Michael Placed on Injured Reserved

Michael ClevelandMost of you know Michael and his parents Dawn and John and have heard about his knee issue.

Others, particularly some of the new players’ parents, probably are not aware and we’ve been asked why he’s not participating in practice or games. We wanted to wait until his MRI was looked at and his parents were OK with us making it public. Well, here’s the skinny….

His knee has been bothering him for some time, off and on as we understand, and he has even played through the pain at times. His MRI results this past week showed/confirmed that he has OCD — Osteochondritis dissecans. Basically, the blood vessels in his knee that support bone growth dried up (were damaged and died?). When they dried up, they stopped feeding the growth plate and the bone failed to grow, causing a pit in the knuckle of his bone.(from Dawn)

Bottom line is that the doctors recommend he avoid high impact sports activities for 6-9 months so that the knee bones can heal naturally and he can avoid surgery. He can take part in activities like light passing of the soccer ball, juggling, or warming up the goalie. He still wants to be a part of team activities whenever possible and you’ll probably see him doing these sorts of activities with the team.

This is actually good news for Michael and his prognosis is very good for the future. We’re hoping that it’s closer to 6 months and he can rejoin team practices and competition in the Spring.

Wish him a full, speedy recovery and give him a fist bump next time you see him.


Bowling Night

Practice was threatened by rain on Wednesday, so the Coaches decided to use the time for a team bonding social event at the local bowling alley. The boys had fun, though some onlookers were disappointed that they used the gutter guards. They split up into four teams and played two games. I believe James hit the high mark for the night with a 146.


SOCA Club Day

After going up to Springfield and playing well in a 2-1 win against the Virginia State Cup Champs, the SOCA U13 Boys were home this weekend against the U14 Boys Premier team for the annual SOCA Club Day matches. They came away with a 4-2 win, but it was a fight throughout on a very hot and humid day. The team was at full strengh with the exception of Michael, who is nursing a knee injury and may be out the entire Fall season. The team misses him on the field but it’s nice to have him around the squad until he recovers. Next up is the inaugural game of the Fall 2019 CCL season when the team travels to the Virginia Beach area to play Virginia Rush.

Friendly v the Virginia State Cup Champions

Sunday, Aug 11th will be the first test for the SOCA U13 Boys as they go up to Springfield to face SYC ( Springfield South County Youth Club) in a pre-season Friendly. It will be interesting to see the boys playing on the larger fields and with 11 players, six of whom are new to the team. Last year, SYC won the 2019 Spring Virginia State Cup for U12 Boys, handily defeating teams like NRU (4-1), Arlington (6-2), and Beach FC (5-1) before defeating Alexandria in the State Cup Final 2-1.

Welcome to Our Newest Teammates

We’re happy to welcome six new teammates to the SOCA U13 Boyes Elite squad.

Izaack, Connor, Andres, and Miguel all hail from Harrisonburg and are all new to SOCA.

Jack and Tristan played with the SOCA U12B Premier team last year.

We’re looking forward to watching the boys grow in soccer together, form new friendships, and to a fun and competitive season!


Goodbye U12, Hello U13

We hope everyone is enjoying the Summer.

Congrats to all the U12BX boys for moving on to the U13 Boys Elite team.

Christos will be Team Manager again this year unless someone else is really interested in doing it. Let us know as he doesn’t want to re-elect himself. It is a fun job and he enjoys it (except for maybe the hotel reservation part).

There have been a few updates. There are now video snippets of all the scoring from that exciting FC Delco tournament game where the boys came back from a 4-1 deficit to win:

FC Delco Players Cup v Epic Sporting Stars 2007 Blue

Final CCL standings are available via the menu above and unofficial goal/assist statistics are available via a link at the bottom of this page. Note that we were very liberal with assist credits.

We’ve added a photo or two of the boys from the Kardinal Hall gathering and also posted a goodbye to Gavin. If your sons would like, commenting is open on that post, so please feel free to have them write something to our teammate below the blog post. We’re sure he’ll appreciate it and he could always go to the page and reminisce when he’s feeling homesick.

We’ve also put together a cheesy, little Story Map to remember our U12BX team by. Hope you enjoy it. It makes gratuitous use of many sports cliches.

Some items of note:
– You may have heard that two players that were invited ended up declining – one was due to a family move and the other for reasons unknown. So, we’ll have a roster of 16 this year, with the addition of Jack and Tristan from SOCA U12BP and Izaack and Connor from the Harrisonburg area.
– You should have received a Soccer.com email about uniform ordering. We’re sure everyone is happy about not having the added expense of purchasing new uniforms. Everything but the CCL warm up stays the same this year. Do please purchase the new, navy CCL warmup shirt though.
– Please check your SOCA account and update any old information. Last time we checked, some boys still had their elementary school listed. Also, check addresses and phone numbers. This information is important because it gets transferred to the rosters.
– As Coach Matt has written, first practice is 29 July. But if anyone wants to kick around before that, Open Gym is every Friday at 5:00 at the STC (except for July 5th). It’s only $10, but free if you’re signed up for Dion’s technical sessions.

Have a great rest of Summer!


Au Revoir, Gavin

Our awesome teammate, Gavin Appel, leaves us this Summer for a temporary, new home in Canberra, Australia. Gavin’s father has been chosen for a much sought after position in the capital city and the family will be living there for three years. We’ll miss Gavin’s goal scoring and strong play, but especially his friendship and leadership. His love for the game is evident and it was infectious. He’s sure to continue his soccer development Down Under and we sincerely hope to see him back with us in a few years time. Bon voyage, Gavin and family!


U12BX Year End Summary

In their first year of the State Cup competition, our boys made it to the VYSA round of 8 before losing to Alexandria in northern Virginia.

In CCL league play, U12B Apprentice finished a respectable fifth (tied with Beach FC) with a 9-4-3 (W-L-T) record and 30 points. SYA won the age group with 39 points. However, the top 5 finish contributed to SOCA winning the overall CCL Club title for boys and girls combined.

The FC Delco Cup tournament at the end of the Spring season saw the team putting together exciting, high effort play. They won their bracket with a 3-0 record, including a breathtaking, come from behind victory over a very good New Jersey team. SOCA was down 4-1 with only about 15 minutes to play. The last three goals came in the last 5 minutes to pull out the 5-4 win. In the semifinals, the ball just didn’t bounce their way and they lost 2-1 to another Virginia team (Braddock Road).

We thank Coach Matt and Andy Wilson for shepherding the boys through the season and look forward to another year under their leadership.