Monday, February 29, 2016

Game Recap: Rosevelt U18s Lose 3rd Place Game in Showcase

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s lost 6-0 loss GPS Massachusetts (MA) in the third-place game of the SUSC Spring Showcase in Epping, NH yesterday afternoon.

After being down 1-0 at halftime, the Bull Moose gave up three goals in a 3-minute span fifteen minutes into the second half. Rowan Daligan ('18) had seven saves for RSC.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)
GPMA- 6 (6 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 45%
GPMA- 55%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 169
GPMA- 295

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 208
GPMA- 363

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 45%
GPMA- 59%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 20
GPMA- 41

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 25
GPMA- 50

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
GPMA- 10

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 3 (2 inside 18 yards)
GPMA- 13 (10 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 4 (2 inside 18 yards)
GPMA- 16 (12 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 7
GPMA- 3

Saves/90'
ROSE- 9
GPMA- 4

Fouls
ROSE- 3 (3 inside defensive half)
GPMA- 5 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 4 (4 inside defensive half)
GPMA- 6 (1 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 0
GPMA- 7

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 0
GPMA- 9

Offsides
ROSE- 1
GPMA- 2

Offsides/90'
ROSE- 1
GPMA- 2

Cautions
ROSE- 1
GPMA- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
GPMA- 0

Scoring Summary:
GPMA- 30'
GPMA- 44'
GPMA- 44'
GPMA- 47'
GPMA- 59'
GPMA- 61'

Caution Summary:
ROSE- Segal, 61'

Game Recap: RSC 18s Tie Saratoga Wilton in Showcase

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s tied its second game of the SUSC Spring Showcase in Epping, NH Saturday, with a 0-0 tie to the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club (NY). Goalkeeper Rowan Daligan ('18) had eight saves for Rosevelt SC.

Despite a 1-0-1 record, the Bull Moose didn't qualify for the age group's championship due to losing out on a goal differential tie-breaker to Saratoga Wilton.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)
STGA- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 42%
STGA- 58%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 139
STGA- 275

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 171
STGA- 338

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 39%
STGA- 56%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 16
STGA- 39

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 20
STGA- 48

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
STGA- 9

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)
STGA- 8 (3 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)
STGA- 10 (4 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 8
STGA- 1

Saves/90'
ROSE- 10
STGA- 1

Fouls
ROSE- 5 (4 inside defensive half)
STGA- 11 (4 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 6 (5 inside defensive half)
STGA- 14 (5 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 0
STGA- 5

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 0
STGA- 6

Offsides
ROSE- 0
STGA- 2

Offsides/90'
ROSE- 0
STGA- 2

Cautions
ROSE- 0
STGA- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
STGA- 0

Game Recap: RSC 18s Win Showcase Opener

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s won its opening game in the 2016 SUSC Spring Showcase Saturday afternoon in Epping, NH with a 1-0 win over Seacoast United (NH).

The Bull Moose scored the game's only goal in the 25th minute, when left back Shammah Gahomera ('17) snuck a low shot past the Seacoast goalkeeper.

Goalkeeper Rowan Daligan ('18) had one save for Rosevelt SC, and Austin Farwell ('16) provided the assist on the goal.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)
SUSC- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 60%
SUSC- 40%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 290
SUSC- 158

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 357
SUSC- 194

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 58%
SUSC- 43%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 40
SUSC- 19

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 49
SUSC- 23

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 18
SUSC- 13

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 9 (7 inside 18 yards)
SUSC- 6 (4 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 18 (9 inside 18 yards)
SUSC- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 1
SUSC- 17

Saves/90'
ROSE- 1
SUSC- 21

Fouls
ROSE- 6 (1 inside defensive half)
SUSC- 6 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 7 (1 inside defensive half)
SUSC- 7 (1 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 7
SUSC- 4

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 9
SUSC- 5

Offsides
ROSE- 3
SUSC- 0

Offsides/90'
ROSE- 4
SUSC- 0

Cautions
ROSE- 0
SUSC- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
SUSC- 0

Scoring Summary:
ROSE- Gahomera 25' (Farwell)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Game Recap: Rosevelt 18s Drop One to SoPo

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s lost to South Portland 4-3 Sunday night in a 50-minute game in the Gorham Sports Center winter league.

