After a couple of weeks practicing the Youth Academy played their first friendly match against the U11 of the Houston Dutch Lions FC. The Youth Academy practiced very hard the pass few weeks, their goal is to build up the play from the back line all the way to the front line. In the beginning of the game the play worked well, whereas we were passing the ball starting from the back all the way to the front. However sometimes when we were dribbling or bringing the ball to our teammates, rather than passing. We can conclude that it does not work. We have to stay in out position with ball possession and without the ball. If we keep doing that we can play the ball and without the ball we will have the ball back in possession very soon. If you look back to the game, we did a good job but you can always do things better. Monday another practice to improve ourselves.
HDL FC U11 – HDL FC U12
Player of the week: Jose Contreras
On Saturday, February 15th the U11 had their first friendly game of the spring season. They played against the U12 Dutch Lions team. In the beginning of the game it was difficult because the pace of the U12 was high. After ten minutes it was going better and we created some changes. In the second half everybody now know what we could expected. So we had a little more control over the game and some more ball possession as in the first half. The main goal of the game was to play in our position and hold that position. You saw that is was difficult because most of the time everybody focus on where the ball is. We will keep on working hard in practices and try to play better week by week.
Houston Dutch Lions FC U10
Player of the Day: Tyler Skrehot and Camden Foytlin
Our U10’s played a game against each other in preparation for the upcoming Spring season. The game was played at our own soccer complex where the fields are wide, our U10’s used this space to play the ball around and keep it in their possession.
An advantage of a wide field is something that will happen over time, the Coaches could see the players sometimes bundle up. But the difference between the first and second half was big on this point. With both teams trying to play on ball possession it became a nice game to watch.
Players were controlling and passing and showed improvement compared to the start of the fall season back in August 2013.
This week will be the start of the Technical practice on Monday. Next week the players have another game at the Houston Dutch Lions FC soccer complex before going into Spring Break. Soon after that the first official league games will start, players and Coaches will work hard on getting ready for these games!
The Houston Dutch Lions FC their U6 and U8 players started the morning with 4 against 4 games! Each player played 3 seperate games, the Coaches keep track of each players Development by goals and wins of each Saturday morning.