San Francisco Elite Academy teams completed their pre-season preparations this past Sunday and are looking forward to the league and cup season just ahead. Over the summer, all the teams were given a customized training program and as pre-season training sessions began in late July (varied by team) the players were hard at work reconnecting as team.
As part of SFEA's pre-season program, all our teams participated in various highly competitive tournaments in order to work on fitness, team chemistry, and to provide the coaches with a roadmap for team and individual development goals.
The 2001 Girls NPL team got things started with a successful trip to San Diego to play in the Summer Surf Cup. The team finished the weekend with a 2-1-1 record and their only loss, a 1-0 setback, coming to eventual tournament champion and number one ranked team from Oregon, Crossfire United ECNL.
In their other games, SFEA 01G team earned a 2-2 tie vs Los Angeles' CDA Slammers FC EGSL, the #8 ranked team in Southern California and grabbed a convincing 2-0 win of San Diego's own Force Ocampo, ranked #25 in So Cal. In the final game on Monday, labeled as "showcase A" because it featured the top two teams not to make the semifinals, Slammers and SFEA were matched up for the 3rd time in the last 7 months. The previous 2 games ended in ties but this time SFEA came out the victor after breaking a 1-1 halftime deadlock with a stunning upper corner free kick by with just 8 minutes left in the match.
Back in the Bay Area, multiple SFEA teams participated in the Mustang Stampede tournaments, and the SFEA 99/00 Norcal Boys went to the Stanford Summer Classic and returned as champions of the top division for U19.
The tournament play was a culminating activity for pre-season calendars that saw teams get back together on July 31st and begin regular three-times-a-week trainings with some teams putting extra days for fitness and team building. We're proud of all our teams and their hard work and wish them the very best for the fall season.
"In the Player's Words" is an opportunity for players on our 2004 Boys US Soccer Development Academy team, our youngest team, to practice reporting, writing and editing skills, and see their own match recaps published on the SFEA website and share on social media.
SFEA 2004 USSDA Boys vs. Star Academy
1st Team Game - 2-1 Win
In the first 5 minutes of the game, SF Elite came out with very high intensity and wanted the win. On a free kick, Jake Moreno crossed a ball into the box, Dash Dallaire passed it to Yanis Zaim and he scored. Later in the half, the Star Academy forward won the ball off a back pass and scored their goal. Then Sf Elite had lots off chances but couldn't finish them. Early in the second half, SF Elite got their second goal. The Star Academy goalie passed the ball right to Yanis Zaim who was standing right in front of the goal and he finished it. After that the game remained scoreless and SF Elite won 2-1.
—written by SFEA US Development Academy Player, Dash Dallaire
SFEA 2004 USSDA Boys vs. Star Academy
2nd Team Game - 1-1 Tie
On Saturday the 13th of May, SF Elite played against Star Academy. In game two, both teams were evenly matched. The score remained 0-0 throughout the first half, but in the second half Star Academy managed to get the ball in the back of the net. Minutes later SF Elite was awarded a free kick, and Russell Tan stepped up to take the shot. The ball was shot with power, deflected off of one of the players in the wall, and went into the goal. The score was tied at 1-1 and although there were some other close calls, the game ended that way.
—written by SFEA US Development Academy Player, Matias Gersberg
On Monday, the Academy hosted a group of interested parents in McLaren Hall at USF for a presentation and discussion of our US Soccer Development Academy program. Led by Academy Director, Nick Lusson, parents heard about US Soccer's flasghip youth development program, why the SF Elite Academy was selected to run the program in our market, and how it works to help develop top youth soccer players.
Also in attendance was Boys Director of Coaching and USF Men's Soccer Coach, Eddie Soto, as well as Academy President, Joe Dugan. "We wanted to just share information with interested familes tonight," said Dugan. "Youth soccer has so many leagues, tournaments, and clubs that it can feel confusing and new programs can sometime feel like more of the same. The US Soccer Development Academy is different, however. It's a structured program, one carefully administered by US Soccer, with high standards related to coaching, curricullum, player health and welfare, as well as training environment. It's simple a whole other level of soccer play that previiously was not avail;able in San Francisco."
The US Soccer Development Academy's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. It focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. Increasingly, the players on display with US National teams, MLS team, and top college programs have come from US Soccer Development Academies.
To learn more please visit: http://www.ussoccerda.com/overview
In addition, please feel to download and share our info handout from the evening, which is available below.
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.