I am very proud of the Arsenal boys, we went against one of the best teams in the league, and 50% of our players are brand new, but we gave a tremendous fight.

The Arsenal played at the same level as the Crush.  We lost because the Crush was a little faster than our boys and more agressive. 

I saw Elijah charge towards the ball from the defense line all the way to the midfield and caught the ball with his head and drove the ball forward.   This is an example of how our boys can play if they just play with more concentration.

Also Alex impressed me today as goalie.  He was more relaxed and made some good stops.

The main mistakes started with the midfielders, they are not maintaining their positions, when the midfielders move towards the defense line, they allow our opponent to play on our side because the midfield is no longer holding their ground.  It also causes our forwards to move back.

 We made small errors in the defense line, due to lack of practice  this was the reason the Crush made so many goals against us.  Arsenal needs to remember, Do Not Let The Ball Bounce.  The only goal that impressed me was the 3rd goal; a shot from the left side of the field; a Crush player ran and shot with his left, a beautiful shot.  The game could have been 1-0 instead of 4-0 (Crush win), if not for our defensive errors. 

Remember: When we lose it is a team loss and we take it as a team.

Reagan was the only Arsenal who was a match for the tall #11.  I saw 3 or 4 times in which Reagan was just 2 steps behind #11 and Reagan was able to take the ball from him.
If all the kids play as Reagan, playing 1-1, the Arsenal can neutralize a team like the Crush.
Way to go Reagan!!!!!!

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