By Matthew Ratajczak
The Met Oval's first girls team, led by newly appointed head coach Christian Galvan, is excited and motivated by the competitive season that lies ahead. The girls are competing in the new Eastern Development Program league that will take them across the Northeast to play against some of the top club teams in the region. In addition to the team’s demanding EDP schedule, the girls will participate in a number of highly competitive tournaments around the country.
When asked about his goals for the 2013-2014 season, Coach Galvan was very clear. He wants his team to play high quality soccer that focuses on performance, intensity, and development. Instead of an exclusively results-based mindset, his focus is much more on the process of consistently improving his players and the team as a whole over the course of the full season.
Coach Galvan envisions using multiple tactical systems to expose his players to different team tactics and ways of playing together. These systems include 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1, and 4-3-3 (i.e. defenders, midfielders, and forwards). Whatever the system they use, however, Coach Galvan is implementing a possession-based style of play that is also direct minded in an effort to create many goal scoring opportunities, and ultimately many goals.
Coach Galvan has named Anna Moore captain of the team for her “infectious positive attitude and ability to motivate from her center-back position.” Moore has the necessary qualities and intangibles to effectively lead the girls throughout the rigorous 2013-2014 season.
Coach Galvan will look to Anna to anchor the backline and organize the team defensively. And much to the coaching staff’s delight, Olivia Chinitz has completed an eye-opening transition from the goalkeeper position to the team’s primary goal scorer. She has already opened her scoring account this year and Coach Galvan is very excited to see her continue to develop as a great striker. She will be expected to continue to provide the team with some goal-scoring punch.
Leslie Deleon will be called upon to orchestrate the midfield and facilitate high-quality possession for the team. With a good track record of goals and assists in the recent summer Y-league season, Deleon will be expected to provide similar production in front of goal for Met Oval this season. According to coach Galvan, Deleon’s best quality is her on-ball creativity, which always seems to shine at the right moments in games and in training. The entire coaching staff is excited to see Deleon’s progression, as she has the necessary qualities to develop into a great midfielder.
The entire Metropolitan Oval family wishes Coach Galvan and the U-13 girls the best of luck in their upcoming season!