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Bridges FC Newsletter – August 2014

“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
– I Corinthians 1:27

This summer we had the opportunity to once again travel to Europe to further the development of young players against good competition and offer opportunities for many players to be signed to professional contracts.  Countries traveled to were Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

Please take the opportunity to review our most recent progress report.

Spiritual growth

Prior to our departure for Europe we continued to give players the opportunity to attend Willow Creek Church together on Saturday nights.  We were able to connect with a Section Community at the Church, headed up by Kyle Breckan, a former player in the Bridges FC program.  This connection allowed many players to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 3 players making decisions to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Prayer marked the foundation of our trip to Europe.  Each morning 12-15 players met together, praying for one another, the team, coaches, and things going on in their lives.  It was a powerful time for players to go to God together and seek Him.  We were thankful to have Rob Hartland and Marshall Hollingsworth lead this time of daily prayer.

Training and USA Matches
During the 2 months leading up to the trip, players were prepared through intense training sessions and high level friendly matches in the USA.

Record: 5-1-2 (Win, Loss, Draw)

Opponent Score Result
MI Bucks (PDL, USA) 2-2 Draw
Chicago Inferno (PDL, USA) 3-0 Win
Charlotte Eagles (USL PRO, USA) 3-4 Loss
Indy Eleven (NASL, USA) 2-1
Dayton Dutch Lions FC (USL PRO, USA) 6-2 Win
MN United FC (NASL, USA) 4-4 Draw
 European Matches

Our matches in Europe tested the resolve of our players with high level competition.  We competed well and showed that training in mental toughness, technical and tactical development, had shown in the development of our players.

Record: 3-1-2 (Win, Loss, Draw)

Opponent Score Result
HB Køge (1st Division, Denmark) 0-1 Loss
Ljungskile SK (Superettan, Sweden) 1-1 Draw
Degerfors IF (Superettan, Sweden) 0-0 Draw
Lidköpings FK (2nd Division, Sweden) 2-1 Win
Norrvalla FF (Division 3, Finland) 7-0 Win
Vasa IFK (Kakkonen, Finland) 2-0 Win
2014 New Signings

ÍBV (Úrvalsdeild, Iceland)
Dominic Adams

FC Ilves (Ykkönen, Finland)
Wojciech Wojcik

FC Jazz Juniorit (Ykkönen, Finland)
Prince Lapnet

Vasa IFK (Kakkonen, Finland)
Travis Cantrell

Sporting Kristina (Kakkonen, Finland)
Drew Jeskey

PS Kemi Kings (Kakkonen, Finland)
Kyle Knotek

Karlstad BK (2nd Division, Sweden)
Christian Silva

Lidköpings FK (2nd Division, Sweden) 
Jochen Graf

Myresjö/Vetlanda FK (3rd Division, Sweden)
Oluwanisola Abolaji
Chad Burt

IFK Stockaryd (4th Division, Sweden)
Oluwayonda Abogunrin

Rochester Rhinos (USL PRO, USA)
Pat McMahon


Thank you for your support and prayers!  To donate, visit our website and click on DONATE, or mail a check to:

Sockers Youth Foundation, Ltd.
126 W Liberty Drive
Wheaton, IL 60187

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A Group of 15 players meeting for daily morning prayer

Head Coach Bret Hall with BSM Agent Emil Furcht on Ferry Ride from Sweden to Finland

Christian Silva on signing day with Karlstad BK

Starting 11 vs. Degerfors IF

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