Did You Know?

Many, many young athletes have passed through our doors over ABGC’s many decades serving our community.  Here’s a quick look at just a few you might recognize:

Tyler Durbin is a kicker for #6 Ohio State football,

Eryk Williamson plays soccer for #1 University of Maryland men’s soccer, and

Bill Hamid is a soccer pro who played goalie for USA against New Zealand in an International Soccer Friendly and then led DC United into the MLS playoffs.

ABGC’s webmaster, Joe Carlin, and Club President, Kip Germain, were honored this month on the 40th anniversary of the William and Mary men’s soccer team winning the Southern Conference Championship.   ABGC also has 3 men’s and women’s players who play soccer at William and Mary.

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ABGC’s Champions of Character

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So many wonderful people have passed through our doors at the Annandale Boys & Girls Club over the decades – parents, players, coaches and volunteers.  While they all deserve our thanks and gratitude for their commitment to Annandale’s youth, there is a special group that has earned extra kudos this year.  They are the 2016 Fairfax County Champions of Character.

We are so thrilled to have each of these honorees represent ABGC and want you to meet them too:

Parents: Daniele and Diana Albergottie

 It takes a lot of time, energy, patience and love to be the parent of a youth athlete these days.  Daniele and Diana Albergottie have all of that times 4! They’ve volunteered, coached, and been program commissioners during the many years their four sons participated in ABGC athletics. Diana even played at ABGC in her youth, in both the “house” and travel league programs.  Here is a brief excerpt from their nomination letter:

“Daniele and Diana raised four sons, the oldest now 22 years old in college and the youngest is 13 years old playing on an ABGC U16 Boys Team. All of the kids exhibit the same respect to all persons, regardless of their gender, race, or religion. They began coaching or assisting with soccer teams 17 years ago, and have been active in the soccer teams of all their sons. In addition to coaching or administrative duties, they have also insured that all the players had rides to games and exhibited good conduct. Both Daniele & Diana have stated to their teams to always be respectful, play a “clean game”, and that they would rather forfeit a game than play, if they thought the team was exhibiting poor sportsmanship.

 In addition to coaching or administrating multiple teams, Daniele and Diana volunteered with ABGC whenever anything was needed. They would ref, help with end of season soccer festivals, stuff “goodie bags” for soccer festivals, serve at the ABGC office to translate to individuals that speak Spanish, and even help move “stuff” when the ABGC office moved to its Annandale Rd. location. They are always friendly and welcoming to everyone. In short, they have provided invaluable service to ABGC.”

Coach: Khaled Fayyad

For many parents, turning their young athletes over to the hands of a youth coach they’ve probably never even met can be a difficult experience.  Is the coach a “screamer”? Will he/she nurture the athletes’ love for the sport or scare them away?  The fact that 70% of kids quit youth sports by the age of 13 shows there is a lot of work to be done to improve the youth experience…and coaches are a key component.  At ABGC we are so proud of our coaches and Khaled Fayyed’s selection as a Champion of Character just tells the world what we here at Annandale, already know.  Coaches like Coach K make a difference in the lives of so many young players.

“Coach K changed the way that I, as a skeptical parent, view travel soccer.  He changed the way my daughter views the game of soccer.  And, in a broader sense, he changed the way an entire team of 13-year-old girls view the world.  Yes, Coach K has had that much positive impact on all of our lives.  For Coach K, the goal was never to win.  “If you play to the best of your abilities, winning will take care of itself,” he repeatedly reminded the girls.  He was right, of course. 

 Perhaps the essence of who Coach K is, is most indicative by what he represents above all else: good sportsmanship.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Ask the players and coaches from the other teams, who the past two years in a row nominated and awarded Coach K and his United team the “ODSL Travel Soccer Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Award.”  This kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident two years in a row.  This is a coach who, uniquely, gets the essence of what it means to be a kind coach.  Above all else, Coach K stressed the moral and ethical part of playing hard — never dirty. 

 To be quite honest, Coach K probably spends as much time talking to the girls about the “right” things to do in life as he did talking to them about soccer. He reminded the girls that whatever they do — and wherever they go — the most important thing in life is to always be kind.  Coach K lives by these very words.  And it got me to thinking what the “K” in Coach K’s last name really stands for:  Kindness.”

