Author: Jacob Sweeney


27 Oct Preseason

Preseason ended with a record of 1-1. Not that winning is even the purpose of preseason, but... Our first game was against Ridge Community HS. This school is known for their feisty demeanor and fast forwards, which got the best of us. We lost 4-1. But the loss was just what we needed. It was the worst thing that could happen to us, but also the best because it showed us our weaknesses and allowed us to make adjustments before the official season began. Perhaps the worst part of the game was we lost Molly L. to a concussion for a few days. She had all the classic signs of injury. It was like out of a text book. She said the lights were bright, she was nauseous and spotty memory. Greg, my assistant coach, spotted it right away. Thursday, we played again verse Lakeland HS. We had a much stronger showing, fixed a few mistakes and won 2-0. I felt there was more within us, but I was satisfied with the result.
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Frist scrimmage

10 Oct So it Begins

As I mentioned, tryouts are a lot of things but one thing they are not is, fun. Tryouts are tough on the emotions and body, a long 4 days, and hot. However, I now have a team and we are ready to go. Here is our first inter squad scrimmage. First JV VS VAR, then mixed squad.  Here we go!
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04 Oct Here we go

It is my intention to blog about this next season at McKeel. However, I prefer the word journal or captains log verse blog... but either way, here we go. It is just one day until tryouts. Tryout week is a big week. I am always anxious to see what new talent has shown up, excited to see my old players return and curious to see who has decided not to play any more. This year I am particularly anxious for the new talent as many of my former club team players are trying out. One day before tryouts and I don't feel as prepared as I want to and it seems like I am forgetting something. I have often wished this could be my full time job, how cool would that be? Usually we have about 60 girls tryout. I expect we will have close to that amount this year also.
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16 Sep Parents, Soccer and Chess.

A few weeks ago. A parent got angry with me. They didn't like the position I was playing their child on the field. They thought he was a great forward, and perhaps he is, but I thought he was a better defender. Perhaps most importantly, a defender was what the TEAM needed. Here is a great article I wanted to share. I hope you will take the time to read it, because it is really good. I have copied the article below for those too lazy to use the link. Thanks to my assistant coach who sent me the link.   "I had a parent email me last week seeking advice for how to help her 10 year old son deal with the fact that the coach is playing him as a defender, whereas he’s usually played as a forward. It wasn’t clear to me from her email if the issue was hers or her son’s, so I (hopefully subtly) encouraged her to figure that out first. I then tried to get the point across to the parent that BEING A TEAMMATE is being a member of a team and doing what is needed – being on the bench, being the goalkeeper, being the goal scorer, being the defender that stops the other team from scoring, or the weak sided midfielder that runs up and down the field all day and rarely receives the ball. You get my point. Being on a team means you do what the team needs from you at that moment. Being a teammate means you play your heart out in whatever position you happen to be assigned. Just like a chess match, each position is essential to the proper performance of the team. I get this. Or at least I thought I did.
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06 Sep Well Said…

“The way the game is educated, told, driven, we are still far away from real soccer nations,” Klinsmann told the Post. “The biggest educational problem is people think it's a coaches' game in the United States. It's not. It's a players' game.   “There's too much emphasis on telling people what to do.”
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29 Aug Turn Club On Its Head Part 2

I never expected to see anything on this again, but here it is. To read the article click here. You can also read below. U.S. Soccer has called a meeting in Chicago on Oct. 16 in response to growing discontent among American youth clubs. has learned that several major clubs received invitations from the federation via email, memo or phone call to discuss the issue of training compensation and solidarity. Article 20 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players states that training compensation must be paid to clubs that helped develop a player from ages 12 to 21 when that player signs his first professional contract and when he transfers between clubs in different countries. Article 21 states that a total of 5% of the fee for non-free transfers between clubs in different countries must be paid as solidarity to the player’s youth clubs.
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