Friday, May 31, 2013

A Day in the Life of a DIII Soccer Coach in Maine

“What do you do in the off-season?” It is a question many wonder about college coaches who compete for short two to three month seasons every year. We decided to follow Bates men’s soccer coach Stewart Flaherty for a day in the off-season to gain some insight behind the scenes of a Bates head coach.
- John C.L. Morgan

Monday, May 27, 2013

On the Cornelia Warren Four Season Rink

The Westbrook Soccer League kicks off its Summer Street Soccer program tonight (6-8p) at the Cornelia Warren Four Season Rink on Lincoln Street. Below are six interesting facts about the rink:

  • The Cornelia Warren Four Season Rink is named after Cornelia Warren (1857-1921), one of the paper mill owner S.D. Warren's five children who was well-known for her support for social justice and for her generosity as a philanthropist.

  • The rink was dedicated to the City of Westbrook in August 1994 by the Cornelia Warren Association, a foundation that began in March 1925 with a $125,000 endowment from Warren.

  • The Cornelia Warren Association spent about $35,000 on the construction of the rink.

  • The rink is constructed on a site well-known to Westbrook's ice skaters and hockey players dating back to the 1940s.

  • The off-season use of the rink was intended to be roller-blading, a fast-growing sport in the U.S. in the early 1990s, when the idea of the rink was conceived and the structure was built.

  • The rink's surface is made of macadam and was painted white to reduce the heat absorbed by the sun. The rink's boards are four feet tall, and they were built by students from Westbrook High School's vocational program.
- John C.L. Morgan

Friday, May 24, 2013

On the Champions League Anthem

Still, the Champions League anthem--officially titled “Champions League” but known to many as that song that is always on during important European soccer television broadcasts--will be played at a final for the 21st time this weekend. Two decades after its introduction, it remains one of the best-known sports songs in the world.
- John C.L. Morgan

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Presumpscot Open (5 v. 5 street soccer tourney)

The Westbrook Soccer League is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first annual Presumpscot Open, a unique 5 v. 5 street soccer tournament from June 21-23, 2013.

The tournament will feature four divisions divided by age and gender (see below), and the teams will be limited to 5-6 players on each roster. The registration fee for each team is only $60, and all teams will be guaranteed at least three, 20-minutes games.

Send an e-mail to John C.L. Morgan at to register your team today!

Saturday, June 22
Junior Boys (ages 10-13)

Saturday, June 22
Senior Men (ages 14+)

Sunday, June 23
Junior Girls (ages 10-13)

Sunday, June 23
Senior Women (ages 14+)

Besides hosting the tourney, the Westbrook Soccer League will also present on Friday, June 21 a free outdoor screening of Pelada, an award-winning documentary about two American collegiate soccer players traveling the globe in search of their next game of pick-up soccer.

FMI, see or the event's Facebook page.

- John C.L. Morgan