As the 2nd Annual Supporters’ Charity Shield kicked off on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at RFK, the players of Barra Brava FC and Screaming Eagles FC could feel proud of being a part of a truly special charitable event unlike any other in the country.
As players arrived at the field to prepare for the matches, we were all pleasantly surprised to see a handful of DC United superstars present and eager to support the event. Jaime Moreno, Juan Manuel Peña, Troy Perkins, Rodney Wallace, Kurt Morsink, Andrew Quinn, and Conor Shanosky all took time out of their busy schedule to sign autographs and meet their fans and the BBFC and SEFC players. I think that says a lot about DC United and the supporters’ culture surrounding this great team. Even in tough times, these United stars won’t forget the fans backing them week after week just as we will always be supporting them win or lose.
Admittedly, the charitable spirit of the day’s two matches made for a different game day feel, but as any competitive player will tell you, once the boots go on and the game begins the only thought is on performing to the best of your ability and coming away with a win for your team. The lovely ladies of Barra Brava FC made this fact abundantly clear to all spectators during Game 1 as they wasted no time at all in scoring their first of seven goals less than a minute after the opening whistle. Overall, the ladies looked comfortable and well organized and the 7-1 win for BBFC was a well earned result.
In the final match of the event, the men of Barra Brava FC took on Screaming Eagles FC in a highly competitive rematch of their 3-3 draw during league play in the spring. Featuring a handful of new players and missing a few regulars, we got off to a shaky start but eventually settled down and were awarded for flashes of brilliance with two great goals from defender David Brodian and midfielder Oscar Feliu during the second half. And an honorable mention is deserved for BBFC alumnus and Purple Heart recipient Jose Torres, who was able to lace up the boots for old time sake, take the field for BBFC, and help them team to a 2-0 win and a second consecutive Supporters’ Charity Shield.
There is a lot of credit to go around for putting on this event and we would like to thank a handful of people that helped make all of this possible.
Thank you Aprile Pritchet of United for DC and DC United Executive VP Stephen Zack who provided us with a venue for the event and helped to publicize it.
Thank you to the management and the players of Screaming Eagles FC…it’s always a tough game when we meet and we look forward to the next time whether it is on the pitch or in the stands at RFK.
Thank you to RE/MAX GENESIS of Fairfax for donating food and drinks for the grills and thank you to Barra Brava’s Hell’s Kitchen for preparing it for all the spectators.
Again, thank you to Jaime Moreno, Juan Manuel Peña, Troy Perkins, Rodney Wallace, Kurt Morsink, Andrew Quinn, and Conor Shanosky of DC United for your support. If you have any friends or former teammates looking for a team to play for, I think I know of a club that would like to have them.
I know this is out of character but I have to do it. Thanks to the refs for donating their time in support of the charities. Scream it with me now, “Thank! You! Ref!! Thank! You! Ref!!”
And finally thank you to all the friends and family that came out for the 2nd Annual Supporters’ Charity Shield. To have the resources to put on a event like this is something that we think separates us from typical amateur clubs, and we are grateful for your support and your generous donations!
2012 Barra Brava FC Event Schedule
|Feb. 22th||7:30 p.m.||BBFC Open Tryouts||VA Highlands Park, Crystal City,VA|
|Feb. 25th||10:00 p.m.||BBFC Pre-Season Party||19th Bar, DC w/ DJ Rich Strayer|
|Mar. 10th||7:30 p.m.||DC United Home Opener||Lot 8, RFK Stadium|
|Mar. 24th||TBD||WISL Season Opener||TBD|
|Mar. 24th||TBD||BBFC Kick-off Party and Fundraiser||Tunnicliff's, Eastern Market, DC|
Barra Brava FC Premier is the club's original team and currently plays in the Washington Premier League. The Premier team is for former college and professional players who are commited to playing high level possession-based soccer on our way to becoming the top amateur team in the region. It is the goal of the Premier team to win games and championships while supporting our sponsors and fostering an enjoyable social experience both on and off the field. Our players are expected to show a strong commitment to our weekly training sessions and weekend games. In addition to league matches, BBFC Premier plays games throughout the year in regional and potentially national level tournaments and in friendlies against local college, PDL, and professional academy programs.
Barra Brava FC Premier Trophy Case
2011 Spring WISL 1st Division Champions
2010 Nicole Indoor Classic Champions
2010 Supporters' Charity Shield Winners
2010 Spring WISL Emerald Division Champions
2009 Supporters' Charity Shield Winners
2008 Fall WISL Emerald Division Champions
Other Team Accomplishments
2013 DC/VA Amateur National Cup State Finalists
2010 Fall WISL Terrill Cup Finalists
2010 Spring WISL Terrill Cup Finalists
Barra Brava FC Select was formed in the summer of 2009 to accommodate the tremendous interest among local players to join our club and has carried on the winning precedent started by BBFC Premier in 2008. The Select boys currently play in the Washington International Soccer League’s 2nd Division. BBFC Select and BBFC Premier train together on a weekly basis and are constantly pushing each other to improve while maintaining a social and enjoyable playing atmosphere.
Barra Brava FC Select Trophy Case
2011 Spring WISL 3rd Division Champions
2010 Spring WISL Opal Division Champions
Barra Brava FC was founded in the summer of 2008 and currently consists of three men's teams playing in the Washington Premier League and the Washington International Soccer League. Barra Brava FC is made up of high level DC-area players who are part of a team dedicated not only to winning on the pitch, but also supporting DC United and our sponsors with unwaivering loyalty.
It is the goal of the club to recruit high level players and compete at the highest possible level on the field while fostering an enjoyable social environment and promoting La Barra Brava among the soccer community. In doing so, we have assembled a team of former college, ODP, and pro players who are committed to making Barra Brava FC into the best amatuer soccer club in the Washington D.C. region.Vamos United!