Saturday night March 23, 2013
Buckman Field, Portland, OR
DNA FC vs IPS
By Moises Arellano
So much for starting with an easy one, not in this tough as nails league, the OPSL, a very young, and a very brave DNA Futbol Club played brilliantly for many long stretches–DNA FC never backed down from the task at hand but in the end the experience of IPS prevailed. Kind of a stalemate for much of the first half somehow ballooned to 5 goals at the end. Yet DNA FC created much and had the ball for a lot as well. Michael and Wyatt combined beautifully to get an important and deserving late goal. Many DNA guys missed by mere inches. A missed timed step here & there turned into goals for the rivals despite great effort. A loss is a loss but this was somehow more promising.
Let’s start with the absolute and honest truth
This Spring brings a new kind of excitement and energy but probably the biggest challenge yet in DNA FC history. A totally rebuilt and retooled team! Oh don’t get me wrong there is talent in spades but everyone, players and coach knows whole-heartedly and accept the challenge at hand, it will take a good chunk of the season to forge a true team, those true DNA teams that typically like a right of passage– DNA FC forges into a unit season after season; in other words it’s not a big concern as much as it’s the competitive fire from the people within, wanting to fast forward through the opening credits and dialogue and getting to the explosive action scenes in the middle part of the movie.
Case in point, IPS fielded nearly the exact same team as not just the team that prevailed in our rematch of the championship final but of their last 4- league titles in a row. Don’t ask me how they do it all these years but forget the titles, even in the pros where they pay the biggest money like in the EPL that’s a feat in and of itself. Talent is good but that undeniable advantage is knowing how and what and where guys are moving.
The sky is the limit with DNA FC
DNA is proud to announce to the world that many of our players move on to college programs, including 2 starters just weeks ago, Edwin and Stevie. We helped them every step of the way. Others go pro, go to law school, pursue studies in Europe, open art galleries, start businesses, even join the U.S. State Department. It’s awesome stuff. Rebuilding for those reasons is a massive point of pride that’s actually more like reloading in our book with–good people with more good people.
On the minus side greed can also prevail with all the aggressive street recruiting by other teams that for example DNA FC was not immune to. But hey it’s a free country and the door is open for players that feel they’re finding nirvana elsewhere. For DNA FC even more fuel to the fire and new villains to motivate us. DNA FC is a club that always comes back harder and always attracts the top talent in our region. That was on full display Saturday night. The kids really played an exciting brand of futbol. It was super fun to watch them grow literally right in front of us Saturday night.
Serious skill this season or DNA FC
The young guys showed some serious ability and skill. They looked super lively and energetic. Best of all. Very coachable–all the traits that last season’s team struggled with some times, veterans do some things and they do other things–but in this match the one and only really lacking ingredient was a little more tussles for the young dudes. That extra bit of been there confidence that allows you to rally a game despite the score and momentum. That comes with living some battles. No doubt game #1 was just what the doctor ordered in that regard. They faced an old and grizzled team that knows each other backwards and forward. So that”s a notch on DNA’s belt going forward.
Now the key is to build on that wonderful passing and spirit and convert those key chances when they are created. Cant wait for week #2.