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Pictured from L to R: Front Row – Austin Myara, Stephen Taylor, Brendan O’Connor, Justin O’Connor, Andrew Chlebina. Back Row – Michael Amaya, Carlos Reyes, Gus Pederson, Jake Bokorney, Tyler Marshall, Ivan Pineda , Rashoir Elliot , Seb Behan
FC Sarasota U17 Boys Proud of Recent Success
Sarasota, FL, June, 21, 2010 – The U17 Boys Team, which is made up of players from both Manatee and Sarasota counties, is proud to announce our region's very first player to be selected to a United States National Soccer Team. Bakie Goodman was recently honored for his hard work and dedication by being selected to the US National U15 Boys Team. Bakie just completed a week-long camp in New Jersey with the top U15 Boys from around the country and impressed his peers and coaches alike. “Overall, the play was much faster, the players were more skilled and the competition was much tougher than what I had ever experienced. The players work harder, are always moving off the ball, and they don’t stop running” said Bakie. Asked for what areas of development does he and his local team need to focus on now that he has seen the best players in the country, Bakie states “moving the ball much faster by working on our ball skills, including first touch, moving off the ball, and taking everything seriously.”
Secondly, the team returned home on Father’s Day after capturing the Championship at the Disney Summer Showcase Tournament in Orlando (June 18 - 20). According to Coach Roy Hill, “after committing to play in the Disney Tournament, 3 players from our starting 11 became unavailable, taking our squad down to just 13 players while every other team had at least 17 players on their squads. Our team was focused from the first game to dictate the speed of play and not just boot the up field in 90 degree heat. We had players step up in both performance and attitude, our defensive play was solid conceding only one goal all weekend. The team played great two touch soccer through our midfield while movement and runs from the strikers was excellent. From a coaches point view this weekend’s win will set us up well for this coming season’s CDL League and our trip to the prestigious San Diego Surf Cup Tournament in late July, where the boys will once again represent the Sarasota and Manatee area.”
Since 2005, this group of players is the only local team program designed to by-pass traditional club-level politics and unify the most committed and skilled players from the major soccer affiliates in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The focus then and now centers upon tactical soccer knowledge and implementation of sound technical skills while emphasizing individual accountability, developmental training and practice over the sole result of a game outcome. “We want our players to play the game right and develop as skilled athletes versus boot-balling just to get the win”, said Coach Hill.