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27 04, 2015

Kyle Davies showing promise with FC Dallas


Hyndman impressed with 20-year-old MLS rookie in first start 

FRISCO, Texas — In a week that saw his first significant action since joining FC Dallas, 20-year-old defender Kyle Davies made his first start Saturday in the club’s 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. At midweek, Davies played the full 90 minutes of a 2-0 win in a friendly with CS Herediano of Costa Rica, and used that experience as a springboard to secure his first MLS start.

Kyle Davis in first start as an MSL player with FC Dallas

Kyle Davis in first start as an MSL player with FC Dallas

“I thought Kyle did great,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “I think any coach would be nervous about how a player will do in their first game. He’s a young player. He’s the captain of the (U.S.) under-20s. What I keep hearing from Thomas Rongen is that he’s a better game player than a practice player. He’s done well in practice but I thought he did well in the game. He gives us a bright spot. We’re sitting with six injured players and three of those are center backs. It’s nice to see a young player get a chance to do a good job.”

Davies was matched up with Dynamo forward Kei Kamara in the first half and while the tall striker did get three shots off, few of those efforts were dangerous.

“He’s a very physical player,” Davies said of Kamara. “He loves to get his body in front of you and weight you off the ball. I thought I fared all right. He got in front of me a couple of times but it was a good challenge.”

At the break, Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear brought in the speedy Dominic Oduro for Kamara but Davies’ performance didn’t drop off in the least.

“Kyle did well,” FCD right back Drew Moor said. “He’s a good player. He’s going to be fine. He’s been great the last couple of weeks. He was great midweek in our friendly against the Costa Rican team. He talks a lot. His communication reminds me of (former FCD center back) Clarence Goodson. He’s going to be a good defender. He is a good defender.”

When told about Rongen’s statement about him being a better game player than a practice player, Davies took no issue with his U-20 coach’s assessment.

“He does say that,” he said. “I have to agree. I do try hard in practice but I think in games, I’m actually more comfortable. I feel more comfortable and more confident in what I’m doing.”

For the entire night, Davies was paired with captain Pablo Ricchetti in central defense, a player whose experience he continues to draw from.

“It’s great not only watching him but playing with him because he’s a veteran and he’s so experienced,” Davies said. “He makes me more confident, always talking to me and leading me in the right direction.”

And when it comes to being vocal, Davies admits that is something that just goes with the territory regardless of whether a player is a rookie or a seasoned veteran.

“I think it kind of comes from being a center back,” he said. “In that position, you have to be the organizer, the one who is giving other people direction. There’s no point in coming in and not doing the best you can do. I tried to come in and just do what I always do.”

FCD might have lost to the two-time defending champs 3-1 but other than the final result, Davies’ first taste of the FCD-Dynamo rivalry was a good one.

“They brought down a good amount of fans and it was a good atmosphere (Saturday),” he said. “It was an unfortunate result but a good atmosphere for my first game.”

Injuries to fellow center backs George John, Steve Purdy and Daniel Torres helped Davies get an opportunity, but the young defender realizes even after his solid performance against Houston, him returning to the first 11 next Saturday against defending league champion Columbus is far from assured.

“That’s my hope, yeah,” he said. “Only time will tell. We’ll see next weekend. Obviously, you play one game and it doesn’t mean anything. It’s an accumulation of games, training well and doing all the small things right, so we’ll see.”

Besides making his league debut, another perk of Davies’ first start on Saturday was that he got to play alongside longtime friend Anthony Wallace, now FCD’s starting left back. “I’m really comfortable next to him,” he said. “We’ve played together in so many games now since under-17s. It was good.”

Steve Hunt is a contributor to MLSnet.com.

Kyle Davies showing promise with FC Dallas 2016-10-21T11:41:38+00:00
27 04, 2015




At 5 years old, Dane Shaffar ran onto the soccer field for the first time. Now, nearly 13 years later, the 2012 Amador Valley High graduate is headed to play soccer at his dream school, Sonoma State.

“It’s really funny, when I was younger, I always went to tournaments at Sonoma. I always loved the school, but I never knew that I would actually end up there,” Shaffar said.

Born and raised in Pleasanton, Shaffar began his soccer career with the Ballistic United Soccer Club, where he played Division 1 from U8s through U19s.

