NWSL Playoffs Are Here

Chicago RedStars FC  NWSL playoffs are here and teams/fans are excited.

After an exciting 2015 campaign during a World Cup

year, the women are ready to crown another

champion. After FC Kansas City won it last year and

Seattle Reign won it two years ago, the third season is about to end on a high note.

The Chicago Red Stars are on a mission to be

the best here in 2015, but the Washington Spirit

with Golden Boot winner Crystal Dunn might have something to say about that. The great thing is,

all soccer fans get to enjoy this top notch competition, and see football at it’s finest right here in the

US. Chicago’s head coach Rory Dames says his “team is ready to go”, after playing the Houston Dash

to a 1-1 draw Sunday Sept 6th in Toyota Park. Christen Press late goal from an assist off the head of

Julie Johnston, saved the momentum from a late year loss to a draw and positive energy flowing to

Sundays rematch with FC Kansas City. Coach Vlatko Andonovski has FC KC ready to come into

Chicago with Amy Rodriguez on fire right now with two goals and one assist in their last match

of the year. This will a great match with both teams only one point from each other in the standings,

also a nice mix of World Cup champs with Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn,

along with Rodriguez to play against the Red Stars with Christen Press, Julie Johnston, and Lori

Chalupny. The Red Stars are showing amazing young talented first year players, but the whole

team is solid from top to bottom. Goalie Karina LeBlanc, just announced her retirement, and goalie

Michele Dalton both had a great 2015 season. Defenders Arin Gilliland, Abby Erceg, Julie Johnston,

Michelle Lomnicki, Samatha Johnson, Taryn Hemmings and Rachel Quon all are very tough to beat.

Excellent midfielders Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Lori Chalupny, Mary Luba, Zakiya

Bywaters, and Alyssa Mautz keep the possession and passing alive. The speed and striking proof

comes from  Adriana Leon, Jen Hoy, Christen Press, Sofia Huerta, Cara Wells, and Melissa Tancredi

who all put the Red Stars into the playoffs. Seattle Reign get to host the Washington Spirit next Sunday

the 13th, with Seattle pulling in 43 points for the 2015 season earns them NWSL Shield award for most

points in the season. Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Kim Little, and Lauren Barnes from Seattle will

all have to slow down the Spirit’s Crystal Dunn and her supporting cast strong players Ali Krieger,

Megan Oyster, and Spirit goalie Ashlyn Harris will be ready for the mighty Reign of Seattle.

Good luck Laura Harvey head coach of Seattle and Mark Parsons of Washington’s head coach.

2016 is right around the corner, look out for Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Western NY

Flash, BlueSky FC, and Boston Breakers all look to be in the playoffs next year, and everything can change in a year.

NWSL playoffs are here, go out and support it, it will be exciting football.

Some of the videos below may need to be forwarded to view the game




Teaching Goal Scoring To U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16

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Teaching goal scoring to U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16 using the MLS playoffs as great examples of

pressure strikes at goal. Working in the attacking third to keep the ball moving to open space wide,

then angle back into the 6 yd/14 yd danger area is the goal of any good offensive attack. Using ball

flicks off throw in head balls to excellent follow up on half volley shots, the goal is to spread out so

defensive deflections can become sometimes your best assist. In the Sporting KC match, you will see

both, a defensive deflection in front of the net right to Aurelien Collins and a beautiful half volley follow up

from Seth Sinovic. Another important offensive technique is the free kick cross into dangerous area,

witness Morales from Real Salt Lake not only do it once but twice in the same match for great scoring

opportunities. Crossing the ball into the 6 to 14 yard mark is so important but the spacing of the players

not to all go into the same area is even more important for the chance of the ball coming open to a

better shooting angle. These MLS videos are excellent for teaching goal scoring to U9,U11,U13,U14,U15,U16 players.



Drills For Soccer Skills Keeping The Ball On Target

Rev's vs Union MLS

 

 

 

 

 

Drills for soccer skills keeping the ball on target is one key elements soccer coaches look for from

time to time. Knowing that all positional field players will be called upon in some game to shoot on

goal, hoping to at least keep the ball on frame(goal). The key tips are:

1. Keep your knee over the ball as you strike the shot, this will help in shooting the ball over the goal

2. Don’t over power the ball, the idea is to hit it clean and straight, too much power means over the bar

3. Try not the lean back, keep your body straight or slightly over the ball will keep it down for the most part

4. The shot is many times just a hard pass if you can picture that in your mind as you are preparing for the shot

5. Angles are more important than power and speed of the ball, power comes later as you get better technique

6. A ball on goal(target) has a chance to score, it’s better to hit the ball slightly softer to insure a chance to score

Many drills have been shown for teaching goal scoring, here are some MLS results of drills for soccer

skills keeping the ball on target. [Read more…]

Good Start For Real Salt Lake And Houston Dynamo Early 2013

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Start For Real Salt Lake And Houston Dynamo Early 2013

Both RSL and Dynamo of Houston are in the top 3 of their division after the first month

of action in the MLS. Houston coming off a solid win over the Chicago Fire, stay on pace in

the second place in the East division. Bruin of the Dynamo started off with a nifty goal before

Chicago’s Rolfe equaled that with a nice tuck away. In the 80th minute, Houston’s Davis put the

match away taking 3 points from the Fire. Seattle Sounder Goalie Michael Gspurning kept it close

against the red hot RSL squad. Real Salt Lake started the scoring in the 8th minute with tough play

by Findley, keeping his momentum moving towards a quick goal for RSL. Gil put away a goal in the 34th

minute putting RSL up 2-0 and it took til the 56th minute when Evans got the Sounders on the board.

