Monday, April 30, 2007
Next year you guys are going to be on the bottom of the
totem pole once again. Remember as your feeling bad
about your position in the food chain that it won't last forever.
You need to be aware that there will always be new kids on the
block throughout your life and newbies will always have to pay
their dues. Check out this video of DC United's rookies paying
The Red and Black wore maroon in tribute to those that lost their lives at VT on April 16th.
Each jersey will be autographed and auctioned off at MLSnet.com with proceeds going to the
Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
today about the Dallas, Red Bull game last night. My personal
favorite involved tracking "El Piscadito's" (The little fish, Carlos
Ruiz of Dallas) dives and scoring them. I even had some great
diving video clips picked out, but Dallas didn't maintain enough
possesion to make Ruiz's flops news worthy.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Directions to Lakeview Baptist Church......
From Lenoir or Hickory......
Go Hwy 321 to Southwest Blvd (The Loop).
Get on Southwest Blvd, and got to the 1st traffic light - turn left onto 321A South.
Follow 321A South about a mile, and pass Kincaid Furniture (on the right).
Just past Kincaid Furn, turn right onto Shasta Lane.
The church will be a couple hundred yards on the left.
325 Shasta Lane
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Here's your chance to see what all the talk is about
regarding the Red Bull's Jozy Altidore . The 17 year
had the MLS goal of the week last week. You can see
that and all the other goals from week 3 in the video
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Meet at 6:00 pm at Lakeview Baptist Church (Joyceton area). Anyone with an X-Box, please bring it with you (games. controllers, etc.)
1) Meal: We will be treated to a fine Barbecue Supper (6:00-6:45). Meal will be provided free for team members, their parents, and our sponsors. Anyone else wishing to come and attend, can purchase a plate for $6.00 each.
2) Music: There will be a special music presentation afterwards (7:00 - 7:30). This is my treat to the team.
3) Games: X-Box game link. We will link all the X-boxes in the fellowship hall, and let the kids enjoy some competition (7:30 - 9:30). We will have popcorn & drinks during the X-box games.
Please plan to come and enjoy......
1) The kids & sponsors are invited to attend a Rock Climbing Adventure at Foot Sloggers in Boone, NC.
We will have the climbing tower from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Gear is provided, wear shorts or warm up pants for comfort in climbing. I will have a waver of liability for parents to sign, on Friday 4-27 at the "Part 1 party" (or see me prior to 5-19 to sign). www.rockdimensions.com
2) After the climbing tower adventure, we will stop by the Park in Blowing Rock. Please bring a basketball, tennis equip, soccer ball, or just yourself - to hang and enjoy the area.
3) There's all kinds of food/ice cream/ treats nearby, if you want to treat yourself. We may do something (Hot-dogs & Chips?), but do not have any details worked out yet....
More info. and directions to come !!!!
You guys all know who Pele is but this is another legend of the game that you should know.
Johann Cruyff played for Holland and played most of his career for Dutch giants Ajax. Ajax's
style became known as "total football". This was due to fluid movement of players during the game. All positions were interchangeable and no field player was to feel stuck in a position.
If you do recognize the name it's because of a move that you have practiced and mastered called the Cruyff Turn. Cruyff would look to pass or cross the ball. However, instead of kicking it, he would drag the ball behind his planted foot with the inside of his other foot and turn through 180 degrees and accelerate away outside a defender.
THE VIDEO BELOW DEMONSTRATES THE CRUYFF TURN:
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Manchester United AC Milan
Manchester faces AC Milan at home with an injury ravaged team.
Not a single one of the starters in the back are healthy enough to
hit the field against Milan. The player to watch will be double award
winner Christiano Ronaldo who was voted the English player's association
Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. For AC Milan Brazilian Kaka
will be trying to show why some consider him the world's best striker. If you
didn't read my entry on how to watch a game, check it out here:http://5050ball.blogspot.com/2007/04/april-16-2007.html
Monday, April 23, 2007
I have been preaching to you for a couple of years now that there is a difference between playing "defense" and playing "back". Playing defense can not be used to mean a player whose position is in the defensive third of the field. I'm sure you can all repeat me with the mantra, "We all play offense when we have the ball and we all play defense when we give up possesion."
Now with that out of the way I wanted to talk a little bit about the the difference in the mentality of the player positioned in the back. The picture above is a perfect visual of the difference between players playing back and those playing up top. The two in the foreground play in the back while the sparkling clean player in the background plays up top. Players in the back are generally hard working, blue collar types, not seeking glory or fame and not afraid to get dirty. Their joy comes from getting stuck in and knowing in their heart that without them there is no chance for the team to succeed. Their motivation is internal rather than external. The player in the back doesn't look outside himself for the confidence to perform. It's a good thing too, because the reality of the situation is the player in the back can have the performance of the season, but get turned in the 89th minute, give up a goal and become the"goat". Now the player up top can have his worst game of the season, miss several "sitters", get lucky with a toe poke in the 89th minute and become the hero. The world is not fair, but the guy in the back knows in his heart that "Offense puts people in the seats while defense wins championships."
Here's a video for those playing in the back
Sunday, April 22, 2007
If the pros are playing these games why shouldn’t you?
If the pros are playing these games why shouldn’t you? To get started, grab a few friends and play 3 v 3 up to 15 points with one bounce allowing only one touch per player (that’s three touches in a sequence of play per team). Generally, follow the rules of tennis or volleyball, be creative and have fun. If you want to make the game more challenging volleyball is the way to go, which you do not allow a bounce. You can also put other creative restrictions on the game for a better test of your skills like requiring a combination of touches from the team (at least one headed pass and one foot pass).
