Vélez go 3-1 in Season Opener
Posted by Miguel Nuila on Sep 01 2002 at 05:00PM PDT
While most teams we faced had already been practicing for the month of August and played other tournaments, Vélez was on its opening campaign of the season. Fitness and continued improvement of our defense are definitely the two primary issues to address in the near future. Vélez finished second in the "group of death" going 3-1 posting wins against Bethesda Inter (MD), TRYSA (NJ), and YMCA Mutiny (DE) while losing a heartbreaker to a much fitter MSC United (MD) 4-2. The game was 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining and us controlling much of the possession and dangerous attacks. MSC switched to a more direct long ball approach that caused much running and found us getting disconnected between the lines. Result, fatigue did us in as MSC put us away in the final fifteen minutes. Regardless, the play was awesome to watch and we are sure to be ready for them the next time we face them at the YMS Columbus Day tourney. We knew coming in that we might not be ready to take on the very heavy weights of the region, but it was more important to not burn out so early as we had done last year and so the summer break was prolonged. Thank you to all parents and families for enduring this long and hard weekend that saw much rain on day two.
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