As if the Friday Night Lights program weren’t enough, John Kelleher is also the force behind Braddock FC, a young adult squad of mostly former BRYC players playing in the Northern Virginia Soccer League (NVSL). After a disappointing inaugural season in the spring of 2012, failing to win a game until the last match of the season and finishing with a record of 1 – 5 – 3, the team has steadily improved. Playing the fall and spring NVSL-affiliated seasons and then an unaffiliated summer tourney, as the team begins its fifth year and completes its 13th season John was proud to report that Braddock FC won the Open Division II Championship with an undefeated record of 8 – 0 – 1. They jumped out quick to a 7 win start and then had to come-from-behind over the last two games to earn a tie and a final win, respectively, winning the division by a single point over their closest rival with a positive goal differential of 27 (34 GF, 7 GA) and 3 shut-outs. John also proudly reported the way they did it...with just a single player serving a 1-game suspension for accumulated yellows and not a single red-card infraction. The players are pictured following their final spring season game wearing their new Under Armour team jerseys. Go Braddock FC!
Sadly, on another note, John reported that Renegades FC which was another BRYC affiliated team that entered NVSL in the Spring ’14 season, with a roster heavy with former BRYC players, under the management of a former BRYC U19 player and eventually coached by Diego Torres (former BRYC Sr. Div Coach) folded after the Fall ’15 season. They won the Division II championship in Spring ’15 and finished second in Fall ’15. They were a top contender and it is unfortunate that they folded.
April 4 -- Playing in the first game of their first season in the Northern Virginia Soccer League (NVSL) Division 2, Braddock FC got off to a slow start and went down 0-2 at the half, but then tagged three consecutive goals on their opponent. Murphy’s, playing in their fourth season together, regrouped and tied the game before scoring the game winner with minutes left to play, for a final score 4-3. It wasn’t a win, but it wasn’t a bad first game, either....
On the heels of a their successful soccer program dubbed "Friday Night Lights" in which up to 100 players show up at Woodson HS on any given Friday night for some friendly compeition, orgnizers John Kelleher and Bob Brennis went a step further and formed an adult club known as "Braddock FC", participating in the Northern Virginia Soccer League (NVSL). Far from "pickup" matches, NVSL is a well organized competitive league with three divisions (not unlike European "football") in which teams move up and down from season to season based on their competititive results.
The establishment of an NVSL club is not taken lightly, requiring a significant financial commitment from each of the players, not to speak of regularly scheduled pratices and matches. With moral support (and a limited financial guarantee) from the BRYC Rec Soccer Executive Committee, and after the success of Friday Night Lights, John and Bob determined that there was enough interest among "over 18" players to pursue the opportunity and extend themselves a bit further...and they were right. Approximately twenty players, mostly alums of "Friday Night Lightts" and the BRYC Recreational Soccer program, signed up for the squad for the spring season.
Kudos to John and Bob for their commitment to BRYC, which is proud to offer its support, and their commitment to the group of young men, some of whom they have been coaching for a number of years as U16/19 players, who will carry the Braddock banner. (Don’t be fooled by the fact that they will be wearing red jerseys!) Click on the "Braddock FC" link to the left for more information and a link to the NVSL web site.