Soccer Academy Alliance Canada News
Bryst Showcase Teams Experience Italy Competition
On Sunday, August 24, 2008, Bryst International embarked on a 9-day tour with three of the BFA Teams to Fiuggi, Italy. The tour was designed to provide the Canadian players with an opportunity to test their skills against Italian opposition that represented the Football Clubs from Rome and the surrounding communities.
All three teams opened in Frosinone. The U15 Boys played the Frosinone FC (Serie B) U15 Boys and lost 3-0. Strong games were played by Matt Defazio, Artem Nosach and Devon Imrie. The U17 Boys played the Frosinone U16 Boys and lost 4-0. Strong games were played by Adam Hintz, David Stacy and Chris Suta. The U17 Girls played later in the evening against Sezza Women’s Team (Serie B), and lost 6-1. Sara Luchetti scored the lone goal. Strong games were played by Misha Gauer, Shelby Waddell and Ellen Goodhand. The Italian teams showed better technical skills and tactical understanding than the Bryst teams.
The next day, the Bryst teams were trained by the Frosinone coaching staff in the morning. This was a very good experience for players and staff. In the afternoon, the group travelled to Terracina, on the Meditteranean coast for a day at the beach. That night at the hotel, there were presentations to the Bryst group from the Frosinone club, the Director of Sport for the Province and the Italian Football Federation representative.
On Thursday, all three teams played, with the two boys’ teams playing at the Lazio FC training facility. The U17 Boys played Lazio FC U15 team and lost 2-0. The Bryst team controlled the entire second half and missed several goal-scoring chances. Strong games were played by Amrinder Binepal, Adam Hintz and Chris Mendes. The U15 Boys played Lazio FC U14 team and lost 3-1. Kyle Leal scored the lone goal. Strong games were played by Daniel Turner, Michael Brown and Mark Cornelius. The U17 Girls played Alatri FC Women (Serie C) and beat them 6-0. Goals were scored by Sara Luchetti (2), Harwant Grewal (2), Alyssa Peterson and Taylor Davis.
The two boys teams played Friday against teams from Roma FC at their training ground in Terranova. The U15 Boys played the Roma U14 team and lost 3-1. Daniel Turner scored the lone goal. The U17 Boys beat the Roma U15 team 1-0 on a goal by Lukas Pesa. The Bryst team played exceptionally well.
On the next field, the Roma professional team were training and preparing for their Sunday game against Napoli. Their Manager, Luciano Spalletti, came over and spoke to the Bryst U15 team during the U17 game. The girls’ team went on a tour of Rome that day, seeing the Colliseum, the Forum, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
The U17 Girls Team travelled to Rome on Saturday to play the Lazio Women (Serie B) at their training facility. This was a real physical battle with the Bryst team losing 2-0. The boys’ teams went on their tour of Rome visiting similar sites as the girls plus the Vatican.
The whole group left Fiuggi in on Sunday morning for Rome to see the Serie A game in the Stadio Olimpico between Roma and Napoli.This was a hard fought game that ended in a 1-1 draw. The main event was the fan violence outside of the stadium with the Napoli fans.