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Under New Management: James Sullivan Named Soccer Commissioner
BRYC Survives Thanks to Volunteers Like James and Outgoing Dan Lemieux; Won't You Join Us?

At its regularly monthly meeting in July the BRYC Executive Committee regretfully accepted the resignation of Commissioner Dan Lemieux (far right) and unanimously voted to name James Sullivan (near right) as the new leader of the BRYC's recreational soccer program.  Lemieux had served the organization in various capacities, including coach and League Director, before assuming the position of Registrar which he held for two years immediately prior to being named Commissioner in 2012, replacing David Knight in that role.  

With no "obvious" replacement waiting in the wings, the EXCOM was thrilled to learn of the interest of Sullivan, who has coached for BRYC (now at the U16/19G level) for a number of years and attended countless EXCOM meetings as an observer, contributing sage advice and counsel on numerous occasions.  He comes to the position well-liked by all, and highly recommended by his wife, BRYC's outstanding Training Coordinator, Joan Smith.  

BRYC Recreational Soccer wouldn't exist without the dedication of its volunteers.  Our coaches are the most visible, and without them we would certainly have no program, but the more than two dozen members of the Executive Committee (EXCOM) work year-round to keep the organization running smoothly.  That includes League Directors at every age level, four Deputy Commissioners to oversee and assist the work of the League Directors and our ODSL program, and ten "back office" members of the EXCOM responsible for the budget, equipment, field scheduling, field maintenance, referees, the registration process, training, uniform purchase and distribution, our All Star program, and this web site.  A number of our volunteers no longer have children in the program but continue to offer their time and talents for the love of the game, the love of the kids, and the love of BRYC.

Still, this upcoming season, like every other in recent memory, has meant the departure of folks like BRYC veteran Dan Lemieux and at least four League Directors who had to be replaced by...VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU!  It isn't always an easy process finding those among our "family" who have the time, the energy, and the desire to help out.  When you feel the urge to give back...or even if you don't feel it but are asked to give back to the organization that has provided countless hours of enjoyment for you and your children, we hope you'll consider the call. We need folks like James Sullivan to come forward ...and he did.  If you want to volunteer in any capacity and with any skills whatsoever, email James to let him know you want to help when the next opening arises.  Tell us what interests you, be it giving just a few hours of your time to something more substantial, and we'll put you to work.  Even just a few hours of your time helping us with such activities as Photo and Uniform Distribution days will be so much appreciated...and we can't survive without you.

 

Women's World Cup Qualifying Matches Coming to D.C.
Final Four Qualifying Games Are Scheduled October 20-21 at RFK Stadium

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCAF) announced on July 23 that RFK Stadium will be the site of the last four qualifying matches before the semi-final round to determine the three CONCACAF teams joining  Canada (already qualified as the host nation) at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Vancouver.  The United States women will join Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, plus four other teams from the Caribbean Football Union, in three matches each over just 12 days.  RFK will host the last of those three preliminary contests, with two matches each on both Monday and Tuesday, October 21 and 22.  That means that all eight teams will be playing here, with the top four moving on to the semi-finals and finals in Philadelphia the following Friday and Sunday.  Game times, matchups, and ticket information are to be announced.  For more complete information, go to the CONCACAF website.

It's All In A Day's Work for the U11B Lions
Squad Travels to West Virginia, Wins Four Games, and Comes Home with Championship

The BRYC U11B Lions (ODSL) arrived at the Mountaineer Open Cup in Martinsburg WV on Sunday June 22, 2014 ready for action! The first game proved to be a quick win with the Lions challenging the host club's Tri Cities (TCSC) Galaxy from the beginning, coming away with a 2-0 victory.   The Lions next faced a Chantilly team that was ready to take advantage of any weakness. Chantilly scored first and the boys had to recover quickly but that they did, regaining their focus and finishing the game with a win by a score of 3-1.

Before the third game the Lions had a few hours of rest and were ready for a challenging TCSC Elite team.  Once again the Lions came out strong. Another 2-1 victory brought them to the championship game.  With less than an hour rest from the heat and the three  previous games, the Lions were ready.  They went into the game with the Front Royal (FRSA) Rox team and kept their cool.The Lions showcased their strong foot skills and innate team ability, bringing their best to the tournament final in winning the championship game by a score of 4-1.  The Lions showed that all of the hard work they have put in with countless training hours paid off. Congratulations to Coach Carlos Merino and the boys for the great showing.

