Friday, April 13, 2012

The Year of the Goal Keepers

So much of the attention is focused on the offensive side of the game. But this year's Dallas Cup, the goal keeping play really stood out and made huge impact for their championship teams. United FC is well rounded team but Matt Reich clean sheet in the finals deserves his own accolades. His positioning and finger tip saves in the final moments against Nomads Academy was stellar. Keith Murphy of Fullerton Rangers made one of the best saves I have ever seen at the Dallas Cup. Taking down Tigres and Frankfurt back to back, Fullerton Rangers' play was immense. OBGC Rangers is a salty tournament savy team. Brendan Burke was solid throughout the tournament. Incredibly agile with great shot blocking instincts. Solar Chelsea powered through the U19 division to a well deserved Championship. Oshik Shams was the rock in Solar Chelsea's defense. His arguably best game of the tournament was against Bantu Rovers. Bantu Rovers was repeatedly in Solar's final third but time after time, Oshik came up huge. Thiago Coelho of Coritiba FC caught the eye of tournament chairman, Gordon Jago. "If I was an MLS GM, I would snatch up this kid" said Gordon. 

 Matt Reich United FC

Keith Murphy Fullerton Rangers

 Brendan Burke OBGC Rangers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

its matt reich not daniel ziv sir:)

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