The Bull Moose jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first five minutes with goals by Jimmy Pelletier ('17) and Austin Farwell ('16), but South Portland scored three unanswered goals, including two in the last couple minutes of the half, to take a 3-2 lead into halftime. Pelletier's second goal of the game five minutes into the second half evened the game, but South Portland scored the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Goalkeeper Rowan Daligan ('18) had five saves for Rosevelt SC, Caleb Barlow ('18) had two assists, and Varney Kai ('16) added an assist.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 3 (2 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 4 (4 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 57%
SOPO- 43%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 248
SOPO- 147

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 357
SOPO- 212

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 56%
SOPO- 43%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 35
SOPO- 16

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 50
SOPO- 23

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
SOPO- 10

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 9 (7 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 6 (4 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 13 (10 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 9 (6 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 5
SOPO- 6

Saves/90'
ROSE- 7
SOPO- 10

Fouls
ROSE- 6 (3 inside defensive half)
SOPO- 5 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 9 (4 inside defensive half)
SOPO- 7 (2 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 2
SOPO- 2

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 3
SOPO- 3

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
SOPO- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
SOPO- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
SOPO- 0

Scoring Summary:
ROSE- Pelletier 2' (Barlow)
ROSE- Farwell 5' (Barlow)
SOPO- 8'
SOPO- 23'
SOPO- 24'
ROSE- Pelletier 30' (Kai)
SOPO- 43'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Game Recap: Rosevelt SC U18s and U16s Squared Off

The Rosevelt Soccer Club's U18B and U16B teams played each other Sunday afternoon in a Gorham Sports Center winter league game. Below are the game stats:

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE (U18)- 5 (5 inside 18 yards)
ROSE (U16)- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE (18)- 60%
ROSE (16)- 40%

Completed Passes
ROSE (18)- 221
ROSE (16)- 112

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE (18)- 314
ROSE (16)- 161

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE (18)- 56%
ROSE (16)- 40%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE (18)- 35
ROSE (16)- 14

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE (18)- 50
ROSE (16)- 20

Longest Pass String:
ROSE (18)- 11
ROSE (16)- 8

Shots on Goal
ROSE (18)- 6 (6 inside 18 yards)
ROSE (16)- 1 (0 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE (18)- 9 (9 inside 18 yards)
ROSE (16)- 2 (0 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE (18)- 1
ROSE (16)- 1

Saves/90'
ROSE (18)- 2
ROSE (16)- 2

Fouls
ROSE (18)- 2 (0 inside defensive half)
ROSE (16)- 3 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE (18)- 3 (0 inside defensive half)
ROSE (16)- 4 (2 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE (18)- 3
ROSE (16)- 2

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE (18)- 4
ROSE (16)- 3

Offsides
ROSE (18)- n/a
ROSE (16)- n/a

Cautions
ROSE (18)- 0
ROSE (16)- 0

Ejections
ROSE (18)- 0
ROSE (16)- 0

Game Recap: U14s Double L/A United

The Rosevelt SC U14B edged L/A United in a Gorham Sports Center winter league game Sunday afternoon. Game stats:

Goals
ROSE- 6 (4 inside 18 yards)
LAUN- 3 (3 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 52%
LAUN- 48%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 191
LAUN- 179

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 275
LAUN- 258

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 54%
LAUN- 51%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 24
LAUN- 19

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 35
LAUN- 27

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
LAUN- 9

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 14 (10 inside 18 yards)
LAUN- 11 (9 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 19 (14 inside 18 yards)
OPPO- 16 (13 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 8
LAUN- 8

