Written and edited by Jim Walker
March 2015
A publication of the Keeper! Club
Written and edited by Jim Walker
Daylight Saving Time begins Sun., March 8
Junior Keepers (10 years and younger)--Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm 
Intermediates (11-13 years old)--Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Seniors (14 years and older)--Thursdays, 8pm
The Schedule
Training at Dyess Park  
 2—Junior keepers 5:30pm; Intermediate keepers, 6:30pm
 5—Seniors (high school keepers), 8pm
 9—Junior Keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediates 6:30pm
12—High school keepers, 8pm
16-Junior keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediates, 6:30pm
19—Seniors, 8pm
23—Junior keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediate keepers, 6:30pm
26—Seniors, 8pm
30—Junior keepers, 5:30pm; Intermediate keepers, 6:30pm
If you have questions, email jwalker@dynamossoccer.com or call 281-217-1612
The normal procedure at the most recent Bring Your Own Keeper (BYOK) underwent alterations from previous workshops, but six goalkeepers and two coaches appeared to have a good time and remarked that they definitely learned at least a few things new last Sunday at Dyess Park. Suzanne Pipe and Curtis Burrell were the coaches, and their contributions were many, but doing most of the work were goalkeepers Caitlyn, Sadie, Alyssa, Emma, Avery, and Darcy, all in the eight and nine-year-old range. Dyess Park was busy with games, so the BYOK group camped in the Gazebo and used nearby areas for technique training. . .lots of skill work and activities to help prepare for games. Everybody went home with a new ball or pair of keeper gloves. Thanks to Cameron Rieth, Dynamos player, referee and former Keeper Club member, who happened to be taking a break in the gazebo between officiating games at Dyess Park when he was recruited to warm up the eight-and-nine-year-old girls attending BYOK.
Howard Dazzles
Tim Howard became the winningest American goalkeeper of all-time in UEFA cup competition in Amsterdam on Thursday night, following a 4-1 lesson taught by his Everton squad to Europa League Round-of-32 hosts Young Boys Bern. Howard collected his 21st victory, combining Champions League and Europa League/UEFA Cup exploits, putting him one ahead of Tottenham veteran Brad Friedel. In addition to seven saves and three cross captures, Tim found teammates with four of his eight boots across midfield as the visitors moved closer to making a sweet 16 in Europe for the first time in seven seasons.—Daily Mail
Hamid Boosts Cable
Like most good goalkeepers, D.C. United's Bill Hamid will tell you the biggest improvement he has made is how he reads the game. "You've got to beat the play to the punch" is how he sums up a keeper's job. But before he learned how to read the game, he needed to start following the game. "I realized it a little too late," says Hamid. "Because when I first started in 2009, honestly, I wouldn't watch any soccer." Now, Hamid realizes what it means to be a professional. "You need to watch this stuff," he said. "You need to know who you're playing against. You need to know how they play."  How he goes about watching soccer isn't much different than how you or I do. "I call my cable company," he says, "and say, 'Any soccer channel, make sure I get it. If I don't have it, I'm canceling.'--Paul Kennedy, Soccer America
Rimando the Mentor
The United States has a storied history with keepers like Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard showing staying power at the position. But with Howard on hiatus from international play and heir-apparent Brad Guzan playing in England, it’s RealSaltLake shot stopper Nick Rimando stepping into the No. 1 slot. Not only is he trying to put his own mark on the team, he’s helping mentor young keepers in camp, including Sean Johnson, Jon Kempin, and under-23 hopeful Alex Bono. “It’s pre-season and it’s a tough camp, but you want to be sharp, you want to lead these guys in the right direction and show what it’s like to be a goalkeeper at this level,” Rimando told Goal USA. “They’re hungry and humble, and that’s good.”--Jon Arnold
Guzan Hits 100
American Brad Guzan made his 100th consecutive Premier League start for Aston Villa in a 2-1 loss to StokeCity. A penalty in the 93rd minute was the difference at Villa Park.
