Heading to Nationals - Part 4, The Coaches Journal


Day 1 - up and about

Players, coaches and parents up at 7:45am

Complimentary breakfast followed by a run and stretch. Players then disappeared to get ready for the big luncheon put on by the USYS Federation

11:30am luncheon starts

It is hard to believe after over 10,000 teams it's now down to the final 96 teams from across the country. 2800 players, coaches and officials will hit the Toyota soccer center home of FC Dallas. It is an amazing accomplishment for our teams to be in the Elite 8 of the u15 and u17 brackets. Looking around the room at the trophies and the organization gone into this event was very a humbling experience. As coaches, it was a proud moment when our team names were mentioned up on stage. The James P McGuire Cup is the oldest trophy in youth sports since and it was there on display. Since 1935 this trophy has been up for grabs.

Our ladies looked completely transformed in their formal attire for the luncheon. Tomorrow it is back to their soccer gear, which will become part of their make up for at least the next 3 days.

6pm

Light team session - quick session to loosen up the muscles and joints Break a little sweat and get heart rate raised

Hydrated and ready to go tomorrow

One team met for dinner while the other ventured out to separate venues. See you in the morning!

Toyota soccer complex

Imagine playing soccer on a carpet. These fields are some of the best in the country, and it will be an honor to play our soccer on these fields of dreams.

Inside the minds - Alex and Neil

The Cups and cups of English tea. The constant thoughts of how we want to prepare both teams. How will the line ups look? How will our rotations and subs impact on the field? Scouting our opponents. The non-soccer factors that could or break moments in the event.

There are so many scenarios written down on paper. The game plan laid out. The vision on how we want to tackle each day. All this comes down to the first whistle Tuesday morning. The variables in this game are a constant.

WE WILL NOT WAKE UP TO PLAY, WE WILL WAKE UP TO COMPETE FOR EVERY SECOND OVER EVERY BLADE OF GRASS.

Nationals Game Day 1

Sporting Omaha FC 2002 Elite vs Legends FC

Both teams came out in a 4-4-2 with legends playing a slight variation with a withdrawn striker. Within th