Saves/90'
ROSE- 12
LAUN- 12

Fouls
ROSE- 2 (1 inside defensive half)
LAUN- 2 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 3 (2 inside defensive half)
LAUN- 3 (2 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 4
LAUN- 2

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 6
LAUN- 3

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
LAUN- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
LAUN- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
LAUN- 0

Game Recap: U14s Defeat Gorham

The Rosevelt SC U14s defeated Gorham in a Gorham Sports Center winter league game Sunday afternoon. Below are the game stats:

Goals
ROSE- 13 (11 inside 18 yards)
GORH- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 64%
GORH- 36%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 324
GORH- 101

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 467
GORH- 145

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 65%
GORH- 37%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 49
GORH- 12

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 71
GORH- 17

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 14
GORH- 4

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 27 (21 inside 18 yards)
GORH- 2 (2 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 35 (12 inside 18 yards)
GORH- 3 (3 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 1
GORH- 14

Saves/90'
ROSE- 2
GORH- 20

Fouls
ROSE- 0 (0 inside defensive half)
GORH- 0 (0 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 0 (0 inside defensive half)
GORH- 0 (0 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 5
GORH- 4

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 7
GORH- 6

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
GORH- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
GORH- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
GORH- 0

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Game Recap: 18s Double GNG Blue

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s beat GNG Blue 4-2 in a 50-minute Gorham Sports Center winter league game Sunday night.

After conceding a goal in the third minute, Rosevelt bounced back with a Caleb Pendleton ('17) goal in the 20th minute and a J.C. Ndayisabye ('17) goal in the 20th minute to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Noor Abdulabas ('17) and Austin Farwell ('16) added goals in the 26th minute, and GNG Blue converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute.

Goalkeeper Rowan Daligan ('18) made four saves in the win.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 4 (4 inside 18 yards)
GNGB- 2 (2 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 65%
GNGB- 35%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 244
GNGB- 72

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 351
GNGB- 103

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 62%
GNGB- 32%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 32
GNGB- 7

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 46
GNGB- 10

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 14
GNGB- 3

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 11 (8 inside 18 yards)
GNGB- 6 (3 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 15 (12 inside 18 yards)
GNGB- 9 (4 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 4
GNGB- 7

Saves/90'
ROSE- 6
GNGB- 10

Fouls
ROSE- 6 (5 inside defensive half)
GNGB- 3 (2 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 9 (7 inside defensive half)
GNGB- 4 (3 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 1
GNGB- 0

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 2
GNGB- 0

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
GNGB- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
GNGB- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
GNGB- 0

Scoring Summary:
GNGB- 3'
ROSE- Pendleton 17' (N. Abdulabas)
ROSE- Ndayisabye 20' (Farwell)
ROSE- N. Abdulabas 26'
ROSE- Farwell 26' (S. Abdulabas)
GNGB- 34'

Game Recap: RSC 16s Fall to SoPo

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U16s lost to South Portland 2-1 Sunday night in a 50-minute game in the Gorham Sports Center winter league.

The Bull Moose gave up a goal in the first minute, but play gradually evened out heading into halftime. Another conceding an early goal in the second half was answered with a Sam Burghardt ('18) goal off an assist from Noah Drapeau ('18).

Goalkeepers Jacob Brackett ('18) and Alden Leadley ('20) combined for eight saves.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 1 (1 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 2 (2 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 48%
SOPO- 52%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 149
SOPO- 175

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 215
SOPO- 252

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 47%
SOPO- 51%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 21
SOPO- 20

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 30
SOPO- 29

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
SOPO- 11

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 6 (1 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 10 (3 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 9 (2 inside 18 yards)
SOPO- 14 (4 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 8
SOPO- 5

Saves/90'
ROSE- 12
SOPO- 7

Fouls
ROSE- 11 (3 inside defensive half)
SOPO- 11 (2 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 16 (4 inside defensive half)
SOPO- 16 (3 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 2
SOPO- 5

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 3
SOPO- 7

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
SOPO- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
SOPO- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
SOPO- 0

Scoring Summary:
SOPO- 1'
SOPO- 29'
ROSE- Burghardt 32' (Drapeau)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Game Recap: U14B Split Squad Drop Games

The Rosevelt SC U14B split squads dropped a couple games in their Gorham Sports Center league games earlier this afternoon.