At Amador, Shaffar continued his soccer career and was named captain of the freshmen team, and continued to shine throughout his high school career. Senior year, he was captain of the boy’s varsity team.

Shaffar was recognized for his talent on the field as a junior, when he was chosen for the Second-Team All League for the East Bay Athletic League. He further proved his soccer abilities senior year when he was selected for the First-Team All League.

He was also named Amador boy’s varsity MVP junior and senior year, making history as the only soccer player at Amador to receive the prestigious award for two consecutive years.

“What makes Dane a special person is his love for his family, loyalty to his friends, and the pride he has each and every day when he represents his community and Amador,” wrote Rob Flores, assistant varsity soccer coach at Amador, in his letter of recommendation for the Ballistic United Soccer Club and Erik Lemoine Scholarship.

In 2010, Shaffar had the privilege of playing for the Olympic Dvvelopment Program as a member of the Cal North State Team.

Soccer has always played a large role in Shaffar’s life.

“He has always had a passion for soccer and because he made it his life, we made it ours,” said Mitzi Shaffar, Dane’s mother.

Dane Shaffar attributes much of his success to those who have all supported him along the way.

“Soccer has pretty much been my life. I find inspiration to succeed in my love of soccer, my family, my teammates, my coaches and the community,” Shaffar said. “I like being a part of something bigger.”

This year Shaffar was awarded the Ballistic United Soccer Club and Erik Lemoine Scholarship, which is presented to Foothill or Amador seniors who have represented BUSC, their school and their community in an outstanding manner.

“I feel that Dane Shaffar’s character and leadership make him a role model not just for soccer players but for anyone who is looking at what is right with our youth today,” Amador varsity soccer coach Ken Villegas wrote in his letter of recommendation.

At Sonoma State University, Shaffar plans to major in business. As a recruit for the SSU Seawolves, he will play under head coach Markus Ziemer.

“I can’t wait to get on the field and play with the team,” Shaffar said. “There’s always room for improvement, and being surrounded by so many talented players and lead by such an amazing coach, Coach Markus, will give me the opportunity to get better.”


– Pleasanton Weekly – 7/13/12 issue

27 04, 2015



The Ballistic United Soccer Club announces eight U18 Premier players who will be playing soccer in college in the fall.  The players continuing their playing careers in college include Tyler Hoffman (Cal State Los Angeles), Brandon Brown (Chico State), Seth Niermeyer (Chico State), Duke Driggs (Cal State East Bay), Collin Hartland (Colorado College), Nandor Krause (Sonoma State), Dane Shaffar(Sonoma State), and Jason Chow (St. Mary’s).

Tyler Hoffman was named to the All Conference team and voted Most Valuable Player as a goalkeeper for the San Joaquin Athletic Association.  Dane Shaffar, two-time Amador high school MVP, was named first team all-league in the East Bay Athletic League and will be playing alongside fellow teammate and team captain Nandor Krause.  Dane and Nandor have played together for BUSC since U9 and were both 3 year Varsity starters at Amador. Seth Niermeyer has also been playing competitively for BUSC since U9, joining Dane and Nandor at U11.  Seth was a 3 year Varsity starter at Foothill high school.  Jason Chow, another lifetime BUSC competitive player was a four year Varsity player at Amador High School.  Brandon Brown and Duke Driggs, both of Cal High, joined the club a few years back and have been welcome additions. Duke was also named first team all-league in the East Bay Athletic League and was Cal High’s defensive player of the year.  Collin Hartland, who came to the club at U14, will be playing at Colorado College.  Collin was Dublin high school’s offensive MVP two years in a row.  The U18 Premier team took first place in the Nor Cal Premier 2 division, a fine way to end the boys’ playing career with the club.

We also want to take a moment to congratulate two other young men who played with the club long enough for us to recognize their achievements – Thomas Janjigian, who played for BUSC from U9 to U14 before ultimately playing for the Force Academy, will be playing at University of California at Irvine and Connor O’Neil, who came to the club from the highly touted Hayward Tecos at U16 before moving away after his U17 playing season to San Diego, will be playing at University of San Diego.

We want to congratulate all of the our graduating seniors and wish them the very best.  Keep playing boys!

