Soccer 2010 had its ups and downs

Was 2010 a good year for soccer?

Well, it really depends on which way you look at it. Any year that involves the World Cup, vuvuzelas notwithstanding, is a good year. And any year when future sites for the Cup are determined by politics, with purchased votes, is not such a good year.

But that’s the grand stage. We can’t get soccer folks at the youth level in Sonoma County to sit down, compromise and make it better for all concerned. So, how on earth do you think that FIFA could ever get its act together on the world stage?

But that was on that grand stage. Locally, the Sonoma State men’s team and the SRJC men’s and women’s teams gave us lots of good soccer to watch.

And the Montgomery boys and the Casa Grande girls gave us plenty to cheer about on the high school level.

On the club level Katie Mohr went to a national camp, did well and gave us a glimpse of just how good youth soccer is around here.

And as another group of local players moved through the ranks and finished their collegiate careers all over the country we were left to wonder why there isn’t someplace for more of them to play when their college playing days are over.

In the meantime, you can get your soccer fix later in January when Santa Rosa United will host a girls all-star game.

That game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29th at Elsie Allen High. The game, which will be preceded by a camp for 70 players, will be attended by at least 13 coaches from NCAA Div. 1, 2 and 3 and NAIA schools.

The following day a showcase of girls players from Placer United, Marin FC, San Juan and SRU clubs will talk place for U16, U17 and U18 players at Trione Fields.

That weekend will certainly be a good way to support local soccer talent.

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All that leads us to New Year’s Day. Part of that day is resolutions. I refuse to google it to learn its history, but a big part of the tradition of the day is built around making resolutions.

I’d venture to say everyone has made one or, depending on your age, 50. Mostly they are kept a week or two and then abandoned.

With full disclosure, I must admit to being in that group … until today, Dec. 31, 2010.
On Jan. 1, 2010 I set out on a journey. With weight creeping up and diabetes getting worse the resolution was simple – I’d walk 2-4 miles a day, every day in 2010.

Yes, all 365 of them. And if you go on average that’s three miles a day times 365. Well, you can do he math.

A couple of days ago, a co-worker asked, “You mean you walked in the rain? When you were sick?”

“Carried an umbrella. Watched the weather forecast and walked during the part of the day when it wasn’t raining. Luckily I didn’t get that sick at any point in the year so health was no factor.”

And off I went, every day. I-Pod some days, dog on others; flat courses most days, hilly on others. Cold some days, hot others. In Santa Rosa some days, in Honolulu on others.
Never failed and it all culminated today with a 6.5 miles trek following the path of the Human Race, 13-pound dog latched to my midsection in a doggy-carrier.

Yes, a fulfilled New Year’s resolution for the first time in my life. Moral of the story? If I can do it, anyone can.

And what is the relevance to a soccer blog?

Resoltution 2011. A vow to inform you more often of the news in the soccer world around you. Can’t say it’ll happen every day, but often enough that you will want to come back and look for information on kids playing here and elsewhere cause there is no shortage of talented Empire players all around the world.

So, to everyone who played in 2010 I say “Well done! Make a resolution and keep it and Happy New Year.”