Friday, October 28, 2011

Crump Stadium goals

Today myself and Conni helped the MCS (Memphis City Schools) Athletic director Shawn Matsunaga build goals in Crump Stadium downtown. These goals will be used on their new Enviro Turf field for MCS games and GIT games. They were provided and helped to be put together by Midsouth FC. This is the 2nd set we have put together (Melrose Stadium) was the first. Nothing like building a couple of 11 v 11 goals for a workout...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FC Legendinhos x U of Memphis

Here is the lil video I made from our FC legendinhos and University of Memphis first training session together! Look at the joy on those kids faces...its impossible not to love them!

Friday, October 21, 2011

LeBron meets Kenny and LFC players

Two of my favorite things in the world Liverpool FC and Beats by Dre...gotta get me some of the LFC beats.

FC Barcelona - Opening Ceremony La Masia (live)

Really surprised how under reported this has been in America and maybe the world. La Masia Barcelona's youth academy has built a new 9 million euro facility to better accomodate their youth 32 years later after the original La Masia was opened. This is the same academy that has produced Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Pique, Fabregas, Messi, Victor Valdez, etc. The New Masia was opened yesterday with a huge opening ceremony which is all hear for you to see. If you just want to see the inside ff to about the 33 min.

Mas Que un Academia.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thoughts on Training Progression

As I continue to make my living from coaching I am always learning. From the worlds best on tv or from coaches at our local facilities. I know everyone has their own methodology but I feel there has to be a certain progression and age specific topics that have to be taught. I have not figured out what is the perfect progression and balance to Technique/Coordination&Fitness/Tactics but I know that I am looking and much closer than a year or two ago.

What I am figuring out is that it changes as the players grow physically and mentally mature. I think U7-U9 its mainly coordination and technique and individual attacking and defending skills/movements. U10-U12 is when tactics begin to really get introduced but since players can still learn coordination it is very important that motor coordination fitness and technique are the basis of all sessions. After U12 I feel that about every two years the progression should be more towards tactics and less towards technique with a fair amount of the fitness still in there.

I know much like coaching itself it will be a process but what excites me is that there has to be a perfect balance and formula out there that will maximize a player and teams potential. Much like physical fitness itself there is an art and science to getting in shape and overdoing one thing or not enough of something else can be very detrimental to overall progress. That is what I am seeing with other teams in compared with mine. In a 6 month to a year plus teams can completely switch places as to who is better if the training is done in the proper progression. What I am noticing is that others may be doing things that aren’t bad for their teams but maybe at the wrong times and without the proper progression and it’s seriously slowing their progress in compared with my own teams. What I really want to figure out is what is the perfect balance and progression. That is the key to developing an entire program and club. It’s what I am trying to install with FC Legendinhos and Midsouth FC and Im very interested to see the results of the U9,10, & 11 teams I am currently in charge of.

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Important to have a vision...

“Boy, I got a vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.” - Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Saw this and it completely reminded me of one of our company's inspirations.

Friday, October 14, 2011

LUIS SUAREZ - Just Can't Get Enough - Liverpool - 2011 - HD.flv

Let's just all enjoy a bit of highlights from Luis's first 6 months with the club.

LFC v Man U this weekend

Just so you know there is a huge game this Saturday morning at 6:40 central time on ESPN 2. Oh yeah and enjoy the highlights from last years game... YNWA

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Botafogo FR Academy at Copa Memphis 2011

Can't believe it took me so long to post this but better late then never. Please check out the video of Botafogo FR Academy U19's at Copa Memphis. They come over to get exposure to college teams in hopes that they can get a scholarship. I believe 7 of the boys are being seriously looked at. Enjoy.

Winter Futsal

Winter Futsal is back and here is our great promo video. Deadline is 11/28 if there is still room as there is a lot of interest this year. League will begin 12/5 and will be a 6 game season as year's past. Go to to get full details and to register your team today.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Shout out to Conni who made us take this pic even though all I wanted to do was have them glad she did. This pic shows the absolute joy of these kids getting to play. Not only are they getting to play but they are succeeding and have the Midsouth youth director coming over to make sure they are getting enough competition.

Here is an example of why I wanted to start this club so bad...during water breaks the american kids all go sit along the fence and our boys get out and practice bicycle (overhead) kicks at the age of 5-7. Yes we have 5-7 year olds trying and completing bicycle kicks that 18 year old Americans can't do. FC Legendinhos is the future of soccer in this area and America.

If you don't make the change you desire to see you are part of the problem...

New Blog Design and Im back around now

Looks like blogger/Google updated their templates...about time and they look great. Might customize further but at least now YouTube vids aren't cut off the screen. Im goin to be doing this at least once a week commenting on what Center Circle / FC Legendinhos is doing.