping every shot that got through to her. As the end of the game grew closer and the girls could probably picture car heaters blowing in their faces, they really became energized and revved up the crowd, running the ball straight down the field to the goal over and over, demonstrating astonishing teamwork that remained true to the bitter end. As tears of joy streamed down players and parents faces (and froze to their lips), they knew they had clinched another crack at SYC (Miller) the following day in the championship game.
For the story of their Championship game, and more photos from the first, click on "Continue" below.

Special thanks to Rebecca Mitchell, obviously a passionate team parent, for providing accounts of the two She-Devils games last weekend...edited for the web.

Beattie's "Bricks" Take U14 Fall 2012 Season Championship
Team Beats Best of SYC and Burke to Earn Handsome Trophies

In a league where the championship wasn’t decided until the eighth and final game of the season, pitting the top two teams in the league based on their performance in the first seven, Coach John Beattie’s boys (the "Bricks", a play on BRYC) put on a show, scoring seven goals to loudly proclaim their right to the title.  Over the course of the season the boys learned to play as a team and play for each other this season and their coaches couldn’t be prouder of their achievment. 

Coming into the match with a record of 6-1-0, scoring an average of over five goals a game while allowing just one, the boys still had something to prove against the Springfield team that had handed them their only loss of the season in week four, a tight 2-1 contest in which BRYC played without subs and great defenses prevailed for both teams but BRYC came up a goal short.  In the championship re-match BRYC gave up four goals, fully half as many as they had in the entire season to that point, but the offense was running on eight cylinders, scoring seven goals for the second time in the season.  Congratulations to Coach Beattie, Asst. Coach (and BRYC Commissioner David Knight) and their squad of 14 boys for a championship well earned.

2012 Herndon Tourney Ends Perfectly for Seven BRYC All Star Squads
Five Others Bring Home Finalist Trophies; Penalty Kick Jinx is Broken

November 18-- As darkness fell on Sunday evening there was still one BRYC All Star squad that had unfinished business.  Earlier in the day eleven other BRYC teams had played for tournament championships.  Five of them had came close and earned handsome Finalist trophies for their weekend effort.  Six of them had finished their tournament on a winning note and brought home tournament Chammpionships.  Coach John Kelleher’s U19 Boys, the Strykers, were intent on making it seven! 

After two really hard-fought battles earlier in the day, a 3-2 win over Prince William followed by a shootout victory over the Northern Virginia Soccer Club in mid-afternoon, it would be a test of wills against a second team from perrenial powerhouse Prince William that would test the boys in the final, under the lights at Lake Fairfax Park.  With the score knotted at 2-2 as regulation time expired, the final match of the Herndon tournament would once again come down to peanlty kicks.  The boys had broken the BRYC PK jinx earlier, but could they do it a second time?  Yes they could!  Congratulations to John and the Strykers for a great tournament.

There’s no way to do justice to the eleven other squads who also came home with tournament hardware, but congratulations are also due to the other six tournament champions: the U9 Boys coached by David Ross and Andy McBride; the U11 Boys coached by Scott DiRocco; the U11 Girls coached by John Decker and Uwe Mobius (see the story of their thrilling tournament win now posted on the U11/12 Girls page) ; the U12 Boys coached by Mauricio Milian (who has now coached many of the boys to three consecutive tournament championships)  and Kevin Ross; and both BRYC teams of U12 Girls, coached by Jon Fredrick, Ed Gagermeier, Tom Mastal and Tom Small.  Joining the list of proud trophy-earning BRYC squads are five Finalists:  Coach (and All Star Tournament Coordinator) Anthony Pagano’s U9 Boys; Mohamed Diaw’s U10 Boys; Tracy Seamans’ U10 Girls; John Beattie’s and David Knight’s U14 Boys; And James and Joan Sullivan’s U16 Girls.  They all came oh-so-close! 

To the other seven BRYC squads in the U9-U19 age groups...all reports are that you played hard and played fairly, but it wasn’t meant to be this season.  Your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and your good sportsmanship has won priase for BRYC.  Thank you.  And for the five squads of U8 boys and girls playing in their first All Star tournmament "just for the fun of it", congratulations on earning that first All Star patch.  We hope you’re all registered for the spring season, hoping to experience the thrill of being an All Star once again!

Here are just a few pictures tournament photos, with many others posted on the individual league pages.

BRYC Celebrates Opening of New Synthetic Turf Fields
Robinson Secondary School Stadium and Upper Fields to Be Used by Football and Soccer

September 30 -- BRYC celebrated the opening of a new synthetic turf field on September 14 in the stadium of Robinson Secondary School. The next morning, BRYC U14G recreational soccer teams coached by Kevin Bradburn and Chris Massey played in the very first youth soccer games on the field.  Last weekend the 7-9 year-old "ankle-biters" from BRYC’s football program were in full swing on the beautiful new addition to Fairfax County’s growing list of turfed fields on Saturday and on Sunday the BRYC Travel Soccer program welcomed visiting teams from around the area to the large upper field where two small-sided games can be played simultaneously, side by side.  BRYC looks forward to making full use of the beautiful new facility.

The stadium field, along with upper field, cost roughly $1.5 million to build. They were funded through a partnership between BRYC (football, travel soccer, rec soccer), Northern Virginia Soccer League (a premier adult soccer league  in which BRYC has a team coached by John Kelleher and Bob Brennis), Robinson Athletics and their booster club, a grant from Fairfax County from the $5.50 fee per player that we pay each season.  Braddock District Supervisor and former BRYC softball coach John Cook, found some extremely rare county money to enable us to reach our goal.

"These improvements add significantly to the quality of life in our community," said Supervisor Cook, who has worked to obtain funding for this and other turf projects in the Braddock Distict. BRYC is already working with Supervisor Cook to turf Woodson HS next year, and he is working with another club to turf Lake Braddock SS at the same time.

“BRYC is proud to be able to contribute to the community, and to continue our long-time partnerships with Robinson, Northern Virginia Soccer League and Fairfax County," said BRYC President Dane Merkel in an article published by Burke Patch. "This is an exciting time for all youth sports in the area, as quality fields foster good player development and provide the safest environments possible.”

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