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.
The 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.
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.
Ballistic U10 Premier won the Davis Mother day tournament.
They finished off an undefeated tournament by beating the local Galaxy Blue 2-0.
Our club is proud to announce that one of our U14 US Academy players, Travian Sousa, is being called for the upcoming Youth National Team Futures Camp in Carson, Calif., from May 23-26, 2015.
The YNT Futures Camp will be led by U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore, U-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson, U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth and all of U.S. Soccer’s Technical Advisors.
The aim of the YNT Futures Camp is to select the most talented players in the ’00 and ’01 birth year who also happen to be on a later physical development growth path, with the hope to eliminate the relative age effect on talent identification. Over the long-term, the goal for this program to help US Soccer more easily showcase the technical and tactical skills that every National Team player must possess, especially when compared to physical maturity that in many cases is predicated by birth month. When scouting and evaluating players amongst the same age group, we tend to see big differences in performance based on birth month and maturity.
We are sure this camp will be a great experience and personal development opportunity for Travian!
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.
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.
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!
Harvest 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.
The Ballistic United U12 Premier boys soccer team won the Blue Division State Cup on December 20 by beating San Ramon Azuri 4-1 in a final played at Alden Oliver Sports Park in Hayward. Trevor Cheng opened the scoring midway through the first half when he made a run to the back post and headed in a cross from Noah White on an indirect free kick from just inside the penalty area. Cheng increased the lead to 2-0 in the final minute before half time when he put away his second goal. Ballistic United increased its advantage to 3-0 early in the second half when Arnav Patel headed home a corner from White. Adrian Denoncourt then assisted White on a scoring blast from outside the penalty area to close the scoring for Ballistic United, which was able to coast to the title from there.
In the semifinal game, Ian Lee scored twice in a five-goal, first half scoring barrage against Dublin United Legend on December 14. Ballistic United took its foot off the gas after halftime, and cruised to an easy 6-0 victory. Jacob Lambro tallied the only second half goal of the game.
Ballistic United won their quarterfinal in compelling fashion, 2-1 over Mustang Tornadoes, in double overtime on a golden goal by Cheng. The ball popped loose after a scramble in the penalty box, and he put in the back of the net. White opened the scoring early in the second half by putting home a through ball from Denoncourt before Mustang knotted things up with just four minutes left in regulation.
U14 Ballistic United Academy Players Mario Anaya and Travian Sousa are both in Florida for the U14 National Team Camp for players born in 2001.
Mario has been playing with Ballistic United since age 7 and primarily plays midfield.
Travian has been playing with Ballistic United for four years and is a left-footed attacking defender and winger. This is the third US Men’s National Team Camp that Travian has attended.
“Ballistic United is very proud of Mario and Travian. These boys are both very motivated and passionate about soccer. The Ballistic Way of Playing, Personal Development Plans and Video Analysis Program are working club wide, but these two players are prime examples of players taking full advantage of the resources that our club are providing them,” states U14 Academy Coach, Andrew Ziemer.
Click on the following link to see Maria, Travian, and the Ballistic United U14 Academy Team play.