Patrick GrangeWhat: Soccer Field Dedication in memory of Patrick Grange (Former Elite FC player and staff)

Who: Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend

When: Saturday, November 5, from 11:00am-2:00pm; formal program at 1:00pm

Where: Ventana Ranch Community Park on Universe Blvd. between Paradise and Irving (Across from Ventana Ranch Elementary School)

HIGHLIGHTS:

Autographs and photos with World Cup and Vancouver Whitecaps soccer star Jay DeMerit, players from the UNM Men’s Soccer team and the ABQ Sol

  • Official field dedication
  • Food trucks
  • Information on ALS, and head trauma prevention and safety
  • Soccer ball giveaways
  • Music

A soccer field at Ventana Ranch Community Park will be dedicated in memory of Patrick Grange, a well-known local soccer star who passed away in 2012 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as ALS. Before his death, he was a prominent member of the Albuquerque soccer community, playing for Albuquerque High, UIC, UNM, and the Albuquerque Asylum. Before his passing Patrick and his family became outspoken advocates for ALS awareness. Patrick’s wish was to have a soccer field named after him and his family has pursued this goal as a way to continue Patrick’s legacy of ALS awareness and head trauma prevention awareness for children. Please join us on November 5th as we celebrate Patrick’s life and his contribution to the soccer community!

About Jay DeMerit
Jay DeMerit played soccer at UIC with Patrick Grange and then went on to play in the Premier League as the captain of Watford, represented the USMNT at the World Cup and finished his career with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS. He and his wife, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor, started the Rise and Shine Foundation, a soccer camp and mentorship program they run on their property in the mountains of Pemberton, BC.

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Former Elite FC player, Alexa Genas, is making an impression in her first season of division 1 collegiate soccer at Campbell University (NC). Read a recent article where Alexa discusses her motivation and focus growing up in a soccer family.

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Dennis Genas, Director of Coaching

Dennis Genas, Elite F.C. Director of Coaching, USSF ‘A’ License, English Advanced License,

Region IV Staff Coach, former professional player in England and Finland (full résumé)

WHAT’S NEW IN OUR SOCCER WORLD
The GOOD The BAD & The UGLY?

By Dennis Genas
Well it has been forever since I have tormented you with MY opinion but with all the new changes passed down from our soccer Einstein gurus, it is fa sure time to shake the bushes with MY THOUGHTS.
Kick back relax and if you are of fluffy character, too bad.
Don’t take it personal, unless it fits. ☺

BIRTH YEAR CHANGE
What were they really thinking? Someone who has NO friends woke up one morning and decided to mess with you soccer families, enough of you all getting along I am going to force you to leave your friends/team mates. If I am unhappy you all can be too.
AHHH birth year changes, that should do it and I will say it is for the benefit of identifying quality players for our National programs.
So what happened, chaos ensued, families, coaches, players LOST THEIR MINDS! Teams were breaking up, families, friendships, splitting. REALLY!
Stay in the same club, form teams where possible and continue having barbeques and cocktails together, then Saturdays go watch your friends play. (Silly idea, I know!)
Well clubs seized this opportunity to spread the word about the amazing things they were going to do.
We are forming birth year teams, we are not letting players play up! AT LAST PLAYING UP WILL GO AWAY AND PLAYERS CAN GROW WITHOUT STRESS!
FAST FORWARD SOME MONTHS ☺
How many teams are playing up in these wonderful clubs, NOT LETTING PLAYERS PLAY UP.
I guess it was easier to make teams play up than care if it MADE SENSE! (Time will tell)
WARNING: This may hurt, so read or do not read if the truth hurts!
“Why the heck are teams that struggled in their OWN AGE! Now playing up”
YEP! You know who you are, you fit the “I don’t care if it makes sense bracket”
REVIEW YOUR SENSELESS DECISION IN MAY! (ENJOY ☺)

HEADING
OK! Your child can not head the ball freely until 13. So how long will it be before they are comfortable heading the ball. It was bad enough before.

Good thing ABBY WAMBACH knew better. OOPS She was a soccer player, not Einstein!! Or the person with NO friends.