Half the team played against the BE Scots, while the other half of the team played the Windham Eagles. The game stats below represent the first half of the former, the second half of the latter game, and combination of both.

1st Half

Goals
ROSE- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)
BESC- 2 (2 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 62%
BESC- 38%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 117
BESC- 47

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 55%
BESC- 33%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 17
BESC- 4

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
BESC- 3

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 10 (2 inside 18 yards)
BESC- 7 (3 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 8
BESC- 7

Fouls
ROSE- 1 (1 inside defensive half)
BESC- 2 (2 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 5
BESC- 0

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
BESC- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
BESC- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
BESC- 0

2nd Half

Goals
ROSE- 2 (1 inside 18 yards)
WIND- 2 (2 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 60%
WIND- 40%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 95
WIND- 36

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 55%
WIND- 32%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 15
WIND- 2

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 8
WIND- 4

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 10 (6 inside 18 yards)
WIND- 6 (4 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 8
WIND- 4

Fouls
ROSE- 2 (1 inside defensive half)
WIND- 0 (0 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 2
WIND- 1

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
WIND- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
WIND- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
WIND- 0

Total

Goals
ROSE- 2 (1 inside 18 yards)
OPPO- 4 (4 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 61%
OPPO- 39%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 212
OPPO- 83

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 305
OPPO- 120

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 55%
OPPO- 33%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 32
OPPO- 6

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 46
OPPO- 9

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 8
OPPO- 4

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 20 (8 inside 18 yards)
OPPO- 13 (7 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 29 (12 inside 18 yards)
OPPO- 19 (10 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 11
OPPO- 16

Saves/90'
ROSE- 16
OPPO- 23

Fouls
ROSE- 3 (2 inside defensive half)
OPPO- 2 (2 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 4 (3 inside defensive half)
OPPO- 3 (3 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 7
OPPO- 1

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 10
OPPO- 2

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
OPPO- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
OPPO- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
OPPO- 0


Game Recap: RSC U10s Play Third Game in Winter League

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U10B team remained unbeaten after its third game in the Gorham Sports Center's winter league yesterday afternoon. Below are the game stats:

Game Statistics

Time of Possession
ROSE- 62%
FRYE- 38%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 140
FRYE- 40

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 202
FRYE- 58

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 54%
FRYE- 25%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 22
FRYE- 0

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 32
FRYE- 0

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 7
FRYE- 2

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 42 (n/a inside 18 yards)
FRYE- 2 (n/a inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 50 (n/a inside 18 yards)
FRYE- 3 (n/a inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 2
FRYE- 28

Saves/90'
ROSE- 3
FRYE- 40

Fouls
ROSE- n/a (n/a inside defensive half)
FRYE- n/a (n/a inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- n/a (n/a inside defensive half)
FRYE- n/a (n/a inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- n/a
FRYE- n/a

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- n/a
FRYE- n/a

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
FRYE- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- n/a
FRYE- n/a

Ejections
ROSE- n/a
FRYE- n/a

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What Maine Can Learn from Iceland, Part One



(Update: This post was initially written in February 2016, twenty months before Iceland qualified for its first World Cup--and the U.S. failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1986.)

The U.S. Men's National Team narrowly defeated Iceland in an international friendly Sunday afternoon. And though many of us in Maine are happy with the result, we Mainers actually have more to learn from our Nordic visitors than we do from our own national team.

