BARCA '95 ELITE - RICHMOND KICKERS COLUMBUS DAY FINALIST
The discipline of playing shorthanded is a challenge for players:
The Barca '95 Elite boys took to the field in Richmond with only 11 players and no subs on the first day of competition. The team consisting of mostly 17 and 16 year olds played in the HS Open Division. The first match against Richmond Kickers U18s proved to be physically draining for the boys who managed to pull off the win. The second match even more difficult playing 80% of the game with 10 men due to a player injury and short handed. On Sunday, a tie against the second Richmond kickers U17 team allowed them to advance to finals. In the finals, playing again with 10 men most of the match, the team was unable to pull of a win. A good effort this weekend. Congratulations Boys!
Barca '02 Premier - Champions of the OBGC Labor Day tournament. The team begin the new seasonal 2014-2015 play with their new Barca Nike Jerseys. With 1 Win 2 Draws in the preliminary rounds, it was enought to win the group play and propel the team to the finals on Monday morning. The boys then took care of business and won the finals 1-0. Congratulations boys!!
The selected players from the club's U7/U8/U9 academy pool of players proved to be a force to reckon with during this year 3-v-3 National Championship in Orlando Florida. The team showed a tremendous amount of confident and flamboyant display of skill, determination and relentless effort resulted in establishing their dominance early in the tourney and through each game. The boys were focused and determined to surpass their 2nd place finish last year and set them aside from within a pool of 22 teams. Congratulations Boys!
The boys went into this year championship knowing they are strong and equipped with all the right personnel in all the aspect of the game. The challenge for them this year was whether they can withstand the urge of been over confident or show the lack of mental discipline or preparedness. Most importantly psychologically they need to be in the right frame of mind for each game. The inception of another local Virginia squad that included a former coach and players from our academy put all this to test and eventually, the boys confidence; mental strength and relaxed game (at times maybe too relaxed for the parents) resulted in a well executed game plan. Congratulation Boys!
After a disappointing narrow lose in the semifinal last year, and end up finishing third, the squad returned to the championship this year aiming not only to surpass that milestone, but to bring home the championship. The only obstacle in their way prior to departing for Florida this year was finding the right balance of players from within the club academy pool at the U10 age group. However, the team was established with only two returning players from the last year squad, plus a guest player from McLean. The team quickly established themselves as the favorite and the team to look out for. Their success continues through the last day of the tournament when they finally suffer their only loss in the championship game against a team from Texas. Congratulation Boys!
Disney 3v3 U11 - Silver Division National Champions
Barca Golden Jets Jr. Elite
The U11 Elite overcame a difficult first day of the tournament to win the national Silver Bracket. The Final was won in thrilling fashion, on a late golaso by Jeffrey Manzanares against a physical and fast Sharpstrong team from Chicago. The U11 boys lost only two games throughout the weekend, to the FC Dallas (Gold Bracket winner), and to ICFC (Gold brackert third place finisher). To win five games in a row after suffering such an unlucky draw says volumes about the growth of the boys and this team over the last 3 years. Congratulations Boys!