Player: Virginia Miller

 Team Captain

Annandale United FC Pride U14 Girls NPL/EDP Soccer Team

Between school, clubs, athletics, family and community, our young athletes have very full lives, indeed.  Yet so many, like Annandale’s Virginia Miller, greet each challenge with grace and enthusiasm.  Congratulations to Virginia for her leadership both on and off the soccer field.

“Virginia is not only the team captain for the Annandale United FC Pride soccer team, however she is youth leader in the community.  Over the past two years with AUFC she has demonstrated leadership on and off the field with exemplary unselfishness.  Even with the stress of leading a top ten state ranked soccer team, she finds time to support those in need. Virginia constantly strives to help others through her volunteer efforts and empowering others to join the cause.  She is integral part of the AUFC Pride’s annual food drive events, ‘Kicks for Cans’ and ‘Strive for Five’. She works tirelessly as an on-field mentor, before her own practices, building inspiration and love for the game for younger soccer enthusiasts.

 Most impressively, Virginia recently took it upon herself and initiated the ‘Kelly Strong’ childhood cancer awareness and support effort in Annandale.  Leading her teammates with passionate motivation, she launched an awareness effort to help fight childhood cancer. With a heavy heart she and her teammates energetically played with ‘Kelly Strong’ bands to support her best friend and fellow soccer enthusiast during her ongoing battle with cancer. Virginia is not only an exceptional soccer athlete; she is model young citizen for our community. I eagerly anticipate her continual development as strong leader and model for other young women. She is truly a Champion of Character.”

Player: Bryan Zambrana

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Annandale United U18 Boys 1999 Travel Soccer Team

 Bryan Zambrana has played soccer for 7 years. In addition to being a standout player and captain of the Annandale U18 boys travel soccer team, Bryan has gone out of his way to share his love of the sport with younger players.  Not satisfied with just improving his own play, Bryan also helps at practices with Annandale’s younger teams, serving as a role model and mentor.  Bryan is a senior at Annandale High School. Here is what Bryan’s coaches say about his leadership:

“Bryan has been with the club since he was a young boy, and developed into a fine young man.  He was a shy lad who has grown into a determined captain and leader.  Bryan often attends other teams’ practices to improve and stays late to work on skills and fitness.

 Bryan is a central midfielder who holds the ball up well and is the start of a solid attack, playing one and two touch. He is very coachable and has also become a coach and mentor to younger players in the club, often arriving early at practice to work with younger players.

Bryan will graduate this year from Annandale HS and is currently looking at playing overseas in Spain or collegiately in Virginia.”

Bryan’s positive attitude, leadership, love of the sport and commitment to his team are just a few of the reasons, we’re so proud he’s been chosen as a Fairfax County Champion of Character.

The Fairfax County Champions of Character ceremony will be held October 25th at 6 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center and ABGC can’t wait to celebrate all of our winners.

Remembering Doug Dugan

Doug Dugan, one of the original members of the 1957 ABGC “Cavaliers,” passed away on 7/19/2016. He starred as a player at Lake Braddock and American University. Doug was an important member in the development of the club and will be missed!

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The Cavaliers were the first Washington Area youth team to win a National Championship in Men’s Soccer. Doug is the fourth player from the left in the first row.  His father was the coach and a very active ABGC volunteer and staff member, he is seen standing on the far left. Kip Germain, the current ABGC President, can be seen on the left in the first row.

Travel Soccer Tryouts Start This Week

Annandale United, ABGC’s travel soccer program, will be starting the tryout process for travel teams for the 2016-2017 season. If you have ever considered playing travel this is a great opportunity to join a team.

There are some big changes this year.  US soccer has mandated that all travel teams be organized by birth year – 2008, 2007, 2006 etc. Players who tryout will all play for their birth year and not their grade year.

Here is a link to the full

Travel Soccer Travel Tryout Schedule

Please bring a soccer ball, wear cleats and wear your ABGC uniform to tryouts.

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Free Chipotle for Soccer Kids this Weekend

Bust out the soccer uniforms.

Chipotle’s doing some damage control to its image after E. Coli outbreaks hit franchises around the country by offering freebies to youth soccer players this weekend.  Here’s the write-up in Money:

Coming up this weekend, there’s another Chipotle deal in which families can snag free burritos—or bowls, tacos, salads, or kids’ meals. Specifically, any of the above will be sold on a buy-one, get-one-free basis to kids wearing soccer uniforms into participating Chipotle locations on Saturday, April 16.