The opportunities to be creative and challenge your skills are only limited to your imagination. So, just get out and play. Here is a video of DC United playing during practice:
Friday, April 20, 2007
"The tribute and fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 29 when Dynamo take on the Chicago Fire at Robertson Stadium.
The Dynamo will wear special uniforms that night featuring the Virginia Tech colors of maroon and orange, and after the match, the uniforms will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to the Memorial Fund. Fans can participate in the auction online and at Robertson Stadium the night of the match."
Thursday, April 19, 2007
LENOIR FORCE CLASSIC SOCCER TRYOUTS
The Lenoir Youth Soccer Association will be holding tryouts for the following classic soccer teams for the
2007 - 2008 SEASON.
Tryouts are open to all interested soccer players in the area. All tryouts will be held at the Rotary Soccer Complex on Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir. All players must bring shin guards, ball and water. All players must attend at least one tryout, but they are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
Monday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 23 6:00-7:30
U18- 89 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1989
U17- 90 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1990
U16- 91 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1991
U15- 92 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1992
U14- 93 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1993
U13- 94 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1994
U12- 95 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1995
U11- 96 Lenoir Force G born on or after August 1, 1996
Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24 6:00-7:30
U14- 93 Lenoir Force born on or after August 1, 1993
U13- 94 Lenoir Force born on or after August 1, 1994
U12- 95 Lenoir Force born on or after August 1, 1995
U11- 96 Lenoir Force born on or after August 1, 1996
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
ESPN will be carrying a game every Thursday during the MLS season.
Here's a video of last week's MLS goals to get you warmed up:
I'm sure you guys all know Freddy Adu's name and recognize him in the video above, but there's a new kid on the block you need to keep an eye on. Josmer (Jozy) Altidore started last year for Red Bull New York at the tender age of 16. He scored three goals in seven games last year so alot of folks are watching for this to be a breakout year for him. He tells his own story in a new Adidas, Impossible is Nothing, commercial. This is what he says.
Soccer player. Major League Soccer player at age 17
"Push yourself further, and you find out what you're really made of."
"I'm Jozy Altidore and this is my story.
When I was five, I kicked the ball too hard.
Parents were afraid I would hurt the other kids.
So I had to play with the eight-year-olds.
My weapon was gone. I was scared.
But you just got to fight for every loose ball.
You know, that's what it's about at any age.
Now I'm playing in the MLS at age seventeen.
I'm still taking on all the big guys,
That's when you find out what you're really made of."
He is also in a RBNY commercial which you can see below along with his first MLS goal.
Although it pains me to do it I thought you Carolina fans would want to know that Michael Harrington from UNC has set a new record. Harrington was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards and in his first MLS game last weekend scored in three minutes. That was enough to put him in the record book for the fastest goal in league history by a player making his debut. Here's an article about him:http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20070417&content_id=89315&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Rotary Soccer Complex
Zack’s Fork Road
July 9 – 13, 2007
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Girls and Boys Ages 5 – 14
Cost –Early registration: $55.00
After July 1: $65.00
Jim Blanton – Men’s Varsity Coach at Hibriten High School
John Howarth - Past Men’s Varsity Coach at Hibriten High School
Other local high school and College Players
Age appropriate training, combining individual skills training and small-sided games, will be used to improve player’s soccer abilities. Players should bring water, snack, shin guards, sunscreen and a ball to every session. For more information contact Coach Blanton at 728-8475 or email: email@example.com.
Registration forms are available at Mulberry Recreation Center. More info is on our web page at www.lenoiryouthsoccer.com.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Like I have been telling you guys, two of the easiest ways to improve your game are juggling and watching games. Your touch is critical so please start juggling every day! I know most of you have busy schedules and sometimes sitting down to watch a whole game is impossible on the weekend so I will be posting some highlight clips here. No excuses! I will try to put up some tv schedules also.
If you do take the time to sit down and watch a game make it worth your while. Listen to the pregame and see what formations the teams are running, pick out a player that plays your position and watch how that players moves ( with the ball and without). Off-the-ball movement is an important part of the game and is easier to see when you are watching a game in person. However, there are several ways to learn about how to make runs and supportive movement when watching a game on TV. The top of the television screen is great place to look for off-the-ball movement, because the players at the top of the screen are rarely directly involved in the play, but they will be moving. And if you’re lucky, you will see the start of a run that results in a shot or a goal a short time later.
The best time to look for movement is when a player has the ball at his feet and doesn’t seem to have anywhere to pass it. Who moves to help him? Where did they move to? How many players moved? Good possession teams always have someone in position to provide an outlet pass.
You can also look for players who made runs but didn’t get the ball. You guys only want to make runs if you're going to get the ball. Pros know that just by making a run to the corner, or moving out of a space in which they are standing, they are opening it up for teammate to get the ball. Watch how players “check in” and “check out” by moving into a space to provide a passing option, waiting, then moving out to another space. Two things are always happening in a high level game players are creating space and moving into space created by others.
Perhaps the most important thing for you to watch is the way players trap or settle the ball. I've told you your “first touch” is the most important skill you can have. The best players have great first touches, because their first touch on the ball enables them to prepare the ball for their second touch – whether it is a pass, a shot or a dribble. Watch how the players are thinking ahead when the ball is coming to them and how their first touch rarely just stops the ball at their feet. It is prepared to their right or left, so they can create space and play the ball easily and efficiently with their next touch.