Riverside Renegades Set for Cup
|Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:16 am
Riverside Renegades 90-91, Colorado U-18 Girls (playing in the U-19 Super Division)
Richard Weston, Riverside Soccer Club, Director of Coaching
How long have you been with the team?
That's not as easy a question as it might seem. This will be the sixth year, but not consecutively. I coached the girls at U-11 when the team was first formed at Littleton United Soccer Club
. After finishing first in league in the fall of 2001, I went home to England at the Christmas holiday and found to my disbelief whilst home that my visa had not been renewed; I was unable to return for the spring season as planned. It took me the rest of their U-11 year, U-12 and U-13 to get myself permanently back to the States. I took the position as Director of Coaching for a small club, Riverside SC
, just prior to the beginning of their U-14 year. During my absence, they had experienced a great deal of success, winning four of five league championships and the U-12 and U-13 State Cup championships. I was honored upon my return that they wanted to continue on with what they had started at U-11 with me. The entire team moved to Riverside Soccer Club at U-14 and has been there ever since.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am from Nottingham, England, and played football professionally through my 20s. I have my UEFA
"A" license. Prior to my coaching experience here in the States, I was a coach at the Academy level at Nottingham Forest
in the UK and also coached in the English school national team setting for boys age 14-16.
How long have the players been together, any new faces?
Eight of the girls who are presently on the team have been there since U-11, which gives us an incredibly consistent core of players, along with several who have been with the team for multiple seasons. We have added a few new faces this year to replace players that graduated in 2008.
Who are some of your key players and why?
This is such an incredibly special group of players, different than any group I have ever had the opportunity to coach. They are all key to the team’s success. I truly appreciate the team’s perseverance and their loyalty to each other. They have stuck together during highs and the lows, have supported each other through several major injuries and comebacks, and have proven that you can develop and succeed at a small club.
How would you describe your team’s style of play?
We pass a lot, keep possession and are offensively aggressive.
What has the squad been up to lately?
Most recently, representing Colorado at the Region IV Championships
in Hawaii. We lost in the quarterfinals, 2-1, to the Slammers-CS
, the Region IV Champion. We traveled to Houston to the Texas Shootout
in early June and played locally at the Colorado Showcase
over Memorial Day. Colorado plays its high school season in the spring, so the last tournament prior to that was the Disney Soccer Showcase
over the New Year's holiday.
What’s been working?
Free-flow play, team work and dynamics.
What hasn’t been?
Consistent execution on set-pieces.
Surf Cup prediction:
It's hard to imagine this will be our last Surf Cup
. There are always great teams and a great tournament. If you get out of pool, anything can happen.