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'01 Year in Review

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'01 Year in Review

Post by PG-Boy on 3/31/2014, 10:48 am

What a crazy and exciting final weekend of the season. With the championship already decided, all eyes looked toward the four teams fighting relegation. The team with the least likely chance to remain in D1, FCD Che pulled a rabbit out of a hat to remain in D1. The team most likely to beat the odds to remain in D1, FCD Premier, lost a heartbreaker to Wizards to drop to D2. Dallas Texans brought in their superboy from the PA/DA mountaintop to crush Liverpool with a devastating performance to save their coveted D1 slot. Solar Red, with another quiet offensive performance, eased out of D1. A mere shadow of it's previously powerful squad.


YEAR IN REVIEW

Solar Chelsea Red ’01, the Big Red Machine, relegated.  Last year’s U12 Classic League champion and the U11 State Champion.

FC Dallas Premier ’01, the most recent State Champion for this age, relegated.

We’ve reached the end of the 2013-2014 Classic League season. It seems long ago the boys were training in the hot days of summer. The weather has chilled and has started to show signs of Spring.

On the last weekend of the season, the champion was long ago crowned. Sporting United

The impact of Pre-Academy is the biggest story of the year.

PRE-ACADEMY

The entire D1 2001 age category was re-slated. PA came along and scraped much of the cream off the top of the coffee cup. There’s still some cream in the cup. But the cream of the crop has definitely left the Classic League. The hardworking PA boys at Solar, FCD and Dallas Texans are now training five days a week and traveling to half their games in Houston, San Antonio and Austin.  Some of the more advance boys are playing up with the ’99 DA group.

Many expected the big clubs to struggle unless they had real plans of action to prevent total melt-downs in the D1 standings. It seems the big clubs didn’t plan adequately to take the necessary action to re-load their D1 rosters. As a result, the big club teams have had to claw and scratch for points all year. It’s been an unnecessarily painful year for the big clubs. It didn’t have to happen like this.

The independent and small clubs have merrily taken advantage of the resulting vacuum.

The old adage; Failing to plan, is planning to fail. Took full effect.

During the 2013 June PA try-outs when the big clubs gathered all their talent for intense review, they should’ve divided the players into two groups. The first group, team A, would become Pre-Academy.

The second group, team B, would be used to re-load the existing core of Classic League D1 teams.  This was not done. The D1 coaches were left to scramble on their own without club assistance.

The re-load never happened. On the last weekend of the season, Dallas Texans Red (Craft), FC Dallas Premier (Pino), Solar Chelsea Red (DeLeon), and FC Dallas Youth (Che) were fighting for the right to remain in D1. No independent club or small club team was in the relegation picture on the last weekend.

The clubs need to plan. They need to take care of their constituents (parent/boys) that are loyal. They need to communicate and be honest. They need to respond to emails. And publicly publish their plan of action; simple and elementary stuff like; the name of the coach, timelines on decisions about rosters, team manager selection, practice dates and times, etc. The basics. Don’t leave parents hanging.

The clubs issue our boys grades on their performance. Well, I’m going to issue grades to the big clubs.   Solar, FCD, and Texans all get an A for the set-up of their PA squads. But they all earn an “Opportunity for Improvement” for failing to take care of their ’01 D1 Classic League teams.

My hope is the clubs have learned and will help their ’02 teams through the transition this summer. It doesn’t need to happen again.


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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by PG-Boy on 3/31/2014, 10:49 am

SPORTING UNITED

Which brings us to the second biggest story of the year; Sporting United. They were almost relegated to D2 the previous year when they finished in 8th place with a minus 18 goal differential.  Only one team, the relegated Solar Blue had a higher goal differential.

Last year, Sporting United started the campaign with dual 0-4 thrashings by FCD (Gentile) and FCD Premier (Pino). Solar Red, as well, thumped them 5-2 shortly afterwards. Even the eventually relegated, Solar Blue defeated SU.  They ended last season with two losses, including a 1-4 bookend defeat to FWFC. There was NO indication Sporting United would be a force this year.

This year they ran away with the championship as they compiled victory after smashing victory, easily earning the coveted Dallas Cup berth.

