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2017 Cordial Cup

Austria 2017 - Journal (Girls)

Day 7, Sunday, June 4, 2017
1:30 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

It's a new day and the girls are ready to play! Up early for breakfast and on the bus to head to our fields.  The girls woke up determined to do well and place.  

 

  • Game 1 - FC Nurnberg (Germany) 1-0 victory in PK's
  • Game 2 - Bayern Leverkusen (Germany)- lost 2-0
Girls took 14th place.  I know to all of you at home that may sound like the girls didn't do so well but for the tournament they placed which means the club keeps the invitation to bring another group of U15 girls to experience this amazing trip! All the other teams have to go through qualifiers to get to this prestigious tournament, but the Strikers get invited. It is nothing but best teams in the world here.  The tournament host, Markus Lengauer was so good to us and couldn't ask for better.  Michael Wyrichs, our Austria coordinator, bus driver, translator, friend and biggest fan was absolutely amazing to us.  He made sure we were well taken care of throughout our trip.  The girls had so much fun and got to learn how European soccer is played which they will tell you is very fast and physical. They met new friends and created lifetime memories!  This was an amazing trip and such a beautiful country!
 
Gute Nacht
 

Day 6, Saturday, June 3, 2017
3:36 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

Let the games begin.  Up early for breakfast to fuel up for 4 games. Headed out on the bus with the boys to drop them off at their field, wished them luck and headed over to Hopfkarten.  We got out of the bus and saw this beautiful grass field in front of us with stadium seating above it.  The girls were in awe and couldn't wait to get on the field.   The anticipation of doing what they came to do is finally here.....
 
  • Game 1 vs. Chemnitzer FC (Germany).   Won 2-0 both goals by Samantha Morales
  • Game 2 vs Enskede IK (Sweden) Lost 1-0 in the last 30 seconds
  • Game 3 vs FC Koln (Germany) Lost 2-0
  • Game 4 vs SVV Brixen (Italy) -Lost 2-1
 
Girls started off great taking the first game against the Germans.  Same momentum continued into the second game until the last 30 seconds the the Sweds scored and took the win.  Games 3 and 4 were practically back to back and the girls unfortunately came out with the loss.  The game is very different over here, fast pace and very physical.  Chatting, drums and yelling going on around them.  The girls know what they need to do going into tomorrows games and ready to do what it takes to represent the USA!
 
Gute Nacht


Day 5, Friday, June 2, 2017
4:01 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

This morning we played against one of the top ranked girls U15 teams in the world, Team Oslo from Norway.  We came up short but now we can compete with the best.  We had our chances but needed to capitalize.  Final score 0-3 Team Oslo.  The girls got there feet wet and now understand how fast pace European soccer is played.  Official games start tomorrow and are only 25 minute games at high intensity.  After lunch Coach Eddie called a team meeting to get their mindset right and to keep the girls positive and ready to go.  After dinner we had a little birthday celebration for Jenny and then off to the parade.  We arrived at the opening ceremonies parade with over 100 teams from all over the world in attendance, chanting and dancing in the streets of Kirchberg in Tirol.  The teams walked down the town streets into the stadium where thousands of people waited for them.  When they reached the stadium, USA was announced and cheers began.  Girls and boys chanting USA USA USA.  It was such an amazing experience for the girls to meet other athletes from all over the world.  I'm not going to lie there was some sizing up the competition going on as well.  Have to say tonight's parade will forever be in their memories.    
 
Gute Nacht
 
Day 4, Thursday, June 1, 2017
12:59 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

Girls had a light day today.  After lunch they trained and then off to support the boys.  Today was the day to get plenty of rest before opening ceremonies and tournament begins.  After the boys scrimmage, we headed back to the hotel for dinner, team meeting and bed.  We have a long and exciting day tomorrow.  
 
