Fall 2010 EBSC Girls U7 Rec Team
(January 3, 2011)
I just wanted to thank you once again for the opportunity to coach your daughters this past Fall, and wish you all the best for this Spring. My daughter Fiona will not be playing in the Spring, so I won’t be coaching either, but I’ll always be happy to keep in touch and find out how your girls are doing.
(November 29, 2010)
It was great watching the girls compete so well in our last game. Unfortuantely we have only one more opportunity together before the long winter hibernation.
Awards Day is scheduled for this Saturday, December 4 at 1:45 pm at Hammarskjold Middle School cafeteria, 200 Rues Lane. As always, we will be on a tight schedule with other divisions before and after us, so you MUST arrive no later than 1:40 pm so that we can take our seats right away and get started. Players should wear their red uniform jerseys, and I would suggest jeans for bottoms. It’s only going to get to 44 for the day, so there’s really no point wearing shorts and soccer socks. If you do come in full uniform, though, please remember that no cleats are permitted inside the building. If you cannot attend, please let me know so I can arrange to pick up your pictures and trophy.
Lastly, a reminder to please register immediately for the Spring Season if you are planning on playing. It so happens that my daughter, Fiona, will not be playing soccer in the Spring, and thus I won’t be back to coach, but I wish each of you much luck next season.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoyed the long and restful weekend. The sleet on Thursday certainly brought home the fact that we’re a long way from those hot August days at the beginning of the season. See you Saturday!
(November 11, 2010)
Internationally, Northern Ireland are ranked 64th in the world by FIFA, and failed to qualify for next year’s WorldCup, finishing third in their qualifying group. Sweden sealing their qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Germany several weeks ago; in all 10 matches of qualifying, Sweden scored 40 goals, and only gave up 6. Sweden just won a friendly match 3-1 recently against Norway.
(November 4, 2010)
Once again, Thursday turns out to be bad weather day, so practice is cancelled for tonight. Please remember that we also have no game or training this Saturday.
See you all next Thursday night, Nov. 11 at 5:00 pm on Turf B.
(October 29, 2010)
Past the halfway point now, Sweden matches up for the second time against Slovakia this Saturday, coached by Stephen DiPierno. Red Bull training will precede the game, so no early warmup is necessary. Everyone should be ready to go at 11:00 am.
Internationally, Slovakia are ranked 41st in the world by FIFA, and failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup, finishing only better than Macedonia in their qualifying group. Sweden, ranked 4th in the world, sealed their qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Germany several weeks ago, and just beat arch-rival and neighbor Norway in a friendly, 3-1.
(October 26, 2010)
With Jessica Landström opening up the scoring in only the 4th minute, then Lotta Schelin making it 2-0 before the half, Sweden cruised to a 3-1 victory over Norway on home soil. After Norway pulled one back with ten minutes remaining, Schelin salted away the game with the final goal seven minutes later.
(October 26, 2010)
In the last game planned for 2010, Sweden will host neighbor and arch-rival Norway this afternoon in a friendly match, hoping to experiment with new faces and solidify plans for the roster they will take to next summer’s World Cup in Germany.
The Swedish line-up for the game is:
Starting Eleven: Goal Keeper - #12 Kristin Hammarström; Defenders - #6 Johanna Frisk, #2 Charlotte Rohlin [captain], #3 Karin Lissel, $4 Annica Svensson; Midfielders - #5 Johanna Almgren, #18 Marie Hammarström, 317 Lisa Dahlkvist, #8 Lotta Schelin; Forwards - #9 Jessica Landström, #11 Linnea Liljegärd.
Substitutes: #1 Hedvig Lindahl, #7 Louise Fors, #10 Antonia Göransson, #13 Lina Nilsson, #14 Josefine Öqvist, #15 Tilda Heimersson, #16 Malin Levenstad
(October 19, 2010)
With only four games remaining in the season, Sweden returns to their opening opponent this Saturday, playing Greece, coached by Mark DiFabio. Sweden had a very good outing against them to open the season up, and the girls have been improving every week since then, so I expect each of them will play a tremendous game this weekend as well. Players must arrive by 10:40 am to warm up, as our game will begin at 11:00 am sharp, with Red Bull training immediately afterwards.
Internationally, Greece are ranked 54th in the world by FIFA, and failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing 5 out of 8 qualifiers. Sweden, ranked 4th in the world, are preparing for next summer with an early friendly against arch-rival Norway on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
(October 2, 2010)
A third of the way through the Season already, and Sweden has definately shown itself to be one of the strongest teams in the division. Week Four pits us against the USA, coached by Steven Blaustein, the Club’s VP of Superstars. Even though we may be living in the USA, I know all of you wil be pulling for a Scandanavian victory.
