This week at Friday Skillz (5pm at Santiago Middle School), Premier players will have an exclusive opportunity to play with Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. With special thanks to technical director Kevin Esparza for reaching out to Dan, we encourage all of our Premier players to take advantage of the chance to meet and play with Dan.
Dan attended El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. After graduating, he went to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he majored in Communications and minored in Sport Management. He was also an All-American Goalkeeper for the soccer team, the UCSB Gauchos, setting numerous school records the most notable being career shutout leader shutouts. He was a member of the 2004 UCSB team that marched to the finals of the 2004 Division I Men's College Cup. Kennedy was named to the All Tournament team for his performances in the playoffs.
Dan was drafted by Chivas USA in the 4th Round (38th overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft out of UCSB and joined the MetroStars as a substitute goalkeeper, before joining the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2005. He made his debut with the club and his performances in the season saw him finish second in the league's goalkeeping stakes and led to him being named Rookie of the Year by the United Soccer Leagues.
On April 9, 2008 it was announced that Municipal had transferred Kennedy to Chivas USA. Kennedy came into his own during the 2011 season and was named the Chivas USA Player of the Year. After the season he signed a multi-year contract extension with the club. In June 2014, Kennedy set the record for all time appearances for Chivas USA.
Now that he is home again, we're hoping to make Dan a regular visitor at Premier. Let's make sure we give him a warm Premier welcome on Friday!
One important way that Premier distinguishes itself is through the personal relationships we're able to develop with our players and families. We must continually invest in our players' development and have an ongoing dialogue with players and parents about ways to improve player skills and experience.
Twice per year, Premier coaches provide a Premier Player Progress Report to each player. The club will share the timing so you know when to expect your child's Progress Report. We've included a blank Progress Report here so that you can see it.
The Progress Report provides our coaches with a tool to share a high level update on each child’s soccer development and as a tool for discussion with their parents. This report is not intended to be a comprehensive evaluation of a child’s ability or as a substitute for individual discussions about how best to support each child’s soccer development.
Progress Reports help us further our mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of our players through soccer played at the highest levels of positive, age-appropriate training and competition.
Friday Skillz is back by popular demand! Check out the videos below.
Friday Skillz are sessions focused on enhancing our players' ball skills and confidence with the ball at their feet. Players at every age and every level of play always need extra attention on ball skills. The sessions are fast and fun and we get you off the field in time for dinner. All Premier players should attend Friday Skillz.
This year, with the leadership of program director Erick Hurtarte and technical director Kevin Esparza, and the support of so many of our coaches, namely Mike Greer, Erik Santana, James Rammelsberg, Jim Gross, Adolfo Rodriguez, Memo Gonzalez, Aldo Zuniga, Rick Young, Mike Ornelas, and others, we held twenty-two weeks of Friday Skillz from August through November.
These coaches generously volunteer their time for these sessions because they are so committed go the Premier mission and know that the extra attention players receive at Friday Skillz can make a world of difference in our players' ability and enjoyment of the game. And boy did our players reward the coaches' generosity with record attendance numbers. We have consistently had over 100 players at Friday Skillz. As we prepare for our first Friday Skillz of 2016, I want to thank all of the coaches, parents and especially the players who make Friday Skillz possible. Here are the details:
WHO: All Premier Players. If you have a friend you'd like to invite, please let us know.
WHAT: Friday Skillz
WHEN: Fridays from 5:00-6:00 pm (unless otherwise communicated)
WHERE: Santiago Middle School
WHY: These sessions are for ALL PREMIER PLAYERS and invited guests focused on improving their game and having fun doing it.
It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your new teammates, learn from other coaches within the club, meet new players from the club, play with friends from other teams, etc. These sessions are designed to be fast, fun and focused on player development.
Premier Technical Director Kevin Esparza, whose career of developing players spans twenty years and includes every level from youth to professional, recently reiterated his view that, "Skill work is a critical component of player development. Attention to this area -- particularly in the form of extra sessions like Friday Skillz -- helps create a player's foundation of confidence, competence and success."
Please be sure to share with your teammates. We look forward to seeing you there Friday!
Field Hotline: 714-744-5592
Grijalva Park typically closes quickly due to rain and can sometimes stay closed for a few days after a big rain.
Check the hotline AFTER 3:00 pm to confirm whether the field is open.
For Premier, this hotline only applies to Grijalva Park, McPherson Athletic Facility, and Santiago Canyon College.
If you're playing on a field other than these (e.g., Taft Elementary, Santiago Middle School, Yorba Middle School), your coach will have the necessary information on whether the field is open.
In any event, always confirm field issues with your coach -- regardless of what the hotline says.
John M. Somerndike DPT, MPT, OCS
Orange Coast Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
1421 N. Wanda Rd., Ste 110, Orange California 92867