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18 11, 2015

U16 Select takes Championship at the 2015 Harvest Class


U16 Select takes Championship at the 2015 Harvest Class

After falling to a last minute goal in third place consolation game at the Stanford tournament, the team decided to work on 3 things- possession, possession, and possession. 4 weeks passed and the boys entered the Harvest classic, playing their two local rivals- Mustang and San Ramon. The Mustang colts were the exact same team that had beaten them in the last 2 minutes of Stanford Classic, on a single goal. The boys scored two goals in rapid succession, then, after the second half, defeated Mustang 3 to 0. San Ramon was next in the afternoon, and they fell 4-0. The boys had an early 8 am game against the Clovis Crossfire, currently playing Gold level in the CCSL league. The early morning game was rough, and ended in a 1 to 1 tie. After the scores were tabulated, it turned out that they would face Clovis for the championship. Coming back, the boys were fired up, and the opposing coach complained to his team that all the BUSC passing in midfield and defense was confusing them, and that they needed to adjust. They were not able to, as the Select team scored two goals to zero in the first half. After a rocky start, Clovis managed to score a goal, and looked like they might make a comeback. The team’s new co-captain squelched that with a beautiful goal, shaking 2 defenders and the goalie to driven in the 3rd and final point. The team is now planning on their next tournament, as well as finishing strong in State cup, so wish them luck!


11 11, 2015

Ballistic United – US Development U14 Academy has a great performance in Los Angeles Showcase

Saturday, November 7

Ballistic United 2 -­ Arsenal FC 1 (50 minute game)

Ballistic United 2 -­ Arsenal FC 1 (50 minute game)Ballistic started fast and dominated possession in the first of two 50 minute games on Day 1 of the Showcase at Stub Hub in Carson, CA. Playing in the club wide 1:4:3:3 System and mostly in the half of the opponent, Ballistic went up 2-­‐0 on two beautiful goals by Antonio Sanchez in the 6th and 9th minute after great passing and combination play from the whole team. Shortly after the 2nd goal, Antonio missed the chance for a hat trick after the Arsenal FC keeper denied him on a penalty kick. Shortly after halftime, Arsenal scored on a counter attack to make it 2-­‐1. Despite attacking for the entire second half, Ballistic could not quite find the 3rd goal and finished the game with the victory. 

Game Report Link : http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/ss/view_game_report.php?eventId=2387089&tea mId=1400344

Starting Line-­ up #1 – Matt Muaddi ,#2 – Nick Barrera,#3 – Luka Kolomejec,#4 – Kamran Matin, #5 – Jacob Akanyirige,#6 – Nolan Jetter,#7 – Jairo Barajas,#8 – Antonio Sanchez, #9 – David Meija, #10 – Jack Ferris,#11 – Stuart Ritchie

Half time substitutions : Out – Jairo B, Nick B, Kamran M, Stuart R, In – Brendon Foster, Travian Sousa, Max Goeggel, Gilbert Fuentes

Ballistic United 2 -­ Irvine Strikers FC 1 (50 minute game)

Irvine Strikers coached by Andrew May, former coach at Chivas USA Academy, played a similar style to Ballistic. Irvine came out playing high pressure which caused some issues for Ballistic in the build up and possession game. In the 3rd minute Travian Sousa struck for the 1st goal. Despite losing the ball several times in our own half, Ballistic continued to look for solutions to beat the high press and stayed true to the game plan. Jairo Barajas scored in the 19th minute to make it 2-­‐ 0 and Irvine made it 2-­‐1 in minute 24 right before half.
The 2nd half was a battle with both teams playing possession and high pressure soccer. Neither team was able to capitalize and the game ended 2-­‐1.

