HomeGrown in Fairfax City
Tracy Neill (left) and Sage Grimmell doing what they do.

Tracy Neill (left) and Sage Grimmell doing what they do.

Over the past five years, we’ve had people from around the planet and the DC area play with us. Hell, last summer a young dude walked up and told us he wanted to play. Turns out he’d been in the country for three weeks…from Iran. (For the record, he was pretty talented on the pitch.)

And then there’s our homegrown crew. Specifically, players in their teens and 20s who grew up in Fairfax City, attended our schools, and played in house soccer, lacrosse and other leagues on some of the very fields where we now play.

Case in point: Tracy Neill and Sage Grimmell. Both are excellent athletes who took to our game a few years ago and embraced it with their usual female swagger.

We’d expect nothing less from Fairfax City women. They’re some kind of wonderful.

(Here’s to another great spring season, which wrapped up Sunday. Good news: Our Summer Thursdays program begins after Memorial Day, with matches every week from 7ish until dusk at Van Dyck Park. It’s all free, and everyone is welcome. Thanks to Gary Dize for the pictures below. Now that baseball season has begun, he’s a busy guy — he shoots for the Nationals — so we truly appreciate him coming out and capturing the fun.)





Michael McCarthy
The Kid
Someone has discovered a new sport. And someone is damn good.

Someone has discovered a new sport. And someone is damn good.

Each week, without fail, someone new shows up to play with us. It’s the lure of the game, of course.

Earlier this winter, a couple of kids were playing soccer on the turf field at Fairfax High School. Naturally, Mike McCarthy gave them no option but to drop what they were doing and play a match with us. Neal was one of the kids. He’s an eighth grader at Lanier Middle School and a soccer stud. But there was something about football that brought him back. When he’s not playing soccer, he’s on the pitch with us.

And here’s the thing: He’s damn good. It’s like he grew up playing. Everything comes naturally to him, including soloing.

And here’s another thing: He makes some of us who’ve been playing for more than five years look, um…like we haven’t been playing five years. We’ll chalk it up to age. And Neal being Neal.

We had a another great match last week, as evidenced below by photographer Gary Dize. Thanks for shooting for us, Gary! (If you want to see Gary’s other work — he shoots for the Nationals and local bands, among many other subjects, check out dizephotos.com).





Michael McCarthy
Spring Has Us Feeling Like...
Natalie showed up to our first match of the spring with serious game face, which is why we love Natalie

Natalie showed up to our first match of the spring with serious game face, which is why we love Natalie

It’s going to be a great day when someone shows up to a match with face paint.

Which is why we love Natalie, a fierce regular who plays for the DC Gaels. When we mentioned the paint, Natalie said something like, “Oh shit. I forgot to take it off!” It turns out she was doing demos at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian earlier in the day.

Still, we’d like to think the face paint was for us.

Thanks to Gary Dize for spending part of his afternoon with us and shooting these great pics!



Michael McCarthy