The promotion is aimed as a salute to youth soccer players, and the fine print explains: “Eligible players must be 14 or younger. Player must be in soccer team uniform to redeem offer. Definition of ‘uniform’ is at restaurant staff’s discretion.”

It’s not necessary for a child to be enrolled in spring soccer to take advantage of the offer. All that’s required is that kids be wearing soccer uniforms—for young kids, the “uniform” is generally just a T-shirt—to get a second order free after the purchase of one that’s of equal or greater value.

Presumably, like the Chipotle freebies that have come before it, this latest offer is also aimed at winning back customers and repairing the burrito chain’s damaged reputation in the wake of broad E. Coli outbreaks that affected franchises around the country.

 

ABGC Soccer Players Make College Commitments

2015 College Soccer Commitments

Miguel Arrate                 VMI

Brian Breslin                  Randolph Macon College

Tommy Buono               Marbella United FC Spain

Anthony Calderon          Marymount University

Chris Cardenas              Marymount University

Sean Corry                     Lynchburg College

Desmond Curran            Vassar College

Griffin Cyphers               James Madison University

Steven Durbin                George Mason University

Lucas Farmer                Ohio Wesleyan University

Alex Furbank                  Randolph Macon College

Sean Garrett                   Sarah Lawrence College

Garrett Magill                  Coast Guard Academy

Connor MacMurdy           Mary Washington University

Joe Mendoza                  College of Mount St. Vincent

Stephano Proietti             Marbella United FC Spain

Bobby Seifert                   Christopher Newport University

Jimmy Skipper                 Mary Washington University

Diego Tacarya                 Randolph Macon College

Connor Werrlein               Christopher Newport University

William Zarco                    George Mason University

ABGC U16 Boys & Girls Soccer Regionals

U16BoysSoccerRising U-17 Annandale United FC Boys started off their season with a bang in Greensboro, NC at the National Cup Southeast Regionals. They began their campaign by  winning 5-1 against Cardinal Brazil Boys. Christopher Palacios saved a penalty. Than they tied local team ESSA in a thrilling game that was very close. Trey Echazaretta tied the game with 10 mins to go in the second half. AUFC had to win Sunday to qualify for the finals and they did 2-1 against ACS Orange. The finals was a very close game between ABGC and Virginia Rush, so close that it had to go to overtime. Olo Sembrera scored the winning goal in the first 10 min. overtime and the boys had to hang on for the second ten minute overtime in the 95 degree heat with Rush wanting the win badly.  ABGC Rising U17’s hope to continue their run of good form in Indianapolis for the National Cup Finals.

ABGCU16GirlsSoccerAnnandale United FC 98 Girls’ ability to take care of business at hand landed them as Silver Medalist in the US Region 1 Soccer Championships.

Annandale United started the preliminary rounds with a 2-0 win over Rhone Island’s Portsmouth Pirates.  The team battled through rain and wind to move past the STA Morris United of New Jersey 2-0.  The next day Annandale defeated West Virginia’s Epic Blizzard 3-0 at Marshall’s Veterans Memorial Complex to win Group A with a 3-0 record and become one of two teams to leave the preliminary rounds with zero goals against them .

Annandale then defeated Delaware Rush Nike 98 2-0 in the Region 1 Semifinals and moved to the Championship match where they faced Beadling SC of PA West, recreating the match up in the Champions League Final.  Shortly before halftime, Beadling was able to score.  Annandale continued to push and had numerous chances throughout the second half, but Beadling held on to the lead.

The Annandale 98 Girls maintained a creative style of play and represented Annandale, the state of Virginia and the Champions League well.  The team looks forward to State Cup and National League this fall, and has been offered early acceptance to most of the major national tournaments for the 2015-2016 year.

Annandale Soccer Teams Rock Regionals

ABGC’s Boys U19 and U18, and the U16 girls teams, which had all qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Region 1 Finals this weekend, have now advanced to the Regional Semi Finals.soccer

The U19 boys who lost their first round game rallied to win the next two games 5-0 and 5-0.
The U18 boys won their first two region 1 bracket games 1-0 and 1-0.
The U16 girls also won their first two region 1 bracket games 2-0 and 2-0.

All three teams will be in action on Monday looking to qualify for the Region 1 finals and a spot in the National Championships.  This is a great accomplishment for our Region 1 teams.  Go Annandale!

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