Gute Nacht
 

Day 3, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
5:31 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

Got an early start to our busy day.  After breakfast we headed 2 hours to Munich Germany for a full access tour of the Bayern Munuch stadium, Allianz Arena. The girls walked through the press room, locker rooms and through the tunnel with the champions league anthem playing for them.  After the  tour they went through the museum which displayed all the trophies and accomplishments of the club.  We ended the tour with a stop in the fan shop for some souvenirs to take home.  We then headed to Downtown Munich for some lunch to refuel for our scrimmage.  Finally, off to the field for the girls to get focused and ready for the tournament.  We ended our day with scrimmages for both teams against Kirchheimer SC from Munich, Germany. The games are only 20 minutes halves and the teams know it needs to be at high pace and jump on their opponents early.  The girls took an early lead with a goal by Azalia Salazar in the 9th minute, assist by Samantha Escobar and the second goalin the 16th minute by Azalia Salazar, assist by Kristen Salguero.  2-0 Strikers at half.  Strikers continued to dominate in the second half when Samantha Morales put the 3rd goal away in the 4th minute of the second half, assist by Jenny Rincon, followed with the 4th goal in the 14th min, assist by Shareen Singh.   Final Score Strikers FC 4 Kirchheimer 0.  After a good game the girls cheered on the boys and back in the bus for the trip back to Austria.  We arrived back in Austria at 9:00pm to eat dinner, shower, and get ready for the next day.  
 
Gute Nacht
 

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
3:44 PM (PDT)

by Jaime Alba

Girls got a good night sleep and ready to do some sight seeing of this beautiful country.  After breakfast we headed to the mountain for  a gondola ride up to Hexenwasser.  The girls got to walk through the witches waters which was running springs with really cold water.  It is their belief that the waters help with health and will make them have strong anklesand bittom of feet.  Our hosts, Markus Lengauer and Michael Wyrichs joined us and taught them a little German "Es ist groBarting" which means it is great! They are exactly right the Cordial Cup and their hosts have been nothing but great!  We headed down the mountain and back to the hotel to grab some lunch before the girls were off to training.  During training they were joined by a film crew to film their training and interview our captains.  After training we headed back to the hotel to clean up, dinner and bed to get us ready for a big day tomorrow for some more sight seeing and our first scrimmage.  

 
Gute Nacht
 

Day 1 - Monday, May 29, 2017
2:38 PM

by Jaime Alba

Strikers FC South Coast arrived in Austria today after traveling 15 hours and a quick plane change in Atlanta, greeted by Hans Grubler, the committee chairman of the Cordial Cup.   Finally arriving at the Cordial Hotel with an amazing view of the snow covered mountains and the greenist hillsides you could imagine.  Got the girls all checked in, ate lunch and then a small amount of down time before their first training.  Coach, Edward Garcia, wanting to kick the jet lag so the girls were taken to their own training facility, Going am Wilden Kaiser.   Feeling so welcomed and much support by the Cordial Cup, Markus Lengauer joined us at our training and was very supportive.  Back to the hotel for dinner and in bed early for a busy day tomorrow.  Have to say the first day in Austria has made us feel so welcomed and loved with the overwhelming amount of hospitality. 

Gute Nacht

 

Austria 2017 - Journal (Boys)

Day 8 - Monday, June 5, 2017
by Joe Manfro

Up early at 5am.  I have my stuff ready to go and now to check on the boys to make sure they are ready to go.  After 2 days of games and a crazy busy schedule everyone of course looks tired, but we are all downstairs and loading up the bus.  2 hour bus ride to Germany and it is pretty quiet as we arrive at the airport.  First flight is 10 hours to Detroit and then another 4.5 hours to LAX.  See you soon, it's been a great trip.  Nice work boys!!!


Day 7 - Sunday, June 4, 2017
by Joe Manfro

Team breakfast and again the boys are off to the field at Brixen for 3 more games which will decide our final ranking.  The weather is not as good today and it looks like the boys will be playing in the rain today.  First game is at 9:55 and it looks like all the teams we play today are from Germany.

