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The Vélez boys win Ross Haney with new trainer Tony Williams at the helm. Boys looked great giving up only 1 goal and scoring 28 goals for the weekend. Wins included a 4-1 and 2-0 victory over future EPYSA contenders YMS Xplosion and Lower Dauphin respectively. Congratulations to the boys and the coaching staff for the great start. To avoid confusion and rumors, know that Vélez has hired Tony Williams for a one year + stint as technical director while Miguel focuses on the U10's but there has been no change at the top.
Our third tournament in a row was canceled due to poor weather. This season has proven to be a test of character. One that we are sure to pass. We begin the summer vacation. See you in July!
The Potomac has canceled its tournament due to bad weather.
The Vélez boys were unable to reach the finals of outdoor cup this year losing to a very well organized and inspired Spirit team 4-2 in the semi-finals. Pressure was on early as the field proved difficult if not impossible to dribble on and Spirit was keen on doubling and tripling the ball in the midfield. We eventually settled down and began connecting more passes in the first half and it looked like we would be able to handle their pressure. We went up 1-0 early on a quick counter but found ourselves level after a defensive blunder. We eventually took the momentum and scored a second while coming close to scoring a third before halftime. Injuries, however, played an important factor as two of our starting middies came out around the half time whistle (one before and one just after). With players in unfamiliar positions and Spirit's increased intensity in the second half, we simply lost the middle of the field. Spirit sent every ball behind our D as quickly as possible and their tenacious and unrelenting work found them up 3-2 after a beautiful cross that got netted home. Final score was 4-2 as we pushed to look for the third and left the back wide open for counters. Kudos to Spirit for their incredible passion and dedication in winning the game. The Vélez boys should hold their head high for they are still a great team. With the Potomac up and coming, it would be nice to get back to business and settle some old scores.
Jersey Crew Celtics 1 Vélez 1 Playing the day with four starters missing and others injured, Vélez survived the Jersey Crew Celtics 1-1. The score could easily have been 5-0 Vélez at halftime but the ball would simply not go into the net. The Celtics adjusted at the half and it could have been anyone's game in the end. Their lone goal was off of a questionable handball at the outer edge of the box. Wyckoff Torpedos 0 Vélez 4 Vélez proved to be a little faster and smarter turning the corners and we were able to get the ball in the net. This victory put us in first but because of a limit of +3 bonus points for goal differential, we would eventually be forced to PK's first thing in the morning on Sunday. Sunday Morning PK's Jersey Crew Celtics 4 Vélez 3 We warmed up and practiced but you never know with these things. Consolation Game: Vineland Galaxy 2 Vélez 2 With eight rostered players missing (six starters) and our goalie getting some field time, Vélez managed a tie against the Galaxy. Up 1-0 at the half (once again it could have been 5-0), we once again found ourselves with timing and spacing issues around the goal as the players adapt to the new style of play for the spring. The key to this weekend was that both the starters and bench began to acquire the sense of what we are trying to accomplish with the system and are beginning to really move the ball. We are currently like a space shuttle, aiming high to the sky. As long as all our seals remain intact and not crack under pressure, I expect a very successful mission this spring.