Greg Winkler column: Busy stretch for soccer

Greg Winkler column: Busy stretch for soccer

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Greg Winkler column: Busy stretch for soccer

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Are you interested in what is happening in soccer at the youth level? Do you have any thoughts, interests, or ideas to help grow soccer in this community?

The time is now to make your voice heard. Each and every year the Fond du Lac Youth Soccer Association has an annual general meeting.

This meeting is open to the public and a time for people to reflect on the previous season. It is a time to tell the youth board what was good about the year, what could be improved upon in the coming year.

This year the Soccer Association will have a meeting next Monday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be at the City/County Government Building rooms F & G. It is time to stand up and be counted, get to the meeting and let your voice be heard.

Let us talk a little U.S. Men’s National Team. They went down to Kingston, Jamaica to play the Reggae Boyz, the U.S. lost 2-1, their first loss in 18 matches vs. Jamaica. This was a huge blow in World Cup qualifying, this was not a friendly, this game counted and the U.S. did not show up.

So the after losing to the Reggae Boyz the U.S. played them again on Tuesday, desperate for a win, this game was on U.S. soil in Columbus, Ohio. I was unable to watch this game due to my own contest vs. fifth ranked Kimberly (more to come on that one), so I watched it on DVR.

The U.S. just hammered the Jamaican goalie, hitting the post three times in the first half. Early in the second half, Hercules Gomez for the US puts in the game winner on a serious bending free kick. It was a much better performance and one that surely will put them through into the next round of qualifying. Thank you U.S. for restoring my faith in you.

Now for the Fondy game, what a game! Our team has been struggling a little, my coaching staff has seen the talent but we have been unable to put together a great game.

We put together some moments but very seldom a complete game. Against Kimberly we did just that, we came out and played with passion and purpose scoring two goals on parent’s night in the first half. We were able to fight off their offensive attack in the second half giving up one goal but adding another ourselves.

We ended up handing the 11-0 Kimberly Papermakers their first defeat. It was a great soccer match and one that hopefully propels this team to bigger things down the road. Thanks team for an awesome victory, let’s keep it going now!

Watch for next weeks Soccer Shorts, on Sept. 25 we will be celebrating our “Team of the Decade” for 1990-99 and 2000-09. I will preview the event and share a little history with my readers.

Keep on Kickin’.

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