Tier 1 BU11 - Real So Cal vs. Arsenal FC
TIER 1 BU11 – Southern California Developmental Soccer League
GAME REVIEW: REAL SO CAL 1 VS 1 ARSENAL FC
Saturday 12/06 11:50am
What a beautiful day for soccer at Cal State University fields in San Bernardino, CA.
Southern California Developmental League is a solid league. Tier 1 teams are very good, you see a lot of great soccer and the name “Developmental” couldn't be better. I had high expectations for this BU11 match: Real So Cal vs Arsenal FC, two of the most competitive teams on the league.
The game started with Arsenal attacking and pushing Real to their defensive field. It was a 7 minute pressure but the Real playing a strong defense. After this initial pressure Real So Cal started getting their game together and the game changed completely by the 10th minute.
Real started dominating the game with the skilled left forward Beck Walthers #23 and #3 Brandon Sosa leading their offensive line on the left wing. Brandon Sosa is the kind of player that floats well on the offensive line and together with Beck gave a real hard time to Arsenal's right side defense with very good penetrations where they found a great chance with a ball hitting the post with the referee calling it an offside. Arsenal also plays a very solid defense.
Arsenal responded with many dangerous penetrations. I counted at least 3 great chances inside Real's box but somehow Arsenal players seemed to prefer an extra touch on the ball instead of finishing to the goal giving Real's defense time to block their attempts. So the first half of the game was a very even one with good chances on both sides.
FIRST HALF NOTES:
If Arsenal had taken those shots instead of those extra touches on the ball they could have gotten the lead on the first half making things even harder to Real.
Very nice to see how Real #3 Brandon Sosa is capable of floating all over their offensive line. On the Arsenal side I can say that they have a very strong “team mentality” with players helping each other on the field which is very nice to see on such young players.
Arsenal (Coach: Jon Kluz) was playing a solid 4-4-2 and Real So Cal (Coach: Jack May) had a interesting 4-4-2 system that would fast change into a 2-4-4 which I thought was creative and very aggressive.
(*) I would like to add that I am mentioning Real So Cal players by name because their blue jerseys with white numbers on the back makes player identification very easy as opposed to Arsenal's red jersey with dark numbers making player identification very hard.
Started the same way with both teams fighting hard for the ball and playing for the win. A very even game on midfield and both teams playing very solid defense.
Arsenal finally got the lead on a very curious penetration that from where I was, close to the center line, was impossible to judge if it was an offside position or not. The referee pointed to the center line and Arsenal was now leading the game 1-0.
After the goal Arsenal started trying to slow down the rhythm of the game and moving playersnback switching to 4-5-1 trying to control the midfield but I guess they moved back a little too early because Real after a few changes on their line up started occupying the gaps and coming really hard getting great penetrations again using their offensive left wing.
Real by now was dominating the offensive actions on the pitch with #3 Brandon Sosa, #10 Mathew Parnas and #19 Stephan Soghomovian making very good attach penetrations. It was a very strong pressure by Real.
Arsenal was playing a very solid defense looking for that great counter attack but with only one player up top made things very hard for them. Real kept pounding with great penetrations on the left wing and in one of those attempts they got a direct kick from outside the box.
Real was able to finally tie the game with a beautiful long distance kick making it impossible for Arsenal goalie to defend it. The ball came high almost hitting the top post but with great precision right into the net. Amazing kick, amazing goal, amazing game. Sorry, from where I was I could not identify who scored the goal.
In the end I can say I saw two great teams and a fair tie as the final result. Both teams chased the win from start to finish. The boys played amazingly well, beautiful soccer, great spirit and two impressive teams.
From where I was, I could hear a few complaints from both teams regarding the referee but I guess that was just the heat of the game and high expectations with such great teams fighting for the win. In my opinion the referee and her assistants did a good job overall.
After watching such a great game with so many young talents on the field I can only see a very bright future for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. I can imagine the amount of great young soccer talents all over the country who dream of becoming professional players. These players are the future of American Soccer.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and parents.