Game Report Link : http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/ss/view_game_report.php?eventId=2387104&tea mId=1400344

Starting Line-­ up #1 – Matt Muaddi ,#2 – Nick Barrera,#3 – Luka Kolomejec,#4 – Kamran Matin #5 – Stuart Ritchie,#6 – Brendon Foster,#7 – Jack Ferris,#8 – Max Goeggel,#9 – Jairo Barrajas,#10 – Gilbert Fuentes,#11 – Travian Sousa Half time substitutions : Out – Jack F, Luka K, Nick B, In – Nolan J, David M, Jacob A. – Antonio Sanchez-­‐sick 

Ballistic United 4 -­ Golden State FC 3 (80 minute game)

Ballistic United 4 -­ Golden State FC 3 (80 minute game)The final game of the weekend started at a very fast pace with Golden State pressuring Ballistic in the build up. Despite BUSC dominating possession and switching play, Golden State had a very good counter attack and scored in the 2nd and 15th minutes as Ballistic lost the ball and Irvine got in behind the defense with long balls. The Ballistic players remained calm as they had the majority of possession and turned it up a notch and scored the 2-­‐1 from a free kick from Gilbert Fuentes in the 24th minute and equalized in minute 30 from Jairo Barajas. Shortly before half, Travian Sousa was taken down in the box and Kamran Matin shot the penalty hard and perfect in the corner, only to be denied by the Golden State keeper. Golden State was very tired from chasing the ball and Ballistic was attacking non stop. Golden State was saved by the half time whistle.

At halftime, Ballistic brought in 4 fresh players and played the best 40 minutes of the season. In minute 60 Gilbert Fuentes scored and the team was attacking and creating chance after chance, but the Golden State keeper was making save after save. The risk of playing most of the game in the half of the opponent and sending 7-­‐8 players forward is there is a lot of space behind the defense. Golden State had not created any chances, but in minute 75 Ballistic lost the ball and suffered a counter attack goal to make it 3-­‐3. After dominating and playing so well, a draw would have not been justified and again the boys turned it up a notch. In the 80th minute, Max Goeggel beat his man on the edge of the box and fired a left footed shot which was deflected in behind the Golden State defense. David Meija reacted fast, pounced on the ball and sent a perfect cross into Gilbert Fuentes who completed his hat trick to go ahead 4-­‐3. A minute later, the game was over and Ballistic had deservedly completed a undefeated weekend.

Game Report Link: http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/ss/view_game_report.php?eventId=2387123&tea mId=1400344

Starting Line-­ up #1 – Matt Muaddi ,#2 – Nick Barrera,#3 – Kamran Matin,#4 – Stuart Ritchie,#5 – Antonio Sanchez,#6 – Brendon Foster,#7 – Jack Ferris,#8 – Max Goeggel,#9 – Jairo Barrajas,#10 – Gilbert Fuentes,#11 – Travian Sousa Half time substitutions : Out – Jack F, Kamran M, Antonio S, Jairo B. In – Nolan J, Luka K, Jacob A, David M. 

USDA Showcase Summary

Ballistic UnitedBallistic travelled with only 15 players and everyone played at least 2/3 of the time The weekend was a success for every player. The US Youth National team scouts were at every game and many players impressed the scouts. Travian Sousa (2001), Max Goeggel and Gilbert Fuentes (both 2002) have been in the U14 and U15 National team pools and hopefully after this weekend, they and other players will get a look in the upcoming Youth National Team Camp.

The back 6 -­‐ goalkeeper and back 5 (Matt M, Nick B, Jacob A, Luka K, Kamran M, Stuart R, Antonio S, Brendon F, Nolan J)did a great job in defending, building up , keeping possession as well as joining in the attack. The attacking 5 positions (Max G, Gilbert F, David M, Jack F, Jairo H, Travian S) linked the back, kept possession, created chances and pressured high up the pitch. Ballistic demands that every player is multi functional and plays more than one position throughout the season and many of the above mentioned players shared time between the back 6 and attacking 5 during the weekend.

Travelling and spending time together was great for team building and Ballistic hopes to build on this great weekend in their final two games of the Fall season vs Juventus and San Jose Earthquakes. Academy Schedule and Results Link : http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/ss/schedule.php?v=3&containerID=MTQwMDM0 NA== 

27 10, 2015

BUSC U10 Elite 1 Finalists in the Diablo FC Kick or Treat Tournament

Back row l to r -  Coach Mario Valdez, Ben Kim, Colin Surridge, Faheem Naik, Aditya Gundimeda, Griffin Mello Front row l to r - Matthew Fields, Ethan Rolandelli, Trenton von Sosen, Harry Herlich, Arshan Beliakoff, Evan Pimentel

Back row l to r –  Coach Mario Valdez, Ben Kim, Colin Surridge, Faheem Naik, Aditya Gundimeda, Griffin Mello

Front row l to r – Matthew Fields, Ethan Rolandelli, Trenton von Sosen, Harry Herlich, Arshan Beliakoff, Evan Pimentel


BUSC U10 Elite 1 are finalists in the Diablo FC Kick or Treat Tournament.

