Bethesda Roadrunners: Welcome
Bethesda Roadrunners - the 2004 and 2006 Region 1 Champion - MD State Champions 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Thursday, May 15
So Where are the self proclaimed "Favela boys" now?
Shaquille Philips - U17 US National Team
Samir Badr. - VA High School State champ U17 US National Team player pool
Julio Arjona - U17 US National Team verbally committed to West Virginia
Desean Ragland - Baltimore Bays Academy team
Haakon Sand - Freestate Elite (MD State finalist)
Jeff Juarez - Freestate Elite (MD State finalist)
Eli Dennis - Freestate Elite (MD State finalist) ODP Regional pool
Chris Woodruff - Freestate Elite (MD state finalist) ODP State
Jamal Umar - GFC (VA State Champion)
Trey Bright - SYA
Fabio Correa - Fresstate Elite(MD state finals) ODP State Committed to MT. ST Mary's.
Sam Bradley - DC United Academy (U17 US National team player pool)
Peabo Doue - DC United Academy committed to West Virginia University
Paul Torres - DC United Academy (U18 US National team Player pool) committed to University of Maryland
Toby Iquade - DC United Academy
Philip Nwosu - DC United Academy
Ole Sand - RETIRED last seen at a Capital playoff game looking for a fast pace attacking sport.
Julio Arjona Sr. - Coaching in Bethesda and Olney Soccer Club
Joseph Gyau - U17 US National team
Lester Dewee - Marsialle Youth Team ( France)
Chris Hegngi - DC United U18 committed to Ohio State
Martin Sanchez - Freestate Elite (MD State finalist) ODP Regional team ( captian) Committed to NAVY
Philip Gyau - Coaching ST John's High School and BSC.
Jeff Zifrony - Favorite player "JAY Z" married Beyonce and somewhere plotting to rule the world.
William Seymore- Playing in England
As one of the players said "I miss Joga in my life" . Best of Luck to all the birds.
Check out a few Early Training videos and the foundation of any good soccer player. http://www.nldsoccer.com/videos.htm
Tuesday, July 3
The RRs had another great Regional experience, winning the three pool games, but also learning a hard lesson in the semi-final.
After 9 months of training, developing, and working on many of the technical aspects of the game, it was FIFA Law #12 which ultimately would help end the Roadrunners USYSA season. As the players were huddling on the field before the 2nd half was about to start, a RR player was red carded for foul language. While perhaps harsh, the call was right in line with one of USYSA focal points for referees for this Tournament. It is important to note that in the hundreds of games the roadrunners have competed in since U9 No Roadrunners or opposing team has ever been red carded for abusive or foul language. It is also an important lesson to learn for our squad.
This left the Roadrunners a man short and with a field player in goal. The team put forth a valiant effort and continued to press the attack, providing many good opportunities to win the game. Unfortunately at the top Regional level playing a man down is a tough hill to climb. The Roadrunners would eventually concede a goal on a well executed play with 7 minutes remaining. Congratulations to Hota Academy who played a great game. The superb efforts by both teams made this one of the most entertaining games of the Region 1 tournament.
Finally, congratulations to PDA winning the U15B Final and getting the ticket to represent Region 1 in the National Championship in Frisco, Texas. Good luck!
As for the Roadrunners, we will focus our attention on the US Club Soccer Nationals in Greensborough, NC later this month and preparations for the U16 campaign.
The RRs continues its dominance in state cup, beating Potomac Internationals in the U15 final at the SoccerPlex Statium field on June 2nd to win its third MD State Cup title in four years.
The hot weathers and cup final athmosphere did not make for a great championship game. However, both teams fought a very clean and fair battle in the mid-day heat. Potomac led the game 1-0 at half-time, but the continued pressure from the RRs finally payed off with two nice goals early in the 2nd half to secure a well deserved win. Credit should go to Potomac Internationals for having made the State Cup Final three years in a row and consistently proving they are very hard to beat.
Other than a loss on PKs in the MD state cup semifinal at U13, the Roadrunners has never lost a game in state cup (or playing on age in NCSL). The next challenge is to defend the Region 1 Championship in Maine in late June-early July.
This Memorial Day weekend, the RRs broke with the tradition of playing locally to compete in the US Club Soccer Region A Championship. In line with the growing popularity of US Club Soccer as an alternative to USYSA and Super-Y, most top teams and clubs now compete in on of the eight Regional Championships to try to gain a spot playing for the National Championship in Greensborough in July.
The RRs played in the Super Group against a good mix of top Region 1 and Region 3 teams, including Blau Weiss Gottschee, Goldstar 91 Select NC, Pasco Stallion NJ, Syracuse FC, Rochester FC, and Massapequa Aces.
The tournament was also a warm-up for MD State Cup final. Playing its best soccer all year, the RRs won the tournament, beating Syracuse (3-0), Masapeaque (3-1), Pasco Stallions (4-0) and Goldstar (3-0) in the final.
The scoring was well distributed, with seven different players finding the net.
Thursday, January 25
Bethesda Soccer Club Boys ranked #13 by Soccer America Magazine
Friday, January 5
TopDrawerSoccer recap of the Disney Showcase U15 Final.
Roadrunners is looking for 2-4 exceptional field players to broaden and complement the roster for the fall 2005 U14 season. If you're interested, please call/email Ole at 301.229.9313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.