Players must arrive by 10:40 am to warm up, as our game will begin at 11:00 am, with Red Bull training immediately afterwards.
Internationally, the Unites States are ranked 1st in the world by FIFA. Qualifying matches for the World Cup in their region have not yet reached the stage where the US will join in, but they are expected to qualify easily once their games get underway. Sweden, ranked 4th in the world, have not always fared well against the US, but will be looking forward to the chance to play them next summer in Germany in the championship match of the World Cup.
(September 30, 2010)
No practice tonight.
See you Saturday for Pictures - 10:20 am on Field 1 in full uniform.
(September 30, 2010)
Sweden continues to impress after its opening two matches, and will be facing off against Northern Ireland this Saturday, following 45 minutes of Red Bull training. Northern Ireland is coached by Division Director Michael Sliwinski.
Internationally, Northern Ireland are ranked 64th in the world by FIFA, and failed to qualify for next year's WorldCup, finishing third in their qualifying group. Sweden, ranked 4th in the world, is coming off a dramatic 4-3 aggregate home-and-away victory over Denmark, after going undefeated to win their initial group stage, thus sealing their qualification for next summer's World Cup in Germany. In all 10 matches of qualifying, Sweden scored 40 goals, and only gave up 6.
(September 26, 2010)
It was a long, hot day for Sweden yesterday on the Turf, but they showed their quality and came through the heat with winning smiles. For those that questioned some of the confusion, the Club has already taken steps to ensure that all teams better understand and follow the same rules. The crease we use in 4v4 serves two purposes: (A) it prevents defenders from simply standing in front of the small Pugg goals, which they will absolutely do, therefore learning nothing about how to pressure the ball and defend on the field, and (B) it forces attackers to actually shoot the ball into the goal, rather than simply dribbling it uncontrollably until the player and the ball both run into the net. As players progress in age, goalkeepers will be introduced, that will easily snatch up every ball if the attackers do not learn to get their heads up, assess the distance and learn to shoot on goal.
On another note, Women's Professional Soccer will have their 2010 Championship match today, at 2:00 pm ET on Fox Sports Net (or follow the league's webcast here). The Philadelphia Independence, led by Swedish national team players Caroline Seger and Sara Larsson, will be the underdogs as they travel to San Francisco to play FC Gold Pride.
(September 24, 2010)
Swedish midfielder and national team captain Caroline Seger scored the tying goal for the Philadelphia Independence at Boston last night, sending the game to extra time, where Philly scored another to win the game.
Seger, along with Swedish teammate Sara Larsson, will now travel to the west coast, where the Independence will meet FC Gold Pride, led by superstar Brazilian Marta in the Championship match this Sunday, September 26. Television coverage of the game begins at 2:00 pm ET on Fox Soccer Network.
(September 23, 2010)
Reminder - practice tonight at 5:00 pm on Field 6B.
Also, watch Swedish national team players Caroline Seger and Sara Larsson lead the WPS Philadelphia Independance tonight at 8:00 pm against the Boston Breakers on Fox Soccer Channel, in the WPS Semifinal. The winner will advance to play against FC Gold Pride for the 2010 WPS Championship.
Finally, please get back to me ASAP as to whether you are interested in (A) attending EBSC night at Rutgers Women’s Soccer on Friday, Oct. 1, and (B) participating in the Manalapan Recreational Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16.
(September 23, 2010)
After a promising start to the season against Greece last week, Sweden returns to the fields after a week off to face Slovakia this Saturday, coached by Stephen DiPierno. It is imperative that all players arrive no later than 10:45, as this Saturday the game will precede the training, and we will be on a tight schedule. We will warm up on the side, then take the field as soon as the younger age division leaves.
Internationally, Slovakia are ranked 41st in the world by FIFA, and failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup, finishing only better than Macedonia in their qualifying group. Sweden, ranked 4th in the world, is coming off a dramatic 4-3 aggregate home-and-away victory over Denmark, after going undefeated to win their initial group stage, thus sealing their qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Germany. In all 10 matches of qualifying, Sweden scored 40 goals, and only gave up 6.
(September 19, 2010)
The Philadelphia Independance defeated the Washington Freedom in the opening match of the WPS playoffs, scoring the winning goal in the 120th minute of extra time. Swedish national team captain Caroline Seger played 108 minutes for the Independance, despite having played three days earlier in Denmark for the national team, while her teammate Sara Larsson was unfortunate not to get into the match.
The Independance now advance to the WPS Semifinal against the Boston Breakers on Thursday, September 23. You can watch this match on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 pm.
(September 16, 2010)