Club regional commissioner Kevin Moore said Wednesday, July 25, that the camp grew from 25 players last year to more than 90 this year, which caught organizers by surprise.
“We were a little overwhelmed,” he said, but he added that it was a good sign for the club and for youth athletics in general in Mountain House, a community that just added a youth football club in addition to its flag football program.
Moore estimates that about 300 kids will play in Mountain House Soccer Club’s recreational league, which starts the first week of August.
“We’re getting the kids acclimated to the game so they’ll have some momentum going into the season,” he said. “We have some kids who have played on travel teams, and we have kids who have never played before.”
Moore said part of the camp’s draw was the coaching staff, which this year includes former pro soccer player Matt Caution, who was drafted by the Dallas Burn in 1997, the second year of Major League Soccer in the U.S. Since then, he has played in Europe and in indoor leagues in the U.S.
Today, Caution is a coach with the Livermore Fusion soccer club, and was glad to join up with the Mountain House club for this week’s camp.
“If I can get one kid to learn something or smile or leave the field going, ‘Man, that was cool,’ at this age, that’s what it’s about.”
“I just remember being a kid, getting to work with a pro and how cool it was.”
Moore is regional commissioner of Mountain House Soccer Club with American Youth Soccer Organization.
One of the club’s goals is to get more players onto travel teams. Last year, the club fielded an under-10 boys team for tournament play around Northern California.
“We’re going to try to get more now that we’re starting to get more kids enrolled,” Moore said. “We’re getting more serious, and we’re getting better coaches. Hopefully, this year we’ll have a U10 boys travel team and a U12 girls travel team.”
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