Late Registration for Fall 2014 Season Now Underway
Some Leagues Close to Full. Register Now to Avoid Disappointment

Registration for the Fall 2014 Season continues, now at the "Late Registration" rate of $115 per player.  The season kicks off in mid-August with our coaches' meeting and practices begin around the third week in August. If you haven't yet registered there's no time to lose as leagues will start to close based on the number of coaches we've recruited for the season.  Don't be disappointed.  Please, please register online NOW. You can also register for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 at the same time if that's an option for your family. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER A PLAYER

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER/COACH

If you need assistance, please email brycregistrar@gmail.com or call in the evenings only 703-323-5747. For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Fall 2014 Season is Right Around the Corner...
...But Not Before We Post Some All Star Photos!

U8 Boys Coach Erin Silks and U9 Boys Coach Mike Essig were kind enough to provide the webmaster with a few action and team photos from the 2014 FPYC Fathers' Day Tournament in June.  The webmaster apologizes for the delay in getting some of them posted on the web site.  

BRYC didn't fare so well in the tournament win-loss battle, but it looks like the boys had a great time anyway, showing off their soccer skills one last time before summer vacation...and looking forward to the upcoming season.

  
Coach Silk's U8 Boys (above)

 
Coach Essig's U9 Boys (above)
(For team photos, press Continue, below.)

BRYC ODSL U9G United Finish on Top at The Virginian
Tournament Disappointments Finally Over as Girls Hang On To the Finish

After an undefeated fall ODSL season, but losses in the finals of both the fall pre-season Patriot Cup and post-season Hunt Country Classic, BRYC United, a first-year ODSL squad of U9 Girls, couldn't wait for another opportunity to show their mettle this spring in the PWSI Icebreaker.  Mother Nature had different plans, and the tournament was canceled due to rain, so the girls went into the regular season (where they are once again undefeated as of the end of May), eagerly anticipating the Memorial Day weekend Virginian Tournament, and the chance to get the Game 4 monkey off their backs!  

After a relatively easy first game win against Gunston (an 8:00 AM start-time for which BRYC was wide awake and raring to go), the girls got out-run and out-gunned by the Stafford Revolution in game two.  It was a tough 3-2 loss to a fast, aggressive team...indeed a little too aggressive as the girls saw their first yellow card given out to an opposing player in their young careers.  Despite the loss, the 1-1-0 record was good enough for second place seeding on their side of the draw, making it into the semi-finals on Sunday where the team re-grouped and managed to beat a tough PWSI team, winner of its side of the draw on Saturday, by a score of 3-2, making it into the Memorial Day finals, a rematch against the same Stafford team that had outdueled them on Saturday.

In another hard-fought game from start to finish, United scored first but Stafford quickly equalized it. Then, United scored the go-ahead goal halfway through the second half and fought like champions to hang on to the finish.  Coach Pierre Martel expressed how proud he was of those girls "for not giving up and avenging some tough previous tournament disappointments".  Way to go United!

Meanwhile, at the Bull Run Memorial Day Soccer Tournament, Coach Carlos Merino's U11 Boys BRYC Lions, currently undefeated in ODSL action with a record of 6-0, came up just short of the tournament championship by beating Loudoun 6-0, tieing Vienna 2-2, and beating Culpepper 2-1 in extra time of the nail-biting semi-finals on the road to the Monday finals.  There they took on the challenge of playing against an Elite level team from the host club, Virginia Soccer Assocaiton, ranked 14th in the state in their age group, and showed their high playing level once again in a very intense game, falling by a final score of 3-2.   Congratulations to the Lions for their hard work all season, resulting in a great tournament showing.