Pleasanton Weekly 7/13/12 issue

27 04, 2015

Cal State East Bay soccer player doesn’t have to look far for inspiration


By Matt Schwab mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com San Jose Mercury News
Posted: InsideBayA rea.com

His dad, Kevin, was once a towering defender with the U.S. national team and a five-time Major Indoor Soccer League all-star with the San Diego Sockers.

“He’s taught me a lot about the game, just strategically,” Kellen said of his dad. “I’ve learned a lot from his experience and just his knowledge.”

Kellen Crow is early in his soccer journey, but Pioneers coach Andy Cumbo likes what he sees.

“He’s made a real positive impact, more than a typical freshman usually does,” Cumbo said of his starting holding midfielder. “Very smart, very disciplined. Reads the game very well. He’s a good organizer for us defensively.”

It turns out the Crow family tree has many athletic branches. Kellen’s grandfather, Wayne (Cal), played halfback, safety and punter for the Oakland Raiders in 1960-1961. Kellen’s brother, Kamron, 16, attends Amador Valley and plays for the De Anza Force under-15/16 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

The Pioneers are off to an encouraging start after a rough 2011 season. Last week they earned back-to- back road draws against Cal State Stanislaus (0-0) and Chico State (1-1), no easy feat in the powerful California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Kellen Crow said he took a “gap year” after high school and trained with England’s Sheffield Wednesday and Dutch club Quick 1888, each for six months. He returned home with a stronger game and a tougher mindset.

“I’m 19 (years old) and guys over there are 16 playing for these professional clubs,” Crow said. “They have it in them. They have the mindset that ‘I want to be a professional.’ ”

Kellen played high school soccer in Sacramento for three years before transferring to Amador Valley after his dad was hired as the technical director by Ballistic United Soccer Club in Pleasanton.

Kellen has started in all five games for the Pioneers (1-2-2, 0-1-2 CCAA), playing 401 minutes. In the draw against Stanislaus, Crow and defender Paul Dewhurst held things together, blocking three scoring chances late in the second half.

Kevin Crow is not surprised by Kellen’s smooth transition to college play.

“He’s always been a smart player, kind of a tactically smart player,” said Kevin Crow, who retired from playing in 1992. “He’s a well-rounded player. He has a knack for fitting in wherever he plays, which is a compliment to him.”

Cumbo, in his fourth season, believes his squad, buoyed by junior college transfers and foreign additions, is capable of earning a spot in the CCAA playoffs by placing in the top two of the North Division.

The Pioneers have a strong homegrown contingent. Sophomore Rey Suarez (Richmond) scored on a 20- yard shot in the final seconds of regulation play to tie Chico State 1-1. Dynamic Andres Ponce (San Lorenzo, Chabot) and Javier Martin (Mt. Eden) are solid playmakers. Freshman newcomer Duke Driggs (California) shows promise.

SPAGLE HITS LANDMARK: Pioneers women’s volleyball coach Jim Spagle earned his 400th career victory and become the winningest coach in school history on Sept. 7 with a 3-0 victory over Academy of Art-San Francisco. The Pioneers are 1-3 since that victory, and Spagle, in his 17th season, has a 401- 133 career record.

HAWKS TRIO SIGNS: Three former Las Positas men’s basketball players have signed with four-year schools: Jarred Jourdan (Logan) with Division I Liberty University (Va.); Dwight Abad (Logan) with Bethany College (Kan.); and Ryan Hebebrand (Granada) with Cal State East Bay.

Contact Matt Schwab at mschwab@bayareanewsgroup.com and follow him on Twitter at @schwab_matt.

Cal State East Bay soccer player doesn’t have to look far for inspiration 2016-10-21T11:41:38+00:00
21 04, 2015



The U10 boys won the U11 indoor league at Cabernet.
They revenged their only loss of the season in the finals with a 9-3 victory.

Top Left to Right
Adam Harbourne, Zach Watson, Luke Stephens, Jake Giacomini, Riley Balch, Colin Braga

Bottom Left to Right-
Isaac Light, Ben Harbourne, Tyler Chang.

U10 BOYS WON THE U11 INDOOR LEAGUE AT CABERNET. 2015-05-07T22:47:56+00:00
21 04, 2015

U10 Boys Won the U11 Indoor League at Cabernet

The U10 boys won the U11 indoor league at Cabernet.
They revenged their only loss of the season in the finals with a 9-3 victory.

