Braddock Road U13G Rage "Adopted" by Washington Spirit
Crystal Dunn Visits Wakefield Park for a Coaching Session

As part of its outreach to youth soccer clubs around the area, this season the Washington Spirit announced a drawing in which up to forty area teams would be "adopted" by a Spirit player for one of their practice sessions. Limited to one drawing entry per person, Coach Jim Clark's "Rage" girls and their parents made sure their team had a better-than-average chance to be selected by sending in as many entries as the rules allowed.  As fate would have it, the entry submitted by Team Manager (and former BRYC ODSL Deputy Commissioner) Kimberly Yeo was drawn, and BRYC was paired with the Spirit's star defender, Crystal Dunn, a UNC graduate, the Spirit's first overall pick in this season's college draft, and a member of the U.S. Women's National Team (USNWT), recently called up for for the women's upcoming "friendlies" against France. 

For her first scheduled appearance in early May the weather was frightful....cold, windy, rainy, and then some. Crystal called to say she'd be glad to reschedule.  So on a Thursday evening in late May, after a day practicing with her Spirit teammates, the charming Dunn drove herself down to Annandale and took the helm for the second half of the Rage practice.  You could tell by the expression on their faces that the girls were excited, and when Crystal asked a few of them to "show a move" for the other girls, there was no shying away from the chance to show off for the professional who complimented them all. 

Thanks to Crystal and the Spirit for their youth group initiative.  Many a BRYC Rec and ODSL player has been out to see them play in Maryland already this season, now at close to the half-way point with games scheduled through the end of August.  Unreserved seats are just $20 when using the ticket link on the Washington Spirit page and the pasword "BRYC2014-5".  If you haven't been to a game yet, you owe it to yourself to take one in.  Once you do, you'll want to go back!

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BRYC Gunners Earn ODSL Honors
Coach Diaw's Boys Win Sportsmanship Award While Compiling a 5-1-2 Record

It isn't every season that a team with a great record is also able to earn the respect of its opponents as the best sportsmen in the ODSL, but during the Spring 2014 season, Coach Mohammed Diaw and his U11 (now U12) Boys, now in their third season in the highly competitive ODSL, did just that.  Finishing second in their division with a record of 5-1-2, the team won the post-season voting by each of the other clubs to bring home the Randy Rawls sportsmanship award for their first time...the only BRYC squad to be so honored.  Team Manager Eddie Colter took the team photo after their first game of the fall season, where the boys are off to another fast start with a record of 3-0-1 at the midway point. Along with all the other ODSL award winners, the boys will get to attend an upcoming DC United match in recognition of their accomplishment.  Congratulations to the boys and their coach not just for winning games but for being good sports at the same time.



It's All In A Day's Work for the U11B Lions
Squad Travels to West Virginia, Wins Four Games, and Comes Home with Championship

The BRYC U11B Lions (ODSL) arrived at the Mountaineer Open Cup in Martinsburg WV on Sunday June 22, 2014 ready for action! The first game proved to be a quick win with the Lions challenging the host club's Tri Cities (TCSC) Galaxy from the beginning, coming away with a 2-0 victory.   The Lions next faced a Chantilly team that was ready to take advantage of any weakness. Chantilly scored first and the boys had to recover quickly but that they did, regaining their focus and finishing the game with a win by a score of 3-1.

Before the third game the Lions had a few hours of rest and were ready for a challenging TCSC Elite team.  Once again the Lions came out strong. Another 2-1 victory brought them to the championship game.  With less than an hour rest from the heat and the three  previous games, the Lions were ready.  They went into the game with the Front Royal (FRSA) Rox team and kept their cool.The Lions showcased their strong foot skills and innate team ability, bringing their best to the tournament final in winning the championship game by a score of 4-1.  The Lions showed that all of the hard work they have put in with countless training hours paid off. Congratulations to Coach Carlos Merino and the boys for the great showing.

BRYC U10 Girls Panthers vs. Alexandria United, Spring 2014