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
Winter Never Stops Us
Sean Coyle played his last match with us (for a short while, we hope); he moved back to Arkansas with his new bride; for those who are wondering, they play the wrong kind of football down there. See you soon, Sean!

Sean Coyle played his last match with us (for a short while, we hope); he moved back to Arkansas with his new bride; for those who are wondering, they play the wrong kind of football down there. See you soon, Sean!

In some circles, it’s fashionable to put away the cleats as soon as the temperatures dip below 60. That’s not our thing. Just because the sun’s arc is a little bent and challenged from November through March doesn’t mean we can’t look at the sky and smile.

So, we play — all winter. (See the gallery below from a recent match.)

This winter, that meant matches on turf at Fairfax High School. It’s a gem.

As always, thanks to Gary Dize for these awesome photos. Gary shoots for the Washington Nationals, so we are humbled each time he decides to come out and snap a few action shots of our time on the pitch.

We’ll switch to Van Dyke Park (and grass) in the coming weeks, so we hope you can join us. As usual, no experience required. We can teach you the game in 7 minutes…2 of which will be spent telling you how much fun you’ll have. (We only speak the truth in these parts.)

See you soon.

Michael McCarthy