FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/12: Cal South National Champions, Bicycle Kicks from the Pros, and More

This week we’re looking at the underdog story from the Cal South National Champions, some bicycle kick tips and tricks from the pros, and more!

It’s Monday, start your week off with some interesting soccer news!


Beach FC finished fourth in the California Regional League 15U group and were eliminated in Round 16 of the Cal South National Cup. Their season was over. That is, until coach Robert DeMelo received a phone call for his team to enter as a wild card in the 2018 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships.

[The National Championship] means the world,” said Beach FC defender Sophia Schrock. “All of our training and all of our hard work that we put into months before this, it just means everything.

Coach DeMelo worked hard with his squad to set them up for success. Intense workouts led them to a National Championship final game against Ohio North’s Cleveland FC.

Finally, with five minutes to go in the second overtime half, Amanda Scott pushed the ball into the back of the net for the ultimate 1-0 win.”

Beach FC came away with the 1-0 victory in an excruciating, humid, rain delayed game. The players and coach are thankful for the experience and they hope to be repeat champions in their return to the Cal South National Cup in 2019.

What is your favorite underdog story?

2. Bicycle kick from Bruno Petković puts Dinamo Zagreb over Lokomotiva (SportingIntel)

The technique used for this goal is amazing. Petković squarely hits the ball with his foot (no contact with his shin) whilst moving backwards following the pace of the ball. Truly a beautiful bicycle kick from Petković.

Dinamo Zagreb ended up winning the game over Lokomotiva 1-0.

What is the craziest goal you have seen or have scored?

3. Socceroof Opens 10 Fields In Sunset Park, New York City (Bklyner)

Socceroof opened on November first and they aimed to bring access to soccer in a city in which fields and places to play are not readily available.

Socceroof’s management hopes to help make soccer more accessible to underprivileged children from Brooklyn, collaborating with City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.”

Thomas McNiff coaches local underprivileged youth and mentions how he is already using the facility since there are many players in Brooklyn but not much space to play or practice.

The fact that I can bring these kids here, since they all live within 5 minutes to 10 minutes distance, and I can bring them here Monday to Friday, to train them and give them this opportunity, it’s going to be tremendous.”

The fields are available for reservations online to anyone interested. The facility includes 10 fields as well as a bar and rooftop view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Socceroof hopes they can expand the idea to other places in the country, but for now they hope the community makes use of it. 

What do you think of Socceroof’s concept? How has your community come together to achieve a common goal?