Comparison;

2012-2013 vs. 2013-2014 Difference
4-4-10 16-0-2 + 12 Wins
19 GF 52 GF + 33 Goals
37 GA 17 GA - 22 Allowed
-18 GD + 35 GD + 53 GD!
8th Place 1st Place + 7 positions
16 Points 48 Points + 32 Standing Points

Last year’s overall results; 2012-2013

1st; Solar Red 40 points, +20 goal differential, 35 goals scored
2nd; FC Dallas (Gentile), 38 points, +23 goal differential, 36 goals scored
3rd; Dallas Texans (Thornber), 37 points, +22 goal differential, 43 goals
4th; FC Dallas Premier (Pino), 30 points, +14 GD, 35 goals
5th; Dallas Texans South (Adame), 26 points, - 8 GD, 26 goals
6th; Texas Lightning (Sampaio), 24 points, - 2 GD, 21 goals
7th; FW FC (Guendouzi), 18 points, - 11 GD, 20 goals
8th; Sporting United, 16 points, -18  GD, 19 goals
9th; Dallas Texans (Craft), 15 points, -12 GD, 13 goals *Relegated to D2
10th; Solar Blue (Partain), 11 points, -32 GD, 12 goals * Relegated to D2

Sporting United is significantly more balanced than the previous year. Credit for the turn-around must be given to the new head coach, Carlos Videla. He must receive the lion share of the credit. The second piece of the turn-around is a beefed up roster. The team added size and speed, a lot of it. Bigger, faster, and stronger players were added to the roster. Boys with serious skill. As a team, size wise, they dwarf most of the teams in D1.

They didn't need to depend solely on one player, any longer. Fresh faces dot the pitch. I didn't recognize the new playmakers, but they are ballers. They are very skilled with the ball. Comfortable holding, turning, passing, shooting, and taking opponents on 1v1. Big kids with speed, strength and good soccer IQ.

In the past, teams could swarm the one big kid they had up front. They neutralized him with defensive numbers. But this year, Sporting United had too many skilled players in multiple positions. Teams couldn't just focus on one player.  There were 2-3 new kids, extremely skilled players with more speed. One is taller and sleeker and from my opinion, a much better player. I don't know where these players came from, but they are damn good. Having fresh talent allowed Sporting United to open the field, spreading possession instead of focusing on a single player.

When a team is dependent on one star player, the other teams swarm the kid. But when you have a multi-talented squad, teams can't afford to just shadow one player. Sporting United in recent years couldn't buy goals. They always had a decent defense, but had a really tough time scoring. This year, they've blown open the gates.  They improved by +53 goal differential in one year!

To further summarize and highlight Sporting United's turn-around;

FALL 2011/SPRING 2012 CCSAI CLASSIC LEAGUE
The finished 7th place when D1 had 20 teams.
Record 11 wins, 1 tie, 7 loses.
Goal differential of +11
GF 47
GA 36
They lost to all the top 10 teams (except Solar Red) and soundly beat the second tier teams. They gave up six goals in both matches against FCD Premier and FCD (Bazan/Gentile) this season.


FALL 2012/SPRING 2013 CCSAI CLASSIC LEAGUE  
Sporting, was almost relegated to D2, finishing in 8th place
Record, 4 wins, 4 ties and 10 losses.
Their goal differential was a MINUS 18 goals.
They regressed on the scoreboard and standings from the prior year.
GF 19
GA 37
Averaging 1 goal scored per game. They didn't enter the State Cup tournament.

This year;
Record 16-0-2 with 48 standings points. They out-earned the Big Red Machine when they were at their peak, to win D1 this year.
Last year, Solar Red (Oglesby) won D1 with 40 points.
Sporting with 16 standing points last year, came within a point or two of being relegated to D2. They survived D1 by a whisker. DT Craft had 15 points.

By any measure, their performance this year has been astounding. Good coaching with new and improved players make a huge difference.

Vis-à-vis vs. last year’s Texans.
The scoring output is even more dazzling when you compare this year’s Sporting United to last year’s powerful Dallas Texans squad. A squad loaded with future PA and DA players. The Texans scored in bushels and finished the year with 43 goals. 7 more goals than the next highest scoring team, FCD (Gentile). This year Sporting United smashed the Texans’ tally by scoring 52 goals!

This leads us to the current setting.

-Solar Red (Oglesby) last year vs. this year, from D1 champs to relegation.
-FCD Youth (Gentile), where did his team go?  A major portion made it to PA. The balance ended up with FCD Premier, Andromeda PA, and handful elsewhere. FCD Che replaced their D1 spot and struggled all season.
-Dallas Texans (Thornber), like Gentile’s team, a major portion made it to PA. The previously relegated squad, Texans (Craft), was bumped back up to D1. They were saved from relegation on the last game of the season.
-FCD Premier (Pino), State Cup defending champ, was relegated.

