The kids were fired up to play and the parents were expecting to see the kids play, so we went ahead and played the U13 Eagles. Our kids gave a heck of a fight! Our boys are finally understanding the game and I am very very proud of them. They did not back down, even when they were getting knocked around, they did not back down.
I have informed the league of the U13 team and I am looking into it; if we will have to face them again.
The game against the Eagles was very similiar to the game we played against the Tigres. The Eagles had one tall kid who dribbled the ball from their defense line to the Arsenal goal, he did this twice. The question is; Is that playing soccer- one player doing everything? To me that is silly and is not really playing. The teams that play this "style" of soccer are not learning how to play the game.
On the other hand, we may have lost our first games, but our kids are learning how to truly play soccer. The way to protect our kids against any team, is to teach them practical soccer, which is the European style. Every single player holds the ball for 2 or 3 seconds this way you do not get injured: the 1-2 pass. Our kids should only dribble when there is space, once the opponent approaches, you give the pass to avoid contact. This prevents injury.
VIP OF THE GAME: JONATHAN BELTRAN
In the second half of the game, Jonathan stopped the Eagles cold, because he was playing the sweeper position. Jonathan has been playing this position for a very long time and really knows that position.
3 things that he did very well:
he communicated with the defense, especially the goalie
he pushed the defense up which caused the Eagles to be outside
he did not allow players to pass him and he pushed the ball all the way to the other side of the field.