Letter To My Players
June 17, 2018
To All My Rovers,
First, let me congratulate you all on a fantastic end to the Spring season. While we still do not know if
we will finish 2nd or 3rd, you have accomplished something this team has never done before, and
that is finish above 5th place during the regular season.
We knew this would be a tough year for this team. Working with a new trainer, and
learning a new system and positions is a tough task for any team.
We started the season, and it was hard for you. So many times you worked as hard as you
could, but the results were not there. All the coaches and trainer could do is ask you to trust us
and work even harder. To your credit, you put your heads down, dug a little deeper and never gave up.
Our 1st place tournament win at Globall and our 2nd place win at East Meadow were turning points
for this team. In both tournaments, we faced division 1 teams. It showed what you were capable of
when playing in high-pressure situations against high-quality teams.
Then in the Spring Season, when it was all or nothing for 2nd place, again, in a high-pressure
situation, you went out and took second place. Parents and coaches could not be more impressed
or prouder of you.
There is a great quote from the 1980 Olympic Hockey Coach Herb Brooks. It is not his most famous
quote, but one that I believe applies to every team sport and definitely to our team.
"You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important
in building your team."
- Herb Brooks
Now don't get me wrong, we are a talented soccer team, but more importantly, we have 16
high-quality individuals who have embraced each other and become family.
Our team is built on trust, hard work, resiliency, and fun. These are all traits of great teams
and it is something that you girls have created.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all my players for all the hard work and the sacrifices you
made this year. I would like to thank you for trusting me to give you the tools you need to learn.
I would like to thank you for believing in yourselves and never giving up.
You are all true athletes and when you put on your eyeblack you become fierce warriors!
The sky is the limit for what you will achieve.
I am so honored and proud to be part of this team.