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MP Strikers Under 9 Boys Sweep NorCal Championship

Original post made by J Morgan, Atherton: West Atherton, on Jun 9, 2008

The MP Strikers under 9 boys class one soccer team swept the NorCal Premier championship round with a resounding 4-1 win on Sunday against the undefeated Solano Arsenal. The Strikers advanced to the championship round by finishing the regular season with a 7-0 record and a 21 to 5 goal differential. Taking the the top spot in Bay Area division league play, the Strikers moved on to the toughest bracket of competition, facing three of the highest ranked Northern California boys U9 teams. In the final round of play, the Strikers were undefeated with a 8-0 win over Placer Gold, a 6-0 victory against the Bay Oaks Roadrunners and the final win against Solano Arsenal to capture the top spot in Northern California U9 soccer.

Top (l-r): Josh Morgan, Joe Foley, Connor Johnston, Jack Abukhovski, Leonardo Biral, Coach Alessandro Biral
Bottom (l-r): Anthony San Juan, Daniel Hausen, Alistair Shaw, Mateo Elias, Rio Zelaya and Christian Wiseman (not pictured John Claude Marco, Asst. Coach Molly Flanagan)

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Posted by Not Beckham's parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I can't help but feel sorry for these poor little boys whose gratification-driven parents keep them hopping all over the state. Most physiologists and children's psychologists will tell you that children that age should be involved in a variety of recreational activities. How pathetic that you parents not only need to bolster your own egos through this activity but also feel the need to boast about it on a public site.

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Posted by Not a typical soccer mom
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05 pm

I'm sorry but these boys are not only very good players but great friends who enjoy each others company. Before making comments such as these, take some time to watch them play and have fun - because really they do!

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Posted by Alessandro Biral
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:47 am

Before making comments on matters that involve children, one should make sure to get their facts right. In fact, I, as a parent coach, agree that 9yrs old should NOT travel and should play multiple sports. That is, in fact, how we have built this team. We have "travelled" only twice in the season, out of 10 games: once to Oakland and once to Santa Cruz. All of the boys play other sports, some do baseball, others swim, play tennis, etc. It just so happens that they love soccer and they care to be really good at it. We just let them follow their passion and be great if so they choose, shouldn't we?. You are welcome to come to our games, bring Not and see for yourself... btw, you will not have to travel, we play at Lyle Park.

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Posted by Carlos Perez
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Jun 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm

In our small community it is great to recognize success and accomplishment. These boys work hard at a sport they love and they were very successful this past season. What's wrong with that? The kids are happy and they are having lots of FUN!!! IT IS NOT ABOUT PARENTS...

Instead of acting jealous and petty and writing about "gratification-driven parents" maybe we should say, "Good job boys! Good job coach! Keep up the great work. And, CONGRATULATIONS!!!"

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Posted by Mario Bernazzani
a resident of another community
on Jul 26, 2010 at 2:47 am

so glad to see an old friend coaching a soccer team.
i played with Alessandro at Gonzaga when we were 13-14 ys old and he was a great player.

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