The Official Blog of West Side Soccer League Travel
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Some B10W players listen intently to Coach Carl this week. With two early wins,the boys are hoping to keep their winning streak intact against this weekend’s rival, New York Fusion Wave.
Trainer Tuesday: Meet Alexis Nieves-Richards
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Southern California native Alexis Nieves-Richards started training with the Red Bulls in March 2013. She is a graduate of California Lutheran University (CLU), where she was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team and was named the Most Inspirational Player her senior year. Alexis was the Assistant Coach at Albion College and the Director of Youth Development at Conejo Valley United in Thousand Oaks, California before joining the Red Bulls. She also holds a Masters in Education from CLU.
And congratulations are in order–she got married last month to fellow Red Bulls trainer Ian Richards!
Describe the first time you ever scored a goal.
To be honest, I have been playing for so long that I do not remember my first goal. One of the best goals that I ever scored was in college. I was playing at California Lutheran University, it was my senior year. My team was playing against Redlands, which was our biggest rival and the league leaders. They scored first early in the first half. I came in right before half at center mid, not my normal position but it was where the coach wanted me to play. After half-time I received a ball from 20 plus yards out and tied the game up 1-1. It forced the game into overtime where we eventually won 2-1. It was the first time we had beat them in a couple of seasons. It was one of those shots that leaves your foot and you just know it’s going in.
Who is your favorite soccer player ever?
It has to be my husband, Ian Richards, ha ha ha. All joking aside, it is and forever will be Mia Hamm. She is simply amazing. And as a young girl growing up playing a sport that many people knew nothing about, she, along with the rest of the Women’s National team, helped open doors that girls today now get to explore and make their own!
Describe the most memorable game you’ve ever been part of, either as a player or coach.
Most people are probably going to laugh after reading this, but my most memorable game was my very first yellow card. I was 11 years old I believe and it was the first time I was traveling to a soccer tournament alone without my parents. I had just played goalie and came on as a field player. My team had given up a free kick just outside the penalty box, we lined up and I was near the goal marking a player. The ball was hit and I grabbed it out of the air, yelled at my team to clear the area and punted the ball down field. No one moved and everyone was staring at me, it was then that I realized that I was no longer the goalie. The referee came up to me said he was sorry but he had to, gave me a yellow card and I was sent off the field. The other team was given a penalty kick, in which they scored. I sat on the sideline and began to cry, not only did I get my first card but my team was now losing the game and to top it all off neither of my parents were there to help make me feel better. Talk about a doozy for an 11 year-old to handle.
What is your happiest moment either playing, coaching or watching soccer?
In all my years of playing, watching, and experiencing soccer it is so hard to pick out one moment. I have had personal moments of brilliance, I’ve seen moments of brilliance from professional players as well as some of the players I have coached. But I would have to say it was the 1999 Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl. It was the most attended women’s sporting event in history, it went into PKs and the USA won on the last PK. As I sit here and try to describe it, it is an over joyous feeling that makes it so hard to put into words how amazing a feeling it was to watch everything happen and know that it was a special moment in history that I got to witness.
What is the best coaching advice you ever got?
When I went to my very first soccer camp, the coach of my group retied my shoes to make the tongue of my cleats to lay on the top of my foot. He told me that every time I struck the ball to shoot on goal to remember to hit it with the tongue. It helped me perfect my shot and to this day I still tie my cleats the same way.
Complete this sentence: I’ll know this season with WSSL Travel has been a success when:
Players can perform skills from sessions without having to be reminded constantly by me or their coaches.
What do you hope to take away from this season?
I want to learn more about myself as a coach and to help my players develop and grow as players and as people.
What do you hope the players take away from training with you?
I would like my players to develop a love for the game and to want to play as much as possible. I would also like them to develop the skills needed for them to grow and be better players.
What is the most important thing WSSL Travel parents can do to help their child?
Help fuel the passion your player has for this game, watch games on TV with them, take them to live games, professional or college. Help them immerse themselves in the game, support their drive and passion. Help them gain that extra bit of greatness by allowing them to dribble a ball in the house from room to room, or taking that extra 10 minutes after or before sessions to kick the ball with them and have them show you what they are learning so you can help them get better and grow!
It’s East vs. West in a Red Bulls Civil War
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM
In the tradition of Venus vs. Serena, Lee vs. Grant and Cain vs. Abel, B13 East and West squared off Sunday in Riverdale. East came out on top 4-2, and everyone agreed it was a hard fought, well played match.
B12W Puts the Big Red ‘Bull’ Machine Back on Track
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM
- B11W: The Week 2 Report (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)
- Red Bulls Results: Week 2 Edition (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)
- Happy to be Benched (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)
- King of New York (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)
- A Fine Start for B12W (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)
- Lemonade for Good (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM)