Sunday, January 29, 2017

Game Recap: U18B Tie Gorham

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U18B tied Gorham 2-2 yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Sam Burghardt ('18) scored just two minutes into the game for the Bull Moose, and Kyle King ('18) scored Rosevelt's second goal in the 19th minute. 

Goalkeeper Rowan Daligan ('19) made four saves.

Game Recap: U16B Edge Velocity

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U16B defeated Velocity SC yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Colby Christekis ('20) opened the scoring for the Bull Moose in the tenth minute on a pass from Mohamed Mohamed ('20), and Mohamed scored the game winner in the 38th minute.

Game Recap: U10G Played Gorham

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U10G played Gorham yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Game Statistics

Time of Possession
ROSE- 59%
GORH- 41%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 137
GORH- 97

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 214
GORH- 151

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 36%
GORH- 29%

Friday, January 20, 2017

Two Quick Thoughts On Barcelona vs. Eibar

The Rosevelt Soccer club will be hosting its first soccer-viewing party of the 2016-2017 season this Sunday (1/22) at 2:30p. Here are a couple quick thoughts about the matchup between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar:
  • Imagine if Messi, Neymar, and Barcelona were playing in South Portland this weekend.
Sounds implausible, right? I mean, we would never expect some of the world's biggest stars playing for one of the world's most renowned soccer clubs to make a trip to such a small locale. Well, that's pretty much the equivalent of Barcelona playing Sociedad Deportivo (SD) Eibar in this weekend's La Liga game.

To wit: The population of Eibar, Spain is a little more than 27,000, while the population of South Portland is about 25,500.

Further, Eibar plays in the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,300. That's the same exact capacity of Portland's Fitzpatrick Stadium.

This unlikely asymmetry--such a big club playing in such a small city--is made possible by promotion and relegation, a system of competition that allows clubs of all sizes to move up and down among Spain's nine divisions of professional soccer based on teams' annual performance on the field.

SD Eibar, for example, finished first in the second-highest domestic league in Spain in 2014, so they've been competing in the highest level of competition for the last three seasons. And one of the perks of having the opportunity to be promoted--an opportunity that does not currently exist for clubs in U.S. soccer--is the ability to host the world's best players, regardless of the size of a club's city, stadium, or bank account.

Here's a good, 14-minute video on the SD Eibar phenomenon:




  • Barcelona is still the best club to model.
SD Eibar's rise to the top tier of Spanish soccer is remarkable. But Barcelona's performance on the soccer field should still be the focus of our players when they watch Sunday's game. To help them learn while being entertained, we'll be providing our players with bingo cards that will encourage them to watch for the same skills and habits we encourage our own players to display on the soccer field.

Here's a sample of a card:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Club Principles Check-In: U14G (Tray) Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U14G (Tray) from their game against Fryeburg in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Sunday morning:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U12G Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U12G from their game against Windham in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U10G Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U10G from their game against SV Hawks in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Friday, January 13, 2017

Soccer Positions as Chess Pieces

In his 2012 book Football and Chess: Tactics, Strategy, BeautyAdam Wells stitches together a 176-page analogy between the games of chess and soccer.

He examines many similarities both games share, including the overlap that exists between particular chess pieces on the board and particular positions on the field. Below are five of those connections, with highlight videos used to demonstrate the analogies.

Goalkeeper as King: Manuel Neuer

The intent of chess is to attack your opponent's king, while protecting your own king. The same dynamic translates directly to soccer: The intent is to attack your opponent's goalkeeper, while protecting your own goalkeeper.

The analogy between the king in chess and the goalkeeper in soccer can be taken a step further. Both the king and the goalkeeper primarily play defensive roles, but they also have opportunities to be utilized in the attack despite their limited range.

No goalkeeper represents those dual roles better than German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He is not only credited with being among the best shot-stoppers in the world, but he is also recognized as being one of the best goalkeepers when it comes to his contributions to his teams' attack. Whether it's his ability to act as a release valve by receiving and playing out of the back with his feet or his ability to spark a quick counter-attack with a long throw, Neuer's capacity to be involved when his team possesses the ball should be emulated by our club's goalkeepers.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Club Principles Check-In: U18B Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U18B team from their game against South Portland in a 9 v. 9, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday evening:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U16B Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U16B team from their game against Gorham in a 9 v. 9, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday evening:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U14B (Lefebvre) Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U14B (Lefebvre) team from their game against Velocity SC in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Sunday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U14B (Viola) Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U14B (Viola) team from their game against Velocity SC in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Sunday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U14G (Kaplan) Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U14G (Kaplan) team from their game against Velocity SC in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Sunday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U12B Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U12B from their game against Lewiston-based Andro Stars FC in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0

Club Principles Check-In: U10B Winter Baseline

Below is a club principles check-in for the U10B from their game against South Portland-based Liverpool in a 7 v. 7, 50-minute game at the Gorham Sports Center Saturday afternoon:

Principle #2: We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the field. 

We will positively represent the Rosevelt Soccer Club on the soccer field by demonstrating respect for game officials, our opponents, our opponents' supporters, and other members of the general public.

We will avoid earning a caution or ejection from a game for unsportsmanlike and/or disrespectful behavior.

Cautions
ROSE- 0

Ejections
ROSE- 0