Game 1 - Strikers vs FC TSG Konigstein - Were off and it is pouring rain on the boys.  The game is good and the ball is very fast across the wet grass.  Again both teams play physical and have some really good chances.  Marcos Herrera is in goal for us this morning and he has come up huge making some quality saves in the rain.  Regulation is over and we are going to penalties.  They do a 3 v 3 format and then 1 v 1 until someone scores.  FC TSG up first and they score.  Samani up first for Strikers...Gooool 1-1.  FC TSG again scores.  Tony up second...Gooool and it ties 2-2.  FC TSG scores again to make it 3-2.  We need to score or the game is over as Edwin make the long walk, take a good shot and the goalie guesses correct but is unable to make the save.  That one shot was close but were tied up 3-3.  1 v 1 coming up as FC TSG lines up for the 4th shot, off the post and wide!!!  They missed.  Striker's defensemen and captain James Chaves make his way to the penalty spot, the whistle blows, the shot is good!!!  Game winner.  James runs towards to the center and he gets mauled by his teammates.  Strikers win in PK's!!!  Wow what an exciting game.

Game 2 - Strikers vs SPVgg Unterhaching - The boys are warming up on the sidelines now.  Rain is still coming down but not as bad and it's fun to watch them play in the rain anyway.  Game is underway and both teams are playing hard.  Not a lot of opportunities as both teams play very defensive.  The time is clicking away and I am starting to think we are going to penalty kicks again but just as I am thinking that Edwin drives the ball deep into the far corner, makes a perfect cross to Anthony who deflects the ball into the back of the net.  Striker's bench goes crazy as the time runs out.  We win 1-0.

Game 3 - Strikers vs TSV Havelse - The Strikers BU13 final game of the tournament.  I have been chatting with some of the parents of the team we are playing next.  Everyone is so nice and curious about where the team is from, how often we practice, etc.  Time to go, as the boys head out on to the field for the final time.  All the teams have been good and this one is no different as a nice back and forth battle take place.  TSV make a nice cross and boom back of the net, but the whistle blows, for an offside call.  Nearing the halfway mark the Strikers find the back of the net and we lead 1-0.  The clock is ticking away with about 2 minutes to go, a foul on the Strikers is called at about the 20 yard mark.  TSV lines up for the kick as all hands are on deck, TSV sends the goalie into our box as the kick comes in.  not sure who gets a head on it but the ball comes out as fast as it went in straight to Anthony who turns and shoots a half-court shot for the empty net goal!!!.  Time runs out soon after and Strikers win 2-0 as they cap the day off winning all 3 games.  Strikers Rule!!!

Everyone is hungry so we all head up to the locker room area and eat chicken sandwiches which are awesome.  The boys even enjoy a soda...shhhh don't tell Marissa...lol.  Actually the ways the boys played even she would approve.  After we watch a few final games the bus arrives to take us over to the closing ceremonies.  All the championship games take place in the opening ceremonies stadium.  There is food, drinks, and games for the boys to entertain themselves.  We watch some of the final games but ultimately head out early as we need to eat dinner, pack, and be ready for an early 5:30am departure.

Day 6, Saturday, June 3, 2017
by Joe Manfro

We meet for breakfast and the boys get ready as today is the first day of the tournament.  They all look pretty calm but maybe they are just serious and getting mentally prepared.  The bus arrives and off to the field we go which is in the city of Brixen.  As we arrive the teams and fans are looking at us and clearly waiting to see just how good this team from the U.S. is.

Game 1 - Strikers vs FC Speyer 09 - proves we are legit as the boys get off to a great start and earn their first win by a score of 3-0.

Game 2 - Strikers vs FC Sudtirol - the team was big and fast.  Strikers played hard but FC Sudtirol proved to be too much and we now have our first loss since arriving in Austria 0-3.

Game 3 - Strikers vs Borussia Dortmund - clearly the toughest competition in the entire field and one of Europe's best clubs.  The stands are full for this game and the battle begins.  Marcos changes up the strategy after the last game and it works great.  Both teams have their chances as they battle to a 0-0 draw.  The boys are high on confidence now as they just played a great game against a top opponent.  It feels like a win.

Game 4 - Strikers vs VfR Garching - another solid game played by the boys but VfR Garching is playing very good too.  Strikers find the back of the net late and we win 1-0.  Boys are pumped and they are playing great.

Game 5 - Strikers vs Bezirksauswahl Rohrbach - we saw this team play early this morning against Borrussia Dortmund.  We knew they were a solid club since like us they tied them as well.  Strikers waste no time as we put one in the back of the net.  We are playing good, passing is on point and it is Gooool!!!  Strikers lead 2-0 and the game ends shortly after that.  Not a bad day for the boys as we go 3-1-1 for the day.