On Saturday, the team dressed as Soccer Zombies and beat Diablo FC in their first game of the tournament 3-1.  In the afternoon, Elite 1 gained another win in the tournament by beating Mustang Mavericks 3-2. In their third game of group play,  Elite 1 had a strong performance against Napa United Red Devils winning 4-2.  Ending up 1st in their group, Elite 1 advanced to the championship game.  The boys played a competitive game, but came up short losing the championship game to Prospector Tsunami 4-1.
Congratulations U10 Elite 1 for having a great tournament!
27 10, 2015

BUSC U13 Elite 1 Champs of the Walnut Creek Octoberfest


Pictured: Drew Elam, Carlos Guzman, Eric Huang, David Kvistad, Liam Maciel, Mason Pistone, Amro Salihovic, Jonah Shirakura, Maximillian Solofnenko, Emil Tamm, Kyle Wallace, Gavin Watson, Andrew Woolard, Coach Gordy Lang, Assistant Coach Derek Kvistad
Not Pictured: Andrew Delevaux, Zachary Yeo, Assistant Coach Darryl Watson

30 09, 2015

Elliot Swigert – Study Abroad

Elliot Swigert, one of BUSC’s own is experiencing a year round soccer study abroad opportunity in Barcelona provided by our clubs partnership with IFX Soccer! After playing this past season on our clubs US Soccer U14 academy team, Elliot and his family chose to provide him this great international experience.
He is doing really well and enjoying himself tremendously.  He is going to a school that is about 10-15 blocks from the Camp Nou and is fitting in really well.   He is on the school futsal team playing with the 16-18 boys.  He is also playing on a regional team called Espluguenc FC http://www.cfaespluguenc.com/.   He lives in the Gracia district in central Barcelona and has a wonderful host family.  He has a subway card and easily gets around all over the city and is basically loving it.  He plays either futsal or soccer almost every day.
Recently he went to the Champions league game against Bayer Levekusen.   He said the atmosphere was amazing – especially after Suarez scored.   Attached are some pictures including one where his parents captured him on TV – he is the one with the white phone behind.
We are proud and excited for Elliot and look forward to more updates throughout the year. For more information on IFX Soccer, contact Mike Carlson at mcarlson@ifxsoccer.com
29 07, 2015

U8 & U9 Host Silverware…

U8 Black & U9 – National Champions

The u8 Black team showed tremendous grit in the semi-finals, coming back from 2-5 halftime deficit against Legends of San Jose to tie the game 6-6 in the last minute. After 10 minutes of overtime, the teams went to PKs. Every year the tournament provides a game of such intensity and passion that nerves fray. This was the case as over 200 fans surrounded the court in anticipation. Parents and players chanted in unison. It almost seems unfair for kids to be put under this pressure, but our boys stepped up and took care of business while keeper Landon Kenney provided three vital stops. And the finals? Another heart stopper … a 6-5 win over the Gilroy Eagles with the winning goal scored with just a couple minutes remaining.
The u9s continue their run of high level play. Since December the team is 41-1 in all friendlies, league games, jamborees, and tournaments. More importantly, the group continues to evolve technically and tactically. The finals were a wonderful display of teamwork in a 6-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Academy. 
Our u14 Academy team played in a final as well. Relatively new to tournament futsal, this group impressed with their quick adoption of our basic strategies. The finals were a tightly contested 5-3 loss to the LA Galaxy Academy.
A special shout-out to our u8 Gold, u11, and u13 teams. All had special moments and represented our club well.
21 07, 2015

U.S. Futsal National Championship

A bit of BUSC history was made the weekend of July 17-19 at the U.S. Futsal National Championship held in the Anaheim Convention Center. Teams from as far away as Australia, Hawaii, and Long Island all vied for top honors. Three of our six entries played in finals. Our u8 and u9 BUFC teams were crowned national champions by beating the Gilroy Eagles and the San Jose Earthquakes Academy respectively, while our u14 Academy team lost to the LA Galaxy Academy 5-3 in a taut, fiercely contested game. Congrats to each our teams for representing our club with class and sportsmanship.