That's because learning from Iceland's steady rise on the international soccer scene might have more to teach us as a small, cold, geographically-isolated soccer state than any steady diet of the U.S. national program could.

Soccernomics

Iceland's population (332,000) is one-quarter the size as Maine's population (1.3M), and Iceland's economy ($14.4B) is one-third the size of Maine's economy ($54.4B). Population and wealth, according to soccer journalist Simon Kuper economists and soccer economist Stefan Szymanski, are supposed to be two leading indicators for success on the soccer field.

Yet Iceland's men's national soccer team just qualified for the 2016 Euro championship, and many of its players are playing in the best leagues in the world. Maine, on the other hand, has struggled to field teams to compete at a regional level within the U.S., and our most illustrious homegrown player was a role player (and folk legend) in MLS.

Which leads to the question: How is it that a country with a population only slightly larger than that of Cumberland County (pop. 288,00) can be that much more productive a soccer community than Maine has been?

There appear to be at least three reasons:

1. Coach education

Regardless of which analysis you read charting Iceland's steady climb as a soccer country, the most relevant indicator for its success is the country's deep reservoir of highly-trained coaches.

According to a recent article on the Iceland phenomenon, there are at least 639 coaches in Iceland who've earned a UEFA B license, the third-highest level of certification in that confederation. And according to a 2013 article on this topic, another 165 Icelandic coaches had earned a UEFA A license, the second-highest level of certification.

To put those numbers in some context, Soccer Maine's Director of Coaching Todd Sniper estimates there are currently ten USSF A coaches in Maine, four B-licensed coaches in the state, and ten coaches with a C license. There are, in other words, about 25 coaches in Maine who've earned the three highest levels of coaching certification offered by the USSF--compared to the roughly 800 Iceland coaches who've earned similar levels of certification. (And that number of highly-certified Icelanders doesn't even include the number of coaches in Iceland who've earned the UEFA's highest level of certification, the UEFA Pro License.)

Now, certified coaches don't necessarily equate competent coaches--or vice-versa. But there's no doubt Maine could benefit from more highly-credentialed coaches working with our developing players.

2. Year-round facilities

Along with Maine's relatively small population and modest wealth, our cold and snowy climate is also frequently cited as a deterrent to statewide success on the soccer field.

As might be expected of a country named Iceland, that country's climate is chillier and snowier than Maine's climate. The average high temperature in Iceland is below 50° F eight months of the year, while never getting higher than 56° F during any given month. Maine's climate is more soccer-friendly with a monthly average high lower than 50° F over five months, and we enjoy relatively balmy high averages May-September. Likewise, Iceland's 117 days of snow cover is about 1.5 months longer than Maine's annual average of seventy days of snow cover each year.

So how does Iceland develop more quality soccer players than Maine? Investments in indoor and all-weather facilities, of course.

As of December 2014, Iceland had seven full-sized indoor turf facilities devoted to soccer, and another four half-sized indoor facilities. This accounts for one indoor soccer facility for every 30,000 Icelanders. By comparison, Maine's Cumberland County has a couple facilities that could be described as full-sized (the Gorham Sports Center and the Portland Sports Complex) and another facility that could be described as half-sized (207Sports). These three indoor facilities give us a rate of an one indoor facility for every 96,000 Cumberland County residents. (Of course, there are other facilities around the state--including the recently-built The Pitch in Warren, Maine--but our players' and coaches' access to year-round facilities lags behind the access afforded to Icelandic players and coaches.)

Another big difference in the two regions' access to year-round soccer facilities is the ample investment Iceland has poured into constructing artificial fields for 5 v. 5 games outside most elementary schools in the country. Mainers' access to all-weather fields for informal, low-cost playing opportunities is relatively non-existent. To wit, if you want to play soccer in Maine in January, it will cost you either $350/hour at your local indoor facility or $30 at your local school's gym. These 5 v. 5 fields that can be accessed for free during recess shouldn't be overlooked.

