Lots of Excitement Heading into 2016-17 Season
Freedom FC Kugler 02 – Green is excited to conclude Spring League and Spring Cup play this April/May 2016. The spring training sessions and league games have been very beneficial as the team continues to expand their abilities to play multiple formations (new one for this spring 3-5-2) and multiple player combinations. Two new players have been added to the roster and the team is still open to have quality, high level players tryout during the rest of the spring.
The team is looking forward to participating in the 2016 Manchester City FC Americas Cup on Memorial Day weekend in Del Mar/Oceanside, CA and the So Cal Summer Showcase in mid-June at Cal Poly Pomona University. These are two very challenging, high level tournaments and will provide quality competition to the team. Other tournaments are being considered for August and November 2016.
The team will be dark during the month of July 2016 (individual training sessions will be conducted) and will come back the first of August and get ready for the challenges of playing within the Southern California Development Soccer League as the entire Freedom FC family will be moving to SCDSL beginning the new soccer season.
After battling through injuries to 3 players and playing with only one substitute, the 02 Kugler team lost in a PK shootout (5-4) on Sunday, 5/22/16 to Xplosion after the semi-final match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. The team played well during this stretch of spring play meshing 4 new players to the team mix and is anxious to have everybody back healthy for Manchester City FC America’s Cup over the Memorial Day weekend in San Diego, CA. In the prestigious MC America’ Cup, the team will be challenged by playing the elite teams in southern California. The team is hopeful to take the next step in meeting their team potential.
(Round of 8)
After beginning two weekends ago with 24 (4-team) flights in the President’s Division and going undefeated against their pool A rivals, SWSC Elite, Attack B02 Academy and SW Altamira scoring 9 goals and 3 goals against, the team went into the knockout rounds this past weekend in Oceanside, CA. Entering the round of 64, the team defeated Albion SC Premier I (3-0) and in the round of 32 in 2 overtimes defeated this team, Eagles Soccer Club 2-1 for a berth in the afternoonon Sunday in the round of 16. Playing tired and not their best soccer, the boys bonded together and found a way to advance with a 2-1 win over the Striker FC SB-White team. Even though the win wasn’t pretty, the team played their best soccer in the last 15 minutes of the 2nd half and now advances to the round of 8, semi-finals and championship venue this weekend at Silver Lakes Soccer Complex.
This year’s CA State Cup performance follows last year’s showing with the team making it all the way to the semi-final match losing 2-1 to the eventual state cup champion team.
Congratulations to the team and players and good luck! 6 wins and 3 more to go (one game at a time)!
Concluding a great run for the 2015 Coast Soccer League, Freedom FC Kugler BU13 Green finished as champions of Silver Central with a record of 11-1-2. The team scored an amazing 63 goals during the regular season and only gave up 17 goals against.
This championship season guarantees that the team will be promoted to Silver Elite/Gold status for the 2016-17 season based on bracketing determined by CSL. With the very strong league finish and past performances in tournaments and in anticipated excellence in upcoming State Cup and Spring Cup play it is anticipated that the team will be a gold level team.
The team will be looking to expand the roster from 14 players to 16 players heading into the 2016-17 season with emphasis being placed on a 2nd goalie and center defender/center midfielder positions. However, all position players are invited to tryout.
It has been an exciting year for Freedom BU12 Green. At last year’s State Cup, the team was a BU11 bronze team that came within a few minutes of going to penalty kicks to advance to the round of 32 when a late goal in the 2nd OT derailed their advancement. Setting their 2015 sights on advancing to at least the round of 32 and hopefully the round of 16 this year as a silver team, the team finally saw all of their hard work over the last year payoff.
We started 2015 playing two challenging tournaments which prepared them for a tough round of 64 and allowed them to advance to the round of 32 as the #3 wildcard team with a 2-0-1 pool play record. Playing a solid Colton (silver elite) the boys earned a 1-0 victory and advanced to Sunday’s round of 16. Playing another well coached BYSC Corona United team (silver), FFC dominated play, but found themselves down 0-1 with 8 minutes to go in the game. Off a beautiful cross, a volley tied the score and the two teams headed into 2 OT periods of play. With approximately 3 minutes to go in the 2nd OT, Freedom BU12 Green found the back of the net and notched a great 2-1 victory achieving not only their goal of reaching the round of 16, but now advancing to the round of 8.
Having to play a 2nd game only a few hours later made the boys for both teams (SC South Albion - silver elite) battle fatigue, which played a major role in the first half. Spurred on by two well-earned goals in the first half, Freedom FC played a better 2nd half and controlled the tempo of the match. Albion scored a late goal with 30 seconds remaining in the match to make the final score a little misleading, 2-1.
With inspired play by all starters and equally great play by players coming off the bench, the weekend was fun and exciting to watch. Goalie performed very well during the weekend with an outstanding record of 5-0-1 with 3 shutouts and a goal differential of 6 for the team.
A great deal of credit for the team’s improvement should go to a very tough fall league, where the team played against stiff competition demonstrated by 4 teams from the league advancing to the round of 32 during State Cup. Freedom FC along with league opponent, Nitemares Cefomm advanced to the Elite 8, quarterfinal round. But only Freedom FC Green made it to the Final Four ☺
During the fall league a slow start for the first half of the season was a result of some contributing factors: a bee sting uprising in game #1, injuries and a late transfer delay of a key player had the team at only 2-3-1 at the midpoint of the season. The second half of league, the boys rallied with a 5-2 record finishing off the season with an 8-5-1 mark.
Now 3 months later and improving as a team with each practice and match, the boys have learned how to hang in there for a full 60 minute match and have confidence in themselves that they can come back at any stage of the contest. Hopefully, we will continue to find the back of the net and utilize our strong defense to allow the roll to continue on 2/28/15 – stay tuned!!
Beginning with the 2013 CSL season, the team competed in the BU11 Bronze Central division with Alex Giannetti as the head coach. Finishing 2nd in the league with an impressive record of 11-2-1 with 39 goals for (GF) and 15 goals against (GA) earned their promotion to Silver Central for 2014.
At the end of the fall season, the team lost Coach Giannetti to a move to Pennsylvania and long-time friend and Freedom FC coach, Ky Kugler took over the team. The team went on to win its pool during state cup and lost 2-1 on a goal in extra play which denied the team to go to the round of 32.
The team has continued to install a new system of playing the ball to the outside in order to utilize the team’s depth and speed over the last 6 months. Competing in a very competitive spring league, BU 12 Green finished 7 out of 14 teams with a record of 4-4-1 and entered Spring Cup with high expectations. Seeing the spring league development starting to pay dividends, the team went 4-2 in Spring Cup and lost in the championship game 2-1 (19 GF to 3 GA).
The team has competed in five different tournaments this summer to continue to increase their speed of play and in preparation for the fall 2014 season. Their overall summer record is 14-3-2 with a 2nd place finish at the Slammers FC and Champions of the Temecula Shootout. With the extra playing experience and the addition of a few, new players, expectations for the fall 2014 season are high. Stay tuned as the future looks extremely bright.
TemeculaValley Shootout 4-0-0 (12GF 1GA) 1st Place
Kickin It Challenge 2-1 ( 6GF 3GA)
Anaheim Surf SC 1-1-1 (1 GF 2 GA)
Slammers Futbol Classic 3-1 (17 GF 4 GA) 2nd place
OC Kickoff Classic 2-1 (9 GF 3 GA)