Braddock Road U13G Rage "Adopted" by Washington Spirit
Crystal Dunn Visits Wakefield Park for a Coaching Session

As part of its outreach to youth soccer clubs around the area, this season the Washington Spirit announced a drawing in which up to forty area teams would be "adopted" by a Spirit player for one of their practice sessions. Limited to one drawing entry per person, Coach Jim Clark's "Rage" girls and their parents made sure their team had a better-than-average chance to be selected by sending in as many entries as the rules allowed.  As fate would have it, the entry submitted by Team Manager (and former BRYC ODSL Deputy Commissioner) Kimberly Yeo was drawn, and BRYC was paired with the Spirit's star defender, Crystal Dunn, a UNC graduate, the Spirit's first overall pick in this season's college draft, and a member of the U.S. Women's National Team (USNWT), recently called up for for the women's upcoming "friendlies" against France. 

For her first scheduled appearance in early May the weather was frightful....cold, windy, rainy, and then some. Crystal called to say she'd be glad to reschedule.  So on a Thursday evening in late May, after a day practicing with her Spirit teammates, the charming Dunn drove herself down to Annandale and took the helm for the second half of the Rage practice.  You could tell by the expression on their faces that the girls were excited, and when Crystal asked a few of them to "show a move" for the other girls, there was no shying away from the chance to show off for the professional who complimented them all. 

Thanks to Crystal and the Spirit for their youth group initiative.  Many a BRYC Rec and ODSL player has been out to see them play in Maryland already this season, now at close to the half-way point with games scheduled through the end of August.  Unreserved seats are just $20 when using the ticket link on the Washington Spirit page and the pasword "BRYC2014-5".  If you haven't been to a game yet, you owe it to yourself to take one in.  Once you do, you'll want to go back!

For additional photos from the practice session, press Continue below.

ODSL Sportsmanship Award Winners Receive Their Honors
U9B Strikers and U10G Panthers Honored at DC United; U12G Lightning Honors to Come at Spirit Contest

Each season the coaches in the ODSL vote for a team in their division which exhibits the best sportsmanship toward opponents, referees and opposing fans.  Three of BRYC's first-year ODSL squads were selected to receive the award for the Fall 2013 season, including the U9 Boys Strikers, coached by Yong Kim; the U10 Girls Panthers, coached by Mike Newman; and the U12 Girls Ligntning, coached by John Decker.  

Each of the winning teams receives a handsome team trophy and individual awards for each team member, coach and assistant.  The Strikers and the Panthers received their awards at halftime of the DC United game (a 4-1 win over FC Dallas) on April 26. The Lightning will be getting their handsome trophy and individual awards at an upcoming Washington Spirit match against Western New York on May 17, after which their photo will be added to the gallery below.

BRYC prides itself for a record of sportsmanship and fair play and we are very proud that these three teams continue in that tradition. 

 

Coach Mike Newman's U10G Panthers                             Coach Yong Kim's U10B Lightning

Discount Offer from Our Friends at Dick's Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods has generously supported BRYC Soccer with items for our training programs and a discount gift certificate for all our players and coaches. They also provide many of the prizes given out in the post-season coaches' game.  

Click on the Dick's "Special Soccer Offers" graphic to the right to find coupons for 10% off your soccer supplies for this spring. The coupons are good through July 10th. Help thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their support of recreational youth sports by giving them your business!

Zinga! Offers Discount to BRYC Families Year-Round

Located between Hunan West and Caribou Coffee (right next to the entrance to the BRYC Clubhouse) in the Kings Park Shopping Center, Zinga!, which sponsored a "BRYC Day" on opening day of the spring season, has generously offered to continue to give a 10% discount to any BRYC family who arrive for a treat any time wearing a BRYC jersey cap, jacket, or spirit wear.  Just remind them to note that you’re a proud member of the Braddock Road Youth Club.

BRYC, the Braddock Road Youth Club, is a non-profit organization in Fairfax County, Virginia, established in 1968 to offer a variety of youth sports activities in the Burke/Annandale/ Springfield, Virginia area.  BRYC Soccer is divided into two programs, Recreational Soccer and Travel Soccer.  This web site is devoted exclusively to BRYC’s Recreational Soccer program, consisting of neighborhood-based teams. Any youth that signs up to play in the recreational league will be placed on a team.  For information on BRYC Travel Soccer, go to brycsoccer.com. For links to all the BRYC sports programs, from football to fast-pitch softball, go to bryc.org.

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