30 06, 2015

BUSC Players Invited to NorCal IDP Trips to Mexico and San Diego

gold-logo114BUSC Players Invited to NorCal IDP Trips in Mexico and San Diego

Over the past several months NorCal Premier IDP Program has been evaluating the top players throughout Northern California for trips to Mexico and San Diego.

The Mexico Trip is for the top 2001 players who will travel to Mexico for 10 days and play against Professional Academy teams Atlas FC, Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG) and Corica League All Star team (the best players in the Guadalajara region).

 Ballistic United is proud to announce that the following players have been selected for the Mexico Trip.

  • Stuart Ritchie – plays #3 or #4
  • Colin Travasos – plays #1
  • Brendon Foster – plays #6, #8 or #10
  • Gilbert Fuentes – plays #6, #10 or #9
  • Travian Sousa – plays #5 or #11

All 5 players play on the BUSC USDA U14 Academy team. 

We wish them the best of luck on the trip.

Ballistic United had the following players selected for the San Diego Surf Cup Trip

The San Diego trip is for  the top 2002 players and they will play in the U14 Super Group of the San Diego Surf Cup.

  • Erik Moore – plays #1
  • Max Goeggel – plays #6 or #10

Erik is DP for the BUSC U14 USDA Academy and Max will be joining the U14 Academy team next season.

26 06, 2015

Ballistic United USDA U14 Academy Team Ends Strong in National Showcase in Indianapolis

The Ballistic United U14 Academy team travelled to “Indy” this past weekend for the end of season National Showcase.
BUSC has the youngest team in the United States and the most players in Northern California in Market Training and US National Team Program. 
u14academyThe team goal was to impose the BUSC Style in all 3 games and end with our best soccer of the year.  “Playing attacking, possession soccer is the best way to develop and showcase our players “stated, U14 Academy Coach Andrew Ziemer.  “The US National Team Scouts and opposing coaches were impressed with the way we played soccer and our players.  At least 4 BUSC players were scouted as possible players to attend future National Team Camps.
In the 4 Day showcase, BUSC tied 2-2 vs Beachside FC of Connecticut,  tied 1-1 vs Columbus Crew Wolves SC from Detroit and ended strong by beating North Carolina Fusion SC 5-0.
Ballistic United travelled with 17 players, Coaches Andrew Ziemer and Luciano Estrada and 4 chaperones.  The entire Ballistic Academy team would like to thank all of the generous support in the community from private sponsors,  players who attended the U14 Academy Spring and Summer Camp and everyone who bought raffle tickets for the 2 ipad raffles. This support gave ALL 17 players the chance to travel and play together.
Ballistic United U14 Academy Team Roster :
Marriano Allatore – 2000
Mario Anaya – 2001
Keshav Bhatnagar – 2000
Cam Ciley – 2000
Nick Eusebio – 2000
Brendon Foster – 2000
Gilbert Fuentes – 2002
Nolan Jetter – 2001
Luka Kolomejec – 2001
Will Richmond – 2000
Stuart Ritchie – 2001 (was in Scotland for family wedding)
Travian Sousa – 2001
Sterling Stokes – 2001
Elliot Swigert – 2000
Keegan Tingey – 2000
Colin Travasos – 2001
Owen Varela – 2000
Jason White – 2000
The 2001 and 2002 aged players will be back on the U14 Academy team next year and the 2000 aged players will play on next years U16 Premier team.
Great job everyone!! Enjoy your break and we will see you on the pitch in July again.

24 06, 2015

U14P Won the Palo Alto Summer Solstice 2015 Futsal Tournament

Members of the U14P team recently won the Palo Alto Summer Solstice 2015 Futsal tournament. Coach Rob and Coach Akbar were very impressed with the players ability to manage the games and their opponents using Futsal strategies and set plays. They won the Championship game in OT 5-3 with no subs against the host team under hostile circumstances. It was a GREAT learning experience as the players prepare to play in the National Futsal tournament in July.