March 7 -- On the heels of a most successful winter soccer program dubbed "Friday Night Lights" in which up to 70 players showed up at Wakefield Park on any given Friday night for some friendly compeition, orgnizers John Kelleher and Bob Brennis have gone a step further and formed a new adult club to be known as "Braddock FC" which will be participating this spring 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. But 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, have 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!)