Top Left to Right
Adam Harbourne, Zach Watson, Luke Stephens, Jake Giacomini, Riley Balch, Colin Braga

Bottom Left to Right-
Isaac Light,  Ben Harbourne, Tyler Chang.
U10 Boys Won the U11 Indoor League at Cabernet 2015-04-21T16:50:26+00:00
7 04, 2015



Last week, 22 Ballistic players attended a camp to help the U14 Academy players raise money for the US Soccer Showcase in Indianapolis this June.

Under the guidance of coaches Luciano Estrada and Andrew Ziemer, 8-10 Academy players worked with the kids and passed on their knowledge. The younger campers looked up to the players and now want to come see them play.

“Luciano and I were very impressed with their professionalism and energy. Last year, some of the players did not attend the Showcase in which all the US Soccer scouts are present to scout for the National Team. This year we made a commitment that the team would work together to insure that no player did not travel to Indianapolis due to the cost, which is about $1350 per player ” said Coach Ziemer.

Please come join us in the June camp which will be the 3 days before the team departs to the Showcase. All coaches volunteer their time and 100% of the money goes towards the travel costs. Please follow this link to register ~ https://korrio.com/groups/ballistic-united-soccer-club/programs/start-registration/ ~ select Summer 3 Day Camp

If you would like to donate to the BUSC U14 Academy team, please send a check payable to BUSC U14 Academy to 275 Rose Avenue, Suite 209 Pleasanton, Ca 94566.

2 04, 2015



During the month of March our clubs top teams in the U16 & U17 age groups both achieved success!
Coming out of high school soccer at the end of February, which means both teams took a 3 month lay off from club soccer, both teams continued their respective high level of play.

The U17 Premier team captured 3rd at the Juventus college showcase competing at the highest Diamond division.
The team won 3 and lost 1 over the 2-day event playing the 4th match of the 2-day event with only 11 players beating FC Elk Grove 2-0.
The previous day saw the team beat both Davis (2-1) and Sporting FC (2-1) before losing to SF Elite (1-2) on Sunday morning.
The team currently has 4 players preparing for their trip abroad to participate in the Sheffield Wednesday Elite player camp.

The U16 Premier team recently traveled to Phoenix to participate in the Phoenix College cup.
Competing in the highest Diamond division, the team won 2 and tied 1 while never conceding a goal!
The team competed against teams from Arizona, Texas, and Cal South.
The team has one player preparing for their trip abroad to participate in the Sheffield Wednesday Elite player camp.

We congratulate both teams for the recent success, representing BUSC both on and off the field with class while playing our possession based style of play!

20 01, 2015



collinHarvest Park Middle School eighth-grader Collin Travasos competed in the National Football League (NFL) Punt, Pass and Kick national finals last weekend in Washington state, earning a fourth-place finish in his age group.

Representing the Oakland Raiders in the boys 12-13 division, 13-year-old Travasos advanced through local, sectional and team championship rounds in the contest that tests youngsters’ football skills in punting, throwing and placekicking.

The Pleasanton teen was one of 40 boys and girls from 23 states, among five different age groups, to earn a spot in the national finals held last weekend at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.

“The Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility (where the national competition was held) was really nice,” Travasos said. “It was actually pretty nice that the other competitors and I got along so well. There wasn’t a real feeling of competition. I think we all realized that it was just a great overall experience.”

In the finals, participants launched two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy for their best result in each category.

Travasos came in fourth in the boys 12-13 division with a combined score of 323 feet, 3 inches. The division winner was Dylan Downing of Lenexa, Kan., with a score of 375 feet, 7 inches.

The national champions (one boy and one girl for each age group) were recognized on national television during halftime of the Seattle Seahawks’ 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional playoff round Saturday evening.

All 40 national finalists received airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Seahawks-Panthers game, according to competition organizers.

“The best part about the day was running onto the Seahawks field at halftime,” Travasos said. “The cheerleaders were there, and we all got to throw the ball on the game field. I remember thinking it was so loud, but then again, it was Seattle! I saw Russell Wilson and Luke Willson as we were just about to leave the field.”

This year marked the 53rd annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Notable past participants included Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marino as well as current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

BUSC PLAYER COLLIN TRAVASOS 2016-10-21T11:41:38+00:00