Wizards and Liverpool arrived on the D1 scene this year and immediately made a big splash. Both teams had dynamic and charismatic coaches. Wizards finished second in D1 with Liverpool in 5th. Not bad at all for teams that played D2 the previous year. Wizards qualified for the Dallas Cup, a major achievement.

I thought for sure Texas Lightning (Sampaio) would be the team to make a really strong run at winning D1 this year. The inconsistency hurt them. Regardless, they still finished fourth and qualified for the Dallas Cup.

One of my favorite teams to watch is Dallas Texans South ’01 (Adame). This team reloaded their talent base, particularly on the offensive side. After a strong start, they came very near to finishing in second place. They are the only big club team with success this year.

FW FC White (Guendouzi), quietly shut-up it’s critics by proving us all wrong with their strong finish. It’s not a flashy team, but they delivered results when needed. Their season ending victory over Texas Lightning highlighted their ability to earn results.
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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by PG-Boy on 3/31/2014, 10:51 am

Next Year;

Welcome to D1 another Liverpool team, Keegan and an independent team, Añoranza (Martinez). Añoranza edged out FCD White on goal differential after ending the season tied on standings points.  Can these two teams duplicate the success of Wizards and Liverpool (Pedroso)? We will see.

The Dallas Texans will have two squads in D1. FC Dallas, one squad. Solar, none.

What happens to Solar Chelsea Red ‘01 and FC Dallas Premier ’01 after relegation? No one knows yet.

After Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated last year, their players fled in masse to other teams. This year Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated once again. They are now heading to D3.

Dallas Texans Red (Craft) was relegated last year, but received a reprieve when they replaced Thornber’s squad in D1. They were nearly relegated a second time.

Relegation carries a heavy price.  Parents and boys seem to fly the coop. Communication is critical to hold on to the core of these teams. Absence of communication creates a vacuum.
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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by Ochocinco on 3/31/2014, 12:07 pm

PG-Boy wrote:Next Year;

Welcome to D1 another Liverpool team, Keegan and an independent team, Añoranza (Martinez). Añoranza edged out FCD White on goal differential after ending the season tied on standings points.  Can these two teams duplicate the success of Wizards and Liverpool (Pedroso)? We will see.

The Dallas Texans will have two squads in D1. FC Dallas, one squad. Solar, none.

What happens to Solar Chelsea Red ‘01 and FC Dallas Premier ’01 after relegation? No one knows yet.

After Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated last year, their players fled in masse to other teams. This year Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated once again. They are now heading to D3.

Dallas Texans Red (Craft) was relegated last year, but received a reprieve when they replaced Thornber’s squad in D1. They were nearly relegated a second time.

Relegation carries a heavy price.  Parents and boys seem to fly the coop. Communication is critical to hold on to the core of these teams. Absence of communication creates a vacuum.

Another poster said the club is searching for a new coach. Relegation, full-time PA and a coaching change could make it difficult for this team to make again. Maybe FWFC could benefit from it and Partain's team stays in D2 another year?  Very Happy

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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by wembleys on 3/31/2014, 12:12 pm

PG-Boy wrote:Next Year;

Welcome to D1 another Liverpool team, Keegan and an independent team, Añoranza (Martinez). Añoranza edged out FCD White on goal differential after ending the season tied on standings points.  Can these two teams duplicate the success of Wizards and Liverpool (Pedroso)? We will see.

The Dallas Texans will have two squads in D1. FC Dallas, one squad. Solar, none.

What happens to Solar Chelsea Red ‘01 and FC Dallas Premier ’01 after relegation? No one knows yet.

After Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated last year, their players fled in masse to other teams. This year Solar Chelsea Blue was relegated once again. They are now heading to D3.

Dallas Texans Red (Craft) was relegated last year, but received a reprieve when they replaced Thornber’s squad in D1. They were nearly relegated a second time.

Relegation carries a heavy price.  Parents and boys seem to fly the coop. Communication is critical to hold on to the core of these teams. Absence of communication creates a vacuum.

DT may end up with 3 D1 teams; the always controversial TX Lightings coach is reportedly announcing his move again…
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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by typical on 3/31/2014, 9:11 pm

Nice recap PG. I think you covered all the main points/questions every soccer parent is asking themselves. It will be an interesting summer to say the least.
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Re: '01 Year in Review

Post by Gotgoalz on 4/1/2014, 10:28 am

DTS is the only big club that did not had to bring PA players! They struggled a little , they have a good goalie!

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