COMPETITION/WINNING
Einstein or our lonely friend does not want our children to play to win medals or trophies until they are 13. That is sooo nice, we should hold hands hug throw confetti thru the parent tunnel after each game until they are 13.
At 13 “ I said HEAD that foreign object busting your nose making you see stars, suck it up, it is time to compete. Crying child says, who said?   Einstein did!
We need to WIN, STOP crying, head the ball 50 times, you are 13 now, welcome to the real world, shut up and tell your parents be quiet, we are playing U15 because I said so! J

DEVELOPMENT
Einstein, lonely person, “How many players did you force to skip a YEAR in their player development?” That is what we call on the DL playing up!!
Rumor on the streets where this once beautiful game flourished is, Einstein wants all teams to hug each other until U13, playing should also be equal so we are going to add extra players to your roster to aide this!
Sidebar: “IF I ENTER MY U9 – U12 TEAMS IN A TOURNAMENT. YOU BETTER HAVE WINNERS MEDALS NOT LEIS, OR I AM NOT COMING” YEP I WANT TO WIN, I SAID IT”!

REFEREES
“YOU ALL KNOW THIS IS THE SECTION FOR OUR SENSITIVE EMOTIONAL PEEPS!”
That said, I feel sorry for them also in this transition! (“Only because I have to give them more grief”)
We have finally decided to join the REAL World on football substitutions: For you parents/refs still out their yelling, “it’s our ball they can’t sub”
EITHER TEAM MAY MAKE SUBTITUTIONS ON ANY DEADBALL, Throws, Corners, Free kicks, corners, goal kicks.
WELL ☺ I saw a directive go out to coaches and referees in bold and highlighted. Substitutions are at the referee discretion! MERCY MERCY PLEASE NOOOO!
Now referees are being asked to determine, ‘is the substitution real or is it a time wasting process? …… please!”
So guess what happened this weekend, referees were puffing their chests out, “our boss said we can decide”☺

That’s right they were shouting at substitutions “it’s at my discretion, you are wasting time, players hurry up get on the field don’t wait for your player to leave hurry up”
It caused unnecessary CHAOS!
I try to keep things simple and real:
If the world substitution rule is EITHER team can sub on dead balls or ball out of play, it means the game HAS stopped, CORRECT! So how am I wasting time? If players are at the halfway line in a timely manner then the only thing that should concern the referee is the substitution, not trying to read coaches minds! YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO TRY TO GET RIGHT!
“The youth game allows for numerous substitutions throughout the game each half, maybe one day they will limit those to help referees and the flow of this beautiful game!”
Until then, referees let us make substitutions in peace after all REMEMBER Einstein said, equal playing time.
Playing up, it is what it is, weak teams are playing up, WHY!!
Birth Year Change, Einstein and lonely person said it is good, time will tell.
Heading/Competition, “Don’t cross the ball, no corner kicks, no keeper punts problem solved, they are not required in this game!!
I think Mr. Einstein and lonely have a Leis business for the tunnel making parents/coaches/leagues/clubs that agree with this nonsense.
IT WAS ONCE CALLED AYSO, WHAT WILL THIS WORLD GAME BE CALLED NEXT IN THE USA? ☺
$$$$$$$$$ TALKS UTD/FC ☺

SEE YOU ALL IN MAY/JUNE WHEN A NEW EPIDEMIC WILL STRIKE OUR SOCCER COMMUNITY WHERE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR MINDS SEARCHING FOR THE LATEST BS & GREENER GRASS TO STILL PLAY AT THE SAME FIELDS FOR DIFFERENT COLORED Leis!
OOPS, THAT IS IF YOU SURVIVED THE SEASON PLAYING UP & AVOIDING PAYING $500 TO NOW DO WHAT ALWAYS MADE SENSE!

Cheers,
Dennis

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Thank you all for making the inaugural Elite FC Blast Tournament a huge success!

Next year proves to be even more exciting as we welcome more traveling teams to sunny Albuquerque, NM over the Labor Day Weekend.

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