Finding out what it takes to play select soccer


Mary Margaret goes through a try out to see what it takes to play select soccer. 

Well as a sports reporter here at BCH Sports for the last three years, I really noticed that I don’t get to play as many sports as I get to talk about, so today I’m out here at ACU where I’m going to be practicing with the ’06 girls who are trying out for the FC Dallas select soccer team, and that meant that I needed to dust off my cleats from high school, get a new pair of shin guards because mine have mysteriously disappeared in the last couple of years, and I’m actually about to be out here practicing with these girls so hopefully they don’t kill me, I think I’m going to be really sweaty, but I’m going to have a lot of fun. See yall out there.

First off, Coach Dario Fernandez threw me in with the girls as they were doing footwork drills to get warmed up.

I’ll just watch you guys do it then I’ll jump in afterwards

When I was finally getting the hang of the different drills though, we switched it up and started playing game-like drills.

One point when you hit that cone.

This was a chance for the girls to show off their footwark and accuracy, because these open practices are their tryouts for a chance to make the FC Dallas team. So while these girls were showing off….

Oh, sorry I don’t know who’s team I’m on

I was having a tough time just understanding the game…but the girls were patient with me and kept helping me out throughout the practice. They even gave me some tips on how to improve my game!

What all do I need to work on?

Emma Team said, “Um, footwork? Shooting.”
Kaitlyn Viola said, “Controlling the ball, that’s a big thing. You have to learn which leg to control it with because it all matters.”

I know they were being nice, because my soccer career died around the same time these girls were born, so I could really work on every aspect of the game. But these girls really do know their stuff. Most of the athletes trying out for this team have played together for the majority of their lives, and are in the process of trying out for their third FC Dallas team. 

Jordan Graham said, “Whenever we get here we’re trying our best, having fun, but in the back of our minds it’s like, okay I want to beat her to that ball so I can make this team.”

Addie Adkins said, “During the middle of practice you’re not really thinking about oh am I going to make the team? You’re not really thinking about trying to make the team, you’re just playing the game and doing your best.”

These girls have open practice tryouts through the rest of June for a chance to earn a spot on the ’06 FC Dallas team. And even though the girls told me I could make the team, I don’t think I could. 

I haven’t played in a couple of years, and I think it showed out there. I did get some pointers from a couple of the girls out there, things I could improve, things that I could do better on next time around. They said communication was a big one, which is pretty funny because I communicate as a living. But it was a lot of fun, I had a lot of fun. These girls are super talented, and just to think, they’re only 12 years old, so they still have a long way to go in their careers as soccer players, but I think my career as a potential soccer player is probably already done. 

Team USA plays Thailand in its first game in the Women’s World Cup in France. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. 

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