Welcome to new Junior Keeper members Daniel Bridges, Andrew Nelson, Mason Cheshier and Anton Lindstrom Garza. . .In last month’s Keeper newsletter we presented “By the Numbers” and cited 39 as the age trainer Roland claimed to be. That was in error; Roli the Goalie insists that should have been his desired waist line. And former Keeper Club member Kylie Austin, now a midfielder at Midwestern State University, claims Coach Walker has to be over 100 now, “because he was telling us he was 92 10 years ago!”. . .Figure this one out: the Junior Keepers trained outside on that nasty night in February (the 16th), but the Intermediates, up for the second hour, went inside. DyessPark fields were closed, but the Keeper Club trained anyway, six Junior Keepers--Zac Cannon, Daniel Bridges, Andrew Nelson, Andy Garcia, Anthony Posada, and Johan Martinez--keeping warm with a combination of hard work and giggling; but they finished in the dark since there were no lights because the park was empty. So Intermediates Steven Franke and Claire Juenke trained in the softball building, diving on the cement floor!. . . Coach Roland was on a high when he reported that Sam Rodriguez, Steve Franke and Ethan Urrutia worked on parrying balls over the cross bar on Thursday, and on Saturday he received a text from Ethan that read, “Hey Roli, I saved a chip shot over my head today.” That’s what it’s all about, declared Roland. . .Alli Thompson is winner of a new soccer ball for her correct of six pounds as the weight of Big Bertha, the Keeper Club’s chubby medicine ball. Here’s your chance to win a new soccer ball! Just provide your answer to this question: What do you do when a goal is scored against you?  Your statement, in 25 words or less, should be emailed to JWalker332@aol.com before April 1. With your entry, you give permission for the statements to be published in upcoming issues of Keeper!. . .and your name will be placed in the prize drawing. Who knows. . .there may be more than one name drawn! Good luck!
In a big high school match Feb. 17 between Cy-Woods and Cy-Ranch, pitting many Dynamos players against each other, the Keeper Club's Kaylee Barrett went the distance, collecting three vital saves in a 3-0 victory for Cy-Woods.
Poster in photo created by Dynamos parent Karl Koch
Goalkeepers who attended training in February:
 2—Junior Keepers: Johan Martinez, Anthony Posada, Zac Cannon, Alli Thompson, Andrew Nelson, Daniel Bridges; Intermediates: Matthew Shaw, Krysten Rhodes, Claire Juenke, Samantha Nichols, Steven Franke, Amber Zlatich, Luz Lopez, Ian Herrod, David Graham; Assisting: Kevin Alanis, Armando Lopez
 5—Soggy Fields
 9—Junior Keepers: Alli Thompson, Daniel Bridges, Zac Cannon, Andrew Nelson, Mason Cheshier; Intermediates: Claire Juenke, Krysten Rhodes, Steven Franke, Luz Lopez, Matthew Shaw, Amber Zlatich, Samantha Nichols. Assisting: Kevin Alanis, Armando Lopez
12—Luz Lopez,Steven Franke, Ethan Urrutia, Sam Dominguez
16—Junior Keepers: Zac Cannon, Daniel Bridges, Andrew Nelson, Andy Garcia, Anthony Posada, Johan Martinez; Intermediates: Claire Juenke, Steven Franke
19—Sam Dominguez, Ethan Urrutia, Steven Franke
23—Juniors: Alli Thompson, Daniel Bridges, Andrew Nelson, Andy Garcia, Johan Martinez, Anton Lindstrom-Garza; Intermediates: Krysten Rhodes, Isobel Herrod, Claire Juenke, Luz Lopez, Ian Herrod, David Graham. Assisting: Armando Lopez
26--Luz Lopez, Sam Dominguez, Ethan Urrutia, and Steven Franke
”They also call him doorman, keeper, goalie, bouncer or netminder, but he could just as well be called martyr, pay-all, penitent or punching bag. They say where he walks, the grass never grows.”-- Eduardo Galeano, Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Hey, Keep, move around, you’re killing the dirt!
When evaluating goalkeepers, college coaches look at technical and physical traits, but they are also looking at your presence, identified below as tactical and psychological variables:
 - How do you communicate in critical moments, not just cheerleading?
 - How do you organize set pieces?
 - How do you respond to a mistake?
 - Can you read the play and control the space behind the defense
 - Can you effectively distribute the ball, start counter attacks?
 - Can you relieve pressure on your backline and handle for back-passes?
 - Do you take your own goal kicks?  
When coaches are unable to see you play in person, a video may be your next best opportunity. Coaches prefer game footage, but keepers should include training footage, too. Training footage can showcase your technique, footwork, handling, etc. and game footage can illustrate technique in action as well as show decision-making and presence.--Chris Hamblin, director of College Soccer Advantage, a player development, mentoring and collegiate athlete placement organization.

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