We need some math for Strikers to advance to the final round but it is not to be.  Dortmund and Sudtirol both win their final games to move on in group play.  We will come back tomorrow and play for final rankings but we had  good day overall.  We missed advancing by 1 point.

Day 5 - Friday, June 2, 2017
by Joe Manfro

Early breakfast with the team and then it is off to watch the girls final friendly match against one of Europe's top teams from Oslo.  Strikers have their chances but missed opportunities and let Oslo beat them by a score of 3-0.  Back to the hotel for lunch and then it is primarily a rest day for the team before heading over to the opening ceremonies.  The bus picks us up at 7:15pm and we are off.  The boys and girls are having a good time on the bus as they practice their chants.  When we arrive the place is crowded with so many teams and from so many countries.  Fans are lined up all down the street as we get ready to march into the stadium.  The Americans are drawling a lot of attention, and most just want to say hi or size us up.  We are ranked the #6 team which puts us near the front of the parade.  The parade starts with a band leading the way followed by teams in order of the rank of your team is.  Each team is announced to the crowd as we enter the stadium and begin circling around.  It is quite a site but our team looks focused and ready.  There are some very nice speeches by several people.  The team makes some friends with the other teams around which is fun to watch.  I moved around to take lots of pictures of the different teams.  The night winds down and we head back to the hotel to rest up and prep for tomorrow.


Day 4 - Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:48 AM (PDT)

by Joe Manfro

Today the boys got up early to eat breakfast and then get ready to go for a team walk into the town and just hang out for a bit.  Today will be a fairly light day until their 2nd friendly game later this afternoon.  After they leave a bit of weather comes through and it rains pretty heavy for an hour or so, then warms right back up.  The weather is very unpredictable here, a storm rolls in and then is gone just like that.  A couple of more teams have arrived at the hotel so it is starting to fill up here at the Cordial Hotel as we approach opening ceremonies on Friday.  As the boys return we all settle in for a team lunch and then the boys reture to their rooms to just hang out and rest up.  A few of us head into town for an hour or so to do some light shopping and check out some of the local hot spots.  We head back to the hotel to get ready for the 2nd friendly match against FC Kitzbuel.  Boys are ready to go and the girl's team is coming with to support.  We arrive at the stadium and the boys head to the locker rooms to put their bags away and o their final prep before stretching out and doing their normal warm up.  The stadium is so cool, nothing like what we have in the states.  This place is 100% dedicated to Futbol with grandstands, food service, a very nice mountain view, and of course some really great fields.  Team are ready to go as they make the standard two team entrance across the field.  The official presents the teams to the fans followed by a team flag exchange.  The two teams shake hands and were off.  This club is much better than the last but Strikers still dominate the flow of the game as we strike early for our first goal.  More people arrive to watch as word spreads the Americans are here.  Prior to the end of the first half Strikers find the back of the net again and we are ahead by two.  Goal 3 comes in the 2nd half and we could have had more but the keeper on FC Kitzbuel is very solid and makes some great saves.  Game over as Strikers win by a final score of 3-0.  Goals were produced by Anthony, Edwin and Geovanni.  No real threat to our net as our defensive line is proving to be quite strong.  The teams again shake hands, coaches shake hands and we are back to the bus to head home for a team dinner.  As we leave the futbol stadium several little boys follow the bus waving goodbye to our team.  It is super cool to see how excited they are for us to be here.  Opening ceremonies are tomorrow night and then it is tournament time.  Go Strikers!!!

