Register Now to Guarantee Your Spot and Save Money
Registration for the Fall 2014 Season at the regular/on time rate of $95 per player will end this coming weekend - so register today and save! As of July 20, the rate will increase to $115 per player. The season kicks off in mid-August with our coaches' meeting and practices around the third week in August. Many families forget to register before they leave for summer vacations, and by the time they return and remember, the teams are already full. Please, please register early online. You can also register for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at the same time if that's an option for your family.
If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in the evenings only 703-323-5747. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Fall 2014 Season is Right Around the Corner...
...But Not Before We Post Some All Star Photos!
U8 Boys Coach Erin Silks and U9 Boys Coach Mike Essig were kind enough to provide the webmaster with a few action and team photos from the 2014 FPYC Fathers' Day Tournament in June. The webmaster apologizes for the delay in getting some of them posted on the web site.
BRYC didn't fare so well in the tournament win-loss battle, but it looks like the boys had a great time anyway, showing off their soccer skills one last time before summer vacation...and looking forward to the upcoming season.
Coach Silk's U8 Boys (above)
Coach Essig's U9 Boys (above) (For team photos, press Continue, below.)
BRYC ODSL U9G United Finish on Top at The Virginian
Tournament Disappointments Finally Over as Girls Hang On To the Finish
After an undefeated fall ODSL season, but losses in the finals of both the fall pre-season Patriot Cup and post-season Hunt Country Classic, BRYC United, a first-year ODSL squad of U9 Girls, couldn't wait for another opportunity to show their mettle this spring in the PWSI Icebreaker. Mother Nature had different plans, and the tournament was canceled due to rain, so the girls went into the regular season (where they are once again undefeated as of the end of May), eagerly anticipating the Memorial Day weekend Virginian Tournament, and the chance to get the Game 4 monkey off their backs!
After a relatively easy first game win against Gunston (an 8:00 AM start-time for which BRYC was wide awake and raring to go), the girls got out-run and out-gunned by the Stafford Revolution in game two. It was a tough 3-2 loss to a fast, aggressive team...indeed a little too aggressive as the girls saw their first yellow card given out to an opposing player in their young careers. Despite the loss, the 1-1-0 record was good enough for second place seeding on their side of the draw, making it into the semi-finals on Sunday where the team re-grouped and managed to beat a tough PWSI team, winner of its side of the draw on Saturday, by a score of 3-2, making it into the Memorial Day finals, a rematch against the same Stafford team that had outdueled them on Saturday.
In another hard-fought game from start to finish, United scored first but Stafford quickly equalized it. Then, United scored the go-ahead goal halfway through the second half and fought like champions to hang on to the finish. Coach Pierre Martel expressed how proud he was of those girls "for not giving up and avenging some tough previous tournament disappointments". Way to go United!
Meanwhile, at the Bull Run Memorial Day Soccer Tournament, Coach Carlos Merino's U11 Boys BRYC Lions, currently undefeated in ODSL action with a record of 6-0, came up just short of the tournament championship by beating Loudoun 6-0, tieing Vienna 2-2, and beating Culpepper 2-1 in extra time of the nail-biting semi-finals on the road to the Monday finals. There they took on the challenge of playing against an Elite level team from the host club, Virginia Soccer Assocaiton, ranked 14th in the state in their age group, and showed their high playing level once again in a very intense game, falling by a final score of 3-2. Congratulations to the Lions for their hard work all season, resulting in a great tournament showing.
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!
For additional photos from the practice session, press Continue below.
ODSL Sportsmanship Award Winners Receive Their Honors
U9B Strikers and U10G Panthers Honored at DC United; U12G Lightning Honors to Come at Spirit Contest
Each season the coaches in the ODSL vote for a team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship toward opponents, referees and opposing fans. Three of BRYC's first-year ODSL squads were selected to receive the award for the Fall 2013 season, including the U9 Boys Strikers, coached by Yong Kim; the U10 Girls Panthers, coached by Mike Newman; and the U12 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker.
Each of the winning teams receives a handsome team trophy and individual awards for each team member, coach and assistant. The Strikers and the Panthers received their awards at halftime of the DC United game (a 4-1 win over FC Dallas) on April 26. The Lightning will be getting their handsome trophy and individual awards at an upcoming Washington Spirit match against Western New York on May 17, after which their photo will be added to the gallery below.
BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fair play and we are very proud that these three teams continue in that tradition.
Coach Mike Newman's U10G Panthers Coach Yong Kim's U10B Lightning
Discount Offer from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods has generously supported BRYC Soccer with items for our training programs and a discount gift certificate for all our players and coaches. They also provide many of the prizes given out in the post-season coaches' game.
Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for 10% off your soccer supplies for this spring. The coupons are good through July 10th. Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by giving them your business!
Zinga! Offers Discount to BRYC Families Year-Round
Located between Hunan West and Caribou Coffee (right next to the entrance to the BRYC Clubhouse) in the Kings Park Shopping Center, Zinga!, which sponsored a "BRYC Day" on opening day of the spring season, has generously offered to continue to give a 10% discount to any BRYC family who arrive for a treat any time wearing a BRYC jersey cap, jacket, or spirit wear. Just remind them to note that you’re a proud member of the Braddock Road Youth Club.
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.