The match ended back and forth with RSL taking away 3 points from Seattle. [Read more…]

FC Dallas And Sporting KC Stay Hot in MLS

FC Dallas vs Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

FC Dallas And Sporting KC Stay Hot in MLS, bring home big wins to stay in the hunt. Less than 5

minutes into a match, Claudio Bieler put one in the back of the net to put Sporting KC up over Montreal

Impact. Then finally in the 79 minute Graham Zusi put the game away with a beautiful solo goal putting

SKC up 2-0 and another win for them. KC’s Goal Keeper Nielsen and the defense put up a clean sheet

and another shut-out. Exciting match in Texas, with FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo going head to

head, for state bragging rights. Dallas jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the orange would not go away,

by the 82 minute mark Houston tie it up and had the momentum. Seven minutes later Kenny Cooper

puts away the game winner with a ball that looks like a hand ball, BUT no ref saw it and FC pulls out

a 3-2 victory and 3 points for the match. [Read more…]

LA Galaxy VS Houston Dynamo For MLS Cup

 

 

 

 

 

LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo for MLS Cup on Dec. 1st, 2012. Both teams were on the bottom

of the top ten MLS teams, but in the playoffs, these clubs showed their championship heritage.

David Beckham has claimed this as his last MLS match he will play in his great career. The Galaxy

is shooting for their 4th MLS Cup victory, as the Dynamo are gunning for their 3rd.  Each club had

a rough climb to the final, and both team is playing their best football/soccer of the year. Watch

Robbie Keane for the Galaxy and Will Bruin for the Dynamo, both are red hot right now. [Read more…]

LA Galaxy And Houston Dynamo Take One Step Closer

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo take one step closer to MLS Cup Finals on Dec. 1st, 2012.

With 3 goals in by the Galaxy and the defense putting up a shut out verses the Sounders, LA looks

tough to beat. Robbie Keane continues his tear on goal and Landon Donovan keeps setting the table.

Nov. 18th is the last match to show the Sounders have what it takes to over come the Galaxy. DC

United started with a goal against Houston, but soon gave up 3 goals to a red hot Dynamo club who

maybe the East team to claim the MLS Cup Dec 1st.  All four teams play again Nov. 18th to see who moves on. [Read more…]

Houston Dynamo And San Jose Earthquakes Take The First Games

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes take the first games of the 2012 division playoffs.

Dynamo hosted Sporting Kansas City in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and in

the Western Conference Semi-Finals, The San Jose Earthquakes played the LA Galaxy. Both were

tight matches, both winning teams had clean sheets against their rival. 2-0 Dynamo, shut down

the Sporting KC machine that dominated the East Division this year. LA Galaxy had their chances

but Beckham’s cross went wide of Keane and late in the match Robbie Keane rattled on off the cross

bar. Leaving a long shot late in extra time to decide a 1 to nothing match in favor of the Earthquakes. [Read more…]

Chicago Fire Red Hot Moving Towards Playoffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Fire are hot right now, with two victories in Sept., that 6 points puts them in 2nd place in the

Eastern Division. Beating the Houston Dynamo in early Sept. by a 3-1 score, they putting the heat

on the East soccer teams. With Marco Pappa gone and others team members moving on, Coach Frank

Klopas has the Fire hitting on all cylinders. Toronto FC got down quick to the red hot Chicago FC giving

up 2 goals in the first half of their match acouple days ago. The Fire almost had another shutout, but

one defensive lapse gave up the clean sheet to this Canadian FC, the 3 points still went to Chicago. [Read more…]

MLS All Star Game vs Chelsea FC And Lessons In Soccer

 

 

 

 

 

 

MLS All-Stars took on Champions League Winners Chelsea FC in an exciting match to watch.

Chris Wondolowski from San Jose Earthquakes starts off the scoring for the MLS squad. Then Chelsea

goes up 2 to 1 on the 57th minute in the second half. At the 72 minute mark, the MLS team levels it.

In the 91st minute, Eddie Johnson wins it with a defensive deflection, and a great match by both teams.

This last lesson, is playing your hardest to the final whistle as the Fire had the Earthquakes beaten.

See the video below where the add on minutes by the referee gives away the shut out the Fire earned. [Read more…]