 

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
3:48 PM (PDT)

by Joe Manfro

Today we woke up early to eat breakfast and get ready for a day in Germany.  Started off hectic as the clothes were cleaned but not very dry.  We got that all sorted out and the boys grab their gear and head to the bus for Germany.  About an hour and 45 minute bus ride where the bus driver gives us some history lessons and points out some historic sites like a fortress high on the hillside which has walls 5 meters thick.  From there we get to the Austrian / German border where the polize come aboard to verify passports for entry into the country.  They are nice and really don't check our papers.  With so many refugees pouring into the country they have really tightened up border security here in Germany.  The ride was very entertaining as the girl's team with a little help from the boys sang songs for a good bit of the trip.  It was fun watching these kids really enjoying their time here in Austria.  We arrive at "Allianz Arena" the home of "Bayern Munich" futbol club, which is one of Germany's and the world's top futbol clubs.  We enjoyed a nice tour of the arena, saw the team warm up and lock room areas followed by the boys walking the entrance stairs to the field.  We walked through their very nice team museum and trophy room followed by of course the gift shop.  We stayed a little longer than expected so off to the bus for a short trip to downtown Munich and a quick lunch.  Took some pictures but we could not stay long as we needed to head over to the home field of "Sportanlage Kirchheimer SC" to play our first of two friendly matches.  The girl's team played first and did very well winning by a score of 3-0.  Then the boys took the pitch where they put on a clinic of passing, shooting, and some beautiful team work.  We win easily by a score of 8-0 with goals from Anthony, Edwin, Tony, Gael, Mario and Samani with the hat-trick.  Win #1 and it is back to the bus for our journey back to Austria.  It has been a long day so we will eat dinner and hen get some rest.  Tomorrow is a fairly light day but we do have our 2nd and final friendly match coming up.  Stay tuned!!!


Day 2 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
3:44 PM (PDT)

by Joe Manfro

After a fun filled Day 1, we wake up early and head down for a team breakfast. The boys go to their rooms to finish getting ready, then we board a bus to Hochsoll Mountain.  Once we arrive we get in cable cars that take us far up the mountain, the view is pretty amazing from so high up.  Once up top, the boys got a tour of the area featuring witch stories and walking an icy cold river path.  For whatever reason the boys and girls climbed a tall and steep grass hillside, then proceeded to roll down the mountain, I think it's safe to say the jet lag is over.  A little time at the gift shop, drinking water from a natural spring, and were back down the mountain to head to the hotel for lunch.  After lunch the boys gear up for their second practice which was longer and really got the boys moving, running set piece drills, shooting, and passing.  The Cordial Cup Representative, Markus got some good pictures, interviews, etc. while at the practice.  Time to head back to the hotel, rest up a bit, and get ready for dinner.  What was a very nice sunny day has turned windy, dark, and now the rain is coming down pretty good.  The clouds fall low on the mountain side as lightning and thunder crack and echo off the mountains.  The show is entertaining as I enjoy a cold one on the front patio :).  After dinner everyone takes a break, cleans up and gets ready to rest for the night.  Tomorrow will be a fun but long day.  We have a Castle Tour, Bayern Munich home stadium tour "Allianz Arena", and then the boys will be in action as they take on Sportanlage Kirchheimer SC in Germany for a "Friendly Match".  We'll see how friendly it is but we are all excited to see the boys in action.  Go Strikers!!!

Check back for Day 3 and check out all the new pictures!!!


Day 1 - Monday, May 29, 2017
3:44 PM (PDT)

by Joe Manfro

Strikers arrive to LAX at 6:30am.  Families say the final well wishes and we begin a very long travel day.  After getting tickets, checking luggage, and getting though security we head out for Atlanta.  The flight is smooth and we land with not much time to get to the next gate.  We just barely make the flight to Munich with 5 minutes to spare but all are aboard and off we go.  A long flight but the teams do great, movies were decent, and the food was pretty good too.  Both flights were filled with passengers and crew curious about what type of club we are and what we're doing.  Everyone wishes the team well.  9+ hours of flight time and we finally arrive safely in Germany.  We meet Hans, the head of The Cordial Cup Tournament as we board a bus for Austria.  The ride is very nice and the scenery is beautiful.  We arrive at the "The Cordial Hotel" after an hour and 45 minute ride.  The town is awesome, huge mountain ranges, cows and very green.  It is a very warm day today.  We settle into our rooms and then have a nice lunch at the hotel.  The boys gear up for a quick practice just down the way to warm up and stretch out a bit.  Back to the hotel now to rest, have dinner, and let the boys wind down for the night.

Check back tomorrow for Day 2 details.

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