From April 3: Today was fun, we had a practice in the morning which was one of the best practices I've had yet, and then we went to see a tour of Etihad Stadium in Manchester. We got to see not only the stadium but also the first team and academy training facilities which was special and other normal visitors did not usually get to see. After the tour we went for our first game of the trip. We played the Curzon Ashton u15 team and started out poorly but improved greatly as the game went on. In the first period we lost 3-0, second period we lost 1-0, and third period we managed to win 1-0, making the overall score 4-1 in favor of them. We all took this as a great learning experience and we all learned what it is like to play an English academy team. Tomorrow we play Airbus UK and hopefully it will be a much better result for us.
— Renzo C.
Day two of the Loch Lommond Tournament once again was set on a wonderfully sunny day and DUSC was back on top of their game executing a dominating win vs Irish club Lisburn. After some early misses and a brilliant reaction save DUSC blew the game open with six players notching tallies by time.
On this day DUSC sustained their proficiency through their second match with a practically error free victory against Scottish side Fraserburgh Link Up. DUSC has it all to play for on the morrow!
— Mario C.
Thursday, Aug 6th. Anticipation is high for the start of the tournament. After a day of cultural activities in Edinburough DUSC attended the Loch Lommond Tournament opening ceremonies. Festivities included welcoming addresses from town dignitaries.
The following morning, against the backdrop of the verdant Scottish countryside in view of the Wallace monument and a bagpipe fanfare, DUSC began its warm up for its first game of the Loch Lommond Tournament. The boys were up to the challenge as they produced a dominating win in their first game controlling all aspects of the game.
The second game was a different story as DUSC faced a stiffer opponent. Goalie Jesse Wexler kept the game even saving a PK after a suspect call in the box less than a minute in. We dominated play early, but a defensive collapse saw the opponent capitalize midway through the first half. Play was fast paced and back and forth through the end of the half and despite having the run of play the half ended 0-1.
The second half saw DUSC again dominate possession against a physical defensive minded opponent, but was unable to equalize.
— Mario C.
DUSC U14 White began their international tour with two friendlies in Manchester vs Curzon Ashton FC. On Monday Aug 3 DUSC faced a formidable opponent in the Ashton U15 squad. Heavy legs and astute opposition left DUSC with few answers in the opening two periods. The boys remained resilient however and did manufacture a beautiful goal in the third period which began with Pierre Roederer sending a ball up the left to Renzo Chioldi who chipped a precisely weighted ball over the top of Ashton's back line to Josiah Potts who slotted home the single goal.
The following day DUSC visited Ashton's home field to play their U14 squad. DUSC saw much more of the ball in this game and began to find their rhythm only to go behind off of a set piece midway through the first half. DUSC equalized late with a beautiful blast from Junior Guaman from some distance. DUSC played with pace and creativity but despite a magnificent performance from the goalie Jesse Wexler Ashton showed more grit in the end and ground out a hard-fought goal in the six yard box for the difference.
— Mario C.
Santi & Gabriel scrimmage