Congratulations, Troy Holcomb, Gallaudet University

A huge congratulations to Troy Holcomb, making the Gallaudet University Soccer team as a Freshman.

Troy has been with Fremont YSC from the very beginning, playing in what is now known as Mini-Megs when only 3 years old. Playing with the 2004 age group, Troy represented Fremont YSC all the way through until graduating from Mission San Jose. Troy displayed incredible dedication and commitment to his soccer throughout such a long playing career at the youth level. Troy’s parents, Michele and Tom were incredibly supportive of Troy, getting him to multiple practices a week, and driving all over the Bay Area and beyond on weekends.

We are incredibly proud of Troy, and a perfect example of the individual dedication that it takes at the youth level, and not the hype and glamour of playing leagues and tournaments.

We wish Troy all the best for his college playing career, but even more importantly his very bright future.

UK Trip 2022 – Day 3 – Football in the Community

Each day a review was written by a group of the traveling players, and they will share their insights and thoughts. Todays events included a training session with a local club, St Matthews. What was incredibly important and grounding about the experience was the role the club played in the community.

Friday was a free day to play, with anyone from the community invited to play, and usually over 100 kids take up the opportunity. What is so vitally important is the reason… it’s not to recruit, or market, or monopolize on fields; the purpose is to attract young kids to play football so they can then feed them. Knowing the kids come from a lower income background, the club was being part of the community in providing food when it could, and through football, as this is the passion of so many. They didn’t care for the latest acronym league, or traveling excessive hours for a game; they cared about the community and how they could support it.

Day 3 Review – Ava, Rohan, and Nyan

We started off the day with some English breakfast options (sausage, beans & toast, tomato & mushrooms, pastries, cold cuts, and more) at the hotel before heading off to training.

Today we got to train with St. Matthews Football Club, their coaches led warm-up with a team decision-making game that allowed us to get to know their players. Next, we jumped into a “dribble through the gates” game with two teams and got to see the ball handling skills of St. Matthews FC. Lastly, we played full field matches with three teams on rotation until time ran out. The difference between soccer/football culture in the UK vs. USA was extremely apparent during today’s training. St. Mathews FC also gifted us one of their jerseys to take home, which will find it’s new home in the office once we return, and is very much appreciated! Overall, it was a great training session and fantastic experience; we can’t wait for our next training session!

Next up, we headed back to the hotel to clean up and grab lunch at The Globe!

A Players Account of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

We left to watch the premier league match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park, London. The stadium was about an hour drive from the hotel. The atmosphere was quite amazing, and much different than a regular MLS game. There was a wide variety of chants that were shouted left and right, and overall was a joy to be apart of. The fans were extremely  loyal and anticipated every chance crystal palace got with passion. The game ended in a defeat for the eagles, 2-0. Overall, the experience was great and was an honor to be a part of crystal palace’s amazing fan-base. We look forward to attending more premier league games in the future.

UK Trip 2022 – Daily Review – Framing, and Days 1 and 2.

Fremont YSC took to Europe once again, traveling through the UK as part of a cultural experience.

The purpose of the trip is largely for the youth players, and families, to experience another culture, and specifically one with a strong football culture. While the language may be similar (we use ‘u’ a lot more), the day to day experience is different, and sense of community also a lot different and attached in most places to it’s football club.

If you missed the trip, it’s work watching ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, it’s hard to explain it better than they do.

The football culture is significantly different, and players traveling will witness this from the moment they land. They will experience what it means to play football and why it is so important to the community at every level, from professional to grassroots. While football is the main purpose, players also experience the historical differences, and day to day cultural differences. The trip also supports the players independence. When many will be leaving for college in the coming years, but are yet to have experienced being away from home, and therefore never experienced the need to be open to different ways, and so as adolescents they are responsible for their own time keeping, responsibilities, and accountability; incredibly valuable life skills to be learning.

The upcoming series of reviews will invite you into the experience of the trip.

Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1 is the traveling day, the long-haul flight from San Francisco to London, with a little stop in Canada along the way. While flying throughout the night, many were able to get some sleep, while others made the most of the extensive collection of movies they were able to watch.

So as we blend straight into Day 2, it’s a meeting with our tour director, Andy Macmillan; a very jolly Scotsman, a large personality and incredibly welcoming person. We board the bus to drop off our belongings at the hotel, just a quick stop and change, and straight to training.

It is common for teams in the UK to train in what are know as ‘cages’. These are small fields surrounded by boards where the ball never leaves play. The most fun a player will have due to the speed and needed technical ability to play in such area, and you can imagine how physically taxing with so many short sprints and never ending play. With consideration of the long travel, training was a light passing pattern with extended stretching time, followed by some shooting, and finally a small sided game. Enough volume and intensity to get the body moving, lengthening the muscles from the long flight, and preparation for the week… along with keeping us awake!

The day ended with our first Premier League game experience. The first game of the season, Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, a London derby to kick-off the season. The atmosphere was bold and intense, sitting amongst the home fans, and close to home crowd supporters area behind the one goal, but close enough to hear the Arsenal fans in the opposite corner respond to the chants and cheers. For many it was the first live game, and not a bad one to start with.

The crowds pre-game filling the residential streets around Selhurst Park, and the tiny turnstile gates to squeeze through to enter the concourse, was the perfect welcome to football. Fans wearing their team colors, large groups seeing each other for the first time since last season, and the return of the half time pie!

While score resulted in a home loss, with Arsenal winning 2-0, it was an experience to see how committed the fans were in supporting their team. While dampened by loss, this did not prevent them form fully supporting their team until the very end. Unless experiencing it for yourself, it’s hard to explain how much the teams mean to their communities, with history of the clubs going back over 100 years.

A great start to the trip, with plenty more football and community experiences to come in the days we’d stay in London.

Argentina 2022, AFA Coach Education

Summer 2022 provided an opportunity for Club Directors Travis Cabral and Dai Redwood, to travel and experience a new footballing culture first hand. While the culture was new to both, Argentina has an incredible footballing history, with arguably the top two players in the history of football coming from the country.

While the traveling allows for great insight into the operations of the academies, a lot of first team information is shared, along with the depth of education being provided by the Argentinian Football Association.

The following presentation is a write up from the Directors on their observations of an academy session: Club Atletico Belgrano

For greater detail on the trip as a whole, see the following links from the NorCal Premier write up.