Even though Maine has quite a bit of ground to make up when it comes to most all-weather infrastructure, one area our state compares well to Iceland is the number of full-sized artificial turf fields in our state. Thanks to the investments made by Maine's high schools and colleges over the last decade, the number of turf fields in Maine either rivals or surpasses the 22 outdoor turf fields Iceland has built up.

3. Experience

As mentioned above, authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski identified a region's population and wealth as two influential indicators for that region's success on the soccer field. A third factor, a region's soccer history, is another indicator for that region's success. And of the the three key differences between Icelandic and Maine soccer, our state's soccer-playing experience is by definition the most time-consuming to bridge.

The Urvalsdeild, or the Icelandic top division of soccer, dates back to 1912. And of the current 12 clubs currently competing in the Urvalsdeild, eight of those clubs joined the competition by 1975. In contrast, Maine's soccer scene only started gaining traction by the 1970s, with the growing popularity of high school and collegiate soccer. And on the club side, the Maine soccer scene is even younger--both in terms of our clubs' histories and in terms of our clubs' target population. Decades of progress can't be made up in a matter of years, but there are steps Maine's soccer community can take at least help our soccer culture mature.

Conclusion

Which leads to the conclusion of this post. This admittedly is one of those annoying posts that identifies numerous shortcomings, without also identifying numerous solutions. But more work and more collaboration could possibly provide those solutions.

In the meantime, a quick note on ambition: Even if Maine were able to drastically increase the square footage of all-weather playing surfaces and greatly boost the number of highly-certified coaches, we still shouldn't expect to compete at the same level as an Iceland. That Nordic country is cited as an exceptional model because, well, it's exceptional.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't do more to be the best soccer state we can be at the club, scholastic, and collegiate levels. And until these areas--and other factors--are addressed, our state will not even reach that modest goal.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Game Recap: U18s Shut Out Massabesic

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18s shut out Massabesic 5-0 last night in a Gorham Sports Center winter league game.

Caleb Barlow ('18) opened the scoring for the Bull Moose in the 3rd minute, and Sajjad Abdulabas ('17) added a 23rd minute goal to give Rosevelt SC a 2-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Austin Farwell ('16) tacked on a third goal in the 29th minute and Baxter Nichols ('17) and Caleb Pendleton ('17) scored in the 34th and 39th minutes, respectively.

Goalkeepers Rowan Daligan ('18) and D.J. Henrikson ('16) faced one shot in the shutout.

Game Statistics

Goals
ROSE- 5 (4 inside 18 yards)
MASS- 0 (0 inside 18 yards)

Time of Possession
ROSE- 62%
MASS- 38%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 234
MASS- 74

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 337
MASS- 107

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 59%
MASS- 31%

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater:
ROSE- 30
MASS- 6

Pass Strings of 3 or Greater/90':
ROSE- 43
MASS- 9

Longest Pass String:
ROSE- 9
MASS- 7

Shots on Goal
ROSE- 15 (10 inside 18 yards)
MASS- 1 (0 inside 18 yards)

Shots on Goal/90'
ROSE- 22 (14 inside 18 yards)
MASS- 2 (0 inside 18 yards)

Saves
ROSE- 1
MASS- 10

Saves/90'
ROSE- 2
MASS- 14

Fouls
ROSE- 7 (3 inside defensive half)
MASS- 5 (1 inside defensive half)

Fouls/90'
ROSE- 10 (4 inside defensive half)
MASS- 7 (2 inside defensive half)

Corner Kicks
ROSE- 5
MASS- 0

Corner Kicks/90'
ROSE- 7
MASS- 0

Offsides
ROSE- n/a
MASS- n/a

Cautions
ROSE- 0
MASS- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0
MASS- 0

Scoring Summary:
ROSE- Barlow 6'
ROSE- Abdulabas 23'
ROSE- Farwell 29' (Pendleton)
ROSE- Nichols 34'
ROSE- Pendleton 39'